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Annemarie Samuels

Assistant Professor

Dr. A. Samuels MA
+31 71 527 1724

Annemarie Samuels is an assistant professor at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. She has extensive research experience in Indonesia on the topics of narratives, morality, care, HIV/AIDS and disaster and a broad interest in psychological anthropology, narrative studies, phenomenology, and medical anthropology.

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Annemarie Samuels is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University. From January 2017 to December 2018 Annemarie was a Marie-Sklodowska Curie Global Fellow at Harvard University (2017) and Leiden University (2018) with the project The Power of Silence: A Medical Anthropological Approach to AIDS Care Narratives.

Her most recent publications include Narrative Navigation: HIV and (Good) Care in Aceh, Indonesia (Springer), This Path is Full of Thorns: Narrative, Subjunctivity, and HIV in Indonesia (Ethos), Embodied Narratives of Disaster: The Expression of Bodily Experience in Aceh (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute), Seeing AIDS in Aceh: Sexual Moralities and the Politics of Invisibility in Post-Reconstruction Times (Indonesia), and Narratives of Uncertainty: The Affective Force of Child-Trafficking Rumors in Postdisaster Aceh, Indonesia (American Anthropologist).

She is co-editor of Islam and the Limits of the State: Reconfigurations of Practice, Community, and Authority in Contemporary Aceh (Brill, 2015). Her monograph on the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami in Aceh, titled After the Tsunami: Disaster Narratives and the Remaking of Everyday Life in Aceh, is scheduled for publication by the University of Hawai’i press in 2019.

CV A. Samuels (2018)


In her current work, she develops a theoretical and methodological approach to the role of silences within illness narratives. She focuses specifically on the narratives of people living with HIV/AIDS in Indonesia.

In her ethnographic research projects on post-disaster reconstruction and experiences of living with HIV/AIDS, Annemarie focuses on a first-person perspective of remaking lifeworlds in the face of extreme hardship. Her work explores how people make and remake relations with the world and others through narratives and how they navigate ethical demands in such difficult circumstances. Thereby, it illuminates the ways in which people subjectively engage with the social and political forces that shape their lives in times of crisis.

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Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A13



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