Blogs 2018

Peter van der Veer, April 2018

Jesus said 'Let the dead bury the dead' (Luke 9:60). But, obviously, they cannot. They need the living to do it for them. What strikes the reader of the overwhelming historical and anthropological literature on death and the disposal of the dead is the deep concern that most societies have in taking care ...

Renewing Political Anthropology

Irfan Ahmad, March 2018

In 2007, Jonathan Spencer announced the “death of political anthropology.” I do not think political anthropology died, but it does need renewing. To accept its death and hope, as Spencer does, for “a reborn anthropology of the political,” is to slip into metaphysics and expect its rebirth. This inaugural column outlines one key way to renew political anthropology: (auto)biography. ...

A collaboration between Alessio Mazzaro and members of the EoM research group

Giulia Carabelli, April 2018

Since last autumn, members of the Empires of Memory Group - Giulia Carabelli, Annika Kirbis and Jeremy F. Walton – have collaborated with the Trieste-based artist Alessio Mazzaro ...

Thoughts on the “Rumours about Germany” Campaign

February 2018

This is a translation of the blog article Werben gegen Asyl. Gedanken zur ‘Rumours about Germany’-Kampagne” by Nerges Azizi und Dana Schmalz from 08.01.2018. Translated by Christiane Kofri.

Under the title of “Rumours about Germany”, the Federal Foreign Office informs about the possibilities of being granted protection in Germany. In English, French and Arabic, “reliable facts” are provided in short texts practically sorted into three categories: “Sure about leaving?”, “On your way?”, “Need to return?”. ...