Ahimsa-Putra, Heddy, Shri

Heddy Shri Ahimsa-Putra is Professor in Anthropology at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is currently the head of Senate of Fakultas Ilmu Budaya, UGM. He is also senior researcher at Pusat Studi Pariwisata (Tourism Studies Centre), UGM, and Pusat Studi Kebudayaan (Centre for the Studies of Culture), UGM. He was the head of the doctorate program for humanities at Fakultas Ilmu Budaya, UGM (2008-2012). He graduated from Columbia University, New York City, (1993) where he received his M.A (1986) and M.Phil (1989). He also had studied anthropology at Rijksuniversiteti Leiden (1980-1982) as part of his master program at Universitas Indonesia. His interest in anthropology includes: philosophical and theoretical anthropology, political anthropology, ecological anthropology and -in the last twenty years- anthropology of tourism. Books he has written are: (1) Keluarga Ngadimin and Others (in Japanese), (2) Minawang: Hubungan Patron-Klien di Sulawesi Selatan (Minawang: Patron-Client Relationship in South Sulawesi); (3) Levi-Strauss, Mitos dan Karya Sastra (Levi-Strauss, Myth and Literature). Books he has edi-ted, in which he also is a writer, are among others: (1) Ketika Orang Jawa Nyeni; (2) Ekonomi Moral, Rasio-nal dan Politik dalam Industri Kecil di Jawa; (3) Masyarakat Melayu dan Budaya Melayu dalam Perubahan; (4) Esei-esei Antropologi: Teori, Metode dan Etnografi. Heddy or Ahimsa –as is known in Leiden at that time- is now doing library research for his book on paradigm in social science, especially in anthropology.

Chin, Grace

Grace V. S. Chin received her B. A. and M. A. in English Literature from University of Malaya and her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Hong Kong. She has held teaching positions in Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Hong Kong, and was also a visiting scholar at the University of Philippines Diliman and Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Her research interests include the literatures of postcolonial Southeast Asia and Asian women’s writings, with emphasis on gender identities and subjectivities in contemporary societies and diasporas, and her articles have appeared in leading journals, such as The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and The Journal of International Women’s Studies, as well as in books published by John Benjamins and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. She has several forthcoming publications, including a co-edited book by Springer titled, Women in Postcolonial Southeast Asian Literature: Gender, Identity, and Nation, and a co-edited Special Issue on Brunei English language and literature under World Englishes. Due to her current interest in the gendered discourses and meanings produced through language and literature in colonial Java, Chin is collaborating with Tom Hoogervorst on the representations of women in Sino-Malay fiction at KITLV.

Clark, Emily Hansell

Emily Hansell Clark is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University in New York City. Her currently-developing dissertation project is concerned with migration and music-making in the former Dutch colonial empire, focusing specifically on Javanese migration to Suriname and the Netherlands. This research draws from over a decade of experience studying Javanese music and culture, including years spent as a performing member of Javanese gamelan ensembles in the U.S. and Indonesia. Emily is broadly interested in how the musical and the sonic contribute to the way selfhood and difference are imagined, constructed, governed, and lived. Emily holds a BA in Ethnomusicology and Composition from Oberlin College and an MSIS (Information Studies) from the University of Texas at Austin with a focus in sound archives. She was also appointed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Central Java, Indonesia, in 2007-2008.

Hagesteijn, Renee

Renee Hagesteijn is a political anthropologist and associated researcher at KITLV. She is interested in political dynamics, centralization processes, state formation; informal politics in formal political systems; conditions for political legitimacy and stability; consequences and limitations of scaling up political influence. Renee conducted MA fieldwork in West Java, Indonesia and wrote her PhD thesis on political dynamics in early continental South East Asia. While pursuing a career in science management at the national research council she remained interested in theoretical developments on the verge of anthropology, political science and history. Recently she caught up with the advances in digital scholarship. She is currently preparing a comprehensive, interactive database on early Southeast Asian written sources.

