I’m very excited to share that I have received my Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from UC Berkeley and UCSF. I thanked my online communities in the acknowledgments of my dissertation and wanted to post those thanks here.
Curious what my dissertation is about?
In Indonesia, during six months in 1965-1966, between half a million and a million people were killed during a purge of suspected Communist Party members after a purported failed coup d’état blamed on the Communist Party. In addition to the mass killings that swept from one end of the archipelago to the other, hundreds of thousands of Indonesians were imprisoned without trial, many for more than a decade. The regime that orchestrated the mass killings and detentions remained in power for over 30 years, suppressing public discussion of these events. It was not until 1998 that Indonesians were finally “free” to discuss this tragic chapter of Indonesian history.
In my dissertation, entitled “Ripples, Echoes, and Reverberations: 1965 and Now in Indonesia,” I explore how Indonesians perceive and describe the relationship between the past and the present when it comes to the events of 1965-1966 and their aftermath. I illuminate the ways in which the events of 1965-1966 continue to powerfully shape the subjectivities, social worlds, experiences, and identities of my friends and informants nearly 50 years after the killings first began.
The top picture is making the nerdfighter hand sign (to the best of my ability). The middle one is me showing off my shirt. The bottom one is what the shirt says. Unfortunately, effyeahnerdfighters and fishingboatproceeds no nerdfighters yet but don’t evil plan will eventually take hold mwhahahahah >:) :)