Elena Burgos Martinez
University Lecturer South and Southeast Asian Studies
I am part of Leiden University's Institute for Area Studies: School of Asian Studies, where I coordinate and lecture in a variety of theoretical and methodological courses at BA, MA and PhD level. Amongst them, I coordinate a lecture series for PhD candidates across faculties, entitled 'Discipline and Place in the Humanities and Social Sciences' (with Leiden Global), whereby higher education paradigms, research ethics and (inter) disciplinary identities are problematised from critical and decolonial stances. Positionality and reflexivity are central to my research and teaching. I am available to supervise Research Masters, Master students and PhD candidates, whose research focuses on maritime encounters in the Pacific, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic, environmental colonialism, contemporary (non-positivist) notions of sustainability, the political ecology of waste and crisis, and ideas that offer critical perspectives to environmental topics and problematic.
For almost a decade, I have extensively researched local and collaborative processes of environmental knowledge production in multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural Eastern Indonesian islands, through the lenses of critical ethnographic research. I have more specifically focused on the semantic expansion of local conceptions and practices of sustainability across seas in Northeastern Indonesia, and the politics of waste management and dependency networks with capitals. Currently, my research has incorporated critical archival theory and methodologies to contribute to a fairer understanding of transoceanic and maritime relations that were and are defining for what we now call environmental history. I am interested in the archival journeys of 'invisible actors': people whose role and agency was obscured by the biases of the time, and of this time.
I am also actively engaged in the re-conceptualising and re-theorising of formalised notions of connectivity, place and space within fields like Island Studies, and the Maritime Social Sciences and Humanities, and the pursue of more coherent research methodologies for places that challenge the status-quo of past scholarship.
- BKO (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs)- Leiden University (Netherlands)
- PGCAP: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Durham University, England)
- Durham Learning and Teaching Award (DULTA)
- PhD in Environmental Anthropology, Durham University (in progress)
- PhD in Sociolinguistics (Edinburgh University, Scotland)
- MSc in Social Anthropology (Edinburgh University, Scotland)
- MSc in Education and Language (Edinburgh University, Scotland)
- MA in Pedagogy (Granada University, Spain)
- BSc in Geology (Granada University, Spain)
- Political Ecology: Beyond Nature & Society
- Politics South and Southeast Asia
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Social Theory in Everyday Life
- Discipline and Place in the Humanities and Social Sciences (inter-faculty Research MA and PhD course)
- Member of the Editorial and Academic Board
- Co-coordinator for the Pre-University College Programme in Den Haag