Bent, Maarten van der

Maarten van der Bent is a research assistant in the project ‘Decolonisation, violence and war in Indonesia, 1945 -1950’. He will assist the ‘Regional Studies’ project and will focus on the region of East-Java under the supervision of dr. Hans Meijer. He has previously been involved in the project as an intern. Maarten holds a Master of Science in Political Science from VU University Amsterdam and a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Uppsala University. While his anthropological research is focused on the Ndyuka Maroons of Suriname, he has a broad interest in the history and anthropology of the peoples of both the Dutch East and West Indies.

Heijnen, Marlou

Marlou Heijnen is an intern doing research for the project ‘Legacy Nola Hatterman’. Marlou will be supervised by dr. Ellen de Vries and prof. dr. Rosemarijn Hoefte. While this research project is not officially affiliated with KITLV, Marlou will be a guest at KITLV for the duration of the project. Marlou studies Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. She is interested in Afro-Caribbean religion and the development of Black identity in the Caribbean.

Jong, Rosa de

Rosa de Jong is a research assistant.

Koning, Jurriaan

Jurriaan Koning is an intern doing research for the project ‘Moluccan migration and culture in comparative perspective’, supervised by prof. dr. Fridus Steijlen. During his internship, he will primarily focus on ethnic soldiers in the KNIL and in other colonial armies. He studies Colonial and Global history in Leiden and Duitslandstudies at the University of Amsterdam. He has a broad interest in the Dutch East Indies and in postcolonial migration, and wrote his Bachelor thesis on Tjalie Robinson and the Indies magazine Tong-Tong.

Narendra, Ariq

Ariq Narendra is an intern in the project ‘Palm oil conflicts: Access to justice in Indonesia’ under the supervision of Dr. Ward Berenschot. He is currently studying Management of International Social Challenges at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Ariq supports the project by collecting and coding newspaper archives and case documentations from different provinces in Indonesia. Ariq is interested in public governance. It is his ambition to become a policy advisor.

Occhini, Giulia

Giulia Occhini is a research intern in the project ‘Digital humanities and traditional Indonesian literature’ under the supervision of dr. Kathryn Wellen. She supports the project by collecting data from traditional Indonesian texts and investigating them through geographic and network analyses. She is currently enrolled as a Research MA student in Linguistics at Leiden University. Her research interest lies within the fields of Digital Humanities and Corpus Linguistics.

Prastiwi, Giany

Giany is an intern in the project ‘Political violence in 1950 in Indonesia’ under the supervision of Dr. Bart Luttikhuis. She supports the project by collecting data on newspaper Haluan, focussing on West Sumatera. Giany is a master degree student and currently studying Human Rights, Gender, and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague. She is now writing her thesis on Indonesian political exiles in 1965.

Santoso, Natasha

Natasha is an intern working on political violence in 1950’s Indonesia under the supervision of Dr. Bart Luttikhuis. She supports the project by collecting data from the Medan-based newspaper Waspada. Natasha is currently studying South and Southeast Asian Studies at Leiden University.  Her interest lies in twentieth century Indonesian history, focusing on the Chinese-Indonesians in Indonesia.

Tarisa, Melita

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.

Wardana, Afifah

Afifah will assist PhD candidate Katja Paijens with her research on Sultan Hamid II of Pontianak (1913-1978). She recently finished her LL.M programme in European and International Human Rights Law at Leiden University. Her thesis was focusing on the Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law and its conformity with International human rights framework especially under the perspective of freedom of speech. Her interest lies within the topic of human rights, especially concerning freedom of speech and its complexities.

Wisselink, Daanjan

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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