Alexandra LANDMANN

Dr Alexandra Landmann is Visiting Fellow at the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre and lectures at the Indonesian Hindu University in Denpasar, Indonesia. She is advisor to the Peace Building Institute, Jakarta, and the Kesiman Palace, Denpasar.

She received her PhD in Comparative Studies of Religion (Hindu Religious Education in Indonesia in the Context of Policies of Religion and Education) and her M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies, Psychoanalysis, and Comparative Studies of Religion from Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She is a state-certified translator for German-Indonesian.

She was Visiting Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute in Frankfurt (2009-2011) and worked on traditional legal systems in Bali, Kalimantan and South Banten. Her research interest focuses on Indonesian tribal communities, local knowledge, and myth of origin, systems of social control, and environmental management.


Alexey Kirichenko is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Asian and African Studies, Moscow State University, Russia and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore and Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. He received his doctorate in history from Moscow State University in 2003 with a thesis studying Burmese royal chronicles. Since 1997, he has been doing field and archival work in Burma focused on monastic Buddhism, palm-leaf manuscripts, and surveying of local religious infrastructure. He has published more than 30 papers on various aspects of Burmese and Southeast Asian history (mostly in Russian). His latest publication is "The Making of the Culprit: Atula Hsayadaw Shin Yasa and the Politics of Monastic Reform in Eighteenth-Century Burma," The Journal of Burma Studies 15.2 (2011). His project at ARI and ISEAS is focused on monastic interactions between Burma and Lanka in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Anjana SHARMA 

Dr Anjana Sharma is Visiting Senior Fellow at NSC. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of English, University of Delhi, India. From 2011–2015 (July), she was Founding Dean (Academic Planning) at Nalanda University located in Rajgir, Bihar, India. She obtained her PhD from the Department of English, The Pennsylvania State University, USA in 1990. Her dissertation was subsequently published as Autobiography of Desire: English Jacobin Women Novelists of the 1790s (Macmillan, 2004). It contested the hegemony of British Romantic poetry and provided a counterculture account through archival work on pamphlets, periodicals, memoirs, and novels of the pro French revolutionary writers in England in the 1790s. She has since then taught and published widely in this area.

Her other areas of interest are Indian Writing in English with a special focus on gender and culture. Her recent work is on the representation of Mahatma Gandhi in the public sphere in 1947. The Nalanda experience, where she conceptualized and built the first two schools of Historical Studies and Ecology and Environment Studies, shaped her most recent research on inter-Asian heritage and its transregional dynamics anchored in travel, trade, literature, arts and aesthetics. She is also actively engaged in writing for popular newspapers and weeklies on the interface between literature, life, and the concerns that shape liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies in higher education.


Antariksa is co-founding member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre, Yogyakarta, Indonesia—a research collective focusing on critical knowledge production, research-action, and vernacular education. He is the author of Tuan Tanah Kawin Muda: Hubungan LEKRA- Seni Rupa 1950-1965 [Tuan Tanah Kawin Muda: The relation between art and the Institute of People’s Culture 1950-1965] (CAF/IVAA, 2005). His primary research concerns art and the mobility of ideas in Japanese-occupied Southeast Asia. His forthcoming book is 日本占領期のインドネシアにお けるアート集団主義 [Art collectivism in Japanese-occupied Indonesia] (Kyushu University Press, 2017). He is currently recipient of Global South Fellowship at Le Collège d’études mondiales, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris, France.

Anthony REID

Anthony Reid (Professorial Fellow) is an historian , trained in New Zealand and at Cambridge, and now again based at the Australian National University after serving as founding Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA (1999-2002) and of the Asia Research Institute at NUS, Singapore (2002-7). The 30+ books he has written or edited chiefly concern the history of Southeast Asia, or the way it fits into broader patterns of world history. More specific interests are in Sumatra, Sulawesi, Sabah, and economic and religious history. His most recent books are: Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and political identity in Southeast Asia (Cambridge UP, 2010); Negotiating Asymmetry: China’s Place in Asia (co-edited 2009); Islamic Legitimacy in a Plural Asia (co-edited, 2008); and The Chinese Pacific Diaspora, c. 1400-1940 (Selected readings, 2008). However his most-read work is the 2-volume Southeast Asia in the Age of Commerce, c.1450-1680 (Yale UP,1988-93), now also available in Chinese as well as Indonesian, Thai and Japanese translations.

