Dustin is a John Monash Scholar undertaking a Ph.D. in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he is examining dynamics between international institutions and civil society in Cambodia and Myanmar, with a specific focus on contestations of land and water. He has worked in the aid sector for more than a decade in Asia and Africa with national and international organisations, across the humanitarian, peace and development sectors.
Muhammad Thaufan is a lecturer at Andalas University, Indonesia and Ph.D. candidate at the Department of International Cooperation Studies, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, Japan. His major interests are media, politics and democracy. He is doing Ph.D. research on oligarchy and civil society in the sector of broadcasting media and anti-corruption in contemporary Indonesia.
I hold a PhD. in Human Rights Studies from the Department of History at Lund University. My research interests and my publication list include topics such as photography in history and memory, nationalism, state violence, social movements and human rights history in Thailand.
Eduardo Erlangga DRESTANTA
Eduardo Erlangga Drestanta is currently a doctoral candidate in Geography at Paris Sorbonne University, under the guidance of Prof. Olivier Sevin. His dissertation’s topic focuses upon socio-spatial issues of inter-community relations derived from autonomy regional politics in Ceram Island, Moluccas, eastern Indonesia. Eduardo is interested in ethno-geography and anthropology, aiming to analyse the complexity and the tension of these relationships based on a new series of regional expansion (Pemekaran wilayah) and the application of the law of customary village (Desa Adat) in 2015, which are connected to ethnicity, religious and territorial dimensions. He is the author of Nyanyian Kematian Sirenes: Etnografi Kritis Manusia-manusia Starbucks (Deadly Mermaid Song: A Critical Ethnography of Starbucks Men) (2012).
Gideon Lasco is a physician and medical anthropologist. He is a senior lecturer at the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Department of Anthropology and a research fellow at the Ateneo de Manila University’s Development Studies Program. Dr. Lasco’s current research projects include studying medical populism during times of health crises, documenting people’s evolving perceptions and practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, analyzing the impacts of the drug wars in the Philippines and Asia, charting the meanings and materialities of human stature in the Philippines, understanding barriers to hypertension care, and making sense of young people’s bodily and chemical practices. He was visiting Ph.D. researcher at the Washington University of St. Louis (2015) and National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute (2016); visiting faculty at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil where he taught a course in Medical Anthropology (2019); and fellow-at-large of Hong Kong University’s Centre for Criminology (2021-present).
Eka Ningtyas is a lecturer at the Program of study in History at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate from the Department of History, Society and Civilization, Institut National des Langues et Civilisation Orientales (INALCO) Paris, under the supervision of Prof. Etienne Naveau from CERLOM-INALCO and Dr. Remy Madinier from Institut d’Asie Orientale, ENS-Lyon. Her doctoral research focuses on Javanism in the political, religious, and literary discourse in modern Indonesia.
Jim Donaghey is a punk working in academia. He has been doing research with punks and anarchists in Indonesia for around 10 years, as well as a range of other international contexts. Jim’s research into the intersections between music and politics includes an emphasis on participatory action research and creative methodologies. He combines his focus on punk and anarchism with exploration of issues of cultural repression, post-conflict legacies, contested spaces, and transnational movement organising. Jim is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Media Research at Ulster University in the north of Ireland, leading the AHRC Early Career funded project ‘Failed States and Creative Resistances: The Everyday Life of Punks in Belfast, Banda Aceh, Mitrovica and Soweto’. He is on the board of Punk & Post-Punk journal, is a member of the executive editorial board of Anarchist Studies journal, is web editor of AnarchistStudies.Blog, and drums with the band Lawfucker.
