Not your Average National Hero: Scattered Archives and the Women of the Indonesian Anticolonial Movement

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April 27, 2021

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Kirsten Kamphuis, « Not your Average National Hero: Scattered Archives and the Women of the Indonesian Anticolonial Movement », German Historical Institute London Blog, ID : 10670/1.g4jx8s


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In her captivating autobiographical novel Buiten het gareel [Out of Line], the Indonesian author Suwarsih Djojopuspito painted a vivid image of her experiences as an activist teacher during the last few years of Dutch rule in Indonesia. The book, published in Dutch in 1940, tells the story of Sulastri, an idealistic young teacher who runs a non-governmental school for Indonesian children together with her husband, Sugondo. In the 1930s, independent schools like theirs were a key site of...

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