Blogs 2014

Peter van der Veer, November 2014

Singapore today is a product of inimitable urban planning and social engineering. What has been achieved under the one-party dominance of the PAP (People’s Action Party) under the leadership of Prime Minister Lee Kuan-Yew and his son is in many ways admirable. ...

Annelies Kusters, April 2014

In India, there are a large number of conventional gestures that practically everybody knows, such as “water,” “toilet,” “how much does it cost,” etc. We are investigating what happens when hearing people encounter deaf people who primarily use Indian Sign Language, and how ...

Roschanack Shaery, February 2014

Many western and Lebanese academics have reproduced in their works the image Hizbullah projects of itself as a resistance movement and celebrate its anti- imperialist stance without however critically engaging with the politics of this particular type of identity production. In fact, such works ...

Naomi Hellmann, October 2014

I came back from two amazing weeks in China's most northwestern province of Xinjiang. I actually went with UNESCO to see first hand our work on the restoration of the 5th to 9th century Buddhist mural paintings. I ended up worlds away after leaving the town of Kuche (Kuqa) and the center of  ...

Elena Gadjanova, March 2014

Rarely would you have to rely on the kindness of strangers as much as when doing fieldwork in a country you visit for the first time. I spent a month between January and February 2014 traversing Ghana from South to North and back, talking to people, observing ...