When I decided to apply for the Engaged Anthropology Grant of the Wenner-Gren Foundation it certainly seemed to be the right thing to do. After all I had spent years in Sierra Leone observing organisations of people with disability. It was obvious that the people who nourished my thesis with their infinite patience, tolerating my presence … More I have made it! Have I?
Recently there has been a lot of talk in Europe about refugees, sometimes designated as ”migrants”, always pronounced with a moralising overtone in order to emphasise that the individuals we are speaking about do not deserve protection or the right to stay on European soil. The fear of migration permeates European public discourses, the media … More Refugees on the other side
This blogpost is an open message to my colleagues and friends who are celebrating today the 25th anniversary of the first anthropology department in Hungary. Dear all, I will not be with you today. I am in Freetown. I have spent the past few weeks busy creating and prep aring opportunities to speak about my … More Celebrating anthropology
Since the 7th of November Sierra Leone is officially Ebola-free. Even if the outbreak lasted far too long and it was far too painful, there is reason now to celebrate. The NGOs responsible for the Ebola response are now preparing for the phasing out. Life comes back to normal. Well, this is exactly the problem. … More Blame it on Ebola
I have been here for three weeks that have run so fast that it seems I landed yesterday. It is time to focus on the main reason of me returning to Sierra Leone. I have to find a way to create an occasion for sharing my research conclusions with the key actors of the disability … More DisNGOization in practice
Dignity Market is a place that my friends rented so that disabled people living in different collective homes in and around the city can come there to work, men doing mostly tinsmithing, women gara-tie dying. It was imagined as a workshop and a shop. Appearance of workers was not steady and the selling never succeeded … More Dignity Market
I did long term anthropological fieldwork amongst the polio-disabled communities of Freetown between 2008 and 2012. The research fed into my doctoral dissertation: „Where parallel worlds meet: civil society and civic agency. Politicising polio in Sierra Leone”, defended in June 2015. My present visit is part of a mission funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation with the … More Closed fists of Ebola
48 hours before the plane takes off