Anugrah, Iqra

Iqra Anugrah is an Affiliated Researcher at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University, where he completed his postdoctoral fellowship (2019-2021) sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). He is also a Research Associate at the Institute of Economic and Social Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES). He studies democracy, development, social movements, research methods, and political theory. At KITLV, he writes papers on electoral and economic strategies of agrarian movements in post-authoritarian Indonesia. His next project formulates a political theory of conservatism in Indonesia over the past century (1900-2020).

His works have been published in PS: Political Science and Politics, Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, Cornell University Press, and Marjin Kiri, among others. He has received funding and fellowships from JSPS, New Mandala, Transparency for Development Project, ENITAS Scholarship, and Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Outside academia, he works with Indonesian social movements and has consulted for Varieties of Democracies (V-Dem) Index and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Southeast Asia Manila Office. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.

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.

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’.

Marcoes, Lies

Lies Marcoes is a senior gender expert, writer and researcher in the areas of women’s rights, child rights, gender and fundamentalism. Lies completed her master’s degree in medical anthropology at Amsterdam University (1999-2000). Previously she completed her bachelor’s degree at IAIN Jakarta in Islamic Theology and Philosophy/Ushuluddin (1978-1983). For more than 10 years (2002-2013), Lies worked as a gender expert at The Asia Foundation and was appointed as the director of research center Rumah Kitab (2013-2022).

She has written many books and op-eds on gender-related issues. More recently, she wrote a long article about kindergartens and radicalism. She has also published several books related to child marriage. In February 2021, she published her book, Merebut Tafsir (New Perspectives), a collection of essays on gender, Islam, and empowerment (Amongkarta, 2021). During her fellowship at KITLV she will work on her paper on gender and fundamentalism, and editing her new book Fitrah dan Fitnah.

Miller, Michael Kirkpatrick

Michael Kirkpatrick Miller is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Cornell University, where he studies the history of masculinity, empire, and religion in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. His dissertation project, ‘Modifying Men: Crossing Religion and Masculinity in Eastern Indonesia, 1870-1942’, reports on and analyzes the history of religion, gender, and sexuality in Ambon and Manado during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the Dutch East Indies. His dissertation research has been funded by the US Department of Education, the American Institute for Indonesian Studies, and the Library of Congress. Michael is also working on a secondary research project that tells the history of horses across Eastern Indonesia and the Pacific. At Cornell, he teaches courses on the global history of food, the histories of animals, and the history of masculinity in modern Asia.

Stolwijk, Anton

Anton Stolwijk is a Dutch non-fiction writer. In his work, he focusses on the lives of ordinary people who deal with big (historical) events. He published three books: Aceh (a travelogue/historical account of the war between the colonial Netherlands and the Sumatran sultanate Aceh), Ons soort Amerika (about liberal Cambridge, Massachussetts during the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency) and Buiten Dienst (about the last, ageing group of catholics in a church in Alkmaar that is about to close down for good).

Currently he is working on a book about Curacao, an island shaped by its turbulent history (including slavery, oil, catholic mission). In his new book, Stolwijk will investigate the effects of Curacao’s current focus on mass tourism, and provide some historical context. What happened in the buildings that are currently being converted into boutique hotels? How do local residents feel about the new cruise terminal, named after one of the leaders of the slave revolt of 1795? What’s it like to work in one of the new all-in resorts along the coast? More information on Anton.


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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