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.

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.

Linsin, Sebastian

Sebastian Linsin studied german literature, art history and political science at the University of Zurich (2008 – 2009) and architecture at the ETH Zurich (2009 – 2015). He worked as a tutor for structural design at the Block Research Group (2011 -2013) and on several archaeological excavations such as the so-called tempio A in Rome (American Academy in Rome) or the Ietas campaign in San Cipirello (University of Zurich). Since 2016 he is doctoral student at the chair of Prof. Dr. Philip Ursprung both at gta (Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture) in Zurich and at the FCL (Future Cities Laboratory) in Singapore.
His research focusses on the entanglement of architecture and environmental politics.

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 (

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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.

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).

Wellfelt, Emilie

Emilie Wellfelt is a historian and anthropologist who has worked across Indonesia for over 20 years, from Sumatra to Kalimantan, from Sumba to Aru, and islands in between. Wellfelt holds a BA and MA in anthropology from Lund University and a BA in journalism from Gothenburg University. In 2016 she completed her PhD at Linnaeus University, Sweden, entitled Historyscapes in Alor; Approaching indigenous histories in Eastern Indonesia which deals with materiality and spatiality of ethnohistory in Alor. She has also worked extensively on material culture in various parts of Indonesia. She recently received the Textile Society of America’s award for her paper The secrets of Alorese “silk” yarn: kolon susu, triangle trade and underwater women in Eastern Indonesia. Other topics of abiding interest for Wellfelt are religious interactions and Islamic conversion, and endangered language documentation. Wellfelt will be visiting fellow at KITLV from January until May 2017, working on materials from field studies in Alor and the Aru Islands.


Our institute hosts several international postdoctoral research fellows. KITLV fellows are invited to present lectures, participate in seminars and cooperate in the institute’s research projects. This page lists, in alphabetical order, the visiting fellows currently staying at the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies.

Former Visiting Fellows

Here you can find the visiting fellows who stayed at our institute in the past.

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