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)
Global Transformations and Governance Challenges Grant (co-applied with Dr. Daniela Vicherat Mattar and Dr. Jyothi Thrivikraman of LUC)
The many faces of food markets during COVID-19: Stories of solidarity and change through and with food
Local experiences are at the forefront of the global COVID-19 pandemic response. Thus, we are in a unique position to listen and learn from the plurality of practices of solidarity that have been assembled by local communities to respond to the impact of the pandemic and its collateral effects. By embedding ourselves in food markets in The Hague and Leiden, from different disciplinary angles, this project aims to identify the stories of solidarity and (in)formal support networks that have been locally mobilized in response to COVID-19.
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2021), Review of [Waves of knowing: a seascape epistemology] by [K.A. Ingersoll] Review of: Ingersoll K.A. (2016) Waves of knowing: A seascape epistemology, Island Studies Journal 16(1): 392-393.
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2021), Review of [Intertidal history in Island Southeast Asia: submerged genealogy & the legacy of coastal capture] by [Jennifer L. Gaynor] Review of: Jennifer L. Gaynor (2016) Intertidal History in Island Southeast Asia: Submerged Genealogy & the Legacy of Coastal Capture, Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia 177(1): 141-143.
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2021), On storiation and what is washed ashore: the Anthropocene as big kahuna, Dialogues in Human Geography 11(2): 1-4.
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2020), Member of editorial staff Island Studies Journal .
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2020), COVID-19’s Narratives of (In)Vulnerability: Islam, Water, and Success in Small Indonesian Islands. Leiden Islam Blog. Leiden: LUCIS [blog entry].
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2020), Ecoracism in times of Covid-19 rhetoric: an environmental humanities perspective. Environmental Humanities Centre: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam [blog entry].
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2020), Hospitable Islands: Revisiting visibility and invisibility from an island’s perspective. Special Issue ‘Representing Islands’, Island Studies Journal 16(2).
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2020), Is this a relapse of ‘The West and the rest’?. Leids Universitair Weekblad Mare.
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2020), Theoretical Dancing, Liquidity and Positioning: (Re) institutionalising ‘Nature’. HAU : Journal of Ethnographic Theory.
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2020), TOWARDS A COVID-19 LEXICON OF CONCEPTUAL OFF-SHOOTS: LOCKING SOCIALITY DOWN IN THE NETHERLANDS AND SPAIN, Allegralaboratory.net .
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2019), Learning anthropology in transitory spaces: uncertain knowledge(s) as frictions in HE, Teaching Athropology 8(1).
- Sleeboom-Faulkner M., Simpson B., Burgos Martinez E.E. & McMurray J. (2017), The formalization of social-science research ethics How did we get there?, HAU-JOURNAL OF ETHNOGRAPHIC THEORY 7(1): 71-79.
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2017), Accent profiling, power imbalances and access to Higher Education: A case for the return of anthropology to schools. Teaching Anthropology. London: The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and the Commonwealth [blog entry].
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2016), Our ice is vanishing. Sikuvut Nunquliqtuq. A history of Inuit, newcomers, and climate change, Social Anthropology 24(1): 134-135.
- Burgos Martinez E.E. (2015), Review of: Samuli Schielke (2012) The Perils of Joy: Contesting Mulid Festivals in Contemporary Egypt, Allegralaboratory.net .
- Member of the Editorial and Academic Board
- Co-coordinator for the Pre-University College Programme in Den Haag