PhD defence by Mahardhika Sjamsoeoed Sadjad

Intimations of an 'Us' when imagining and encountering the 'refugee other': Reactions and responses to refugees' presence in Indonesia
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Mahardhika Sjamsoeoed Sadjad

Monday 5 Dec 2022, 10:00 - 12:00
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Aula B and livestream
International Institute of Social Studies
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Mahardhika Sjamsoe’oed Sadjad

On 5 December 2022 Mahardhika Sjamsoeoed Sadjad will defend her PhD thesis looking at representations of refugees in Indonesia.

Based on research conducted in Jakarta, Cisarua (Java), Medan, the Riau Islands and Makassar, she asks: How do the representations of refugees in Indonesia’s media and political discourses, and in situated encounters with refugees, reflect and inform constructions of host societies’ identities? The empirical findings highlight how these representations work to produce constructs of host societies’ ‘selves’ and refugees’ ‘otherness’.

Sadjad is particularly interested in exploring host societies' use of use of words, expressed in selected texts and observed contexts, which illuminate what representation, reactions, and responses do in the assemblage of refugee reception.

Her four empirical chapters show how representations, reactions, and responses to refugees are loaded with emotions, some of which function to motivate assistance, kindness, and help that may offer a solidaristic shift in host societies-refugee relations, while simultaneously some contain discourses of insecurity and jealousy that counteract such solidarity.

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Doctoral Board


Professor Inge Hutter

Doctoral dissertation supervisors

Professor Des Gasper, ISS
Dr Roy Huijsmans, ISS

Full Doctoral Committee

Professor Ariel Heryanto, Monash University, Australia
Dr Dave Lumenta, University of Indonesia
Professor Johan Lindquist, Stockholm University
Professor Antje Missbach, University of Bielefeld
Professor Marlou Schrover, Leiden University
Professor Thea Hilhorst, ISS

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The ceremony will begin promptly at 10.00 hrs in the Aula of the ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, The Hague. The doors will be closed after the start of the Public Defence, but will be briefly opened after the candidate’s introduction to allow latecomers to enter.

Children under 7 years old are not allowed in the Aula during the first part of the ceremony.

Professors are invited to join the academic procession.

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