Dr Fiona Kerlogue

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Research Associate, SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies
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Fiona studied at London University, the Open University, where she took an honours degree, Westminster University, where she took a master’s degree in Film Studies, and Dartington College of Arts, where she specialised in textiles. In 1989 Fiona took a post at the University of Jambi in Sumatra, where she was a lecturer in the Education Faculty between 1989 and 1991. On her return to the UK she joined the staff of the Centre for South-East Asian Studies at the University of Hull where she lectured from 1994 to 2001. The subject of her doctorate was the textiles of Jambi in Sumatra, Indonesia. She has undertaken postdoctoral studies in Java, Penang, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. From 2001 to 2018 Fiona was Curator of Asian Anthropology at the Horniman Museum in London. She has published in Asian Studies Review, Indonesia and the Malay World, Journal of Museum Ethnography, Museum Anthropology, Textile History and Textile Museum Journal. Her most recent book, written with Dr Dagmar Pospisilova, is Collecting Experience in the 1930s: Indonesian and Pacific Collections of Růžena Charlotta Urbanová in the National Museum, published by the National Museum in Prague in 2018.

Research interests

Fiona’s main area of expertise is in the material culture of Southeast Asia, especially Indonesian textiles. Her research interests include the relationship between material culture and memory, the history of museum collecting and the role of material heritage in society.

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