Artikelen van Andreas Mitzschke

The train spat me out of its humid, hot, steaming belly. Not really sure what had happened within the last 30 hours in this train, pictures rushed through my mind. Standing on the station platform I quickly had to pay my dinner to the kitchen compartment. Memories passed by like flickering lights: The same particular smell many Indian villages and cities with open sewage systems disseminate; the d...

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During the first few days in India, a big part of my energies was devoted to rehydration. About five to six litres of water had to be bought and carried in the first place - two physically highly demanding tasks regarding the climatic conditions. Even at three am, one hour before first daylight, the temperature did not fall below 32°C. Days were windless and humid with up to 40°C. This did not st...

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The heat was rampant when leaving the airplane. Inside the terminal the cue was long and silent; slowly but diligently working migration officers repeatedly wanted to know whether I had ever been to Afghanistan. Finally, I managed to get the stamps into my passport and the luggage on my back to skip past the experienced moneychangers out into the bright sunlight. Tamil Nadu welcomed me with 35°C a...

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Travelling to India took me along an unconventional route via Singapore and Malaysia. Even before I had entered the plane that should take me to the South of India, most of the people that I met and told about my ultimate destination had warned me that it would be the “harshest of all possible travel experiences” in Asia. My travel route provided for a smooth start into Asia but I was still start...

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Andreas Mitzschke

Andreas Mitzschke

Andreas Mitzschke is a 24 year old student from Germany. Having graduated with a BA in European Studies in 2008, he decided to stay in Maastricht to pursue the interdisciplinary research Master ‘Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology’ at FASoS. Part of the curriculum is a four month research internship, which he decided to spend at Bhubaneswar, Orissa, in East-Central India. There, he researches science, technology, innovation, expertise and knowledge spread in contemporary Indian society and culture.  The case study he is involved in deals with the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), which is an agro-ecological approach to rice farming.