I am a researcher at the Research Center for Regional Resources of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PSDR-LIPI). I completed my PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, writing a dissertation focusing on the narratives of the May 1998 riots in Indonesia. It examines how the discourses of the May 1998 riots in Indonesia animate social imagination about a post-authoritarian state. The dissertation argues that the discourses of the riots highlight political affects embedded in the imaginations of the state as a porous, powerful, yet a desired political body. After finishing my PhD I joined the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Salle, Germany as a research fellow from 2007-2010. Currently I am also affiliated with Goettingen University as a research fellow in Cultural Property Research Group.
My interest covers many issues, but at this moment the effort to think science and technology as social practices fascinates me. I want to dig more into the realm of risk and uncertainty as the most important facets of modernit(ies). In addition, I have been developing critical analysis of legal and subjective norms, examining cultural property as practical relationship and identification as power relations.