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.

Franke, Fynn-Niklas

Fynn-Niklas Franke is a Research Assistant with the ‘Decolonisation, Violence and War in Indonesia, 1945-1950’. He is currently finalizing his Master 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 analyzed Indonesia’s terrorism prevention discourse and its implications for state-civil society cooperation.

Leeuwen, Shannon van

Shannon van Leeuwen is a research intern who will assist Prof. Fridus Steijlen on his project ‘Moluccan migration and culture in comparative perspective’. She will be focussing on Moluccan migration and specifically the Moluccan wards and institutions that have been in the Netherlands for over 50 years. She is a bachelorstudent at Leiden University, studying South and Southeast Asian Studies with a great interest in traditional and cultural heritage.

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.

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 Bloembergen. 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.

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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