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24 mei 2012



Adrian Gerbrands Lecture door Prof. Faye Ginsburg: Australia’s Indigenous New Wave: Future Imaginaries in Recent Aboriginal Feature Films In her lecture, Ginsburg will analyze the recent “new wave” of Australian indigenous filmmakers. They each tell unblinking stories of the grim situation of many young people in Australia. The unusual quality of these films is widely acknowledged. In 2009, the indigenously directed narrative film, Samson and Delilah, by Aboriginal Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton, opened in Adelaide, Australia. Within a few months this remarkable portrayal of the harsh conditions of life of indigenous youth in Central Australia, picked up the coveted Camera d’Or Award for best feature film at the Cannes Film Festival. In his acceptance speech, Thornton spoke about how most young men like him were dead at his age. However bleak the situation in which young Aborigines find themselves, each of the young directors create stories that end with a moment of recognition of a possible future. Faye Ginsburg is Director of the Center for Media, Culture and History at New York University where she is also David Kriser Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Center for Religion and Media. Recipient of numerous awards – including MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships as well as five book prizes – she is currently completing Mediating Culture: Indigenous Media in a Digital Age, a work based on 20 years of collaborative work with Indigenous media makers in Australia, Canada, the US and Brazil. She is currently involved in research on cultural innovation and the changing place of disability in American public life. The Annual Adrian Gerbrands Lecture is a joint initiative of the Fund for Ethnology Leiden, the National Museum for Ethnology, the Beeld voor Beeld Documentary Film Festival and the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (Leiden University). The lecture intends to promote academic and popular interest in research combining material culture studies, the anthropology of art, and visual anthropology. The lecture opens the Beeld voor Beeld festival, which will be held from May 30 till June 3 in the Tropentheater Amsterdam. Aanmelden: Datum en Locatie: The lecture will start May 29th at 15.45 hours followed by a reception that starts at 17.00 hours at the National Museum of Ethnology, Steenstraat 1, 2300AE Leiden. Voor meer informatie: For press and other questions, contact us at:

Minister Wiebes: woordvoerder van Shell of Nederlands Minister voor Economische Zaken en Klimaat?

Door Jurrian Veldhuizen | 25 november 2020

Inmiddels twee maanden geleden stelde Lammert van Raan van de Partij voor de Dieren 25 zeer kritische Kamervragen aan Minister Hoekstra van Financiën en Minister Wiebes van Economische Zaken en Klimaat over de twijfelachtige klimaatplannen van olie- en gasbedrijven. Minister Wiebes had lang de tijd nodig om antwoord te geven. Toen het uiteindelijk kwam, bleek de minister een uitstekende woordvoerder voor Shell en een kampioen in het ontwijken van vragen en daarmee verantwoordelijkheden, schrijft Jurrian Veldhuizen namens Building Change.

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UN Food Systems Summit 2021

Wie niet aan tafel mee mag praten, staat op het menu

Door Vice Versa | 24 november 2020

Oxfam Novib, Hivos, Both Ends en de AgriProFocus Food Security Policy Coalition pleiten voor duurzame en inclusieve voedselsystemen op de VN- wereldtop komend jaar. Tijdens de conferentie ‘Bold Actions for Food as a Source for Good’, op 23 en 24 November georganiseerd door de Wageningen Universiteit, het World Economic Forum en anderen, kan Minister Kaag aandringen op een ambitieuze Summit die harde afspraken maakt over de toekomst van ons voedsel.

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‘Food security policy should focus less on production and more on consumers’

Door Joris Tielens | 22 november 2020

How can the Netherlands contribute to improving nutrition in Africa in the coming decade? Retiring Professor Ruerd Ruben would like to see Dutch government policy informed by a food systems approach – with more focus on consumers, and an active role for Dutch embassies entering into policy dialogue with the government in their African host countries. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag agrees: ‘The systems approach, where more priority is given to the environment and consumers, is now widespread. It will be high on the agenda of the UN summit in 2021.’

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