Marrit Woudwijk is the winner of the Best Master’s Thesis Award 2020.
Woudwijk’s research reveals the construction of a ‘lesser truth’: a ‘truth’ that fits a society which was actively involved in this violence. By doing so, she not only gives a voice to a silent issue, but she also critically confront Dutch citizens with our own violence.
Marrit Woudwijk’s thesis immediately drew the jury’s attention. In her thesis “The Lesser Truth: Truth Construction on Remote Warfare and the Case of the US-led anti-ISIS Coalition in Syria”, Woudwijk explores how Syrian refugees think about the bombings of their land, and how their experience relates to how this war is being represented in the Netherlands. In the laudation, the jury express their admiration for the way in which Woudwijk deconstructs the supposedly harmless ‘remote war’ the Netherlands is conducting to fight the Islamic State in Syria. The jury compliments how Woudwijk gives a voice to a silent issue, but also critically confronts Dutch citizens with our own violence.
Woudwijk’s talent didn’t just stood out to the jury: she already wrote for the popular Dutch online newsplatform The Correspondent (in Dutch), and she has secured herself a PhD-position at the University of Humanistic Studies. The jury is impressed with how Woudwijk handled her research, both methodically and theoretically and foresees a bright future ahead for the now graduated Woudwijk.
The Lesser Truth: Truth Construction on Remote Warfare and the Case of the US-led anti-ISIS Coalition in Syria
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