Some thoughts on decolonising the university

With his own insight into the field, Jochem van den Boogert gives us his thoughts on decolonising the university. Mr. van den Boogert approaches the issue by answering the questions of how did this issue come about, what can be done, and how can we approach the issue today? Some thoughts on decolonising the university Jochem van den Boogert, Gent Some time ago, I partook in a panel discussion on decolonising Leiden University, organised by Read more…

Understanding Chinese Political Philosophy: Confucianism

During the course of our studies here, we’re often still taught the main theories of Western political thought. This article strives to present a wider set of views on political theory by giving a brief overview of one of the strands of Chinese political thought: Confucianism. Karl-Johan Petersen, Contributor, The Netherlands Understanding Chinese Political Philosophy: Confucianism When examining the world, we tend to understand the actions of states, organizations, and other actors through the lens Read more…

Decolonizing Leiden University? A Reflection

How can we deal with countries’ colonial pasts and the impacts these histories have had on individuals? Following a panel discussion in May, a very brief summary and reflection based on this question is presented below. Decolonizing Leiden University? A Reflection Sebastian Sirotin, Publication Manager, and Alessandra Barrow, SSEA Com President Panel Discussion Summary: In the topic of “decolonizing the university”, it is important to discern the process of colonialism from the mentality of coloniality, Read more…

Inge’s Nasi Goreng

Not a fan of tempeh or want something on the side? Then look no further than this recipe for Nasi Goreng. Though there’re endless variations, this is a good basis from which to start. Selamat Makan! Ibrahim Schell, Contributor, The Netherlands Inge’s Nasi Goreng Serves 4 people Ingredients:                                                             4 cloves of garlic 2 red onions 3 tablespoons sambal oelek 4 eggs 4 tablespoons sunflower oil Salt and pepper (to taste, or 1 teaspoon each) Read more…

Tempeh Sambal Goreng Recipe

Were you at SSEA and Culinary Committee’s workshop but can’t remember the recipes? Or do you want to impress your parents with all the food you’ve learned how to cook? Samudra’s got you covered! Ruana Tahitu, Contributor, The Netherlands Tempeh Sambal Goreng Reicpe Serving: approx. 4 people Ingredients: 1 block of tempeh, diced (250 g) 1 onion, finely chopped 2 clove of garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon of ground cumin 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg Read more…

A Hero I Needed

Despite the somewhat problematic Orientalist nature of Princess Jasmine, she was still important due the fact that she was a non-white princess and provided much needed representation. Gurjinder Khambay, Contributor A Hero I Needed The release of the new live action Aladdin has had everyone talking and so many people are excited, including myself. Growing up, Aladdin was my favourite Disney movie not because of the plot line or the songs, both admittedly good, but Read more…

Thailand’s Election Wrap Up

Forget Brexit and the EU parliamentary elections, South and Southeast Asia are having three HUGE general elections with the potential to radically direct the region’s, and yes the world’s, politics for the foreseeable future. So without further ado, here are the ‘‘things you should know’ about the first of these 3 upcoming elections, the Thai general elections of 24 March, 2019! Alessandra Barrow, Contributor, The NetherlandsThailand’s Election Wrap Up: On Sunday the 24th of March, Read more…

Burning Garbage: Anarchy in Indonesia

Burning Garbage: Anarchy in Indonesia A little pile of garbage. A lazy flame, slowly burning at the street side. A penetrating smell and lots of smoke. A very common scene in various countries around the world. How is it possible that even in major cities of rapidly developing countries, people still have to self-manage their daily waste? Giacomo Canetta, Contributor, The Netherlands Indonesia has gone through a lot of development in the past decades. Yogyakarta Read more…

Between Patriarchy and Colonialism: the Early Women’s Struggle in India and Indonesia

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day, when we appreciate how much women have achieved and how sexism and unequal opportunities still exist. The very first Women’s Day was organized by the Socialist Party of America in the United States on February 28th, 1909, in 1911 the Socialist International declared an International Women’s Day, and, finally, it was only in 1975 that the UN began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th. As you can Read more…

The Unlikely Results of Empire: the Story of Vietnamese People in Poland

           When going to Poland, would you expect to see, of all things, an abundance of Vietnamese restaurants? Empires always seem to have certain unexpected side effects that, at first glance, are always surprising. For example, their effects on national cuisine, just look in your local Albert Heijn for a pre-made Nasi Goreng. But perhaps even more interesting than this is the two-way relationship formed through such situations. In this case, I’d like to take Read more…