Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee is made up of authoritative scholars and non-academics specialised in issues related to alterpolitics. It is also composed of one representative per partner institution. The Scientific Committee’s role is to ensure the coherence of scientific policy, decide the main orientations of our scientific policy, create new research programs, advise and approve new partnerships, and referee the research papers submitted for our events and publication. The Scientific Committee is currently composed by:


Mona Lilja is an Associate professor and a Senior Lecturer in International Relations, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. She is the author of the book, Constructive Resistance: Repetitions, Emotions, and Time (2021). Her research revolves around the concepts of power and resistance with a special focus on the linkages between resistance and social change as well as the particularities – the character and emergence – of various forms of resistance. In focus are the performances and identities created by those engaged in resistance practices. What relationships enable or constrain articulations of resistance? Recent work has been carried out particularly with reference to resistance and activism in Cambodia and Japan.


Mary Racelis is a Research Scientist at the Institute of Philippine Culture, School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University, and its former Director. Her current teaching in the Ateneo’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology (DSA) and the University of the Philippines Department of Anthropology most recently include Engaged Anthropology and the Anthropology of Justice and Human Rights. She served as UNICEF Senior Adviser for Women’s Development, Community Participation, and Family/Child Welfare in New York 1979-83 before becoming the UNICEF Regional Director, Eastern, and Southern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya from 1983-92. She returned to the Philippines as the Country Director of the Ford Foundation and in 2000 to the Ateneo as IPC Director until 2003. Notable is her continuing activities with NGOs and organized urban poor people’s organizations. At the invitation of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, she became an active member in 2003—04 of his Panel of Eminent Persons on United Nations—Civil Society Relations. Her research has focused on urban informal settlements, community organizing, gender, children, reproductive health, and sociocultural change largely in the context of human rights. She is a strong advocate for transforming research results not only into journal articles but also into advocacy articles in major newspapers and online social media that highlight the voices of marginalized people.

Meredith L. WEISS

Meredith L. Weiss is a Professor of Political Science at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her research addresses social mobilisation and civil society, the politics of identity and development, parties and elections, institutional reform, and subnational governance in Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia and Singapore. Her books include Protest and Possibilities: Civil Society and Coalitions for Political Change in Malaysia (2006), Student Activism in Malaysia: Crucible, Mirror, Sideshow (2011), and The Roots of Resilience: Party Machines and Grassroots Politics in Southeast Asia (2020). Her most recent edited volumes are Toward a New Malaysia? The 2018 Election and Its Aftermath (2020) and The Political Logics of Anticorruption Efforts in Asia (2019). Weiss co-edits the Cambridge University Press Elements series on Politics and Society in Southeast Asia, co-founded the Southeast Asian Politics related group of the American Political Science Association (APSA), chairs APSA’s Asia Workshops steering committee, and is on the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG) Council. She received her MA and PhD in Political Science from Yale University and BA in Political Science, Policy Studies, and English from Rice University.

Michele FORD

Michele Ford is a Professor of Southeast Asian Studies and Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research focuses on Southeast Asian labour movements, the intersection between national and international trade unions, labour migration, and labour’s engagement in the political sphere. Michele’s primary focus is on Indonesia, but she works across the region. She is currently leading Australian Research Council-funded projects on Myanmar’s garment industry and trade union responses to gender-based violence in Cambodia’s construction industry. Michele is an interdisciplinary scholar, who draws on constructs and methods associated with anthropology, geography, sociology, and political science. Michele has been involved in extensive consultancy work for the ILO, the international labour movement, and the Australian government.


Silvia Vignato is Associate Professor in anthropology at the Università di Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB). Besides a monography about Indonesian Tamil migrants, other Sumatranese ethnic minorities, and their levels of subjective integration into the State (Au nom de l’hindouisme, L’Harmattan, 2001), she has published articles and edited collections about Malaysian factory workers and post-conflict and post-disaster young Acehnese people (children, teenagers, young parents). She now carries out research on work, marginal environments, gender, evolving structures of families (with a focus on matrifocality), and independent children in Indonesia (Aceh) and Malaysia. She was WP leader in Seatide (Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion), 7th Frame Project of the European Commission, and is now in charge of a section in Crisea, a Horizon 2020. She was chief editor in Antropologia and is currently president of the European Association of Southeast Asian Studies (Euroseas). She has recently edited Dreams of Prosperity: Inequality and Integration in Southeast Asia, Silkworm, Chiang Mai, in press.


