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Jonathan Zilberg
Jonathan Zilberg is a cultural anthropologist specializing in museums - specifically in promoting participatory inclusive strategies 
for making museums and history education matter to local communities. Please see 
for my primary academic affiliation.
Research interest: Museum Ethnography; Religion; History; Popular Culture; Mass Media. 
Personal website:
Silvia Vignato |
Silvia Vignato (Prof.), Associate Professor in anthropology at The Department of Human Science for education “Riccardo Massa”, 
Università di Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB), teaches undergraduate and graduate students and supervises M.A. and Ph.D. thesis focused
on Southeast Asia. Her research interest is on subjectivity as related to work/unemployment, gender and marginality, evolving
structures of families and unattached children in Indonesia and Malaysia. Beside a monography about Indonesian Tamil migrants,
other Sumatranese ethnic minorities and their levels of subjective integration into the State, she has published articles about
Malaysian factory workers and manpower agents for migrants and about post-conflict young Acehenese people.
Gunnar Stange
My research interests lie in the fields of peace and conflict studies as well as development studies. In recent years, I have mainly
studied the peace process in Aceh, Indonesia, and the emergence of new political elites. Currently, I am developing a new project
that will look at forced migration and internal displacement in insular Southeast Asia in a comparative perspective. In the project,
I aim at understanding the impact of forced migration on host communities and the way the access and use of resources
is being negotiated and organized between refugees and hosts. In my research, I follow a qualitative, actors centered approach
using participant observation during extended periods of field research. I received my Master’s degree in Languages, Economics,
and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Passau, Germany, and my PhD from the Department of Anthropology at
Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
Dr. Mieke Lopes Cardozo
Mieke Lopes Cardozo |
Dr. Mieke Lopes Cardozo is assistant professor (tenured) at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University 
of Amsterdam, and part of the Governance and Inclusive Development Research Group. Her academic research and teaching
focuses on the role of education in processes of peacebuilding, social justice and transformation in the contexts of Sri Lanka, 
Aceh/Indonesia, Bolivia and Myanmar. She recently co-directed the Research Consortium on Education and Peacebuilding 
incollaboration with the University of Sussex, Ulster University and UNICEF. She is appointed as Advisor for the Security Council 
mandated Progress Study on Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security. She was recently awarded the 2017 Comenius 
Teaching Fellowship to implement an education innovation project called Critical Development and Diversity Explorations.
Rietesh Shah
Ritesh Shah |
Dr. Ritesh Shah is Senior Lecturer in the faculty’s school of critical studies in education at The University of Auckland, New
Zealand. Most of his research occurs in international settings where changes in political, economic or social regimes driven by
crises and/or conflict have lead to calls for significant reform to a nation’s education system. His main research sites have been
in Latin America and Southeast Asia, but he has and continues to also work as an evaluation consultant for various development
partners (INGOs and bilateral agencies) across the Asia-Pacific region and Middle East. He is one of the two lead researchers on
research project: peace building, social injustice and education in Aceh. He is also a senior researcher on a new research
consortium between UNICEF and the Universities of Ulster, Amsterdam and Sussex.



Ariane Boulanger |
Ariane took her bachelor degree in International Relations in Sciences Po Paris. For her third year abroad, she went to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to learn the language. After graduating, she pursue her studies by taking a master in International Security in Sciences Po as well and will graduate in 2017. She wishes to work in the conflict resolution field in the future.


Giacomo Tabacco 
My research interests lie in the field of the concepts and practices of informal mining and cash crops farming, gendered work patterns, mobility, workplace hazards, spatial planning, land conflicts, and socio-ecological degradation in the Indonesian rural regions. During my PhD (2011-2016, University of Milano-Bicocca), I conducted fieldwork among artisanal gold miners and other fortune seekers in Aceh, Indonesia. I am currently working on the entanglements of welfare policies, socio-ecological vulnerability, radicalized access to land, and "slow violence" in the Acehnese region.








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