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Adat and Indigeneity in Indonesia

Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin


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1Yance Arizona is a programme manager for the law and society programme at Epistema Institute in Jakarta. In addition, he is a lecturer of Constitutional and Administrative Law at the Law Department, President University, Jakarta. He is a graduate of the law programme at Andalas University (2007) and received his Master of Law at the University of Indonesia (2012). In 2011, Yance took part in the tailor-made course on Agrarian Transition for Rural Development at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, the Hague, Netherlands. He also participated in the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley, in 2013. He has written several books relating to agrarian law reform and the indigenous peoples’ land rights. Currently, Yance is preparing a book based on his Master’s thesis entitled The Agrarian Constitutionalism.

2Maria Victoria Cabrera Ormaza is a Ph. D. candidate at the Institute for Public International Law and European Law at the University of Göttingen. Her main research focus is on the status and role of indigenous peoples in the law-and decision-making activities of international organisations. She holds a LL. M. from the University of Heidelberg and the University of Chile. She has been admitted to legal practice in Ecuador and Chile. She finished her law studies at the Universidad de Especialidades Espiritu Santo in Ecuador.

3Erasmus Cahyadi is the director of the Law and Human Rights Programme at the the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN). He is a regular contributor to the bi-monthly bulletin Gaung AMAN and other AMAN publications, such as: Activists’ Manual on the Application of the Principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation and The Indigenous Peoples’ Perceptions about Poverty. He also writes in several other bulletins, including The Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy’s (ELSAM) Asasi and the Peace Brigades International (PBI) bulletins. In addition, he is a trainer and a facilitator at community training sessions and workshops on FPIC. He was a reviewer and a resource person for several research projects and workshops (Masyarakat Adat di Perbatasan Negara and Efektivitas Peradilan Adat dalam Penyelesaian Konflik) organised by the Agency for the Development of National Law (BPHN) and several other workshops, some of them organised by the Indonesian government.

4Katja Göcke studied law at the Bucerius Law School (Hamburg) and the University of Sydney. Following her First Legal State Examination in 2005, she did an LL. M. at the University of Sydney, and between 2006 and 2008 completed her Rechtsreferendariat (legal clerkship) at the Higher Regional Court, Hamburg. From 2008 until 2012, she worked as a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg) with a research focus on indigenous peoples’ rights. Her doctoral thesis is on Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights. She currently works at the Institute for International Law and European Law, Göttingen University.

5Anna-Teresa Grumblies studied cultural and social anthropology, gender studies, history, and philosophy at the University of Göttingen and at the University of California in Santa Barbara. She graduated in 2010 with an M. A. thesis concerning the scholarly debate on indigenous knowledge. Since 2010, she has been a doctoral student at the University of Cologne under the supervision of Prof. Martin Rössler, funded through a Ph. D. scholarship by the a. r. t. e. s. Research School. She conducted around 14 months of fieldwork among the Wana of Central Sulawesi between 2010 and 2012 where she researched marginalisation processes among upland groups in Indonesia. She is an editorial assistant for the journal Historical Social Research.

6Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin has been Professor of Anthropology at Göttingen University since 1992. She has conducted a number of research projects in Papua New Guinea (1972-1985), Indonesia (from 1988) and Cambodia (from 2008). Her main research topics are political and religious organisation of space, propertisation of culture, as well as gender and body. She is currently the project director of several projects (on the nomination and listing of UNESCO World Heritages, indigeneity in Indonesia, diverging claims in debates about return and restitution of cultural property, and culture-specific human interaction with tropical lowland rainforests in transformation in Jambi, Sumatra); these projects are part of the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on the Constitution of Cultural Property and the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre CRC 990 on Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia).

7Karin Klenke studied cultural and social anthropology and sociology at the universities of Göttingen, Germany, and Copenhagen, Denmark. In her Ph. D. dissertation (published in 2011) on body, beauty and gender in Tanah Karo (Sumatra, Indonesia), she analysed the growing importance of beauty practices as a way of modernising the gendered self in patrilinear Karo society. As a post-doc researcher in the interdisciplinary research group on cultural property at Göttingen University, she studied the pending World Heritage nomination of Toraja (Sulawesi, Indonesia) on both the local and the international level. Karin Klenke is currently the academic coordinator of the research network “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” in Göttingen.

8Francesca Merlan is Professor of Anthropology at Australian National University. She has pursued research on social transformation in indigenous social orders and their relations to Australian state and society (Caging the Rainbow: Places, Politics and Aborigines in a North Australian Town, 1998), on social change, welfare and segmentary politics in New Guinea (Ku Waru: Language and Segmentary Politics in the Western Nebilyer Valley, Papua New Guinea, co-authored with Alan Rumsey, 1991), change in landed livelihoods (Tracking Rural Change: Community, Policy and Technology in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, co-edited with David Raftery, 2009), on anthropology's engagement with economy (Economic Anthropology: Transforming Economies, Changing States, 2009), and has a particular comparative interest in the emergence and circulation of concepts of indigeneity (Indigeneity Global and Local, Current Anthropology 50:303-333, 2009).

9Serena Müller graduated in anthropology from Münster University, Germany, in 2010 (M. A.). She is currently a Ph. D. candidate at the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology in Göttingen and a research associate in the anthropological project on indigeneity in Indonesia, which is part of the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on “The Constitution of Cultural Property” at the University of Göttingen. She has carried out fieldwork on this issue between 2011 and 2013. She specialises in ‘culture’ as a resource for indigenous communities in Indonesia.

10Miriam Harjati Samukri is a Ph. D. candidate at the Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Göttingen University and research associate in the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on “The Constitution of Cultural Property”. Graduated from Bonn University in Southeast Asian Studies in 2012, she currently works on the role of nongovernmental organisations in the Indigenous Peoples Movement in Indonesia. Her research interests focus on development studies and the relationship between social movements and international aid.

11Stefanie Steinebach currently holds a post-doc position in the DFG Collaborative Research Centre 990, “Ecological and Socioeconomic Functions of Tropical Lowland Rainforest Transformation Systems (Sumatra, Indonesia)”, based at Göttingen University. She is a research associate at the Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology and works in the project on culture-specific human interaction with tropical lowland rainforests in transformation in Jambi, Sumatra. She holds a diploma in forestry and a Ph. D. in anthropology. Her anthropological dissertation Der Regenwald ist unser Haus. Die Orang Rimba auf Sumatra zwischen Autonomie und Fremdbestimmung (published 2012) is the result of a 15 months’ research (2003-2009) among the seminomadic forest-dwelling Orang Rimba in Jambi Province. Her research interests focus on human-environmental relationships with a special interest in cultural and ethnic identity, power relations, land rights, critical history, and postcolonial theories.

12Fadjar Ibnu Thufail is a researcher at the Research Centre for Regional Resources of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences and a research fellow of the Cultural Property Research Group at the University of Göttingen. He received his Ph. D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany, from 2007 to 2010. Together with Martin Ramstedt, he edited a book entitled Kegalauan Identitas (Grasindo, 2011) and a special edition of the journal of Asian Ethnicity in 2012. Currently, he is working on a DFG sponsored project of the Göttingen research unit on adat, the state and aristocrat subjectivity in Indonesia, and preparing a book manuscript on the May 1998 riots in Indonesia.

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