By Ina Keuper
These days many students are stressing to complete the final assignment of their studies in a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme in Anthropology. But summer holidays are there soon and will help them to relax after many months of hard work. What will those students who are finishing their Bachelor’s studies do after the summer holidays? Will they continue their interest in anthropology in a subsequent Master’s programme? Already this year or after one or two years of working and perhaps some travelling? And what about the Master’s students? What kind of career will they strive for and how will they use their academic capacities enhanced in the Master’s? I wondered how many of these students did write a thesis about a topic or with a perspective related to gender studies, diversity, intersectionality or a even a feminist view.
As a retired staff member at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam I had the privilege to supervise many students with their final assignment, the Bachelor’s and Master’s thesis (and many ‘doctoraal scripties’ previous to 2005). Many of these students elaborated upon women’s issues or used a gender aware lens in their research and writing. Especially in the 1980s most of the students I supervised did so, but their number declined in the 1990s and the first decade of the new millennium. Fortunately, in the last years of my teaching work – which ended in 2014 – I met anew more and more students choosing topics related to gender and women’s issues. Being a member of LOVA since its start in 1979, I observed that with pleasure.
I would like to encourage those students who did in 2016 their research for their Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis within the field of gender studies and feminist anthropology to write an article for the LOVA Journal of December 2016, because LOVA wants to support students and graduates to share research findings, experiences and opinions amongst each other and with a wider public. As most often graduates in Anthropology find jobs in which they have to write a lot for their own organisation or for a larger public, publishing in LOVA Journal provides them a perfect medium to show eventual employers their proficiency in writing. Elsewhere on this LOVA website you find further information about the journal and the guidelines for preparing a contribution for it. Articles can be written in English or Dutch. I guess that editor in chief, Silvia Herrero Simancas, is waiting to receive your notification of an article.