New deadline for applications for the Schoffeleers Scholarship

The new deadline for applications for the Schoffeleers Scholarship is 13 May 2016. Applicants must send their CV, a motivational letter and a list of results to the deparment. Check out the flyer for more info!


Web Lecture Cindy Horst available

Cindy HorstOn thursday 21 April Cindy Horst gave a lecture in the Amsterdam Anthropology Lecture series called: Refugees as Change Makers and the Anthropology of the Good. In front of a full lecture room Cindy Horst talked about the way she approaches the life-histories of refugees. Her angle on the subject is that of the anthropology of the good, where it is not so much about suffering and coping but about empathy, care and hope (which subsequently led to her being accused of optimism). In case you missed the lecture you can watch it here. Next lecture will be on the 19th of May by professor Nadje Al-Ali.


Shooting the new promotion clip

filming promo clip

Currently filming the promotion clip for the Master's programme Social and Cultural Anthropology starring Freek Colombijn! We offer a new Master's degree programme centered on mobility, diversity and development which launches next year. Plus, you can apply for the new Matthew Schoffeleers Scholarship that the department offers in 2016. Keep an eye on the Facebook page and the website for the finished clip!


NWO-WOTRO grant for Ellen Bal and Lorraine Nencel

The department is proud to announce that Ellen Bal of the department of anthropology and Lorraine Nencel of the department of sociology have received a NWO-WOTRO grant. It was awarded for their project: "Migration, livelihoods and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR): A triple case-study of young female migrants in Dhaka, Bangladesh". More info.


Matthew Schoffeleers Scholarships

The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology is proud to announce the installment of the Mathieu Schoffeleers Scholarships. Talented BSc students who graduated in our Department and foreign students wishing to pursue their study in our Master's programme are eligible to apply. for more information: click here.


Film Small Scale Gold Mining in the Amazon by Marjo de Theije

Our staff member Marjo de Theije tells about what's going on in her project Small-Scale Gold Mining in the Amazon (Gomiam). Gomiam researches social conflicts around small-scale gold mining and cross-bordering problems, such as smuggling gold and environmental pollution in the Amazon in order to develop a regional knowledge base on small-scale gold mining, policy development and a dialogue between miners, NGOs and politicians.


Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Festival

AEFFThe first Amsterdam Ethnographic Film Festival was a big success. In all, ten films were screened with topics ranging from truck-drivers to volunteering in South America. We as department of anthropology are very proud of the large attendance and pleased with the interest shown in ethnographic film making.


Wilhelmina Drucker Award for Dr. Giulia Sinatti


The department of Social and Cultural Anthropology is proud to announce that Dr. Giulia Sinatti has been awarded a Wilhelmina Drucker Early Career Award from the Werkgroep Vrouwelijk Talent of the VU Faculty of Social Sciences. This grant will cover the costs of personal coaching as she prepares an NWO VIDI proposal in which she plans to investigate civic responses to the ongoing migration crisis in European cities.

The Werkgroup Vrouwelijk Talent of the Faculty of Social Sciences was founded in 2010 in order to promote the career opportunities of female researchers at the Vrije Universiteit. De Committee praises the work of Sinatti for its outstanding scientific quality and its reflection of extraordinary talent.



Bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology best according to Elsevier

VU Amsterdam's bachelor in Cultural Anthropology and Developmen Sociology occupies the highest rank among other bachelor anthropology studies in the yearly poll on higher education by Elsevier magazine (Dutch content).



Welcome professor Dalakoglou


We warmly and proudly welcome our new Professor Dimitris Dalakoglou! Until 2015, Dimitris worked as a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at Sussex University. His research focusses on the anthropology of infrastructures and urban public spaces. Since 2012, he holds an ESRC-Future Research Leadersgrant for the project The City at a time of Crisis.  

For more information about Dimitris Dalakoglou’s projects, publications, the films that he co-produced, his personal interests and activism, see his personal website.



Lecture Thomas Hylland Eriksen recorded


We recorded Thomas Eriksen's seminal lecture: “Boat refugees in the Mediterranean: An anthropological perspective on the global situation”. Eriksen discusses what anthropologists can do about this crisis, in which Europe shelters itself off from the world, as we need to put the humanity of people center stage.


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