Dr. Vilan van de Loo is a researcher, writer and journalist. She has published several books on the Netherlands-Indies, mostly biographies like Johannes ‘Pa’ van der Steur (1865-1945). Zijn leven, zijn werk en zijn Steurtjes (2015). Besides working on the biography of Governor-General J.B. van Heutsz (1851-1924), she explores the mysterious world of the ‘zeebaboes’ and adds frequently ladies novels from the Indies to the Leestrommel (www.Leestrommel.nl).

Read more: Van Heutsz.nl (http://www.vanheutsz.nl/)

Belinda Lopez is a researcher, audio documentary maker and writer. She is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology and creative writing at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, under the supervision of Jaap Timmer and Kate Rossmanith. As an Erasmus Mundus scholar, she received her M.A from City University, UK; University of Aarhus, Denmark and the University of Amsterdam,The Netherlands. Her research interests include the experience of young Indigenous Papuans living in Java and Tanah Papua, as well as investigating a modern-day historiography of Papuan memory studies in the digital age. Her website is belindalopez.net.

Meer, Arnout van der

Arnout van der Meer is an Assistant Professor in history at Colby College in Maine, USA. He earned a PhD in history from Rutgers University, specializing in Southeast Asian, colonial, and global and comparative history, after receiving MA degrees from both Leiden University in the Netherlands and Rutgers University in New Jersey. His research explores the importance of material and visual culture, such as dress, architecture, deference rituals, and symbols of power, for both the legitimization of colonial authority as well as its contestation in late colonial Indonesia. It focuses on how these complex cultural dynamics were transformed by global developments in a deeper past, such as the spread of Hinduism and Buddhism in the region, Islamization, and European exploration and expansion, as well as more contemporary developments as rapid technological innovation, evolutionary thinking, the rise of Japan, the Chinese revolution, Islamic Modernism, and the intensification of the Dutch “civilizing mission.” He will use his time as an affiliated fellow at the KITLV to draft a book proposal and conduct the archival research necessary to continue work on his manuscript.

Mukherjee, Sraman

Sraman Mukherjee (PhD, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and the University of Calcutta) is Assistant Professor in the School of Historical Studies at Nalanda University (Rajgir, India). Trained as a historian of colonial and early postcolonial South Asia, his work explores the interface between the past and the present in the constitution of disciplinary and institutional domains of art history, archaeology, and museum studies, biographies of material traces – sites, objects, and monuments and histories of inter-Asian circulation of objects, ideas and people. Before joining Nalanda, Sraman has held postdoctoral research positions at the International Institute of Asian Studies (Leiden), in the Department of Art History and the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis), and a teaching position in the Department of History at Presidency University (Kolkata). His published essays and articles have appeared in peer reviewed journals, edited volumes, conference proceedings and institutional newsletters. He is currently working on his monograph tentatively titled Provincial Matters: Archaeology and Museums in the Making of Bengal, Bihar, and Orissa, c. 1860- 1936. At KITLV Sraman will be working under the broader rubric of the research cluster Mobility and Identity with Dr. Marieke Bloembergen. His current research tentatively titled “Tracing Traces: Actors, Vectors, and Spaces of Buddhism across Southern Asia” looks at transnational geographies of pilgrimage during the late nineteenth and early and middle decades of the twentieth century. Growing out of his previous research at KITLV on material reconstitutions of circulating Buddhist corporeal relics across South and Southeast Asia, Sraman’s present study will focus on the negotiations between the ideological trajectories of Marxism and Buddhism in Southern Asia.

Pribadi, Yanwar

Yanwar Pribadi is Assistant Professor of Local History at State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Sultan Maulana Hasanuddin Banten, Indonesia and a researcher at Laboratorium Bantenologi at the same university. He received his PhD in Humanities from Leiden University, MA in Islamic Studies from Leiden University, and BA in History from Padjadjaran University. His works have been published in journals such as South East Asia Research, American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, Studia Islamika, Al-Jamiah: Journal of Islamic Studies, and Journal of Indonesian Islam as well as in an edited-volume Religious Diversity in Muslim-majority States in Southeast Asia: Areas of Toleration and Conflict (ISEAS). In 2015 he was a visiting fellow at Department of Languages and Cultures of South East Asia, SOAS, University of London. In 2017 he will be a visiting fellow at KITLV in the research project From Clients to Citizens? Emerging Citizenship in Democratising Indonesia  and an Endeavour fellow at School of Social Sciences, Monash University. At KITLV Yanwar is preparing a book manuscript for Routledge Islam, State and Society in Indonesia: Local Politics in Madura.

