Tuesday, December 19th, Stijn van Huis was one of the members of the Doctoral Examination Board in the PhD defense of Jamilah’s dissertation titled: Women and Formal Divorce in Contemporary Indonesia. Gender and Agency in Women’s Reasons for Divorce and Decision-Making Processes. The other members of the Doctoral Examination Board were acting rector of Radbout Universit, Prof. Dr. H.L. Murre-van den Berg, Supervisor: Prof. Dr. C. van Nieuwkerk (Radboud University), Co-supervisors: Dr. W. Udasmoro (Universitas Gadjah Mada) and Dr. N. Sonneveld (Radboud University / Leiden University), and Members of the Manuscript Committee: Prof. dr. F.J.S. Wijsen (Radboud University), Prof. Dr. E. Nurlaelawati (UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta), Prof. Dr. N. Nurmila (UIN Bandung), Prof. mr. Dr. A.W. Bedner (Universiteit Leiden), Prof. Dr. F. Reysoo (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva).
Jamilah first presented her dissertation on women’s agency in divorce and their reasons for stepping out of a marriage. Questions by the Examination Board members focused on Jamila’s use of the concepts of doing and undoing gender, the stigmatization of janda in Indonesia, the implicit use of feminist legal theory and the concept of negotiated agency, as opposed to Mahmood’s submissive agency. Stijn van Huis’s question related to Jamilah’s conclusion that husbands’ non-fulfillment their role as provider, faithful husband, and religious educator is seen by women as men “undoing gender” and as them failing in performing their manhood. The question posed was whether this ideal husband image among Muslim women in Malang is a reliable picture of how manhood / male gender is socially constructed as other constructions of male gender such as machoism, aggressiveness, sexual assertiveness, “boys will be boys” are also abundant.
Jamilah defended her PhD successfully and after the defense deservedly received her doctoral certificate from her supervisor Prof. Dr. C. van Nieuwkerk. […]
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