5 September 2014



Mining Research Network seminar

With Judith Sargentini, member of European Parliament

'On Conflict Minerals Legislation for Development'

Location: VU University Amsterdam, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Metropolitan building, Room Z-009
Time: 15.00 until 17.00 hrs.

Free admission

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15 September 2014

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

The seminar is on Monday 15 September, 10.30-12.00, room Z-113: 

‘M-Nationalism? Mobile phones, youth, digital capitalism and belongingin rural Southeast Asia’

Roy Huijsmans, Senior Lecturer Children & Youth Studies, ISS, The Hague,The Netherlands

Mobile phone use has become a defining feature of what it means to be young. This is no less true in the relatively remote, ethnic minority spaces of the Lao-Vietnamese borderland area that is the focus of this study. Drawing on Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities, I investigate the interplay between mobile phones, being young and digital capitalism and how this reconfigures belonging. In doing so, I focus on ethnic minority youth’s appropriation of the mobile services provided by Viettel, the most popular mobile services provider in the study area and owned by the Vietnamese Ministry of Defense. I argue that the nationalism embedded in the digital capitalism of the corporate dimension of the post-socialist state (i.e. Viettel) enters young people’s lives and transforms ethnic minority spaces in profound ways and that a re-reading of Anderson’s work in the digital age offers new ground for understanding the formation of nationalism in a distinct generational fashion.

Please, confirm your participation in the 15 September seminar: childrenseminar@hotmail.com

We are looking forward to an inspiring meeting!


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