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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Asia Research Cluster

The CADS Asia Research Cluster extends the legacy of the Institute’s Asia focus into the future, as an important hub in international networks on the study of Asia and through active engagement with colleagues in Asia. Within the Institute the Asia Research Cluster offers a platform for anthropologists working on Asia to present and discuss their work in progress. In a broader context, the cluster regularly organizes seminars and book discussions open to a broad audience.

Through its activities and discussions Asia Research Cluster aims to critically rethink Anthropologies of and with Asia. Focusing on intra-Asian connections, as well as comparisons across and beyond Asia, we keep asking what 'Asia' is and how we can define 'Asia' not only in geographical but also in relational terms. By raising questions on both the situatedness and the hierarchies that mark the creation of knowledge in our discipline, we aim to contribute to a larger goal of decentring knowledge production in anthropological studies of Asia.

Research Cluster members


  • Barendregt B. (2021), Diverse digital worlds. In: Geismar, Haidy; Knox, Hannah (Eds.) Digital Anthropology. London and New York: Routledge. 101-120.
  • Littlejohn A.L. (2021), Ruins for the future: critical allegory and disaster governance in post-tsunami Japan, American Ethnologist 48(1): 7-21.
  • Naafs S. (2018), Contesting Development: Youth and Industrial Labor in Peri-Urban Banten, Indonesia. In: Padawangi R. (Ed.) Routledge Handbook of Urbanisation in Southeast Asia. London and New York: Routledge. 277-287.
  • Persoon G.A. & Minter T. (2020), Knowledge and practices of indigenous peoples in the context of resource management in relation to climate change in Southeast Asia , Sustainability 12(19): 7983.
  • Schleiter, Markus & Erik de Maaker (2019), Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia. Routledge series 'Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia’. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Samuels, Annemarie (2019) After the Tsunami: Disaster Narratives and the Remaking of Everyday Life in Aceh. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.
  • Saptari R. (2016), 'Keeping Land and Labour under Control?': Reporting on Tobacco-shed Burnings in Besoeki (Java). In: Van Schendel W. (Ed.) Embedding Agricultural Commodities: Using Historical Evidence, 1840s-1940s. Oxon: Routledge. 78-99.

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