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Patricia Spyer

Institute for Cultural Anthropology | Leiden University
Presentation: "Reel Accidents: Screening the Ummah under Siege in Wartime Maluku"

Educated in the Netherlands and the United States Patricia Spyer obtained her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She was a William Rainey Harper Fellow in the University of Chicago’s College and a founding member of the Research Center Religion & Society at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2001 she has held the Chair of Cultural Anthropology of Contemporary Indonesia at Leiden University. She was Global Distinguished Professor at New York University’s Center for Religion & Media and Department of Anthropology (2009-12), and is a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University in 2014.


Jihadi VCD thumbThese are two among the many VCDs produced in Indonesia in support of the jihadis who from May 2000 traveled to the Moluccas to back their fellow Muslims in what many saw as a battle against the islands’ Christianization.