Usman Hamid is a lecturer at the Indonesia Jentera School of Law, Jakarta. Currently, he also serves as Executive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia and Executive Board of Transparency International Indonesia. He finished his MPhil study at the Department of Political and Social Change, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University 2016. In 1998, Usman was a student activist from Trisakti University where four students were shot dead—this incident triggered a nationwide protest that toppled the Suharto regime. He subsequently became the coordinator of KontraS, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, and its council representative in the Asian Federation Against Disappearances (Manila). In 2004 Usman was appointed a member of the Presidential Fact-Finding Team that investigated the 2004 murder of prominent human rights defender Munir Said Thalib. He also served as an expert adviser to the International Center for Transitional Justice (New York) and Frontline Defenders (Dublin) from 2010 until 2012. In 2011 Usman was appointed to the Presidential Working Unit for the Supervision and Management of Development, where he reviewed the policy on Indonesia’s Human Rights Nation Plan of Action of 2011–2014. In 2012 Usman co-founded the Public Virtue — Institute for Digital Democracy and the Indonesian Branch of tech company Change.org, the world’s largest online petition platform. He has been a visiting scholar at University of Columbia (2003) and held a fellowship at Nottingham University (2009).
Teguh Wijaya Mulya is a lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Surabaya, Indonesia. His research revolves around exploring possibilities for resistance in the constitution of alternative subjectivity, particularly among Indonesian youth. Drawing upon poststructuralist feminism and discourse theories, he has engaged in critical research seeking to destabilise dominant discourses in various socio-political domains and research fields, including gender, sexuality, religion, theology, pop culture, the neoliberal university, and critical psychology. He completed his doctoral degree in 2017 at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, with a thesis on Indonesian Christian youth’s sexual subjectivity. Since then, he has engaged in several research projects, including religious tolerance among Indonesian pre-service teachers, youth mental health and citizenship education, Indonesian Muslim youth and Korean pop culture, otaku sexuality and Christian spirituality, and the neoliberalisation of Indonesian higher education. More recently, he is interested to explore alternative qualitative methodologies such as ethnographic fiction and embodied methodologies. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and cooking vegan food. A list of his publications can be found through this link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=AE6S08EAAAAJ&hl=en
An activist, theologian, preacher, and people’s organiser in East Java, Indonesia. He engages with activities in some popular organisations and fronts of struggle, from the worker’s union to student movements, and recently, peasants’ unions. From 2017-2018 he worked as a member of the national committee of Nahdliyin Popular Front for Sovereignty of Natural Resources, affiliated largely with Nahdlatul Ulama, the greatest Islamic mass organization in Indonesia. He is also working as a writer and editor in “Islam Bergerak” for the idea and movement of leftist and progressive Islam, some of his writings have been published in English and French.
A visual artist with an interest in collective memory, narrative, archive, and history on the 1965 genocide in Indonesia. He graduated from the Photography Department in the Indonesian Institute of the Arts and a co-founder of Ruang MES 56, artist-run space and collective focusing on the development of photography and contemporary art crossing over with other disciplines in critical and contextual approaches. His work integrates different mediums, such as photography, text, mix-media, video installation, and performance.
Yatun Sastramidjaja is an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include youth and student activism, political culture, democratisation, citizenship, popular cultures, heritage and memory, and digital infrastructures in Indonesia and more broadly Southeast Asia in a transnational context. Her current research focuses on two (related) topics: 1) contemporary youth activism in Southeast Asia, in relation to local histories of student protest; and 2) the ambivalent relationship between digital technologies and fragile democracy processes in Southeast Asia. She investigates these topics in three overlapping research projects. The first, titled “Viral Citizenship: Digitised Youth Activism and Reconfigurations of Democratic Citizenship in Southeast Asia,” explores the rhizomatic evolution and multi-mediated ecology of youth activism in Southeast Asia. The second is interdisciplinary collaborative research on “Cyber Troops and Public Opinion Manipulation: A Mixed-Method Study of Social Media Propaganda in Indonesia.” The third project, titled « P(R)OTESTAS: The Politics and Aesthetics of Digital Authoritarianism and Protest in the Global South, » is collaborative cross-regional research that examines the tension between digital democratisation and securitisation in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and seeks to analyse how the socio-technological affordances of the digital sphere inflect the politics and aesthetics of authoritarianism and protest in specific political conditions. Yatun has authored several articles and book chapters based on her previous and current research. Her book on Indonesia’s student movement, Playing Politics: Power, Memory, and Agency in the Making of the Indonesian Student Movement, as well as an edited book tentatively titled Between #Activism and @uthoritarianism: Digital Technologies and Democracy in Southeast Asia, are forthcoming.
