Bankoff, Greg

Greg Bankoff is a historical geographer who focuses on the way societies interrelate with their environments over time, especially the way people adapt to frequent hazards. For the last 25 years, he has focused his research primarily on Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Pacific and the North Sea seeking to understand how societies, both past and present, have learnt to normalise risk and the manner in which communities deal with crisis through applied interdisciplinary approach that combines archival analysis with fieldwork, community mapping, interviews and focus groups. He has published extensively including over a 100 referred journal articles and book chapters. Among his publications are co-authoring The Red Cross’s World Disaster Report 2014: Focusing on Culture and Risk and a companion volume entitled Cultures and Disasters: Understanding Cultural Framings in Disaster Risk Reduction (2015). Read more.

Loo, Vilan van de

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 (

Peterson, Daniel

Daniel Peterson completed his PhD at Australian Catholic University in February 2019. He is the author of Islam, Blasphemy, and Human Rights in Indonesia: The Trial of Ahok. He is a qualified lawyer and Associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) at the University of Melbourne.

Winking, Kerstin

Kerstin Winking is a PhD candidate at the Institute for History at Leiden University. Her PhD research explores the intersections between modern art and politics in a non-aligned inflection. She examines the transnational art and knowledge networks with which Indonesian artists were in touch between circa 1920-1970, specifically their historical connections with modernisms in India, and the geopolitical frameworks in which ideas about modern art were exchanged. Her research extends to the discourse on Asianism and the practice of social art history. Read more.


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.

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