Blogs 2013

Steven Vertovec, December 2013

In 2007 I published an article that introduced the concept, or what I called a summary term, ‘super-diversity’. Since then, in both the worlds of academia and public policy, the concept has been subject of some interesting (and some downright weird) interpretations ...

Peter van der Veer, SSRC Forums, September 2013

This summer I visited Mianning County (Liangshan Yizu Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, S.W. China, only 80 kilometers outside of Xichang, the capital of the Prefecture). On a beautiful mountain, called Lingshan (灵山 or Magic Mountain), one finds a huge temple visited by ...

Angie Heo, June 2013

During their earthly lives, Coptic saints must preserve their humility and protect themselves from worldly 'vainglory' (al-magd al-batil, Arabic).  One monk, Abdel-Masih al-Manahri (d. 1963) who hails from an Upper Egyptian village in Minya, is fondly remembered among Coptic Christians all over the world for his loud, flamboyant acts ...

Dan Smyer Yu, April 2013

Public anthropology, advocated by Rob Borofsky in the late 20th century, has become widely accepted among anthropologists and other social scientists. It takes us a few steps further than the “reflexive” and “interpretive” turns of George Marcus, James Clifford, and Paul Rabinow, all of which are concerned with the preservation of ...

Dan Smyer Yu, February 2013

Buddhism becoming modern isn’t news anymore. Among scholars, Buddhist modernity or modern Buddhism is being extensively discussed. The geographic emphasis of this scholarly attention is often given to the Western Hemisphere as shown in the works of Charles Prebish (1971; 2011), David McMahan (2008; 2012), and Cristina Rocha (2011). I see ...

Dan Smyer Yu, November 2013

Usually before fieldwork or after returning from it, I ask myself, “Where am I?” “What is that distance that separates me from my ethnographic field?” and I think about the fact that the difference is not just a geographic distance that a jet plane ...

Junjia Ye, August 2013

Thursday evening 6.30pm at the post office in Jurong Point. Standing in line, I notice an Indian man clutching a white envelope. He is dressed in shirt and pants, a backpack on him. He looks rather confused as he looks at the different lines in the post office. It is crowded with different queues for ...

Laavanya Kathiravelu, FASS Cities Research Cluster Blog, May 2013

Migration, diversity, and, despite reports of its demise, multiculturalism, still dominate much debate in the social sciences as well as amongst policy makers in a range of countries and contexts. These preoccupations point to an ongoing examination ...

Peter van der Veer, SSRC Forums, March 2013

On 23 December 2012 we visited the Mother Goddess Shrine adjunct to the Great Kneeling Elephant temple, one of the four spiritual gates of the ancient citadel in Hanoi, in the company of Mr. Thien, a successful businessman and chairman of a group doing research on what they called “telepathy.” ...

Paul Becker, January 2013

In 2003, my first year at the university coincided with the „Year of Russian Culture in Germany “. Over the course of this event, the German Union of West-East Associations organized a ”German-Russian ship of culture“, where artists, musicians, politicians, and scientists from both countries crossed Germany together via the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers. En route, ...