On Friday May 18, the Dutch Anthropological Association (Antropologen Beroepsvereniging) organizes its yearly ‘Dag van de Antropologie/Anthropology Day’. This year’s annual Anthropology Day will be about ‘Anthropology in Troubled Times’. We take our lead from Paul Stoller’s (Paul Stoller, Doing Anthropology in Troubled Times) recent call for an engaged anthropology, and ask how anthropology deals with and positions itself with respect to the social challenges and heated political debates our world is facing today. How does anthropology relate to anti-racist activism and racist responses, challenges to white privilege and colonial histories, critical issues like refugee rights and environmental crisis, but also a significant swing to the right that resonates in our classrooms? To what extent do these challenges shape the discipline and in what ways should anthropologists reflect on this influence?

We will come together in the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden to share and discuss insights in order to explore anthropology’s positioning and chart desirable paths for anthropology in these troubled times. Besides a thought provoking keynote lecture, we are planning a panel discussion on the need to decolonize anthropology, a workshop on diversity in the classroom, and we will ask whether the anthropological canon is largely made up of dead white men.





09:40 AM – 11:10 AM
Roundtable ‘Decolonizing Anthropology?’

Ghassan Hage, Jasmijn Rana, Tarim Flach, Peter Pels, Rita Ouedraogo (speakers), Anouk de Koning, Wayne Modest (moderators)
Grote Zaal

11:40 AM – 01:10 PM
World Café Workshop over diversiteit in het onderwijs
Elke Linders, Nicole Sanches, Kathrine van den Bogert (moderators)

Beyond conventional media strategies: Visual Anthropology’s use of experimental multimodal methodologies in addressing urgent matters
Mark Westmoreland & Sabine Luning, Ildikó Zonga Plájás, Janine Prins (speakers), Eddy Appels (moderator)
Grote Zaal

Ethics, integrity and data Management: Anthropological  Strategies
Kim Knibbe, Younes Saramifar, Annelies Moors, Martijn de Koning (speakers)

02:10 PM – 03:40 PM
Decentering  Courses and Curricula in Anthropology
Julie McBrien, Sabine Luning (speakers), Jasmijn Rana (moderator)

Ethnographic practice for troubled times
Femke Brandt & Jenny Josefsson & Marja Spierenburg, Nick Massey, Sherilyn Deen (speakers), Yatun Sastramidjaja (moderator)
Grote Zaal

Diversiteit in de praktijk: Noodzakelijk kwaad of noodzakelijke stap?
Dionne Abdoelhafiezkhan, Wim Haan, Marieke Slootman, Anneke Mosman, Mustapha Charifi, Marjolein Bosboom (sprekers), Jacqueline Franssens (moderator)

04:00 PM – 05:00 PM
Racist Sorcery: Can Anthropology provide the counter-spell?
Ghassan Hage (keynote speaker)
Grote Zaal


Bookstall “het Fort van Sjakoo” 

Together with bookshop “het Fort van Sjakoo” we have made a special selection of books that will be available for purchase at this year’s Anthropology Day. The bookshop, which is specialized in libertarian and radical ideas, is since 1977 situated in the center of Amsterdam. At first in a squatted house on the site of a planned highway through the inner-city and since 1988 legalized. The shop is run by a collective of 10 volunteers who can provide you with information ranging from the latest news, background info and history. They have a special focus for foreign publications, music and magazines.


The Antropologen.nl stall

Antropologen.nl is ready to rumble! We’ve received lovely responses, likes, tips, compliments and suggestions. However: Antropologen.nl can do more. That’s why we are looking for guest writers!

Are you someone…

who has a connection with the field of Anthropology;

who likes to write about anthropological perspectives;

who wishes to gain experience in writing articles, blogs, interviews or other types of texts;

who loves to write about personal fieldwork experience;

who wants to challenge his/her inner writer.

Then we should definitely hook up! The editors of the Dutch Anthropological Association are looking for (ex-)students of anthropology who like to write an article (or other types of texts) for our website Antropologen.nl. This could be a perfect way to challenge yourself, and to show the world your writing skills!
Great ideas are the fuel of progress! Are you interested? Just send an e-mail to webredactie@antropologen.nl, and before you know it you’re on our front page!