Stories from the field

Author Jacob Derksen

My name's Jacob, I'm studying Anthropology at UVic, and I'll be in Jakarta, Indonesia working with the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies. CIPS is a political think tank that focuses on policies involving Trade, Education, and Community and Livelihood. Politics, and how it effects people's lives, is really interesting to me so I'm really excited for this opportunity.

Jacob Derksen – Blog 5: Dear Future Intern!

Congrats! It takes a special kind of person to say yes to uprooting yourself and signing up to go live and work in a foreign country for half a year, so good for you! I’m sure you’re both excited &… Continue Reading →

Jacob Derksen – Blog 4: What do I know?

What comes to mind when you think of Indonesia? What do you know about it? I certainly didn’t know much before taking an Anthropology of Southeast Asia class last year, but even after that I was left with many more… Continue Reading →

Jacob Derksen – Blog 3: Asia-Afrika and the “Spirit of Bandung”

This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the 2nd Biennial International Conference on International Relations & 12th Congress of Asian Political and International Studies Association 2018 (lets just call it ICON-IR 2018). It was definitely a highlight… Continue Reading →

Jacob Derksen – Blog 2: So far, so good!

From skyscrapers and minarets that rise above the smog and malls that make Mayfair and Uptown look like corner stores, to pushcarts-turned-cafeterias serving nasi goreng and sate ayam to motorcycle-taxi drivers on quiet side streets, Jakarta, Indonesia is an incredible part of… Continue Reading →

Jacob Derksen – Blog 1: Pre-Departure Interview

  Here’s a conversation I had with Rachel on the last day of Pre-Departure, where we talked about myself and what I’ll be doing in Jakarta, Indonesia!

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