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Tropical Amsterdam

Tropical Amsterdam is a story about many things. Using the platform of the few remaining Dutch in Sri Lanka, a hangover from colonial times, Alexa Schulz tells a poignant tale of a community on the verge of extinction. Most of the “Burghers” were children during colonial times, and now, as adults, appear to struggle somewhat … Continue reading

America’s Native Prisoners of War: photographic documentary

https://embed-ssl.ted.com/talks/aaron_huey.html Since becoming interested in the plight of Aboriginal Australians forced into reservations in a country they once owned, I have frequently drawn comparisons with the Native Americans in the US. Drawing ethnographic comparisons between nations, although their histories may have developed in different places and on different timescales, helps us see where we went … Continue reading

A World Not Ours

David Ben-Gurion famously said of the Palestinians that “one day the old will die and the young will forget”. But how does one forget when one’s entire existence centers around the notion that one will eventually be able to return home to one’s own country? This is one of the ideas tackled in Mahdi Fleifel’s … Continue reading

How voyeuristic is visual anthropology? (Chenchus)

Anthropology as a field of study has only materialised within the last century. Studying visual and material cultures from around the world teaches different countries about each other. Within the field of ethnography, however, there has been a historical tendency for westerners to make ethnographic film which, rather than simply observing and discussing other cultures, … Continue reading