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New workplace student at NIAS

October 19, 2021 - 14:01

Matti Weisdorf, student at the Department of Anthropology, has just started at a workplace student at NIAS. Matti will be with us for the next 6 months while writing his thesis. 

Matti writes:
“A man of inconveniently many interests I finally found my anthropological and more general academic foothold in the cheerful world of crippling violence and post-war re-negotiation of life. More specifically I pursued my own research agenda by spending  half a year in and around a small  housing scheme for disabled government soldiers in the Northwestern province of Sri Lanka. Here, I interrogated how the official government discourse on the so-called heroes of the war – and the very tangible benefits that goes with it – was appropriated and, in turn, squared against the vexed and stigmatized identity of the disabled man to allow for new political and religious identities to emerge.”

New workplace student at NIAS


October 19, 2021