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Antje Missbach

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Antje Missbach is a senior research fellow at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in Freiburg and a member of the cluster “Patterns of (forced) migration”. Her research interests include refugee governance and politics of sanctuary; socio-legal dimensions of forced migration in Southeast Asia; trafficking in persons, human smuggling and related transnational crimes in the Asia-Pacific region; Diaspora politics and long-distance nationalism; as well as contemporary political, social and cultural trends in Indonesia.

Currently, she works on two projects. Together with Susan Kneebone from the Melbourne Law School and Heru Susetyo from Universitas Indonesia she received a grant from the Australian Research Council to explore “Indonesia's refugee policies: responsibility, security and regionalism”. The second project is a collaboration with a group of German and Australian researchers on “Brokers under scrutiny: practices of intermediation in a globalising world”, funded by the DAAD-G8Joint Research Co-Operation Scheme.

Antje Missbach has published two sole-authored books Troubled Transit: Asylum seekers stuck in Indonesia (ISEAS, 2015) and Separatist conflict in Indonesia: The long-distance politics of the Acehnese diaspora (Routledge, 2012). Her latest book on Indonesia: State and Society in Transition, co-written with Jemma Purdey and Dave McRae, will be published at the end of 2019 by Lynne Rienner Press.

Before coming to Freiburg, Antje Missbach was a research fellow at Monash University in Melbourne and a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She taught at a number of academic institutions, including Freiburg University, the Institute of Asian and African Studies at Humboldt­-Uni­ver­­­­sity in Berlin and the Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg. She held visiting fellowships at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore. She obtained her PhD in Political Sciences at the Australian National University with a thesis on “Long-distance politics in transition: Aceh’s diaspora during and after the homeland conflict (1976-2008)”.


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