Tag: English

Phenomena of the Irrational. On wonder doctors, witches and conspiracy theories

Monica Black , December 20th, 2020


From 1945 until the late 1950s, a wave of accusations of witchcraft swept through Germany, and tens of thousands of people flocked to wonder healers. But why? And…


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Contested Memory. The ‘Comfort Women’ Statue in Berlin and Dealing with Sexual Violence in War

Regina Mühlhäuser, Insa Eschebach , October 14th, 2020


The unveiling of a statue in memory of the victims of sexual violence committed by the Japanese Army in World War II has led to diplomatic tension between…


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Comparing Comparisons: From the “Historikerstreit” to the Mbembe Affair

Michael Rothberg , September 23rd, 2020


In the late 1980s, mostly German intellectuals discussed the question of the “uniqueness” or “comparability” of the Holocaust. In the Cause Mbembe, the fronts, the participants and the…


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Michelle LaFrance on her book, Institutional Ethnography

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Interview by Sarah Fischer https://upcolorado.com/utah-state-university-press/item/3649-institutional-ethnography Sarah Fischer: You are an English professor, and your book deals with various subfiel…


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Inadequate, yet Indispensable: The WHO and the History of Global Health

Christoph Gradmann, Jean-Paul Gaudillière , May 27th, 2020


The USA sharply criticizes the WHO: President Trump accuses it of lacking distance from China. But this attitude is nothing new. On the contrary, since the founding of…


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Unmasked: Covid-19 and the Cultural Dimensions of the Debate on Mandatory Face Masks

Julia Hauser , April 8th, 2020


In the context of the covid-19 pandemic, Germany witnesses debates on whether masks could help contain the spread of the virus. This article argues the controversy may be…


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Was ist los in Erfurt? The East German Past and the Democratic Crisis of the Present

Ned Richardson-Little , February 19th, 2020


Are the “East Germans” just bad democrats who mourn the GDR? And is the “West” completely blameless in the Erfurt debacle? Not at all — while Thüringen’s politics…


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Teaching Literature on the Arabian Peninsula

Beth Derderian , October 7th, 2019


Even after 15 years of teaching literature on the Arabian Peninsula, I still worry about finding the right texts for my students. They are majoring in English language,…


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Science for a Plastic Cube. Polypore Academia redefining the Rules of Science

Andrea Pető , October 2nd, 2019


Hungary is currently witnessing the emergence of a state-sponsored scientific pseudo-world in which the criteria of academic quality control no longer apply, but rather political loyalty. This raises…


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The Colour of Coffee: Racism, Gender and Coffee Consumption in 19th Century Algeria

Nina Studer , September 25th, 2019


Today, coffee is consumed everywhere in the world. Despite its neo-colonial forms of production, it is a drink which brings people together, but the consumption of coffee in…


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The ‚Afterlives‘ of Development Interventions: ‚Failure‘ as an Opportunity

Yonatan N. Gez, Andrea Steinke , September 18th, 2019


Ambitious and well planned development projects fail for various reasons. The afterlife of such “interventions” receives little attention. But local communities try to make sense of the remains…


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Greeting the New Era in Japan

Martin Dusinberre , June 19th, 2019


Japan has a new emperor and a new era. But what does it mean, in 2019, to live in a different time from the rest of the world?…


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Finding tales to tell

Meike Rottermann , February 22nd, 2016


“Looking for a story? I might just have one!”   With those words, Hikmet, a Turkish friend, invited me for a walk: story hunting in Istanbul. It was…


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Academics’ call for peace in Turkey: from “going public” to “getting persecuted”

Transformations Network , January 15th, 2016


Just a few days after the brutal terror attack on tourists took place in Istanbul, Turkish president Erdoğan and prime minister Davutoğlu used this tragic event to attack a petition by “Academic…


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#SIEF2015 #EngagedAnthropology #Discuss

Transformations Network , June 22nd, 2015


Our panel “Engaged Anthropology: Reality? Necessity? Utopia?” seeks to reflect ‘engagement’ in anthropology against the backdrop of utopia. What is the purpose of our scientifi…


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What is an anthropological global generalization?

Daniel Miller , May 13th, 2015


Perhaps the biggest problem of our entire project is that every time anyone asks us a question we have nine different answers, which is not what the person…


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Living the reaspora: Afropolitans back home

Jana Gerold Michelle Engeler , April 16th, 2015


Only recently, debates on global mobility of people consider the movement from economically richer to poorer countries, even though this trend increases from year to year. People do…


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Don’t let them drown!

Natalia Paszkiewicz , February 17th, 2015


I always enjoyed swimming, and I was even training to become a professional swimmer when I was in a primary school. It did not work out because I…


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What does poverty look like on social media?

Razvan Nicolescu , February 5th, 2015


First, we should keep in mind that low income is not necessarily related to poverty in Grano. I will briefly explain why. Indeed, the unemployment figures for the local…


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From thieves to customers

Kathrin Heitz T. , January 29th, 2015


  Between 2002 and 2011, the northern half of the Côte d’Ivoire was controlled by the rebel group Les Forces Nouvelle. In contrast to other violent groups, the rebels did not hide in the…


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From “being a scientist” to “being a curiosity”: a tale amongst egg hunters.

Andrés Forero Rueda , January 10th, 2015


“Listening and watching, that’s what it is about” said Martin with a Frisian accent, who together with Sven, was teaching me about the Frisian tradition of lapwing egg-hunting….


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A joke

Sarah Abel , March 16th, 2014


Three Mexicans and an Englishwoman walk out of a bar. A guy walks past and asks for a cigarette. He doubles back: ‘No son de aquí ¿verdad?’ ‘De…


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