“This book is the outcome of the fieldwork that I conducted for more than 14 months within my PhD project. I had the privilege to travel around the globe and talk to Acehnese people living overseas in order to find out more about how they perceived the conflict back in Aceh and what they did in order to sustain the conflict or, in some cases, what they did in order to resolve the conflict.
Diasporas are often understood solely as ‘hawks’ driven by very ultra-nationalist ideas in regard to their ‘fatherlands’. It is said that living outside the war zones and not having to face daily violence makes some of them more ‘stubborn’ than the people who have no chance to leave the conflict areas.
However, during my interviews and visits in Malaysia, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the USA and Australia, I was glad that I met a number of Acehnese activists who were more interested in creating peace than pushing for independence.”
Antje Missbach is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne. For the last six years, she has worked on topics, such as migration and mobility, long-distance politics and diaspora politics. Currently, her research interest focuses on the every-day live experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia. In particular, she is interested in transnational support networks that shape the migration experiences both before and during people’s journeys. www.law.unimelb.edu.au