Burgos-Martinez, Elena

Elena Burgos-Martinez is an environmental and linguistic anthropologist. She completed a PhD in Sociolinguistics at Edinburgh University (Scotland) and a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology at Durham University (England). For the latter, she explored the intersection between vernacular island systems in Eastern Indonesia and contemporary environmental theory of Indonesia. She has also conducted years of fieldwork and ethnographic research amongst coastal inhabitants of small islands in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. She is interested in the fields of political ecology, environmental theory and linguistic anthropology- particularly when aiming to meaningfully understand different paradigms and epistemes of indigeneity and knowledge that converge on small archipelagoes and how these conceptual systems operate.

During her time at KITLV, Elena will be developing a postdoctoral research project analyzing contemporary de-centralization movements in Eastern Indonesia and the development of new governing agencies in (and around) small Indonesian archipelagoes. She will be working under Dr. Ward Berenschot’s project on Indonesian citizenship and will pursue the design of theoretical, conceptual and methodological frameworks designed on the basis of vernacular processes of ‘autonomy’ and ‘citizenship’. During her time in Leiden, Elena will also work on two co-authored papers in collaboration with members of Leiden University’s department of linguistics and anthropology: a contemporary analysis of language policy and minority languages in Indonesia and a more reflective piece on the theoretical and methodological challenges of conducting anthropological research at sea and in coastal settings. More info can be found here.

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.

Jamkajornkeiat, Thiti

Thiti Jamkajornkeiat is a Ph.D. candidate in South and Southeast Asian Studies with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory, University of California-Berkeley. He held a BA in Thai literature and culture from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His current dissertation project investigates the forms and modes of conceptual analysis, problematization, critique, and resistant practice of embodied thinkers in Indonesia that concurrently draw on and recreate the existing Marxist repertoire of praxis (theory and practice) from the 1940s to 1960s. It is, in other words, an intellectual history of Marxist thoughts in Indonesia that aim to reconstellate the Indonesian world of Marxist ideas with all its contradictions in relation to other relevant fields of the social totality that co-constitute and make possible such world. Following Kuan-Hsing Chen, Mahmood Mamdani, and Ramon Grosfoguel, it understands intellectual history as a necessary critical practice of epistemic decolonization from the Euro-American intellectual hegemony by reconnecting and assembling existing resources for reflective and critical thinking specific to a certain geo-historical and psycho-somatic configuration.

Of particular interests for my current stage of the dissertation are the questions of the (in)compatibility between each revolutionary subjecthood along with the intersected form of critique emerging from such coalition (peasant, laborer, the poor, outer islander, religious-racial-gender group), the internationalist connection among Indonesian decolonizers / critics of capitalism and other third world / global peripheral thinkers or movements, the relationship between knowledge economy and political economy or between the production of knowledge and means of production of that period, and the dialectical relationship between the organizational form of the party and shifting dogma as opposed to the monopolizing logic of the army.

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 (www.Leestrommel.nl).

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.

Stuparitz, Otto

Otto Stuparitz is a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His ongoing dissertation project centers on the history and contemporary practice of Indonesian jazz, specifically focusing on a number of emerging grassroots archives in Indonesia. These archives have begun to put forth competing and more thorough histories of Indonesian jazz, compared with a dearth these archivists describe in institutional archives. Thematically, his work discusses the contemporary politics of archiving, dissemination, historiography, and memory projects involving Indonesian jazz. This discussion includes investigating the value of Indonesia jazz, for its status as a contemporary economic driver as well as for its historical and contemporary connections with ethnic minority communities, most specifically, the Peranakan and Indo communities. He will continue his archival and ethnographic project in Indonesia, collaborating with scholars at Institut Seni Budaya Indonesia, Bandung and Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. Otto holds a BA in Musicology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign focusing on jazz performance and Balinese gamelan and an MA from the University of California, Los Angeles analyzing anthropological theories of value in contemporary Balinese gamelan gong kebyar pedagogy.

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.


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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