|Area Studies, Social Anthropology
|My research consists of social anthropological studies into the societies of Malaysia and Indonesia, which I conduct using the twin pillars of historical investigation and synchronous understanding based on field research. My recent work has involved looking at the interfaces between social dynamics from the macro and micro perspectives focusing on nation-state formation, ethnogenesis, mobilization of labor, culture and power, commodity chains, and transnationalism. My latest projects have involved research into the idea of humanosphere in communities where tropical biomass has been subsumed by monocultural plantations (oil palm and acacia); as well as historical anthropological studies looking from a multiplicity of angles at the construct of "forest" as it exists in Japan and Borneo (including secondary forests and cash crop plantations).
|Area Studies Project Designing, Research Seminar on Environment, Society and Culture I-IV, Guided Research on Southeast Asian Area Studies I-III, Open Seminar on Asian Area Studies, Asian Area Studies On-site Seminar I-III