2015 Arryman Fellows
Norman Joshua Soelias
Norman graduated the University of Indonesia’s History Department in 2014. His bachelor’s thesis was on the role of Pesindo (Socialist Youth) in the Indonesian National Revolution, 1945 – 1950. He was the second prize winner of ISRSF’s 2014 Indonesian History Essay Competition. His essay was a very well researched and eloquently written study entitled “The Marshall Plan and the Mutual Security Program in Indonesia, 1948-1952.” Since graduating, Norman has worked as a writer and researcher at Loka Magazine, an online publication primarily concerned with historical, socio-political, and cultural issues in Indonesia. He intends to pursue his doctorate in History Department at Northwestern University. His plan is to research the early days of the Cold War, focusing on bilateral relations between Indonesia and the United States.
Sindhu graduated cum laude from the University of Indonesia’s Department of Anthropology in 2013. His bachelor’s thesis was on the ideological war carried out on Twitter between the supporters and opponents of the Jaringan Islam Liberal (JIL, the Liberal Islam Network). A version of his thesis was published in the journal Antropologi Indonesia. Sindhu’s interests include digital photography and film, open source mapping, and digital illustration. Although his training has thus far been in social anthropology, Sindhu also has a deep passion for the study of history. Revisionary history has the potential of reshaping views about and understandings of the present. Sindhu intends to pursue his doctorate at Northwestern University in the Department of History. During his first Arryman Fellow year he will explore the possibility of combining his interest in social anthropology with his study of history.