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New workplace student at NIAS

Matti Weisdorf, student at the Department of Anthropology, has just started at a workplace student at NIAS. Matti will be with us for the next 6 months while writing his thesis. 

Matti writes:
"A man of inconveniently many interests I finally found my anthropological and more general academic foothold in the cheerful world of crippling violence and post-war re-negotiation of life. More specifically I pursued my own research agenda by spending  half a year in and around a small  housing scheme for disabled government soldiers in the Northwestern province of Sri Lanka. Here, I interrogated how the official government discourse on the so-called heroes of the war - and the very tangible benefits that goes with it - was appropriated and, in turn, squared against the vexed and stigmatized identity of the disabled man to allow for new political and religious identities to emerge."