I am thrilled to announce I have just begun my two-year appointment as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), hosted by the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University.
At CSEAS, I will be collaborating with Professor Yoko Hayami on a research project entitled “The Familial and the Supernatural: Crafting Kinship through Sorcery in Contemporary Malaysia”. Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork I have conducted in Malaysia since 2014, this research will investigate how love magic and various kinds of sorcery feature in the everyday experience of Malay familial life, and in the way love, affections, and resources circulate within and between polygamous families. It will also build on the foundations of my past research on Halal Intimacy.
I will be updating the development of this research on this website from time to time. I also warmly welcome inquiries and opportunities for collaboration from researchers working on similar issues relating to kinship, marriage, intimacy, and sorcery.