Anthropology, said Levy Strauss, is the science of fragments.
Born as the “colonial” science “par excellence” from the diaries of the first explorers, traders, missionaries, at their encounter with different cultures, anthropology – unlike sociology, philosophy, history, the so-called “big social sciences” aiming to draw universal laws starting from a self-centred vision of the social phenomena – collects small details, minimal descriptions of the daily life of people, colourful fragments that, however, often prove to be dystonic to the whole picture, hence enlarging our cultural frame. Continue reading “The veil and the mistery of the feminine”
I arrived in Dubai at the beginning of November 2015.
November is a nice season there, the weather is mild, the sun is always shining though not so hot like in summer, and people stroll around, day and night, along the Marinas, the artificial canals plenty of nice places for eating, drinking teas and smoking “shishas”, according to the Arab tradition, while luxurious boats and traditional dhows cruise the bank from one side to the other. Continue reading “One year at Dubai”
At the beginning of 2015 my husband was offered a new job as HR Vice-President of the EEMA region (Eastern Europe and Middle Africa) and we were asked to move from Zurich to Dubai.
It was not the first time we moved to a foreign country – actually we always had a kind of “nomadic” life, living in five different countries in the last 15 years -; but when I was asked to move to Dubai I felt a profound sense of disconcert and despair.
I never thought to Dubai as a real country. Continue reading “Utopian and dystopian worlds”