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AISSR Harvest Day 2014

The AISSR Harvest Day showcases new research results within selected themes, presented by researchers from all disciplines represented in the institute. Watch the short film clips in which researchers pose their central research question and present the main research results. Read the publications that are the results of the research projects in the spotlights.

Inaugural Edition 2014 themes were: 1) Sustainable Development & Socio-economics, 2) Migration and 3) Conflict & Post-conflict life.

1. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT & SOCIO-ECONOMICS

Housing and socio economic and demographic change - Richard Ronald (Urban Geography)

Social scientists have traditionally looked at housing as a good and considered housing markets an outcome of economic forces. However, it has become increasingly evident that housing and how households orientate themselves in and toward housing markets has important outcomes in terms of wealth and family well-being 

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'Housing East Asia: Socioeconomic and Demographic Challenges'

Private troubles public issues: public approaches to issues like illness and pollution - Christian Broër (Political Sociology)

How does everyday life relate to political decisions. Why are people scared about some risks and not about others? Why do people protest against something in one country and not in another? Why and how do some issues get political attention? 

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'Risk policies and risk perceptions: a comparative study of environmental health risk policy and perception in six European countries'

How do art markets emerge?- Olav Velthuis (Cultural Sociology)

Since the late 1990s, contemporary art markets have emerged rapidly outside of Europe and the United States. At art auctions in the US, London and Hong Kong, new buyers from emerging economies have driven up prices to record levels. We witness an increase in complexity, interconnectedness, stratification and differentiation of contemporary art markets. How to understand these developments?

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'Cosmopolitan Canvases The Globalization of Markets for Contemporary Art'

2. MIGRATION

Do migrants remake the mainstream? - Jan Willem Duyvendak (Sociology)

How diverse have our cities become? More and more people seem to share common notions. To what extent can minorities change the mainstream and make it more pluriform? Or do they have to adapt and assimilate into the mainstream?

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'European States and their Muslim Citizens The Impact of Institutions on Perceptions and Boundaries'

Unity in diversity?-Tom van der Meer (Political Science)

Recent years have seen a sharp increase in empirical studies on the constrict claim: the hypothesized detrimental effect of ethnic diversity on most if not all aspects of social cohesion. Tom van der Meer (and Jochem Tolsma) structure the empirical results of 90 recent studies and observe three important patterns.

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'Ethnic Diversity and Its Effects on Social Cohesion'

Super-diverse Amsterdam - Robert Kloosterman (Human Geography)

Amsterdam has become a diverse or, in the words of Steve Vertovec, super-diverse city with migrant populations at the lower and higher ends of the socio-economic continuum. How does the labour market position of migrants relate to these boarder processes of city transformations? 

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'From Amsterdamned to I Amsterdam: the Amsterdam economy and its impact on the labor market position of migrants'

Race, genetics and temporality - Amade M’Charek (Medical Anthropology)

What kind of object could embody history and make that history visible? The folded object is a way to attend to the temporality and spatiality of objects. What do we learn from unravelling the history of a DNA reference sequence? 

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'Race, time and folded objects: the HeLa error'

3. CONFLICT AND POST-CONFLICT LIFE

Conflict, children and idioms of distress - Ria Reis (Medical Anthropology)

Examining children's enactment of spirit possession idioms and witchcraft in Africa including the meanings such idioms provide and the local healing resources they mobilize. Idioms of haunting spirits in Northern Uganda and witch-children elsewhere in Africa can be interpreted as manifestations of social crises and mass traumatic stress. 

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'Children enacting idioms of witchcraft and spirit possession as a response to trauma'

Things fall apart: fragmentation in civil war - Lee Seymour (Political Science)

Why do some insurgent organizations fragment into feuding factions while others manage to remain cohesive? And how does unity or disunity among the parties to a civil war affect key conflict processes? An investigation into the dynamics of cohesion in armed groups. 

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'Why Factions Switch Sides in Civil Wars: Rivalry, Patronage, and Realignment in Sudan'

Election violence - Ursula Daxecker (Political Science)

On the relation between the increasing international interest in elections as exemplified by the rise of international election monitoring and temporal shifts in the use of violent intimidation by political actors. 

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'All quiet on election day? International election observation and incentives for pre-election violence in African elections'

Self-destruction in toxic schools - Bowen Paulle (Cultural Sociology)

How do students and teachers actually cope, in real time, with the chronic stress, peer group dynamics, and subtle power politics of urban educational spaces in the perpetual shadow of aggression?

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'Toxic Schools. High-poverty education in New York and Amsterdam'

Education and Peacebuilding - Mieke Lopes Cardozo (International Development Studies)

How, why and under what conditions or circumstances can education fulfill its potential role to support sustainable and peaceful societies?

Watch the short film clip summarising research question and answer

Read 'Education and social change in post-conflict and post-disaster Aceh, Indonesia'