Reported by: Ariane Boulanger
Judith and her team conducted previously a research on the perception of “the West” by Indonesian called “Beyond Occidentalism”. The main founding was that it is not that central anymore. She then decided to focus on Middle East, which is the rising power in terms of religion for Indonesia. There is three researches in this project: on the Haji, on the TKI and hers on experiences of Indonesian students and alumnis in Middle East and more specifically Cairo.
So far, she spent two weeks in Cairo and did fieldwork in Jogjakarta, Madura, Lombok, Jakarta and Aceh. Her theoretical background uses Henrietta’s Moore definition of globalization “ordinary’s people ability to enact change and social transformation related to their imaginations and desires for new possibilities and self-making”. She thus focuses on how ordinary people do globalization. She had three main research questions: Which imaginaries are related to Indonesian student’s lived experiences in Cairo? How are new subjectivities related to ideas of Indonesia’s place in the world? We change when we go abroad, how are those changes related to Indonesia as a whole? What does this mean for the navigation of differences?