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Frédéric Durand
Christine Cabasset-Semedo


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1 FRÉDÉRIC DURAND is Associate-Professor in Geography at University Toulouse II-Le Mirail, member of the CNRS Center for Southeast Asian Studies in Paris (UMR 8170), and currently Director of the Malaysia-France University Center in Kuala Lumpur. Author of more than ten books on Southeast Asia, the Malay World and Indonesia, he published four books on Timor: a geo-historical atlas of East-Timor in 2002 (translated into English in 2006), an history of Christianism in East and West Timor (in 2004), an history of cartography and travel to Timor Island (in 2006), and a study on contemporary situation in the country (Timor-Leste in search of reference marks. Economic and political perspectives, and regional integration 1999-2050), in 2008. Contact:

2 CHRISTINE CABASSET-SEMEDO holds a PhD in Geography and Planning (Paris-Sorbonne), she's part-time university lecturer in several French universities, and works also as an expert and adviser on tourism. For the last 15 years, her academic research focused on different aspects of tourism and notably: socio-economic integration, spatial concentration / extension, contribution to national unity… Her main field surveys were undertaken in Southeast Asia, and particularly in Indonesia and Timor-Leste, topics and countries on which she published many articles. For the past ten years, she visits almost annually Timor-Leste. Her 2007 and 2008 missions to enhance teaching of tourism at the National University of Timor Lorosa'e were supported by the France Embassy in Indonesia and East-Timor. Contact:

3 RUI GRAÇA FEIJÓ (D. Phil Oxon 1984) is currently teaching at Universidade Aberta and also an Associate Researcher at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, where he pursues his research interests in the construction of a democratic state in Timor-Leste. He lived in Timor for an extended period (2004-2006). He was a teacher at UNTL in Díli, and later an UN sponsored Advisor to Presidency of the Timorese Republic. In 2007, he was a member of the CPLP team of electoral observers in the Timorese Presidential elections. In 2006 he published Timor-Leste: Paisagem Tropical com gente dentro (Lisbon, Campo da Comunicação). Contact:

4 SARA GONZALEZ DEVANT is a freelance writer and Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional y Desarrollo (AECID) scholar. She worked in Timor-Leste between 2005-2006. She has also published 'Displacement in the 2006 Dili Conflict: Dynamics of an Ongoing Crisis' (2008), Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper 45, University of Oxford. Contact:

5 DAVID HICKS is Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University and Life Member of Clare College, University of Cambridge. His books include Tetum Ghosts and Kin (2004), Structural Analysis in Anthropology, A Maternal Religion, Kinship and Religion in Eastern Indonesia, and Ritual and Belief. His papers have appeared in the American Anthropologist, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society, and the Bijdragen tot de Taal-, land-en Volkenkunde. Contact:

6Dr. ALEXANDER LOCH is a German psychologist and cultural anthropologist working for 10 years in various capacities for international developmental organisations. He managed the research-and development unit of the Instituto Catolico para Formação de Professores (2002-2005) in Baucau, edited a Tetum dictionary (2005) and a monograph about Psychosocial Reconstruction in East Timor (2007). He is academically affiliated with the Centre Asie du Sud Est in Paris (2008) as a Post-Doc researcher (DAAD), and advises ongoing training programs in East Timor (World Bank) and West Papua (UNIPA). Contact:

7 NUNO CANAS MENDES holds a Ph. D. in International Relations and is an Assistant Professor at The Advanced Institute for Social and Political Sciences at The Technical University of Lisbon. He is also a Research Fellow at the Orient Institute where he co-ordinates a research project on "State-building/State-failure debate in International Relations: The Case of East Timor" financed with a grant from The Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation. His main research interests are International Relations, foreign policy and international relations history, East Timor and Southeast Asia. He has published and co-edited five books on these subjects. Contact:

8 HENRIETTE SACHSE is a PhD candidate at Humboldt-University of Berlin in Germany. She has been doing research on Indonesia and Timor-Leste for the last 10 years and especially on the Timorese Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation as well as the bilateral Commission for Truth and Friendship. She has published several articles on both countries. Besides her research, Henriette Sachse is working for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Contact:

9 CHRISTINE SCHENK has been working as advisor and project manager for a range of aid agencies and NGOs, including GTZ, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), World Bank, Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation Timor-Leste (CAVR). She has field experience in Haiti, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Sri Lanka, East Timor and Indonesia/Aceh. In August 2007, she joined swisspeace, a Swiss NGO working on peace research, policy and practice. She works as Programme Officer for Sri Lanka in Berne. Contact:

10 PAULO CASTRO SEIXAS has a master in Sociology and a PhD in Anthropology. Associate Professor at Fernando Pessoa University since 2004, he is coordinator of the Cultural Studies Programs and of Humanitarian Action, Cooperation and Development Master. Researcher in projects funded by World Bank, EU and Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, he is author/co-author of 6 books and organizer of other 5. He is also author and Director of six anthropological documentaries. His main interests are Transnational Urban studies and Timor-Leste Anthropology. Books on Timor-Leste: Timor-Leste. Viagens, Transições, Mediações, Porto, Univ. Fernando Pessoa Ed., 2006; Seixas, Paulo Castro & Engelenhoven, Aone (orgs) Diversidade Cultural na Construção do Estado e da Nação em Timor-Leste, Porto, Univ. Fernando Pessoa Ed., 2006. Contact:

11 JACQUELINE AQUINO SIAPNO (Joy) teaches Philosophy and Political Economy in the Universidade Nacional Timor-Leste (UNTL) and also co-founded the School of Democratic Economics, Faculty of Economics (UNTL), with Hendro Sangkoyo. She has also previously taught at the Universidade Dili and Universidade da Paz in Timor-Leste. Once a year, she teaches in Universitat Jaume I in Castellon, Spain, in the Graduate Program in International Conflict, Peace and Development. She has held a tenured position in the University of Melbourne and research fellowships at ANU, University of California Irvine and Riverside. She lives in Dili where she is raising her family, and conducts extensive research in rural districts in Timor-Leste, and comparative research with the Philippines, Indonesia, and other Asian countries. She has written several articles and books on Timor-Leste, Aceh, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Southeast Asian history, culture and politics. Contact:

12 KELLY SILVA holds a Ph. D. in Anthropology (University of Brasilia, 2004) and is an Assistant. Professor at the University of Brasilia. Her research focuses on anthropology of complexe societies, with an emphase on problematics related to State anthropology, international cooperation, politic and elites. She coordonates or participates to several investigation works on elites and the State-Nation building in Timor-Leste. She published, with Daniel Simiao, Timor-Leste por trás do palco, Humanitas, Belo Horizonte (Brasil) (2007). Contact:

13 LÚCIO SOUSA is a portuguese anthropologist. He taught Portuguese in East Timor between 2000 and 2002. He is currently teaching Anthropology at Universidade Aberta in Lisbon and doing a PhD in Social Anthropology with a thesis on the social organization and ritual practices of the Bunak of East Timor. The field research was made during university holidays in August 2003 and 2004 and from September 2005 to August 2006. The research was supported by grants from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and Fundação Oriente. Contact:

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