"The point of my work is to show that culture and education aren't simply hobbies or minor influences"
Written by Pierre Bourdieu

Tirza (Julianne) van Bruggen

I was born in The Netherlands 27 years ago and have lived here, in various places, for the largest part of my life. However, I love to travel and have spent a few months living in Indonesia, several times (in 2013, 2015, 2017), where I have roots on my father’s side. Since the end of 2016 I have the privilege of working (as a PhD Fellow) in Denmark in one of the most lovely and serene cities in the world: beautiful, sunny, Copenhagen! You can view some photographs of my travels here on my website!

Photo by: Ingrid Hofstra

About my work

In 2014 I graduated (bene meritum) for my Bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies at the Radboud University Nijmegen (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen). During this time, I also obtained a disciplinary Bachelor Radboud Honours programme diploma at the Radboud Honours Academy, for my research project called 'Inside the Chinese Skin', on the identity formation of the Chinese Indonesian ethnic minority in Indonesia. In 2016 I received my Master diploma (cum laude) in International Relations at the University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen). I am currently a PhD Fellow at the Department of Food and Resource Economics of the University of Copenhagen (Københavns Universitet), at the section for Global Development. This PhD project is a part of the Rule and Rupture research programme, which is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

During both my Bachelor, Honours and my Master education I became more and more convinced of my passion for doing research. I am predominantly interested in questions on topics of (good) governance, democracy, rule of law, conflict (resolution), citizenship and minority politics. Due to my Indonesian roots, I have a personal, as well as a professional, interest in Indonesian culture and politics. This is also the main focus of my PhD project on the concept of power and its (re)production), ethnographically studied through the governance of different business activities in Semarang, Indonesia. In conducting this research, I am influenced by the works of Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, Sally Falk Moore, and a great number of other incredible (constructivist) thinkers who have considerably changed the way we think and talk about society and politics today.

In addition to working on my own research project, I am an assistant editor at the Copenhagen Centre for Development Research, co-responsible for editing policy briefs. I am also PhD Student representative, on behalf of the section for Global Development, on the PhD Committee of the Department of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen. This PhD Committee is primarily responsible for the administration and ensuring the quality of the PhD education at the department and for nurturing its PhD education environment. Lastly, I am on the organizational committee of the APAD 2018 Conference (Association for the Anthropology of Social Change and Development), which will be held at Roskilde University, Denmark.

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