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.

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 (

Setiadi, David Hutama

David Hutama is an architectural historian and a university lecturer. In 2000, after receiving his bachelor’s degree from Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (Indonesia), he went to Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, to pursue his master’s degree in History and Theory in Architecture – fully sponsored by Monbugakusho Scholarship. In 2005, he joined the Department of Architecture of Universitas Pelita Harapan. After resigning from his post as the chair of Department of Architecture, he moved in 2016 to London to pursue his doctoral degree – sponsored by Indonesia Endowment Government Fund Scholarship (LPDP). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, London, United Kingdom. His research aims to comprehend the nature of architectural practice and education in the Dutch East Indies which historically influence the current architectural practice and education in Indonesia.

During his time at KITLV, he is interested in investigating the role of Dutch engineers and architects, concerning their practices and training in the early part of the 20th century in the Dutch East Indies. He presumes that their experimentation in overcoming challenges of entirely different geographical and topographical condition was a prominent contribution to the formulation of modern architectural knowledge in the East Indies.

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.

Wu, Xiao An

Wu Xiao An is Peking University Professor of Humanity (2016-18) and Professor of History (2009-) and concurrently Director of the Center for the Study of Chinese Overseas at Peking University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 1999 and has held teaching and research appointments at Xiamen University, University of Amsterdam, Yale University, National University of Singapore, Kyoto University, University of Malaya, University of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, National Sun Yatsen University in Taiwan, Massey University, and ISEAS-YUSOF ISHAK Institute. At KITLV as a Senior Visiting Fellow, Professor Wu will work on a book manuscript on China-Southeast Asian Interactions and Southeast Asian Chinese. His research interests include the Chinese Overseas and Southeast Asian modern history. Among his publications are Chinese Business in the Making of a Malay State, 1882-1941 (RoutledgeCurzon 2003; NUS Press 2010) , four co-edited books, and book chapters published by Duke University Press, KITLV Press, Kyoto University Press, ISEAS Press, National University of Singapore Press, Peking University Press, the Science Press, and World Scientific Publishing.



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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