Research

Visiting Fellows

The KITLV hosts several international postdoctoral researchers (fellows). KITLV fellows are invited to present lectures, participate in seminars and cooperate in the institute’s research projects.

Budi Hernawan
Budi Hernawan is currently working on the intersection between transitional justice and peacebuilding in the context of Papua-Indonesia under the project of 'Emerging Citizenship in Democratizing Indonesia' drawing on his PhD thesis entitled From the Theatre of Torture to the Theatre of Peace: The Politics of Torture and Re-imagining Peacebuilding in Papua, Indonesia, awarded unconditionally by The Australian National University (ANU), Australia, in 2013. His thesis examined the politics of state-sponsored torture in Papua conceptualised as a ‘theatre’ and proposed a new way to rehabilitate the Papuan community through peacebuilding mechanisms. Following his PhD, he was granted Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from ANU to work with Distinguished Professor John Braithwaite on his 'Peacebuilding Compared' project where he was conducting research on the Papuan peace initiatives as well as managing the Secretariat of the Papuan Peace Negoatiators at ANU from April-June 2013. Alongside his current research, Budi works part-time as a researcher at Franciscans International, an NGO accredited with the United Nations based in New York, where he covers the issues of peace and security at the UN Security Council, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo and Papua. Previously for 12 years he worked in the field of human rights in Papua at the Office for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Diocese of Jayapura in which he served as a director from 2005-2009. During his doctoral research period, he was invited to deliver guess lectures in major universities in Australia and New Zealand and to present his research at Yale and Oxford Universities. He regularly writes for The Jakarta Post and academic blogs and online media on the issues of political violence, Papua, human rights and global justice. Budi’s recent publications include 'Torture in West Papua (Indonesia): A spectacle of dialectics of the sovereign and the abject' in P King, J Elmslie & C Webb-Gannon (eds.), Comprehending West Papua, The West Papua Project, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the University of Sydney, Sydney (2011); 'Torture as a mode of governance: reflections on the phenomenon of torture in Papua, Indonesia', in Slama, M. and J. Munro, (eds.), From "stone-age" to "real-time": Exploring Papuan temporalities, mobilities and religiosities, Canberra: ANU E-Press (2014); 'Torture as a theatre in Papua', in Gerlach, C., P. Imbusch, S. Karstedt (eds.), Special issue on Extremely Violent Societies, in the International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Issue 2/2014 (under review).

Pauline Stoltz
Pauline Stoltz is associate professor at FREIA, the interdisciplinary gender research centre at the Department of Culture and Global Studies at Aalborg University in Denmark. She holds a PhD in political science from Lund University in Sweden and specializes in notions of equality, diversity and citizenship in local and global contexts. Currently she is working on the theme of gender, race and generation in post-conflict processes. This will amongst others result in an anthology on Gender and the Politics of Memory, edited together with Monica Lindberg Falk, and in a monograph on Postcolonial Memory Politics- Gender, race and generation in narratives of colonialism and war. Pauline is a member of the Danish research team of the EU - FP7 project on Barriers to European Citizenship, bEUcitizen, headed by Dr. S.A. de Vries (2013-2017) and Editor in Chief of Nora – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research (2013-2015). Pauline has published in Swedish and English. Recent publications include ‘Children, post-conflict processes and situated cosmopolitanism’ in Richard Marback, ed., Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship. Detroit: Wayne State University Press (2014); ‘Transnational families after military conflict’ (article under review); and Stoltz, Pauline, Marina Svensson, Zhongxin Sun and Qi Wang, (eds). (2010) Gender Equality, Citizenship and Human Rights – Controversies and Challenges in China and the Nordic Countries. London: Routledge.

Coen van ’t Veer
Coen van ’t Veer studied Dutch Language and Literature at Leiden University. At the moment he is doing research on (post)colonial literature and is writing a dissertation called De kolonie op drift (The colony afloat). In this dissertation he describes and analyses representations in contemporary fiction of the travels by mail steamer between The Netherlands and The Dutch-Indies in the period of 1870-1940. The crew and passengers of those mail steamers form a micro colony: a compressed version of the colonial society. Taking the postcolonial theories as a starting point Coen van ‘t Veer works out a new structured method of analyzing fiction to disclose the colonial discourse that lies hidden in it.

Vaudine England
Vaudine England has been a journalist across South East Asia for years, working for Hong Kong, British and American newspapers, for the BBC World Service, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Reuters and others. The jump from journalism to history-writing has not been a big one. In 1998, the Hong Kong University Press published her biography of a poor white man in the colony who made good, The Quest of Noel Croucher, Hong Kong's Quiet Philanthropist. After the fall of Suharto and before a second time with the BBC - covering red and yellow shirted revolts in Thailand and an emerging Burma - she wrote a history of the bilingual Chinese International School. She then researched the history of one of Hong Kong's older companies, Hongkong Land, a subsidiary of the former opium-traders Jardines. Now she is writing the history of The Hong Kong Club, an archetypal institution of British empire, examining the creation of class and cliques on the China coast. A second, larger project is an authoritative study of Eurasians and other mixed-race communities including Armenians, Jews and Parsees. This aims to discover how and with what impact this crossing of race and class taboos worked in colonial Hong Kong and how it helped build a more cosmopolitan past than currently imagined

Astrid Norén-Nilsson
Astrid Norén-Nilsson obtained a PhD as a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge in May 2013 with a thesis on the role of nationalist imaginings, discourses and narratives in Cambodia since the 1993 introduction of a multi-party democratic system. She argued that the promotion of competing nationalistic imaginings is a much more prominent part of party political contestation in the Kingdom of Cambodia (KOC) than typically believed. This research  uncovered a domestic discursive field on democracy that has emerged with the new multi-party democratic system. It traced out a tension between domestic elite imaginings and the formally liberal democratic framework in which they operate and assessed the implications for democratic practice. Astrid commenced a 12-month fellowship at the KITLV in October 2013 joining the Clients to Citizens project, in which she will reverse the perspective to look at Cambodia’s democratization from the point of view of emerging grassroots perceptions and practices of citizenship.  Alongside her research, she engages in various consultancy work, and she has worked as a political risk consultant for various agencies since 2006. 

Vilan van de Loo
Vilan van de Loo has a deep and ongoing passion for ladies novels from the Netherlands- Indies and their female writers. She studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Leiden (cum laude, 1993) and lives and works as an independent writer and researcher. She wrote a few biographies and is now working on a PhD called Dochter van Indië.
Melati van Java (1853-1927)
. This will be the a biography of (most likely) the first Eurasian female writer of the Netherlands. More on Melati and these writers on: http://www.damescompartiment.nl/. "My dream, hope and desire is to write a handbook about these writers. We need more herstory in the history”. Do you know a name of an almost forgotten female writer about the Indies? Mail is most welcome: info@vilanvandeloo.nl.

Patricia Tjiook-Liem
Patricia Tjiook-Liem obtained her Master of Laws at the University of Amsterdam. In 2009 she defended her Ph.D. dissertation on ‘The legal position of the Chinese in the Dutch East-Indies 1848-1942’ at Leiden University-Van Vollenhoven Institute. Previously her article ‘Fact and fiction on the Japanese Law’ was published in the legal magazine Rechtsgeleerd Magazijn Themis. This article dealt with the amendment of one of the most important articles of Dutch East-Indies’ constitutional law, an article directly related to the complex legal position of the Chinese in the colonial period. At present one of her main interests is the Chinese Indonesian Heritage Center (CIHC) of KITLV. The CIHC aims to collect and preserve the heritage of the Chinese in the Netherlands.