Through the years, my experience in and outside the classroom has brought me to a general reflection on what type of ‘relations to the other’ was implied by the Area/Southeast Asian studies, even after the ‘decolonization’ of the studies. What this relation could be, underlies now my work both in the classroom and in the research field.
My teaching is driven by…
- a certain idea of the purpose of education, beautifully explained here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdNAUJWJN08&t=296s
- the belief that area studies should lead us to a better understanding of cultural diversity and to the value of differences.
…and informed by my research on
- Memory and history
- Islam in Southeast Asia
- Space, borders, and territory
At the bachelor level, I am teaching advanced seminars on Islam in Southeast Asia; the social and political history of Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia; and on communities of Southeast Asian heritage in Europe.
My seminars at the master level deal with the memory of violence; territorial formation and transformation (19th-21st); oral and written sources in the writing of history.