Posted on: May 25, 2018 Posted by: Valeria Mongelli Comments: 7

Objects with a Story: Refugees’ Life Vests Become Design Items

The Dutch social enterprise Makers Unite helps refugees to build a career by upcycling waste material collected on Greek shores. “It is good to give a new life to something that helped in saving people’s lives,” said Moutasem Alawad. The 38-year-old, who comes from Daraa in Syria, arrived in 2015 to the Netherlands as a refugee, where he spent one year moving from one refugee camp to another, crossing the whole…

Posted on: May 23, 2018 Posted by: Comments: 7

Students and Teachers Protest University Budget Cuts

On Tuesday night, around 400 students and teachers of UvA faculties for humanities and social studies took the Oudemanhuispoort building to protest against the university’s ongoing budget cuts as a prologue to the larger scheduled protests on June 8.  Once again, the student outrage creates a critical climax as Dutch universities are being criticized for the same reasons as during the protests in 2015. For about 3 months,  students and staff…

Posted on: May 23, 2018 Posted by: Isabel Bonnet Comments: 0

Going home: it’s not that simple

“If I could live in my country, I would” A normal family WhatsApp group spams everyone with jokes, holiday pictures, and maybe some voice-notes, mistakenly sent by their grandmother. Mine essentially consists of political matters, text messages notifying others that there is milk in the supermarket or that electricity is gone. When it’s someone’s birthday, we send voice-notes. When someone is traveling, we send a text message saying we’re boarding the…

Posted on: May 22, 2018 Posted by: Raluca Dumitrache Comments: 1

Documenting Palestinian Diaspora: 48 Stories that Need to Be Told

Over 80 people participated last Friday at the NOOR & Paradox project collaboration: 48 stories. The event marked the launch of 48 stories, a web app which documents the life stories of the Palestinian diaspora. The concept and name of the project refer to the year 1948, remembered in history as either the War of Independence, the War of Liberation, The Catastrophe or as the creation of Israeli state and the expulsion of…

Posted on: May 22, 2018 Posted by: Christa Koeyvoets Comments: 2

“Our Bodies, Our Voice,” a Reading on Sexual Violence at UvA

What do you think of when you hear “sexual violence”? “Pain”, “silence”, “rape culture” and “nightmare”. These are just a few of the many answers given by the audience at CREA on last Tuesday. The reading, organized by Amsterdam United and Aim, the study association of PPLE students, attracted many people. The event was kickstarted by moderator Claudia Dictus, an Amsterdam University College student, who organizes sexual violence prevention workshops. Dictus…