My main interest lies on the Hindu-Buddhist materials in Indonesia - produced during the so-called "classical" period between fifth and fifteenth centuries - and how they were repurposed and reused during the so-called Islamic period ranging from sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. I am also interested in the process of knowledge production for Indonesian antiquities, collecting practice and object restitution, and historiography of modern Indonesia. I recently co-edited a volume, titled Returning Southeast Asia's Past: Objects, Museums, and Restitution. This volume explores the lives of artefacts which have been repatriated from the West to museums in Southeast Asia and is the first edited volume entirely devoted to object restitution to this region.
- Southeast Asian art and archaeology
- Museum and collecting practice
- Knowledge production