Senior Lecturer in South East Asian Anthropology
Member, SOAS Food Studies Centre
Academic Staff, Centre of South East Asian Studies
- Dr Kostas Retsikas
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My work focuses on theoretical concerns that I explore both through ethnographic materials collected largely through field research in Java, Indonesia, and adventurous engagements with library texts.
My first fieldwork involved an 18th month-long research in the provincial town of Probolinggo on East Java’s coast. This project culminated in a monograph that arranged the materials so produced around the theme of personhood. Taking inspiration from the works of Gilles Deleuze, the monograph advanced the concept of the ‘diaphoron’ person – a person who constantly differs from him/herself and who is always already involved in an unlimited process of becoming – as a new figure for considering the problem of the subject in anthropology.
At the same time, I have pursued my interests in the anthropology of Islam, having recently co-edited a volume with Dr Magnus Marsden on this topic, as well as in human embodiment, the senses, and violence.
I recently returned to Java for a new project, this time on Islamic economics as seen through zakat practices and, with the generous funding of the Economic and Social Research Council, I spent 12 months in Surabaya and Jakarta working with charities, donors, and recipients. A series of diverse yet closely linked themes have arisen out of these engagements, some of which fall well within the long-standing tradition of anthropological theorising regarding the gift, while others are more directly connected to issues of rights and justice as well as multiplication, profusion, and salvation.
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Retsikas, Kostas (2012) Becoming - An Anthropological Approach to Understandings of the Person in Java. London: Anthem Press.
Sprenger, Guido and Gregory, Chris and Hahn, Hans Peter and Retsikas, Kostas (2017) 'Goods and Ethnicity: Trade and Bazaars in Laos from a Gift Perspective A Discussion'. Heidelberg Ethnology. 6, pp 1-31.
Retsikas, Kostas (2017) 'Value Transfers in South East Asia'. South East Asia Research, (25) 3, pp 217-233.
Retsikas, Kostas (2017) 'The Gift of Future Time: Islamic Welfare and Entrepreneurship in 21st century Indonesia'. South East Asia Research, (25) 3, pp 284-300.
Retsikas, Kostas (2016) 'The Other Side of the Gift: Soliciting in Java'. Heidelberg Ethnology: Occasional Paper 4.
Retsikas, Kostas (2015) 'The Promise: Islamic Micro-finance and the Synthesis of Time'. Deleuze Studies, (9) 4, pp 475-502.
Retsikas, Kostas (2014) 'Reconceptualising zakat in Indonesia: Worship, philanthropy and rights'. Indonesia and the Malay World, (42) 124, pp 337-357.
Retsikas, Kostas (2010) 'Unconscious culture and conscious nature: exploring East Javanese conceptions of the person through Bourdieu’s lenses'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (16) s1, pp s140-s157.
Retsikas, Kostas (2010) 'The sorcery of gender: sex, death and difference in East Java, Indonesia'. South East Asia Research, (18) 3, pp 471-502.
Retsikas, Kostas (2007) 'Being and place: movement, ancestors, and personhood in East Java, Indonesia'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (13) 4, pp 969-986.
Retsikas, Kostas (2007) 'The Power Of The Senses: Ethnicity, History and Embodiment in East Java, Indonesia'. Indonesia and the Malay World, (35) 102, pp 183-210.
Retsikas, Kostas (2006) 'The Semiotics of Violence. Ninja, Sorcerers, and State Terror in Post-Soeharto Indonesia'. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, (162) 1, pp 56-94.
Retsikas, Kostas, (ed.), (2017) Value Transfers in Southeast Asia: Religion, Charity and Subjectivity in an era of Neoliberal Reform. South East Asia Research [Special Issue].
Marsden, Magnus and Retsikas, Kostas, (eds.), (2012) Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds. Dordecht: Springer. (Muslims in Global Societies Series).
Retsikas, Kostas (2012) 'Becoming Sacred: Humanity and Divinity in East Java, Indonesia'. In: Marsden, M. and Retsikas, K., (eds.), Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds. Dordecht: Springer.
Marsden, Magnus and Retsikas, Kostas (2012) 'Introduction: Articulating Islam'. Articulating Islam: Anthropological Approaches to Muslim Worlds. Dordecht: Springer.
Retsikas, Kostas (2008) 'Knowledge from the Body: Fieldwork, Power, and the Acquisition of a New Self'. In: Halstead, Narmala and Hirsch, Eric and Okely, Judith, (eds.), Knowing How to Know: Fieldwork and the Ethnographic Present. Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp 110-129.
Retsikas, Kostas (2013) 'Review of Southeast Asia’s Credit Revolution: From Moneylenders to Microfinance'. ASEASUK News, (53), pp 18-19.
Retsikas, Kostas (2010) 'Review of “Kampung, Islam, and the State in Urban Java” by Patrick Guinness'. ASEASUK News, (47), pp 25-27.
Retsikas, Kostas (2010) 'Review of “Islamic Spectrum in Java” by Timothy Daniels'. South East Asia Research, (18) 2, pp 363-365.
Retsikas, Kostas (2010) 'Review of “Anthropology and Social Theory: Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject” by Sherry B. Ortner'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (16) 1, pp 199-200.
Retsikas, Kostas (2009) 'Review of “Other Peoples’ Anthropologies: Ethnographic Practice on the Margins” edited by Aleksandar Boškovic'. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, (15) 2, pp 440-441.
Retsikas, Kostas (2005) 'Review of “Durga’s Mosque: Cosmology, Conversion, and Community in Central Javanese Islam” by Stephen C. Headley.'. L’Homme, (174), pp 311-312.
Retsikas, Kostas (2005) 'Review of “Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting” edited by Tim Lindsey & Helen Pausacker'. South East Asia Research, (13) 3, pp 417-419.
Retsikas, Kostas (2004) 'Review of “In Search of Chin Identity: A Study in Religion, Politics, and Ethnic Identity in Burma” by Sakhong Lian'. ASEASUK News, (35), pp 29-32.
Retsikas, Kostas (2012) 'Mengembangkan Kedermawanan: Islam, Sedekah, dan Ekonomi Moral di Jawa, Indonesia (Cultivaring Generosity: Islam, Giving, and the Moral Economy in Java, Indonesia)'. [Unpublished]
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