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Shades of grey

Gepost op 23/04/2012
I have a wonderful husband. He is the father of our children and he is putting them to bed as we speak. So you can imagine that I woke up deeply confused this morning. ... I am in Istanbul. Ah, what a lovely place.  I am not alone. Haven’t been alone for the last 72 hours. That’s what you get when you go to the Forum (to remove all doubts: the AWID Forum not the Rotary’s wives). Say 2500 women (and a 50 odd men), say incredible strength that is beyond any pain, say serious talk, sa...
 
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Authentic confusion

Gepost op 24/11/2011
It all starts out with S. asking me to leave my bag and wallet in the car. Then we make our way through a narrow street full of street vendors, beggars, bearded men who have just left the mosque, motorcycles, auto-rickshaw’s, bicycles, and people, people, people. S. seems quite worried whether or not she may be able to maneuver me through this stretch. Then we meet a group of people which S. knows and together we make our way through a gate and an even narrower street. Left, right, above –...
 
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Consuming Islam

Gepost op 12/11/2011
Life goes on... Those who think that being religious by default means being old fashioned may get a little confused by this. No idea how this plays out for Christians, Hindu’s, Buddhists… but Islam nowadays is increasingly being marketed, definitely in countries like Indonesia and India. From televangelists to Islamic fashion magazines, online fatwa to billboards advertising for the sharia debit card – Islam and ‘modern life’ are by no means contradictory and, in some cases, Islam simply se...
 
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The baby name bylaw

Gepost op 07/11/2011
If you live in Surabaya, Eastern Java (Indonesia) and you are expecting a child you might soon be helped by a list of state approved names of what to call your baby. A legislator of the 5.6 million city wants to introduce a bylaw that guides young parents as to not forget their identity as citizens of Surabaya. The councilor dislikes the popular habit to give foreign names such as Michael, Roberto or Abu – he rather had Jumanto or Paiyem, the Jakarta Post writes. The quoted residents disag...
 
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The singing president

Gepost op 06/11/2011
The Indonesians get a little tired by their president it seems. Talking to people here in Jakarta – whether on religious tensions, Papua, corruption or poverty – one thing keeps popping up: SBY has lost a lot of credits in the country. And now it even seems that he considers it more important to boost his musical talents than do what he is supposed to do… The Jakarta Post brought a biting article yesterday criticizing how a president can spend his time recording songs when the country has p...
 
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It is called ‘Ojek’

Gepost op 05/11/2011
Now, this is what they are: Yes, they are used as ‘taxi’s’: they are called ‘Ojek’ They are not very expensive, so yes, the people can afford them, or take a special loan Using them instead of a (car) taxi only makes sense when there is traffic jam. The price is the same. The helmet is compulsory You can survive the trip (still here)
 
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Culture on wheels

Gepost op 05/11/2011
What do Jupiter, Smash, Shogun and Beat have in common? They are all popular types of motorcycles used in Jakarta. In rows of 4 they squeeze through the traffic only to be stopped (and in that sense beaten by the Toyota’s and Kia’s with a roof) when the next big-drop rain shower hits the road. I feel intrigued by the thought of who they are. Would it be anything similar to the small men’s taxi for which they have a specific name and respective mentality in Uganda – the boda boda? I wonder…...
 
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De bisschop

Gepost op 08/07/2010
En toen vond ik me plotseling in een machtige omarming door de bisschop. Op de achtergrond de omroep voor passagiers naar Amsterdam om zich te melden bij de incheck-balie. En tegenover mij een man die mij gedag zei alsof we elkaar al eeuwig kenden. Hij was vandaag zonder kruis en zonder die bloes met dat kraagje. Gewoon een dijk van een man, vol energie en vrolijkheid en zonder die lucht van ‘ Lord’ om hem heen die mij twee dagen eerder nog had doen fronsen en tegelijkertijd naar hem opk...
 
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I am for a peaceful election

Gepost op 30/06/2010
  Nederland is bezig de verkiezingen te verwerken, in Oeganda moet het allemaal nog beginnen. Volgend jaar februari pas wordt er een nieuwe president gekozen (een parlement en lokale vertegenwoordigingen trouwens ook). Toch zie je al bijna elke dag ergens in een krant een foto van de huidige president Museveni op ‘rally’. Ergens in het land ‘waving the crowd’. Je kunt blijkbaar niet vroeg genoeg beginnen het volk te overtuigen dat je iets goeds voor ze hebt gedaan.   Dat l...
 