Laure Siegel is an independent journalist and the correspondent for Mediapart newspaper based in Bangkok. She covers political developments in South and Southeast Asia for French and English-language media. She has received several grants from the Earth Journalist Network Asia-Pacific to produce stories on the impacts of a changing environment on societies, from the subsidence of the Mekong Delta to dams in Northeast Thailand and the dengue fever epidemic.
Prior to her work in Asia from 2015, Laure obtained a Bachelor degree in History-Geography and a Master in Journalism at the University of Strasbourg. She contributed to French and German media outlets for features on international affairs, alternative culture, and human rights in Europe and the Middle East. As a staff reporter for French-German public TV channel ARTE, she coordinated the multimedia project « Refugees » on refugee camps in South Asia and the Middle East. She directed a web-series broadcast on ARTE Future on the legal situation and uses of medical cannabis. Laure also specialises in tattoo culture, ancient and contemporary. Along with photographer Dom Pichard, she authored « Figures Libres // Portraits & Tatouage » (Noire Méduse editions), a book about the social and spiritual role of tattoos across Europe, Asia and America. Laure regularly leads media workshops in France and Southeast Asia and is the vice-president of the Union de la Presse Francophone in Thailand.
Yuyun Wahyuningrum is the Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR), 2019-2021. She obtained her MA in Human Rights from Mahidol University, Thailand (2007) and now pursuing a PhD at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is now in the fourth year of her PhD trajectory. Her research deals with the various state engagement with international human rights norms in the context of ASEAN regionalism from the perspective of Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL). She was the Team Leader of Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument on Human Rights Facility (2015 – 2017) to support human rights work of the AICHR, the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and the Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC), the ASEAN Committee on Migrant Workers (ACMW) and the ASEAN Committee on Women (ACW). She has spent more than 22 years working in human rights organisations at the national, regional and international level, including Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) based in Jakarta, Forum-Asia in Bangkok, Oxfam, Child Workers in Asia, the Solidarity Center and the National Commission on Child Protection. Her influential writing piece often appears in The Jakarta Post, Bangkok Post, The Nation, and Talking ASEAN. She created a list-serve calls ASEANCats@googlegroups.com as a platform to share information about ASEAN that its members have reached more than 4,000 email accounts all over the world. She was selected as one of the Indonesian women experts at the #100womenwiki of the WomenUnlimited in 2018 specialising in regionalism, human rights, democracy, and civil society in Southeast Asia.
Giuseppe Bolotta is a social anthropologist specialised in the history and cultural politics of childhood and youth in Thailand; development, religion, and humanitarianism in Southeast Asia; transnational governance of childhood and the politics of children’s rights in the Global South. He is the author of Belittled Citizens: The Cultural Politics of Childhood on Bangkok’s Margins (Forthcoming, NIAS Press). Currently, he is Assistant Professor (Research) in Anthropology at Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion (UK), and Research Associate of the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute.
Giacomo Tabacco obtained his PhD in cultural anthropology at the University of Milan-Bicocca in 2017. His doctoral research is an ethnography of gold mining work in the post-disaster society of Aceh, Indonesia. As a postdoctoral researcher, Giacomo has explored the phenomena of the dismantlement of the Indonesian industrial infrastructures and the trends of “return to the land” and re-agrarianisation. He has participated in two trans-disciplinary EU-funded projects: “Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion (SEATIDE)”, and “Competing Regional Integrations in Southeast Asia (CRISEA)”. In the course of the last years, in addition to the classical on-site ethnography and the production of scholarly outputs, Giacomo produced a podcast series – that centres around the theme of people’s quest for a safe life in today’s post-industrial and (post-) pandemic societies – and co-directed two documentaries (with Silvia Vignato), about informal gold mining and corporate gas extraction respectively. An overview of Giacomo Tabacco’s multimedia projects can be found at this link: giacomotabacco.com
Kusumaningdyah N.H. is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture, Faculty Engineering, Universitas Sebelas Maret of Surakarta, Indonesia. She completed her PhD in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Human-Environment Studies, Kyushu University, Japan. Her research interests include social design, Desa Kota knowledge, kampung kota issues, and urban heritage. Currently, she is also the Head of the Urban-Rural Design and Conservation Laboratory (URDC Labo). URDC labo focuses on the development of innovative methodologies, training, and field practice in community participatory.
