Researcher in residence: Mery Kolimon

THE AMSTERDAM CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LIVED RELIGION WELCOMES RESEARCHER IN RESIDENCE MERY KOLIMON

The Amsterdam Center for the Study of Lived Religion welcomes researcher in residence Mery Kolimon. She'll be in residence at the VU Amsterdam in December 2014 and January 2015.

Since 2010, Mery is working on the 1965 anti-communist violence in Indonesia. She did nearly 100 interviews among female victims/survivors of the tragedy in East Nusa Tenggara. The research has been published in a book titled “Memory-Memory Terlarang” (Forbidden Memories).

The question left now is on the impact of the tragedy to the perpetrators. Some of those who took part in the arrest, persecution, and murder of the victims, are still alive. Because of the taboo of talking about the Tragedy and its impact among Indonesia society, they hide their feeling for nearly 50 years. They hold guilt, sin, shame, and hero feelings at the same time. Their narratives offer rich theological themes and pastoral challenge. 

Mery participates in the project on (in)tolerance and reconciliation within the VU hosted international research network TRIC.

 

Download the sheet below for more information. 

Cultures, Communities, Care, TRIC: Rural, TRIC: Urban, TRIC: Virtual, TRIC: Religion and sustainable communities, TRIC: Building religious (in)tolerance and reconciliation