Antje joined the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (formerly, Centre for Islamic Law and Society) in 2011 as a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow to research ‘Heading Downunder: Migration Challenges of Conflict Refugees in the Indonesian Limbo’. Her present research project deals with transit migration in Indonesia. In particular, she is interested in how conflict-generated refugees and asylum seekers deal with being stuck in limbo – unable to return to their countries of origin, integrate into temporary host societies or relocate to permanent resettlement countries. She spent extensive time in the field in order to collect material for her latest project.
Antje studied Southeast Asian Studies and European Ethnology at Humboldt University in Berlin and obtained her PhD from the Australian National University, Canberra in 2010. Her previous research concentrated on the long-distance politics of the Acehnese Diaspora, which brought her to Malaysia, Aceh, Scandinavia, Australia and the USA. Her book Politics and Conflict in Indonesia: The Role of the Acehnese Diaspora was published in 2011 by Routledge and translated into Indonesian in 2012. Before coming to Melbourne, she held positions as post-doctoral fellow at the Berlin Graduate School for Muslim Cultures and Societies and as lecturer at the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg.