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Positioning science: Post-truth, back to the facts, or morality?

Sabrina Otterloo , June 29th, 2017


Politics and/or knowledge There is lively debate about the authority of knowledge. Several movements within universities argue that academic knowledge is a form of colonisation. At the University…


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Subjunctivity: narratives, evidence, and uncertainty

Sabrina Otterloo , August 24th, 2016


Profound uncertainty The profound uncertainty that may undergird living with multiple narratives was conveyed to me during my research on the remaking of everyday life after the devastating…


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Every sperm is sacred? (Re)productive struggles in the quest for sustainability

Sabrina Otterloo , July 15th, 2016


After the pre-publication of an article on the oversight and even denial of population growth, Haydn Washington and I received a surprising number of reactions, notably from anthropologists….


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Every sperm is sacred? (Re)productive struggles in the quest for sustainability

Sabrina Otterloo , July 15th, 2016


After the pre-publication of an article on the oversight and even denial of population growth, Haydn Washington and I received a surprising number of reactions, notably from anthropologists….


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How robots took over our lives and we failed to notice

Sabrina Otterloo , July 5th, 2016


The dystopian vision of a future in which robots take over the human race is as old as it is powerful—and is always in ‘the future’. Or is…


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Studying World Heritage in the Netherlands – Part 2

Sabrina Otterloo , May 31st, 2016


Students from our Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology as well as from a range of other departments recently went to the Dutch Wadden Island of Texel…


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The Anti-Politics of World Heritage

Sabrina Otterloo , May 23rd, 2016


Mt. Kenya: A place of nature In September 2010, I embarked on a PhD project that examined the World Heritage listing of Mt.Kenya, an alpine area located in…


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Street photography and ethnographic ethics

Sabrina Otterloo , May 10th, 2016


Our Institute and student society Itiwana recently held their annual photography contest around the theme ‘Street Life: Het leven van de straat’. The broad genre of street photography…


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Street photography and ethnographic ethics

Sabrina Otterloo , May 10th, 2016


Our Institute and student society Itiwana recently held their annual photography contest around the theme ‘Street Life: Het leven van de straat’. The broad genre of street photography…


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‘Walls of Peace’ and memories of conflict in Belfast

Sabrina Otterloo , May 2nd, 2016


Learning about a conflicting past Separating a protestant neighbourhood from a Catholic neighbourhood and an industrial complex on the other side of the street, the 15-meter-high wall is…


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‘Walls of Peace’ and memories of conflict in Belfast

Sabrina Otterloo , May 2nd, 2016


Learning about a conflicting past Separating a protestant neighbourhood from a Catholic neighbourhood and an industrial complex on the other side of the street, the 15-meter-high wall is…


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Ethnography and the work of the ancestors

Sabrina Otterloo , April 18th, 2016


Ancestral protection During fieldwork in Cape Town, South Africa, the Xhosa residents of the townships would sometimes talk about their ancestors. They told me their ancestors offered protection…


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Culture: Public or Private?

Sabrina Otterloo , April 1st, 2016


Museums to prevent insurrection Many countries in the world have State financed national museums, based on the European model of the nineteenth century centralized state. These museums all…


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Beyond multispecies ethnography: Engaging anthropology with violence and animal rights

Sabrina Otterloo , March 15th, 2016


The horror of human rights abuses Let me start this post with a vignette: On October 3, 2015, at the final plenary session of the German Association of…


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Feel the heat – Fuel innovation in Ghana

Sabrina Otterloo , February 22nd, 2016


“We call it biochar,” Professor David Millar explains enthusiastically to the delegation of civil servants visiting him at his office. During my visit to our Field School in…


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Will women talk about the war?

Sabrina Otterloo , February 16th, 2016


In 2014 I spent 3 months in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, working with a Sierra Leonean research assistant to record women’s stories of wartime and domestic…


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Will women talk about the war?

Sabrina Otterloo , February 16th, 2016


In 2014 I spent 3 months in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, working with a Sierra Leonean research assistant to record women’s stories of wartime and domestic…


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Will women talk about the war?

Sabrina Otterloo , February 16th, 2016


In 2014 I spent 3 months in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, working with a Sierra Leonean research assistant to record women’s stories of wartime and domestic…


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Future heritage? The ‘Historic Urban Landscape’ approach in Zanzibar and Amsterdam

Sabrina Otterloo , February 11th, 2016


This is what seems to me the most striking conclusion of the symposium 'Finding Stories: The role of immaterial culture in city planning', organised on 30 January in…


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Future heritage? The ‘Historic Urban Landscape’ approach in Zanzibar and Amsterdam

Sabrina Otterloo , February 11th, 2016


This is what seems to me the most striking conclusion of the symposium 'Finding Stories: The role of immaterial culture in city planning', organised on 30 January in…


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The anthropologist and the key

Sabrina Otterloo , February 5th, 2016


Penetrating unfamiliar social worlds It is still dark when I hit the highway towards the setting sun. I am travelling east and then north to visit five groups…


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The anthropologist and the key

Sabrina Otterloo , February 5th, 2016


Penetrating unfamiliar social worlds It is still dark when I hit the highway towards the setting sun. I am travelling east and then north to visit five groups…


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Humour: a threat to society?

Sabrina Otterloo , January 29th, 2016


Building stereotypes Humour is especially humorous for insiders. He who laughs last… didn’t understand the joke. According to Carty and Musharbash a sense of humour is the &ldquo…


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1.000.000 views! Blogging, sharing, and countering clichés

Sabrina Otterloo , January 25th, 2016


Blogging from Leiden and beyond When the Leiden Anthropology Blog came into life halfway through 2013, we didn’t know what to expect. Leiden University was encouraging faculties and…


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