Leiden Anthropology Blog


Tag: Technology

  • Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est

    Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est

    If knowledge itself is power, then how should we relate to data-hungry companies eager to improve our lives and lifestyles? The science fiction TV-show ‘Orphan Black’ might offer us some interesting answers.
  • Practising Visual Methods

    Practising Visual Methods

    Researchers from a variety of disciplines and countries flock to Leiden in August. Exploring the ‘ordinary’, showing emotion, and challenging existing images: they tell what draws them to spend their summer on audiovisual methods.
  • Function Creep

    Function Creep

    After last years revelations of the NSA spying activities, hackers often despair over the lack of public interest in online privacy. An anthropological focus on the specific context of such activism may help explain this.
  • Real Smart Cities are not user-friendly

    Real Smart Cities are not user-friendly

    The European debate on Smart Cities should focus less on “user-friendliness” and more on open access and engaging citizens in the complex political issues involved in the creation of technologies and cities.
  • The peculiar case of (non) creativity

    The peculiar case of (non) creativity

    Creativity is one of the buzzwords everyone seems to be after - individuals, businesses, education institutions and even states. Some seem to succeed better than others. But is that really the case? What are our views on what is creative and what is not?
  • Data confessions of the quantified self

    Data confessions of the quantified self

    'Quantified Selfers' are people who spend a lot of their time tracking, measuring and counting physical, mental and emotional aspects of their 'selves'. Critics refer to them as narcissistic 'datasexuals'. Dorien Zandbergen offers another explanation.
  • The problem of ‘culture’ in the New Economy

    The problem of ‘culture’ in the New Economy

    Governments around the world postulate digital entrepreneurship as the key to their nations’ economic future. Yet it seems that this call for more entrepreneurial citizens also goes hand in hand with a request to change culture.