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Puncak in Ruins, Part 5: The AnthroLOLogist in Ruins

This post is the fifth of five in a series. The first is: “Puncak in Ruins, Part 1: Arrival Scene” The second is: “Puncak in Ruins, Part 2: Lost Detour” The third is “Puncak in Ruins, Part 3: The Year of Living Dangerously” … Continue reading

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Remote Ethnography in Post-Conflict Aceh, Indonesia

On Friday at 12:30 PM, I will be presenting this talk at the Harvard University Asia Center as part of their Southeast Asia Seminar Series.  This is a draft chapter of my dissertation, and I am soliciting feedback after the … Continue reading

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Book Club: A Certain Age

I have been struggling with the strange kind of fieldwork I did in Aceh for the past few years and how to both acknowledge that strangeness and write about it. Rudolf Mrázek’s new book, A Certain Age: Colonial Jakarta Through … Continue reading

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Book Club: Contemporary States of Emergency

A few months ago, while I was still in Indonesia, Zone Books published Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions, co-edited by anthropologists Didier Fassin and Mariella Pandolfi. I’m pleased because this is my first peer … Continue reading

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Book Club: A Shadow Falls in the Heart of Java

Less than a few chapters into Andrew Beatty’s ethnographic travel memoir A Shadow Falls in the Heart of Java the two Big Bads in the book emerge:  The State & Reformist Islam. Through efficient descriptive vignettes about the people in … Continue reading

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Book Club: Conflict, Violence, and Displacement in Indonesia

Any book might have been a compelling jolt out of the academic ambivalence that precedes (and prevents) my dissertation, but it happened to be Conflict, Violence, and Displacement in Indonesia, published last year by the Cornell Southeast Asia Program, and … Continue reading

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