Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

Bisherige Gastwissenschaftler/innen



Busarin Lertchavalitsakul

PhD candidate
M.A. Busarin Lertchavalitsakul


aerbusarin (at)






Curriculum Vitae

Busarin Lertchavalitsakul is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Her ongoing doctoral research deals with interrelations between migration and commodity flows conducted by the Shan people at the border connecting Northwest Thailand with South Shan State, Burma. She earned her MA in Sustainable Development at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, focusing on food practices of Shan migrants in Chiang Mai City. Her current interests in Shan migration, border studies, and mobility grew out of this earlier work on food and culture. With a background in journalism, Busarin continues to author special articles and documentary essays which are published online.



  • 2014. (Forthcoming) “Who do you know over there?: Fieldwork experiences in the restricted
  • Southern Shan State, Burma”, Journal of Burma Studies - Volume 18.1          
  • 2014 (Forthcoming) “The Cultural Politics of Taste: Foodways of the Shan Labor Migrants in Urban Chiang Mai”, Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Thammasat University, Thailand (in Thai)
  • 2014 (Forthcoming) “An Intrusion in the Transnational Kitchen: Foodways of the Shan Migrant Workers in Chiang Mai, Thailand”, a collected volume from the academic seminar “Borderlands, Livelihood, and Regionalization of Development in Southwest China and Mainland Southeast Asia” in April 2009, organized by the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development (RCSD), Chiang Mai University with a collaboration of the Nationalities Research Institute, Yunnan University, China
  • 2010. “Aharn Tai Yai: Sen Tang, Karn Kleuntii, lae Puentii tang Sangkon nai Muang Chiang Mai” (Shan Food: Routes, Mobility, and Social Space in Urban Chiang Mai” in the journal of Social Science, Faculty of Social Science, Chiang Mai University, 22(2/ 2010) pp.124-159.
  • 2010. “Aharn Tai Yai Nai Ran Aharn “Bhama”: Tawi Chattipan Lae Chatniyom Nai Boribot Muang
  • Chiang Mai” (Shan Food in “Burmese” Restaurants: Double Ethnicity and Nationalism in the Context of Chiang Mai City) in the journal of Political Science, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, 31(3) September-December 2010 (pp.133-171) (in Thai)



Brooke Nolan


PhD Candidate


Mail: borneobrooke (at)


Curriculum Vitae

Brooke Nolan is a PhD student from the University of Western Australia (UWA). Supported by a scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange service), she is currently working on her doctoral thesis at the Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Brooke specializes in Indonesian Studies and Anthropology. In 2009, Brooke was awarded a First Class Honours degree from UWA for her thesis 'Ritual Speech Performance in Sumbanese and Ngaju Dayak Death Ceremonies'. In 2010, Brooke completed her Master's thesis 'The Political Economy of Small-Scale Fishing Communities: A Comparative Study of Migrant Communities in Rote Ndao and East Java'. This year she was awarded an Endeavour Awards scholarship and undertook 12 months of research in Rote Ndao, Nusa Tenggara Timur, and Sendang Biru, East Java. Brooke's PhD research investigates the nature of bodies, difference and agency, specifically in relation to women and pregnancy on Wawonii Island, Southeast Sulawesi.



'Australian Law on Rote?' - Inside Indonesia

'A Mysterious Illness' - Inside Indonesia  

Brooke Nolan (2013) Women’s Agency and Power in Sendang Biru, East Java. Workingpaper Series No. 50. Berlin.



Dr. Chuan Yean Soon

Dr. Chuan Yean Soon

Post Doc

Ph.D. (National University of Singapore)

                M.A. (Uppsala University, Sweden)

                B.A. (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Mail:        chuanyeans (at)

Location: School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia



Curriculum Vitae

Chuan Yean Soon was trained as a political scientist for his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree. In his Doctorate degree, he was exposed to area studies at the Southeast Asian Studies Programme, which provided him a multilayered and multidisciplinary lens of viewing politics. He is currently teaching Southeast Asian Politics, Politics and Regionalism in ASEAN at USM. He wrote his PhD dissertation on local politics in the Philippines and currently focusing his works on the relationship between religion and (local) politics in a village in the Philippines. In addition, he is also working on Malaysian cultural politics in particular exploring the role of arts as another terrain of politics in Malaysia.



  • 2012. "Hidden Transcripts from “Below” in Rural Politics of the Philippines: Interpreting the Janus-facedness of Patron-Client Ties and Tulong (Help)." Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 1, No. 2, 273–299.
  • 2012. Persaingan Politik Moral: Satu Penganalisian Politik Budaya [Contest for Moral Politics: An Analysis of the Cultural Politics of Arts Community in Malaysia]. In WACANA BARU POLITIK MALAYSIA: Perspektif Ruang Awam, Budaya dan Institusi [Malaysian Politics: A Perspective of Public Sphere, Culture, and Institution], eds. Haris Zuan & Rizal Hamdan. Petaling Jaya, Selangor: Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD), 25-52.
  • 2011. Visual Essay. “A cartoonist’s resistance.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 12:3, 420 - 429.
  • 2011. “The contest for moral politics: interrogating the cultural politics of Malaysian cultural groups.” Kajian Malaysia 29, Supplement 1 (Special Issue), 215-238.
  • 2008. “Politics from below: Culture, Religion and Popular Politics in Tanauan City, Batangas.” Philippine Studies 56:4, 413 - 442.



Helen Ting, Dr.

Helen Ting Dr.

Research Fellow


  • PhD (Sciences Po, Paris)
  • D.E.A. (MPhil) (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
  • B.Sc (ed) (Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur)


Mail:   helenting (at)

Location: Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.



Curriculum Vitae

Helen Ting is a research fellow at IKMAS, UKM since May 2008. For six years, she worked at regional and international levels for a global youth organisation organising training programs and advocating on educational and human rights issues at United Nations agencies. Beginning with a science/education undergraduate degree, she turned to interdisciplinary development studies before taking up political science for her PhD. Her research interests include national identity, nationalism, history education, identity politics, identity and agency.



  • Susan Blackburn & Helen Ting (eds), forthcoming, Women in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements: A Biographical Approach. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press.
  • Ting, Helen. 2012. “Interethnic Relations in Malaysian Campuses: A Historical Review”, Malaysian Journal of Chinese Studies, Vol.1, 60-84.
  • Ting, Helen. 2011. “Institutional Reforms and Bi-party Political System: Beyond ‘Expedient Multiculturalism’” in Malaysia at A Crossroads: Can We Make the Transition?, (eds) Abdul Rahman Embong & Tham Siew Yean, Bangi: UKM Press, 154-180.
  • Ting, Helen. 2009. “Malaysian History Textbooks and the Discourse of Ketuanan Melayu” in Race and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore, (eds) Daniel Goh, Philip Holden, Matilda Gabrielpillai & Khoo Gaik Cheng, London & New York: Routledge, 36-52.
  • Ting, Helen. 2009. “The Politics of National Identity in West Malaysia: Continued Mutation or Critical Transition?”, Southeast Asian Studies (Kyoto University), Vol.47, No.1, June 2009, 29-49.
  • Ting, