Thera Rasing (Ph.D.) is an anthropologist specialised in Gender Studies and Anthropology of Religion. Her specialities are female initiation rites, gender, sexuality, African traditional religion, Christianity, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, community based volunteers, tertiary education and urbanization. She has predominantly conducted research in Zambia, but also in Malawi and Uganda. She was senior lecturer and Head of Department of Gender Studies at the University of Zambia and at the Catholic University Malawi, and taught courses at other universities in Zambia. She conducted research for the Zambian Ministry of Community Development, on health systems strengthening and development among community based volunteers, and worked at the Centre of Infectious Disease Control Zambia (CIDRZ), where she conducted research to develop new health systems to provide better services for people living with HIV. As independent consultant she conducted research for UN organisations and various NGOs.
Menno Welling (abd) studied African Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University, University of Dar-es-Salaam and Syracuse University, NY. He is the owner and lead consultant of African Heritage Ltd in Malawi and African Heritage Consulting in the Netherlands. His interests are in African archaeology, cultural landscapes, heritage tourism and intangible cultural heritage. Since 2010 he has been an active member of ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM). He recently also joined the International Scientific Committees for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ISCICH) and Cultural Landscapes (ISCCL). As a consultant he is engaged with heritage impact assessments, World Heritage nominations and heritage management. African Heritage Ltd also has a tourism division which consists of a café and art gallery and offers guided heritage tours in Malawi.
In February 2015, I joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam. I previously worked at the Department of Culture Studies of Tilburg University. I obtained my PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam with the African Studies Centre, Leiden, in 2011 (cum laude).
My research interests are urban space, transnationalism, religion, ritual, gender, industrial and cultural heritage, and media. I conducted research in Mozambique, Brazil and The Netherlands. During my doctoral research I studied the growth of transnational religious movements in a city in transition, looking at the case of Brazilian Pentecostalism in Mozambique. I conducted two years of ethnographic fieldwork in various areas of the capital Maputo, using a mix of qualitative methods. Embedded in theories of cultural and religious anthropology, urban studies, and globalization, my dissertation argued that transnational religious engagement should not only be approached as a coping mechanism in times of rapid social change. It also implies investing in socio-cultural innovation by its followers, such as entrepreneurial initiatives and alternative family forms.
Religion is nowadays often portrayed as the cause of tension and conflict. However, religion can also be seen as an adequate way to deal with polarization and disagreements. As part of the monthly debate series on ‘Understanding the Other’, this session will explore the role of religion as dialogue. What type of experiences are we referring to? Under which conditions can religion serve as a tool for dialogue? Three introductory speakers will highlight their experiences with religion as dialogue from various backgrounds and contexts. The objective is to trigger an interactive discussion, opening up avenues for dialogue and understanding.
Date: 15 March 2016
Time: 16:00 – 17:30 (door open at 15:30)
Location: ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague
Admission: €7.50 (includes a drink) – free for students and SID members
For more information and to register for the discussion, see: http://sidnl.org/religion-as-dialogue/
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This film is part of the Movies that Matter festival 18-26 March in The Hague. Apart from The Hague, the film will be shown in Leiden at the African Studies Centre. Fadimata ‘Disco’ Walet Oumar, one of the main characters, has been invited to the Netherlands by the festival organization and will be present at the screenings both in The Hague and in Leiden. After the film screening in Leiden she will be interviewed by Henrike Florusbosch (Department of Cultural Anthropology, Leiden University), followed by a discussion.
The ‘Migration and mobilities in an urbanising world’ Workshop will take place on 16-17 June 2016 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The workshop is organised by Utrecht University (Department of Human Geography and Planning) and the Transnational Mobility-Development Network.
For more information, please see: CFP TransMob workshop 2016 revised
In de vierde editie van het rapport ‘Dirty Profits’ van de Duitse organisatie Facing Finance schrijft Annelies den Boer van Wemos over onethische geneesmiddelentests door farmaceutische bedrijven in Zuid-Afrika, Kenia en Zimbabwe.
Lees het op http://www.wemos.nl/files/
IAM is the first platform dedicated to women in visual arts, fashion and design from Africa and its Diaspora. IAM is a bilingual (English/French) cross-media platform, encompassing both an editorial website accessible on www.iam-africa.com, a high quality print magazine published twice a year and a program of events. IAM explores local artistic African scenes; portrays artists, designers, curators and art professionals from Africa and its Diaspora and brings together an audience of contemporary women – and men – who believe in the future of Africa and are inspired by those strong personalities. IAM’s overall content is conceived and produced by a team of art, fashion and design connoisseurs across Africa, Europe and North America. To support the coordination of a series of projects related to the platform development, IAM is looking for a Special Projects Manager.
During her/his internship our new colleague will work on:
– web content management: manages the flow of content received from contributors and
supports the process for review, approval, formatting and publishing on the website.
– archiving: creates a database of biographies and artwork visuals
– newsletter: coordinates IAM’s bi-monthly newsletter
IAM is the first platform dedicated to women in visual arts, fashion and design from Africa and its Diaspora. IAM is a bilingual (English/French) cross-media platform, encompassing both an editorial website accessible on www.iam-africa.com, a high quality print magazine published twice a year and a program of events. IAM explores local artistic African scenes; portrays artists, designers, curators and art professionals from Africa and its Diaspora and brings together an audience of contemporary women – and men – who believe in the future of Africa and are inspired by those strong personalities. IAM’s overall content is conceived and produced by a team of art, fashion and design connoisseurs across Africa, Europe and North America.
The Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) – a Netherlands based multidisciplinary research centre established by Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam – has a vacancy for a postdoc position in the field of frugal and inclusive business models for research in the project “Frugal Innovations and Responsible Entrepreneurship: Case Studies in the Water and Health Sectors in East Africa”. More information on the vacancy, on how to apply, and on the research project can be found at the CFIA website (http://www.cfia.nl) or at Academic Transfer (https://www.academictransfer.com).