Jean-Marc DE GRAVE
Jean-Marc de Grave is Maître de conférences in the Department of Social Anthropology at the Université d’Aix-Marseille. He holds various positions of responsibility there, including the head of the Master’s degree in anthropology of sustainable development. At the Institut de Recherches Asiatiques (IRASIA, UMR 7306), he trains many doctoral students, is a member of the editorial board of Moussons and is responsible for the research axis n° 5: Transmission of knowledge and know-how, the orientation of social values. The research he conducts within IRASIA focuses on rituals, apprenticeship, education, body techniques. His field investigations have taken him to several regions of Indonesia and Malaysia to study religious and secular initiation modes. He nevertheless specialised in Javanese society, which he was able to study in situ for eight years. A two-year CNRS delegation at IRASEC recently enabled him to carry out in-depth research on how high school students, and more broadly young people in Central Java, orient their actions among the many systems of values they are confronted with. These themes – on which he has published three books and numerous articles – lead him to reflect on the reproduction of social values and social in the broad sense.
Wisnu Adihartono received his PhD in sociology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France. His research interests lie in gender and gay studies, migration, family, sociology of everyday life, qualitative research, and Southeast Asian studies. He writes for international journals, book reviews, and short articles for the web. His recent publication is Migration et soutien familial: le cas des gays Indonésiens à Paris, Generis Publishing, 2020 (in French).
Sih Natalia SUKMI
Sih Natalia Sukmi is a PhD candidate of Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) Sorbonne Alliance, PARIS. Before coming to France, she taught Communication in the Faculty of Social and Communication Science, Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, and was Vice Dean for the same faculty. She is currently a lecturer and Co-manager in Human Heritage Origins, Science Ensemble-field school, and community engagement in heritage area program by MNHN-Sorbonne Université, France. Her main research interests are in gender studies, communication, heritage, and community empowerment.
Delphine Allès is a political science professor and the head of the International relations department at Inalco, Paris (the National Institute for oriental languages and civilizations). Her research addresses International relations in Southeast Asia and mainly focuses on the religious factor’s role in World politics and regional strategic narratives. She is the author of Transnational Islamic Actors and Indonesia’s Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2016), Relations Internationales (Armand Colin 2018, with Frédéric Ramel and Pierre Grosser) as several articles on the Indo-Pacific concept and Southeast Asian security concerns.
Astrid Norén-Nilsson is an associate senior lecturer at the Centre for East and Southeast Asian Studies, Lund University. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Cambridge (2013), where she was a Gates Scholar. Her scholarship focuses on the politics of Cambodia in the post-conflict reconstruction era (1993 -). Her research interests include democratic change, authoritarian innovation, nationalism, political and civil society elites, and emerging citizenship notions in Cambodia. She is the author of Cambodia’s Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy (Cornell SEAP 2016) and has published extensively in journals including the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Peace Review, Pacific Affairs, SOJOURN, and the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs.
