Projects

Mobilising hormone disrupting chemicals across France

This ethnographic project focuses on how young people in France understand, create and share information on endocrine disruptors (chemicals that interfere with hormonal functioning) and how this knowledge informs their everyday lives.

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Reinventing drinking traditions in North Sulawesi

This ethnographic project zooms into the Manado Punk community and the re-appropriation of the local distilled drink, Cap Tikus, as a lens through which to explore contemporary times for young people in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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Chemical sexualities in Papua

This ethnographic project explores the relationships between chemical use and the construction and embodiment of masculinities in the provincial capital city of Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia.

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Amsterdam's super health scene

This ethnographic project aims to understand young people’s aspirations and practices towards ‘super health’ in the Dutch capital city of Amsterdam, where organic, low-sugar, low-carb diets and the fit lifestyle have become the rage.

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The meanings and materialities of height in the Philippines

This "ethnography of height" looks at the different situations in which human stature figures in the everyday lives of young people in the Philippines.

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Beauty, body utility and sexuality in the Philippines

This ethnographic project focuses on chemical use practices among young Filipino women, their experiences of the body and the frictions of modernity.

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Ways of knowing: (non)/medical explorations and the psychedelic world

This ethnographic project is situated in the Netherlands and the United States, and follows the movements and transformations of psychedelic substances, in and out of different settings such as homes, parks, festivals, clinical trials, fMRIs.

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Pleasure, performance and prevention in Ethiopia

Rosalijn Both This ethnographic research, conducted among young people (aged 18-35) in urban Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, focuses on young people’s encounters with contemporary reproductive and sexual health technologies, in particular Postpill (an emergency contraceptive pill) and Cupid (a branded generic of Viagra), to shed light on their sexual health concerns, aspirations and the kinds of (wo)manhood...

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    Grand Tour projects

    Grand Tour Netherlands

    In the Netherlands, the grand tour of chemical lives of young people was conducted in the capital city Amsterdam. We interviewed young (18-30) students, backpackers, cooks in restaurants and business men and women working in the business district in the south of Amsterdam. The fieldwork conducted amongst young cooks expanded to the middle sized city of Utrecht where additional interviews were conducted....

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    Grand Tour Indonesia

    In Indonesia the grand tour of chemical lives of young people was conducted initially in Makassar, together with Professor Nurul Ilmi Idrus of the University of Hasanuddin. We interviewed young people (18-25) who differ in the structure of their every day lives: porters, tricyle and motorcycle taxi drivers, mall workers, sex workers and students. Contrast studies were done in Bira, a rural port town...

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    Grand Tour France

    The French Grand Tour was conducted in Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseilles. It involved research among young people concerned with the deleterious effects of chemicals on their health who mobilize around endocrine disruption, the socialities and materialities of smoking and "vaping," the chemical regimes used by gay men to navigate affective encounters in serodiscordant contexts, those of gym goers,...

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    Grand Tour Philippines

    In the Philippines the grand tour of chemical lives of young people was initially conducted in Batangas, South Luzon. There, a diversity sample of mall workers, porters, students, sex workers and call center workers was interviewed. Subsequently the study was expanded to include fieldwork in a more remote Island, Puerto Princesa Palawan. In addition, the field school of the anthropology Bachelors...

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