Yves Goudineau (Prof.), director of the French School of Asian Studies, École française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) from 2014-2018, holds a chair in “Comparative Anthropology of Southeast Asia” (EFEO-EHESS) and was an honorary research fellow at the University of Hong Kong (1997-2001) and visiting professor at the University of Oxford (2008-2011). He has carried out extensive ethnographic fieldwork in the Mekong Region with an interest in ethnohistory and rituals among Austroasiatic ethnic groups. He conducted also research on development issues in Mainland South-East Asia: ethnic minority resettlements, cross-borders relationships. He was head of the EFEO Centres in Chiang Mai and in Vientiane and has been a regional consultant for UNESCO and UNDP. He coordinated the FP7 project “Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion” (SEATIDE) from 2012-2016, and from 2017 to 2021 he was a special advisor for the project Competing Regional Integrations in Southeast Asia (CRISEA, funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme).


Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux (CASE, Paris) is a lecturer in economics at the University of Rennes 2. For the past twenty years, she has been conducting political economy research on the transformations of Malaysian capitalism in the Southeast Asian context. She is currently interested in relations with China, in particular as they are formed through investments and aid. Since 2019, she has been coordinating ASEAN-China-Norms, the CNRS international research network dedicated to the circulation of standards in the social and political field between China and Southeast Asia. For the interMSH network, from 2020, it will open a new project dedicated to extractive industries facing an ecological turnaround (coordinated with G. Lhuilieu, FMSH / ENS Rennes). Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux is deputy director of the journal Archipel and co-director of the Pondok Perancis Institute in Kuala Lumpur.

Main publications: Malaisie, un modèle de développement souverain, Lyon, ENS Editions, 2012; Malaisie-Chine, une précieuse relation, Bangkok, IRASEC, 2017 (with D. Delfolie and N. Fau); The Development of the Malaysian Capitalism, from the British Rule to present days, Kuala Lumpur, SIRD, 2017.


Eric Olmedo is a sociologist by training. He obtained his doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of Toulouse in 2012. Currently, he is a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM): the National University of Malaysia, where he leads the Professional Engagement Division. He is an expert in workforce development and capacity building for tourism and hospitality industry sectors by various international agencies; as such, he has led fieldwork missions on behalf of the French Development Agency, the African Development Bank, and the World Bank. These missions took place in Europe, South Africa as well as Central and Southeast Asia. He is also the founder of the Asia-Pacific Food Studies Network (APFSN). The Toyota Foundation has recently awarded him a research grant through highly competitive bidding. The grant relates to a transnational food education project encompassing Malaysia, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Deemed as an expert in sustainable food systems, he was invited to the UNESCO World Forum on “Culture and Food: Innovative Strategies for Sustainable Development,” to contribute to the UNESCO Parma Declaration dated 13 September 2019. Eric Olmedo co-founded a social science laboratory “Antropotek”, which is a platform for developing human resource solutions. The laboratory’s scope of research ranges from psychometrics to cognitive abilities instruments, including applied psychological anthropology. In his role as Antropotek Director, Eric Olmedo has been acting as a principal consultant or lead researcher for multinational companies, namely AIRBUS group and VINCI Construction, as well as government bodies such as the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority in Malaysia (NCIA). His areas of specialisation are sociology of work & organisations as well as food anthropology & sustainable development.


Wijayanto holds a PhD from Leiden University, the Netherlands. He is currently a lecturer of Government Science at Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia, and Director of Center for Media and Democracy, LP3ES, Jakarta, Indonesia. His latest research interest is on issues related to digital activism, civil resistance, and digital authoritarianism. He regularly participates in research projects, such as Cyber Troops and Public Opinion Manipulation: A Mixed-Method Study of Social Media Propaganda in Indonesia (CYTPOM) (2020 – 2021); Initiator and Project Manager (Funded by KNAW, the Netherlands, in collaboration between Diponegoro University, University of Amsterdam, LP3ES and Universitas Islam Indonesia); Co-option of Digital Public Sphere and Cyber Terror towards Indonesian Anti Corruption Activist (2020); Initiator and Project Manager  (Funded by Indonesian Commission on Corruption Eradication (KPK) in collaboration with Diponegoro University).


