Uleebalang, Train and Java java


Raisa Kamila shared her master research project at Universiteit Leiden about the role of Acehnese local collaborators in relation to train as colonial infrastructure. It focuses on the shift of uleebalang’s involvement which has been often seen as betrayal through colonial “legacy” history writing into local collaborators that encouraged local resistance. Her research implies the negation of “victim” as often voiced through NGOs discourse impinged upon Aceh locality in contemporary Indonesia. The interview was conducted by Fiky Daulay as part of Kunci’s research residency with Heterotropics#2 at Tropenmuseum. Editor: Fiky Daulay

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