Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

drs. J. (Jordi) Halfman

  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
    Programme group: Globalising Culture and the Quest for Belonging
  • Visiting address
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  15509
    1001 NA  Amsterdam

Jordi Halfman is a cultural anthropologist who obtained both her bachelor and master's degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Amsterdam in 2012 and 2013. In the fall of 2014 she started her PhD-journey at that same university, a place she soon exchanged to go and do fieldwork on the island Saint Martin. On the island she draws together her interest in co-existence, equity and creativity with her love for and experience in working with children and youth. 

Her current work aims at learning from the rich imaginations of children in relation to the complicated issues of (national) belonging. In earlier work she used sound and theatre to research and communicate the ethics of the street learned from street-soccer players in the Netherlands. In order to work with children she now fine-tunes these methods to learn from and expand the reach of the imaginations of the girls and boys of Saint Martin.

Since November 2014 Jordi Halfman is a PhD candidate within the project 'Imagining the nation in the classroom'. For this project she has done extensive fieldwork on Sint Maarten, one of the islands within the Dutch Kindom, where she is learning from the ways in which children in primary schools imagine belonging.

During my fieldwork on Sint Maarten I was able to become art of the team that developed and implemented a new school method for cycle 2 students in the Dutch Kingdom. The lesson plan was developed to share and deepen the understanding of the relationship between trans-Atlantic slavery and the birth of Human Rights.  These lesson were created on Sint Maarten by students engaging with local teachers and intellectuals and are taught during a one month period in which pupils slef-dicover the history of their island/Kingdom. The lessons will be taught in schools on Sint Maarten as well as in the Netherlands and the wider Dutch Caribbean.

Its birth is made possbible because of a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, University of Saint Martin, the National Museum for World Cultures in the Netherlands and the Isselinge University of Applied Sciences.

Media appearance

  • Halfman, Jordi (10-09-2017): De kinderen van Dutch Quarter kunnen geen kant op [Radio] NOS Met het oog op morgen. De kinderen van Dutch Quarter kunnen geen kant op.
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