Dr Rosalia Sciortino Sumaryono is a cultural anthropologist and development sociologist by training. She earned her master’s and a doctoral degree with honours from the Vrije Universities, Amsterdam. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Visiting Professor at the Master in International Development Studies (MAIDS), Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, and Senior Social Development and Health Advisor to Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction Program (MAMPU), a joint initiative of the Indonesian Ministry of National Development Planning (Bappenas) and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) implemented by Cowater in Indonesia. She founded the Foundation for Southeast Asian Studies and its core activity “SEA Junction“, a public venue for interaction and cross-learning in Southeast Asia (, where she became its director. Most recently, Dr Sciortino was IDRC Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia in Singapore (2010-2014), Senior Adviser for the Health Program to the Australian Agency for International Development in Indonesia (2009-2010), and Regional Director for Asia of the Rockefeller Foundation (2000-2007) establishing during her tenure the Foundation’s Southeast Asia Office in Bangkok. Before that, she was a program officer for Gender, Health, and Human Development at the Ford Foundation‘s Indonesia and Philippines offices from 1993 to 2000. Dr Sciortino acts as a consultant for international and regional organizations, as an adviser for academic and international development institutions, and is a scientific and institutional board member. In November 2017, she received a medal from the Vietnamese Association of Social Sciences for her contribution to social sciences in Vietnam. She has published widely on development issues in Southeast Asia, particularly philanthropy, international development, regional integration in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and ASEAN, poverty and vulnerability, social protection, migration, gender, social health, sexual and reproductive health.



Khoo Ying Hooi is the Head of the Department of International and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She completed her PhD in Politics and Government, examining social movements and democratisation, focusing on Malaysia’s electoral reform movement. Her research interests include civil society, social movements, national human rights institutions, human rights, and democratisation with a regional focus on Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia and Timor-Leste. She is the author of « The Bersih Movement and Democratisation in Malaysia: Repression, Dissent and Opportunities » (forthcoming, 2020) and “Seeds of Dissent” (2015). She is editor in Volume I and II of « Ini Bukan Klise » (2013 and 2015), a compilation of essays on Malaysia’s political issues. She is also a co-editor of « Exploring the Nexus Between Technologies and Human Rights: Opportunities and Challenges in Southeast Asia » (with Dr. Deasy Simandjuntak, 2019) and « Social Movements in Malaysia: A Vehicle for Citizen’s Action » (with Dr. Denison Jayasooria, 2019). Ying Hooi is the convener of the course on social movements and democratisation. She is also giving lectures on international development and governance, human rights in international politics as well as an introduction to politics. Ying Hooi is the Editor-in-Chief of the Malaysian Journal of International Relations (MJIR). She sits on the Board of Editors with the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs and Indonesian Law Review (ILREV). For the past 12 years, she has been active in the works related to human rights and democracy in the Southeast Asia region.

Vanina BOUTÉ

After two years of fieldwork on the Lao-Chinese border, Vanina Bouté completed her PhD in Social Anthropology at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE – Paris) in 2005. She was a lecture on the anthropology of Southeast Asia at the University of Aix-Marseille (2005-2007). In 2007, she was appointed as an Associate Professor at the University of Picardie, where she is still giving lectures as well as at the EHESS (Paris) for master and doctoral students. She was a visiting fellow at the IRASEC (CNRS – Bangkok) in 2012-2014 and is currently a member of the CASE (Center of Asian Studies, CNRS-EHESS). She has taken part in several regional projects in South East Asia, such as TRANSITER (“Transnational dynamics in SEA”, ANR/CNRS), SEATIDE (Integration in Southeast Asia: Trajectories of Inclusion, Dynamics of Exclusion), (PCRD/FP7) and CRISEACompeting Regional Integrations in South-Est Asia” (Horizon 2020 Project). She has also worked as a consultant to international organisations (GIZ, UNDP, LANGOCA).

Baskara T. WARDAYA

Baskara T. Wardaya is a lecturer of history at Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta. He holds a Master’s degree and a PhD in History from Marquette University (2001), Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. In 20014-2005, he did postdoctoral research in the US, sponsored by the Fulbright scholarship program. In 2011-2012, he was awarded Fulbright Scholar in Residence grant to teach history at the University of California-Riverside, USA. In 2014, he received a grant from AIFIS (American Institute for Indonesian Studies) to conduct research on US-Indonesian relations during the administration of President Richard Nixon (1969-1974). Currently, he is the head of Sanata Dharma University’s PUSDEMA (Pusat Kajian Demokrasi dan Hak-hak Asasi Manusia or Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies). Other than being a member of the American-Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF) board of trustees, he is also a member of the International Panel on Exiting Violence (IPEV), Paris, France; and the Steering Committee for Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA), New York, USA.