Purwanto, Bambang

Bambang Purwanto is Professor in History at Universitas Gadjah Mada Yogyakarta Indonesia, and from 2006 also Extraordinary Leiden Professor for History of Indonesia-Dutch Relations. He is currently the head of doctorate program for humanities at Faculty of Arts and Humanities Universitas Gadjah Mada. He was head of Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies at Universitas Gadjah Mada in promoting Southeast Asian Studies in the region, and also involved in academic and research cooperation with different institutions in Asia, Europe, and Australia in the field of social sciences and humanities, particularly in history in last 20 years. He graduated from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London United Kingdom, where he received his MA in 1989 and Ph.D in 1992. He has published widely on the economic history of Indonesia, social and daily life history, heritages, and Indonesian historiography. His edited book together with Henk Schulte Nordholt and Ratna Saptari on Indonesian historiography Perspektif Baru Penulisan Sejarah Indonesia published by KITLV together with Yayasan Obor Indonesia (2008) was reprinted in 2013.  Bambang, how he usually called is now working in his research on from clients to citizens and Indonesia during the revolution period of 1945-1950.

Patricia Tjiook-Liem obtained her Master of Laws at the University of Amsterdam. In 2009 she defended her Ph.D. dissertation on ‘The legal position of the Chinese in the Dutch East-Indies 1848-1942’ at Leiden University-Van Vollenhoven Institute. Previously her article ‘Fact and fiction on the Japanese Law’ was published in the legal magazine Rechtsgeleerd Magazijn Themis. This article dealt with the amendment of one of the most important articles of Dutch East-Indies’ constitutional law, an article directly related to the complex legal position of the Chinese in the colonial period. At present one of her main interests is the Chinese Indonesian Heritage Center (CIHC) of KITLV. The CIHC aims to collect and preserve the heritage of the Chinese in the Netherlands.

Wang, Jizhan

Wang Jizhan is a Ph.D. student from Peking University, China, studying environmental history of Southeast Asia, supervised by Prof. Dr. Bao Maohong. She received her B.A. and M.A. in History from Yunnan University, China. Her research now focuses on water supply of Manila during the early 20th century. Her research interest includes urban environmental history of the 20th century Philippines, and colonial impacts on urban development of the Philippines. Wang Jizhan is a visiting fellow at KITLV from March until September 2017, collecting materials and preparing her PhD dissertation, with the supervision of Prof. Dr. D.E.F. Henley (Leiden University).

Woolgar, Matthew

Matthew Woolgar is a DPhil History student at the University of Oxford, conducting research on the party system in Indonesia in the 1950s, focusing on West Java and South Sumatra. This project aims to re-evaluate the party system of the 1950s in the context of broader changes in Indonesian society in the post-independence period, drawing on a combination of archival sources, contemporary publications and oral history. He received an MA in Southeast Asian Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in History from the University of Oxford. He also has an interest in modern Indonesian literature, and is currently co-editing a collection of short stories translated from Indonesian and co-translating another collection.

Xie, Kankan

Kankan Xie is a Ph.D. candidate in Southeast Asian History, with a Designated Emphasis (minor) in Dutch Studies, at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include ethnicity and identity politics, left-wing movements, as well as transnational networks across the Malay Archipelago in the late colonial period. Prior to coming to KITLV, he was a Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow at the National Library of Singapore, where he studied how the print media of British Malaya reacted to the 1926/27 communist revolts in Java and Sumatra. Besides his history-focused dissertation project, Kankan also works as a pre-doctoral fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Transparency for Development (T4D) Project, and has conducted a year-long ethnographic research on governance and rural development in South Sulawesi. He holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University in the U.S. and a B.A. in Malay Language & Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University, China.


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