Manon van den Brekel is an intern in the project ‘Traveling Caribbean Heritage’, under the supervision of dr. Valika Smeulders. She has a background in journalism and is currently enrolled in the MA Colonial and Global History at Leiden University. Her research interests lie in the field of Dutch colonial history.
Fynn-Niklas Franke is a research intern with the two projects entitled ‘Violence Strikes Root: Why Vigilantism became Central to Indonesian Politics, 1943-1955’ and ‘Decolonisation, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950’ under the supervision of dr. Roel Frakking and dr. Bart Luttikhuis. He is currently enrolled as a graduate student in International Relations at Leiden University and has an undergraduate background in Southeast Asian Studies. His research interest includes the role of religion in politics, especially with regard to Islam in Indonesia. For his MA thesis, he is currently researching on the terrorism prevention discourse and its implications for state-civic relations in Indonesia.
Emma Keizer is an intern in the project ‘Decolonisation, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945 -1950’. She assists the ‘Regional Studies’ project and will focus on the region of East-Java under supervision of dr. Hans Meijer. Currently, she is enrolled in the MA International Relations in Historical Perspective at Utrecht University. Her research interest lies within the field of Dutch-Indonesian relations and (modern) Indonesian history.
Gerwin Kierkels is an intern in the project ‘Sites of Colonial and Postcolonial Memory: The Indonesian Perspective’, under the supervision of dr. Marieke Bloembergen and PhD candidate Grace Leksana. He has a background in history and is enrolled in the MA Colonial and Global History at Leiden University. His research interests lie in developments of Asia and Africa during the era of decolonization and independence.
Ribut Purwanti supports the research project on palm oil conflicts in central Kalimantan under the supervision of Ward Berenschot. From October 2017 until January 2018, she will be an intern at KITLV. Ribut is an Erasmus+ master student, from the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany. Currently, she follows South and Southeast Asian Studies and International Relations courses at Leiden University. Her research interest lies within the field of social and economic development in Southeast Asia, with a focus on contemporary Indonesia.
Vinsen Santoso supports the research project ‘The resilience of the dispossessed: A comparative study of responses to oil palm expansion’ under the supervision of Ward Berenschot. From 1 April until 1 August 2018, Vinsen will be an intern at KITLV. He assists in obtaining digital archives of regional Indonesian newspapers from across Indonesia to build a protest event catalogue by analysing and coding palm oil related protest events through these digital archives. He holds a bachelor in Urban and Regional Planning from the National Institute of Technology (ITN) Malang and will start with the Master Programme ‘Agrarian, Food and Enviromental Studies (AFES)’ at ISS/ Erasmus University. He is interested in political ecology, climate change and urban rural linkages issues.
Bunga Siagian is an intern in a project on Indonesian history under the supervision of Bart Lutikkhuis and Peter Keppy. She will be working on newspaper research during her internship from April to July 2018. Bunga is a master student at Tilburg Law School. Her thesis interest lies within the legal research with historical approaches.
Andika Immanuel Simatupang is an intern in the project ‘Leiden Sites of Colonial and Postcolonial Memory’ from June until August 2018. Andika is a master student in Air and Space Law at Leiden University. Currently, Andika is writing his thesis on aviation safety and its legal value to be implemented in States. Beside his interest in the aviation industry, Andika is also interested in Indonesian history (cultural, colonial).
From December 2017 until February 2018, Tea will work under the supervision of Fridus Steijlen on the project ‘Recording the Future: An Audiovisual Archive of Everyday Life in Indonesia in the 21st Century’. Tea graduated from social and cultural anthropology from the University of Ljubljana and the University of Stockholm. Her research focus lies within the field of visual anthropology, with a focus on socialy engaged documentary films.
Melita Tarisa is an intern for the project ‘Leiden Sites of Colonial and Postcolonial Memory’ under the supervision of Grace Leksana and Marieke Bloombergen. She has a background in psychology and recently graduated from the master’s programme in Child & Education Studies at Leiden University. Her interest and enthusiasm to know more of the Dutch-Indonesian history led her to participate in the project.
Daanjan will assist KITLV researchers Esther Captain and Onno Sinke with archival work for research on the Bersiap period, part of the ‘Decolonization, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945-1950’ research programme. Daanjan is currently enrolled in the masters programme Cultural History of Modern Europe at the Utrecht University. His research interests lie in (post)colonial memory, remembrance and identity. His thesis focuses on the influence of the construction of the Ambonese as a martial race.
This page lists, in alphabetical order, the interns currently working at the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies.
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