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Kies niks

Gepost op 16/06/2010
  Het leek me een prachtig verhaal. ‘ Minder moslims in Indonesië na volkstelling’. Indonesiërs mogen bij de momenteel lopende census voor het eerst ‘overig’ aangeven bij de vraag na hun ‘geloof’. Dit betekent dat de dwang tot assimilatie – onder Soeharto de alles overheersende ideologie – ten einde is, op papier tenminste. Indonesië heeft honderden verschillende etnische groepen die voor een groot deel ook hun eigen locale religie kennen. Dat deze mensen niet langer voor één van de 6...
 
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Wie ben jij, in god’s naam?

Gepost op 15/06/2010
  Vanochtend bij het ontbijt de krant doorgenomen. ‘Census officer interviews mother living at railway track in Central Jakarta to collect data on her family’. Met een foto van de vrouw in haar hutje van spaanplaat en oude dekens. Afgelopen weekend is de nationale volkstelling begonnen. Binnen een maand moeten 231 miljoen mensen worden ondervraagd over hun persoonlijke gegevens (geboortedatum, geslacht, gezinssituatie, nationaliteit), hun huisvesting, hun opleiding en beroep. Waarsch...
 
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Girls just wanna have fun

Gepost op 07/06/2010
  Natuurlijk ken ik moslima’s in Nederland die een hoofddoek combineren met strakke jeans en nog strakkere i-phone. Maar zij zijn niet echt. Echt onderdrukt bedoel ik. Voor hen is de hoofddoek misschien zoiets als voor mijn nichtje de ‘Tina’ – je hoort ergens bij.   Hier in Indonesië ga ik er toch van uit dat familie en gemeenschap er meer bovenop zitten. Dat de meiden hier minder een eigen keuze hebben. En dat, als je je losmaakt van tradities en regels, een breuk met je fam...
 
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A grand theory - will it help?

Gepost op 07/06/2010
  I din’t feel quite excited to start my visit to Indonesia jetlagged with a two-hour lecture by a Swiss Catholic theologist in his 80’s… To be surprised about some 300 listeners (especially students it seemed) filling up the lecture hall quickly… Hans Küng apparently is quite a hero in Indonesia, at least for students with a religious interest. A former companion of Pope Benedict alias Joseph Ratzinger and a current ‘mate’ of Kofi Annan, Küng makes people listen. Although underpinned...
 
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Let the Sabiny have their community radio

Gepost op 02/06/2010
  Contemplating pluralism in practice   I attended the summer school with the hope of learning more about epistemological and methodological approaches to human development from an international perspective. I did this with the aim of integrating this outlook into my research. Having completed the school, I was looking forward to sitting and continue writing my thesis as soon as possible. However, it all turned out to be complicated. It is a month ago that I left Yogya, yet I...
 
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Unfinished readers and burnt fingers

Gepost op 02/06/2010
  Experiencing Language to Bridge Classroom and the Field   What would be THE litmus test that you just experienced something quite remarkable? Easy. You simply can’t stop blabbering about the incident to the other people around you. Family and friends, colleagues and acquaintances, even strangers and bystanders don’t get to be spared of the story. You can be even more sure of it as you didn’t yet stop yourself even when you received that special look from your friends. A loo...
 
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How I see the Uganda riots

Gepost op 02/06/2010
  My silence never means indifference. Since the summer school ended I have been reflecting on the content, context, method and outcome of the Yogya experience. The winds of my thoughts have meandered in several directions, leaving behind them scattered heaps of personal opinions, positions and questions. At this point I must confess, especially to Ram, that despite the ever gathering heaps, I decided not to complicate or even problematize the dunes in any way. In so doing, had hoped...
 
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My death called Summer School

Gepost op 02/06/2010
Reflection on Indonesia, pluralism, Human Rights and development When you are new to the studies of humanistics and philosophy like me, things tend to get very exciting. You don’t know what to expect and more than that, you are not yet able to know what to expect, also because of the at times incoherent thematic approach of our education. Whether or not this excited state of being is the fundamental state of life or a state of confusion (or both!) I will hopefully get to understand at so...
 
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Beads, pants and scuba diving

Gepost op 02/06/2010
At first I though of giving this text the following title: “One Month After….” It is a rather telling way of putting it, isn’t it? As the attending of the 2009 International Summer School at various paces fades into my mnemonic folders, the four weeks that went into its making seem to have already gained historical proportions. At least in my life they did. group photo, for instance, has neatly found its way to the top of my tallest bookshelf, the transparent wrapping preventing it from...
 
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