The AMT PhD fellows are presented below.
Nuraini Juliastuti was born in Indonesia in 1975. Between 1993-1994 she studied Sociology at the Airlangga University in Surabaya. Between 1994-2001 she continued her education in Communication Studies at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. In 2007-2008 she attended the Contemporary Asian Studies Programme at the International School for Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. Since 1999 Nuraini Juliastuti is a co-founder and director of the KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, an organisation aiming at advancing a wider critical movement to cultural issues through popular education practices and experimental approaches.
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Idrees Kanth was born in Kashmir, and obtained his B.Sc. (Bio-Science ) and B.A. (Indian History ) at the University of Kashmir. He received his M.Phil in Modern Indian History in 2009 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi with a dissertation entitled: ‘Community, State and History: The Uprising of 1931 and the Emerging Discourse of Rights in Kashmir’. He has previously worked as a researcher with Oxfam on the Violence Amelioration and Mitigation Project (VMAP), and was briefly involved with the Islamic University of Science and Technology, Kashmir. He has also attended summer schools at the universities of Erfurt and Antwerp.
Idrees Kanth’s research interests are in the field of Modern history of Kashmir and South Asia and Islam. He is particularly interested in how various communities are constructed and imagined, resistance histories, and ethnic movements and ‘national’ assertions in modern South Asia. He is also interested in narratives of commemoration and the uses that the Past is put to, especially while making communal and national claims. Recent experiences have sensitised him to the problems of history writing and historical practice in conflict zones [like Kashmir], where the state makes it difficult to access archival resources. He also retains an abiding interest in social history of cricket in the Indian subcontinent, and the significance of cricket in the modern history and culture of the West Indies.
Idrees Kanth’s PhD research focuses on ‘National consciousness and Public discourse in Twentieth century Kashmir’. He is trying to investigate how claims to being a national community have evolved in Kashmir, and the specificities and procedural nuances — in terms of its idioms, vocabulary, articulation — that have underscored Kashmiri nationalism.
Jurre Knoest was born in the Netherlands in 1983. Between 2001-2007 he obtained his Bachelor degree in History and Master degree in Early Modern History at the University of Amsterdam. His research focused on the Dutch East India Company and his Master thesis was about everyday life in the Dutch trading factory at Nagasaki in the later half of the seventeenth century. Since 2006 Mr Knoest has been studying Japanese Language and Culture at Leiden University. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Japanese studies with the Bachelor thesis: ‘Clashing Ambitions and Hidden Agendas. The Plans for a Japanese-Dutch Invasion of Macao and Manila as an Example of Peripheral Influence on Core Policymaking circa 1635-1639’. At present, Mr Knoest is finalizing a Research Master's Programme on Area Studies: Asia and the Middle East with a specialization on Asian Studies. His research for the AMT programme concerns the interaction between center and periphery in Tokugawa Japan (1603-1868) and the way local authorities and various social groups (with special attention to merchants) on the frontier regions of Tokugawa Japan affected political processes regarding foreign policy at the shogun's court in Edo.
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