Blogs

Blogs 2015

Michalis Moutselos, November 2015

One of the most vivid memories I have from my fieldwork in the poor suburbs North of Paris (the infamous banlieues) is the following: a gathering of high-school kids and their parents from the nearby housing estate to celebrate the end of the school year at the local youth center. Following the obligatory speeches ...


Anderson Blanton, SSRC Forums, August 2015

I was conducting research on gospel radio: small independent radio stations broadcasting Pentecostal preaching and worship styles on the AM and FM dial. You can still hear it when you drive all over the country. I was also going out into the community, doing fieldwork in several different Christian and Pentecostal communities ...


Susanne Wessendorf, LSE, February 2015

It is a rainy Tuesday morning in the London Borough of Hackney. I’m sitting on a bus and my attention is drawn to an interaction between two women in front of me: a woman who looks to be East Asian is struggling to understand someone on her mobile phone. Her English is not very good and she is trying to ...

Léonie Newhouse, October 2015

A couple of months ago, when I was in Juba, South Sudan, a friend of mine picked me up to go for dinner. Let’s call him Tekle. He seemed pensive and maybe a bit down, so I asked him how things were going. As we bounced our way through the potholes of Juba, he told me about a young man he knew. A few weeks before, ...


Annelies Kusters, Somatoshpere, May 2015

During a group discussion at the India Deaf Society about the suburban trains in Mumbai, Bhaskar, a young deaf man suggested that a new rule could be introduced in the trains’ “handicapped compartments” (as they are called by Mumbaikars). He thought that the number of conflicts over the ...