Namgis is an anthropological convention with its main purpose to have students of Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology at the University of Amsterdam to get comfortable with relevant content and people from the anthropological work and research environment. We gladly invite different academici and other guests to prepare a lecture or an interactive program together with the anthropological study association Kwakiutl.
Namgis comes from the traditional language of the Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka’wakw), a native North-American tribe, which means the-ones-who-are-one-when-they-are-together.
2019 — Nutrition Namgis was all about nutrition this year. 'At the Table' was an anthropological conference in which all kinds of aspects of food were discussed. We got a glimpse into the world of a naturopath and her ideas about the relationship between food and emotions. An emeritus professor also gave a lecture on cannibalism. Why do we sometimes find each other to eat, but can we sometimes devour another with skin and hair?
2018 — Sex A much-discussed topic, but often embarrassing and insecure, and in some circles even a taboo: sex. Foucault examined the power relations that go hand in hand with whether or not to talk about sex in a society, and as anthropologists it is certainly interesting to look at what the dominant opinion on sex is in society. This year the congress took place on 13 April in the Perdu foundation, in Amsterdam. Workshops and lectures were given on the theme of sex, including attention to heteronormativity and sex education. This year's keynote speaker was Sunny Bergman!
2017 — The Body This year the conference took place on 7 April at the UvA Science Park in Amsterdam. Lectures and workshops were given on the subject of the body. The special thing about the body is that it influences us biologically on the one hand, but on the other hand we give meaning and identity to our body every day through, for example, choice of clothing, movement, getting tattoos and piercings, and so on. Anthropologist Mary Douglas wrote about this dialectic between nature and culture and how it determines how we use our bodies and feel at h