Iqra Anugrah is a political scientist specialising in the development, democracy, social movements, and modern and contemporary political theory. Currently, he is a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow at Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University. Concurrently, he serves as a Research Associate at the Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education, and Information (LP3ES) in Jakarta. His works have been published in venues such as Cornell University Press, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Japan Focus, New Mandala, and Political Science and Politics. He has held fellowships and received funding from institutions such as JSPS, Transparency for Development Fellowship, and Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, among others. He obtained his PhD from Northern Illinois University. He is an editor for IndoProgress, a progressive media connecting scholars, activists, and social movements in Indonesia.


Catherine SCHEER

Catherine Scheer is a lecturer in anthropology at the Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient and affiliated with the Centre Asie du Sud-Est, Paris. She obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in 2014. After a post-doctoral fellowship in the ‘NGOs and Religion in Asia’ project at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2015-2017), she joined the Institute for Anthropology, Heidelberg University as a lecturer (2017-2019). Catherine has done extended field research in the Cambodia-Vietnam borderlands with Bunong highland dwellers who are navigating through intense environmental and socio-economical transformations. More recently, she followed language in education experts across international institutional settings in Southeast Asia. The intersections of Christianity, development, politics of recognition, and indigeneity constitute nodes of particular interest to her.


Saskia E Wieringa is an honorary Professor at the University of Amsterdam, holding the Chair on Women’s Same-Sex Relations Crossculturally. From 2005 till 2012, Wieringa was the Director of Aletta, Institute for Women’s History in Amsterdam. She is also the co-founder of the Kartini Asia Network. Since the late 1970s, Wieringa has conducted research on women’s movements, sexual politics, and same-sex relations in many parts of the world, particularly in Indonesia. Wieringa worked at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, where she contributed to the Women and Development program’s construction in the early 1980s and led a comparative research project on women’s movements around the world. She helped set up women’s studies programs in the Caribbean, Namibia, Sudan, and Bangladesh. She has also lectured widely, for instance, in Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and South Africa.

Her recent research projects focus on women’s same-sex relations from a historical perspective in Indonesia and on the post-1965 violence in East Java. In 2013, observing the ongoing impunity concerning human rights abuses committed in Indonesia, Wieringa helped set up the Foundation of the International People’s Tribunal 1965 (IPT 65), for Crimes against Humanity committed under the New Order of the Suharto regime. She has published regularly about Indonesia, among which “the Crocodile Hole” and “Sexual Politics in Indonesia”.  Recently, together with Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, she published “Propaganda and the Genocide in Indonesia“, a monograph on the military’s propaganda campaign that incited the genocide in Indonesia.


Senior Lecturer at Constitutional Law Department at Constitutional Law Department, University of Gadjah Mada (UGM). He also initiated the Research Center of Law and Social Justice at his faculty. He obtained PhD in Law at the Van Vollenhoven Institute, Faculty of Law, Leiden University, with thesis “Press Freedom, Law, and Politics in Indonesia: A Socio-Legal Study” (2014). His major research includes Constitutional Law, Human Rights, Law and Society, and Freedom of Expression. He was previously a visiting researcher at Graduate School of International Development (GSID), Nagoya University (2015), Center for Asian Legal Studies NUS Law School (2017), Sydney Myer Asia Center, Faculty of Arts the University of Melbourne (2017), Vietnam National University Law School (2017), and Norwegian Center for Human Rights (NCHR) Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (2018). Currently he serves as an Advisory Board of Indonesian Caucus for Academic Freedom (KIKA) and Chair of Board Member at The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM). His latest publications include “Protecting Freedom of Expression in Multicultural Societies: Comparing Constitutionalism in Indonesia and Canada (2021, with Sébastien Lafrance) and Political Cartels and the Judicialization of Authoritarian Politics in Indonesia (2021, Link I-CONnect).


This section is dedicated to scientific advisers and collaborators who dialogue with us on the transversal thematics of Cluster 0. We work together on research projects and joint publications, and we plan to organize a range of events to discuss these issues in open form.



Riccardo Ciavolella is a CNRS researcher, member of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Contemporary Anthropology, UMR 8177 of CNRS and EHESS, where he teaches anthropology of politics. His work questions the emergence of politics and the imagination of possibilities on the margins and ends of worlds, in Africa as in Europe. Author of ethnographic and theoretical books and articles, he has published, among others, monographs on marginal politics in West Africa (Karthala, 2010), the manual Introduction to an anthropology of politics (De Boeck, 2016, with Éric Wittersheim), and the essay The Ethnologist and the People (Mimésis, 2020) on the links between anthropology and Resistance based on the experience of Ernesto de Martino. Along with his theoretical writing, he experiments with other languages, especially literary ones, influenced by anthropological imagination.


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