Andar Nubowo is a PhD candidate at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) de Lyon, France. After obtaining a master’s degree in social sciences (études politiques) from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris, France in 2008, Andar worked as an Associate Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore from 2017-2019. His main interests are Indonesian Islam, politics and democracy, the history of Indonesian Muslim intellectuals, and the network of Islamic moderation. Recently, he published two book chapters edited by Routledge (2020) entitled “Indonesian Hybrid Salafism: Wahdah Islamiyah’s Rise, Ideology, and Utopia” and “Analysing Regional Political Trends and the 2019 Indonesian General Election: The Case of South Sulawesi Province”. He also wrote several commentaries published by RSIS on Indonesian Islam, politics, and elections such as “Muhammadiyah: the Rising Challenge of Conservatism” (2018), “Jokowi’s Soft Diplomacy: Global Islamic Network of Moderation” (2018), “Grand Narratives in Outer Provinces: Impact of Islam in Politics » (2019), “The Three Streams Facing Indonesian Muslims: Pulls of Politics” (2019), and some commentaries and articles published by East. He is a co-author of a working paper with Prof. Leonard C. Sebastian, “The ‘Conservative Turn’ in Indonesian Islam: Implications for the 2019 Presidential Elections” (IFRI Paris France, 2019).
Pierre Prouteau is currently a PhD candidate in ethnomusicology at LESC/Nanterre University and CASE/EHESS. His dissertation’s topic focuses on the sound systems in Thailand, particularly the audio technology in Buddhist and non-Buddhist rituals, as well as musical contexts of performance. Pierre is interested in ethnomusicology, anthropology of music and sound, acoustemology, and anthropology of religion. His recent publications are »DJ Crews philippins de la côte Ouest », in Review of Wang, Oliver, Legions of Boom, Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area, Duke University Press, 2015. Together with Lamontagne Samuel, « The Thai King Passes, the Music Stops », in Ethnomusicology Review, UCLA, 2017.
Abdul Hamid is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa, Indonesia. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Universitas Indonesia, a Master’s degree from Diponegoro University, and a doctoral degree in Graduate School of Global Studies, Contemporary Asian Cluster from Doshisha University, Japan. His main interest is local politics in contemporary Indonesia. His selected publications are Jawara in Power, 1999 – 2007 (Indonesia, Volume 86, October 2008), « Nationalism, Islam, and Political Influence » with Okamoto Masaaki, « The Ethics of the Enterprises in Banten (Indonesia) » (Moussons, 21, 2013) with Gabriel Facal, « Jokowi’s Populism in the 2012 Jakarta Gubernatorial Election » (Journal Of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 33(1)), and “A Family Matter: Political Corruption in Banten, Indonesia” (Asian Politics & Policy 6, no. 4, October 01, 2014).
Lucia RATIH KUSUMADEWI
Lucia Ratih Kusumadewi achieved her doctoral degree in sociology at the Centre d’Analyse et d’Intervention Sociologique (CADIS), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France. She is currently a lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia. Her main research interests are social movements, identity, religion, multiculturalism, youth, and education.
Trisno SUBIAKTO SUTANTO
Trisno Subiakto Sutanto worked as a freelance journalist for « Mutiara » (1985 – 1989); Chief editor for the journal « KAIROS » (1994 – 1998); Director of the Programme MADIA (Masyarakat Dialog Antar-Agama) (1995 – 2010); President of the organisation DEMOS (2009 – 2012); Research coordinator for Litkom-PGI (2012-2016); and Editor of Opini satuharapan.com (2013-2019). He is a member of the regional team CRCS-UGM since 2009. He currently works as a writer and activist for Paritas Institute, Jakarta.
Ian Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Security Studies, and Academic Chair of the Global Politics and Policy program at Murdoch University. His research interests are focused on contemporary Indonesia politics and society, in particular the political agency of the urban poor, street-based urban social movements and the political economy of gangs, militias and vigilantes. He has published widely in both English and Indonesian, and is the author of The Politics of Protection Rackets in Post New Order Indonesia.
Randiano Tamelan is a community organiser in Lakoat Kujawas, an indigenous organisation located in Mollo, West Timor, Indonesia. He has been working closely to support the indigenous community, especially the young people of Mollo since 2016. Graduated from the University of Sydney in 2020 with a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, he is in issues related to the neoliberal government and its policy that impacted the marginal people in rural Indonesia.
History, ENS Lyon, France
Anthropologist, CESSMA, France