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.

Gan, Jeffrey

Jeffrey Gan is a PhD student in the Performance as Public Practice program at the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation research compares performance by Indo diaspora communities in the Netherlands and the United States. His work is situated between performance studies, food studies, and sensory studies. He is particularly interested in connections between Indo performance and food economies. Jeff is currently supported by a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowship from the US Department of Education, and he has been a past recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship for Indonesian.

Jeff is also a dramaturg and an artist working in installation and performance. His work has been exhibited by the Cohen New Works Festival and TEDxUT Austin, and he has collaborated with Charles Anderson/dance theatre x and Salvage Vanguard Theater, among others. He is currently collaborating with choreographer Benjamin Akio Kimitch on a project that will premiere at the Shed during the summer of 2022.

Kabir, Ananya Jahanara

Ananya Jahanara Kabir is Professor of English Literature at King’s College London. She researches the intersection of the written text with other forms of cultural expression within collective memorialization and forgetting. The role of pleasure in inflecting the politics of cultural production remains a long-standing interest through various specialisations she has undertaken, from the medieval to the postcolonial periods. For her innovative work in the Humanities, she received the Infosys Humanities Prize (2018), awarded by the Infosys Science Foundation, India, and the Humboldt Forschungspreis (Humboldt Prize, 2019), awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Germany.


Ananya has worked on visual and the plastic arts, performance, film, music, dance and food in her quest to unpack the entangled histories of global modernity and, since 2003, she has engaged with cultural practitioners in these forms from across the Global North and South. Through an ERC Advanced Grant (2013-2018), she led ‘Modern Moves’, an interdisciplinary investigation into African-heritage social dance and music, and she is a keen practitioner of several of the dance genres she investigated. An ardent advocate of multilingualism, she is comfortable in several European and South Asian languages. She is currently learning Dutch.


In 2020, Ananya and the writer Ari Gautier co-founded le thinnai Kreyol, a cultural platform that disseminates their work on and vision for a multicultural, plural, and creolised India. Her current research project is on ‘Creole Indias’, and she is also completing her monograph on ‘Alegropolitics: Connecting on the Afromodern Dancefloor’.

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.

Scagliola, Stefania

Historian Stef Scagliola works at the crossroads of classical historical research and digital history. She has a fascination for disclosing uneasy truths and explaining complex problems in an accessible way. The connection to the KITLV is her expertise on Dutch veterans of the Dutch/Indonesian de/recolonisation war (1945-1949). This was built up during her PhD research leading to the publication Last van de Oorlog, de Nederlandse oorlogsmisdaden in Indonesië en hun verwerking (2002)  [Burden war, coming to terms with the Dutch war crimes in Indonesia]. A follow up project relating to Dutch veterans that she initiated and led, was the large scale oral history project ‘Interview Collectie Nederlandse Veteranen’ (Dutch Veterans Oral History Project) from 2007 to 2011. Read more.

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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