Roxana Waterson

I studied Social Anthropology at New Hall, Cambridge, and have done fieldwork with the Sa'dan Toraja people of Sulawesi (Indonesia) since 1978. In 1983-84 I worked as curator of the anthropology collections in the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. I have been resident in Singapore since 1984 (originally as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies), and have been teaching in the Department of Sociology since 1987. My principle research interests are in the ethnography of Indonesian societies, the anthropology of architecture, life histories and the politics of social memory. I also teach courses on ethnographic film and the use of digital video as a research tool. My newest research involvement is in the ethnography of childhood.


Office: AS1 04-16
Tel: 6516-3723
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Recent Publications

with Kwok Kian-Woon), ‘The Work of Memory and the Unfinished Past: Deepening and Widening the Study of Memory in Southeast Asia’. In Contestations of Memory in Southeast Asia, (eds) Roxana Waterson and Kwok Kian-Woon, pp. 17-50. Singapore: NUS Press, 2012.

‘Visual Anthropology and the Built Environment: Interpenetrations of the Visible and the Invisible’. In Made to be Seen: Perspectives on the History of Visual Anthropology, ed. Marcus Banks and Jay Ruby, pp. 74-107. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2011.

(with Deepak Kumar Behera), ‘Introduction: Extending Ethnographic Research with Children in Asia-Pacific Societies’, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Special Focus Issue on Research with Children in Asia-Pacific Societies, 12/5 (November 2011): 411-25.

Paths and Rivers: Sa'dan Toraja Society in Transformation. Leiden: KITLV, 2009.

'Reconciliation as Ritual: Comparative Perspectives on Innovation and Performance in Processes of Reconciliation', Humanities Research 15/3 (July 2009): 27-47.