2 October 2014


Seminar: Contemporary Artists in Ghana and the Boundaries of Globalisation

From a Ghanaian perspective, art became global long before the 1990s and to show the relationship between art and globalization in Ghana, Rhoda Woets will discuss the emergence of modern art in the Gold Coast in relation to nation building and the wish to connect to the wider world. She will show how recent changes in artistic styles and discourses are linked to processes of globalization, such as the rise of new technologies, increasing interest from galleries and curators in and outside Africa and economic growth. She will also elaborate on the unequal power relations in a globalizing art market that, in specific settings, come with renewed demands for cultural authenticity.

02 October 2014

15.30 - 17.00

Pieter de la Courtgebouw / Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333 AK Leiden

Room 3A06

Please, register for this seminar by sending an email to: asc@ascleiden.nl


8 October 2014


Defense Mijke de Waardt:

Title: In the Name of the Victims? Victim-Survivor Organizations Negotiating for Recognition in Post-Conflict Peru

Location: Auditorium

Time: 11.45 hrs.


10 October 2014

On October 10th, a joint seminar by CLUE, the Global History Seminar of the VU Department of History, and the Global Encounters series will be held in Room Z-009 of the Metropolitan Building of the Free University from 1.00 to 3.00 PM. The speaker will be Tim Oakes.

Time machine: producing visitable pasts in rural China

Guizhou Province, in Southwest China, is a region that has long promoted itself as a place where one can ‘return to the past,’ where ‘living fossils’ of ancient culture have survived in pristine isolation amid the rugged terrain. This paper explores the social relations swirling around the production of heritage among Tunpu people, an ethnic subgroup of Han villagers descended from soldiers who settled the region early in the Ming Dynasty. It argues that views of rural heritage among Chinese experts derive from a legacy of orthodox Marxist evolutionary thought which dominated Chinese scholarship during the Mao era, combined with a more recent ‘antiquarian urge’ to salvage and preserve a national cultural heritage in the face of rapid urbanization and modernization. This results in an approach that views certain contemporary cultural practices as survivors from a lost age, and treats villages as ‘time machines’ for visiting the past. The paper concludes by considering how villagers themselves negotiate their role as living fossils within this politically charged context of patriotic heritage production."

Tim Oakes is Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Tourism and Modernity in China (Routledge 1998) and The Cultural Geography Reader (Routledge 2011). His research focuses on tourism, heritage, and the politics of space and history in China.


16 October 2014

Nieuw: Component

It is our pleasure to invite you to the Anthropology of Children and Youth Seminar.

The seminar is on Thursday 16 October, ftom 10.30-12.00 in room Z-113 in The Metropolitan Building:

Researching and Reporting on Human Trafficking with a Particular Focus on the Trafficking of Minors

By: Ieke de Vries

Researcher at the Office of the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children

There is increasing awareness of human trafficking in the Netherlands and at the international level. To tackle a hidden problem such as human trafficking, it must be made visible. A complicating matter is that human trafficking can take different forms, it can occur for different reasons, and individual traffickers as well as criminal organizations may be involved. The way governments or non-governmental organizations assess the criminal component also determines what measures will be taken to combat it. And even though there is more awareness, questions remain like: What is the role of researchers (both quantitative and qualitative) studying human trafficking and how do they contribute to the question of visibility? By means of concrete examples on human trafficking – with a focus on the trafficking of minors, the seminar will look into the various ways for researching the phenomenon.

Feel free to communicate information of this seminar to other people who might be interested.

Could you confirm your participation in the 16 October seminar to us? childrenseminar@hotmail.com

We are looking forward to an inspiring meeting!

Kind regards,
Sandra Evers
Erik van Ommering
Anne Schouten
Sarah Duisters


27 - 29 October 2014

 International Seminar: 
‘Twenty Years Anniversary Nations Unbound’ 
Location: Room Z-009 Metropolitan building

On 28-29 October, the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Research on Ethnic and Religious Diversity, organise a conference devoted to the twenty years of the transnational migration paradigm, marked by The 20th anniversary of the publications of Nations Unbound by Linda Basch, Nina Glick Schiller and Cristina Szanton Blanc. The conference will be preceded, on 27 October, by a public panel on the political significance of the transnational approach to migration.

The public panel is open for students, PhD's and to everyone interested in issues of migration and mobility. The confirmed participants in the panel discussion are Peggy Levitt, Don Nonini, Nina Glick Schiller, Ninna Nyberg Sørensen and Xiang Biao. The panel will be moderated by Pál Nyiri. 

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