Aparajita BASU

Aparajita Basu (also known as Ajlai) is a PhD candidate in the department of History at the University of California, Berkeley. She has an MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis from the University of Cambridge and an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Oxford. She is now working on a doctoral thesis on Indian women and anti-colonial politics in British Malaya in the interwar period. Her interests include studying migration and South Asian diasporas in the twentieth century, women's history and the circulation of ideas as well as social and cultural practices between India and Southeast Asia in the modern period.


Aparna Nambiar, a Life sciences graduate from NUS, began training in Bharatanatyam at the age of 4 in India. She has been in Singapore since 2004 and has been training and performing extensively under Singapore Cultural Medallion winner, Mrs. Santha Bhaskar. A passion for the arts diverted her career from research labs in bio sciences, to the NUS Center For the Arts in 2008. Aparna is currently working part-time as a research scholar at ISEAS and is developing a narrative in the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, based on the Nalanda University and its relevance as an important cultural symbol for Asia. Working closely with NUS Indian Dance and Mrs Bhaskar, her work was showcased as a series of performances between March 2010 and March 2011, under the umbrella of the NUS Arts Festival organized by the NUS Center For the Arts.


Chang Yufen is Visiting Fellow at NSC. She received her PhD in sociology from University of Michigan in May 2013. She spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at Asia Research Institute before assuming the position of Visiting Fellow with the NSC at ISEAS. Her dissertation deals with how the mechanisms of emulation, differentiation, and hybridization shaped the formative process of the vernacular literature in colonial Vietnam. While at ISEAS, she will work on a project about pre-colonial Sino-Vietnamese translation. Her research interests include colonial Vietnamese nationalism, China-Southeast Asian cultural interconnections, translation, and Chinese-ness.

Christian LAMMERTS

Christian Lammerts works on the histories, practices, and literatures of Buddhism and religious legal culture in Southeast Asia. His current research is focused on the criticism and analysis of locally and regionally compiled Buddhist texts preserved in Burmese and mainland Southeast Asian manuscripts, though he maintains strong comparative interests in religion and law and the transmission of legal knowledge across Asia. He is currently working on two books. The first comprises a history of vernacular and Pali dhammasattha literature, written law, and Buddhist legal, scientific, and textual culture in Burma and mainland Southeast Asia. The second presents an annotated scholarly edition, translation, and study of the Manusara-dhammasattha-patha, a mid-17th Century Pali legal text, together with its Burmese commentary. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Williams College, two M.A. degrees in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of London and Cornell University, and received his PhD in Asian Religions from Cornell University in 2010.


Dr D. Kyle Latinis, Visiting Fellow at the NSC, currently researches the Historical Ecology of Southeast Asia—an approach which combines ethnographic, historic and archaeological data to examine long term human-environment trends, inclusive of internal and external socio-economic factors and resource exploitation. He will also assist with projects and field training in Mainland Southeast Asia, having over 20 years of experience in Cambodia.

Dr Latinis earned a PhD at the National University of Singapore, Department of Southeast Asian Studies (2008) and a PhD in Ecological Anthropology at the University of Hawaii, Department of Anthropology (1999). Recently, he was a Director and Senior Social Scientist with the US Department of Defense (2011–2014; including 18 months of applied research in Afghanistan), and Dean of Graduate Studies and Social Sciences at the University of Cambodia (2009–2011). Previous fieldwork and research throughout the 1990s and early 2000s focused on east Indonesia (Maluku, Papua Barat, Sulawesi) and proximate areas in the Pacific. He has also participated in several Singapore heritage projects since 1995 where he first worked with Dr John Miksic at the Fort Canning and Empress Place archaeological sites. His most recent (2014) research publication is: "The Social and Ecological Trajectory of Prehistoric Cambodian Earthworks" Asian Perspectives, 52(2):327–346.