Rivke Jaffe is Professor of Cities, Politics and Culture at the Centre for Urban Studies in the Department of Human Geography, Planning and International Development Studies. Prior to joining the UvA, she held teaching and research positions at Leiden University, the University of the West Indies, and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). Her anthropological research focuses primarily on intersections of the urban and the political, and specifically on the spatialization of power, difference and inequality within cities. Rivke’s engagement with these concerns is motivated by the conviction that anthropology and urban studies can provide important insights into what divides and what unites us, into the social problems we face and the solutions that are possible.
She has 14 years of research experience in inner-city Kingston, and has maintained a close relationship with colleagues at the University of the West Indies, where she previously held research and teaching positions. Her expertise is in urban anthropology and sociology, with a focus on the spatialisation of urban inequalities. Her research has also focused on mobilities, tourism and the politics of difference and on urban popular culture. Since 2000, she has conducted ethnographic research on these topics in Kingston’s high-crime inner-city areas and her long-term fieldwork experience and contacts in these areas are critical in ensuring the feasibility of this research.
Alana Osbourne studied anthropology at UCL (University College London). She then integrated the Belgian National Film School (INSAS) to complete a Master’s degree in film directing. She has since directed two short films aired on national television and assisted directors on various feature films, in both fiction and documentary form. In a desire to reconcile her anthropological background with film, she has started a PhD at the University of Amsterdam, partaking in the ‘Inequality Tourism in the Americas’ research project. Her research probes the ways in which residents of Trenchtown, an infamous “ghetto” area of Kingston, engage with tourists. She looks at how both tourists and Jamaicans imagine Trenchtown and produce it visually as a site for consumption, concentrating on the aestheticisation of violence and poverty.