Marlous van den Akker
Marlous van den Akker MA is PhD candidate at Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development SociologyProfile page
These days I mostly spend writing. On the precious moments that I manage to liberate myself from my laptop, I devour novels. Below some reflections on how reading fiction helps me improve my own anthropological writing (...and means to distract myself).
Anthropologists study difference: We go to other places to examine how, and why, people do things differently. However, the insights of these studies do not only teach us about other places and peoples - they can also shine a light upon our own society
On Saturday 21 September the Westgate Mall in Nairobi was taken over by militants. They killed and injured a shocking number of visitors and occupied the building for days. Kenya fought back by emphasizing the unity and solidarity among its citizens.
Between March 4 and 9 I lived in a vacuum. My sole companions were my laptop and my smartphone; together we merged into one grand news-consuming machine. Kenya was at the centre of my universe, the Kenyan elections my sole concern.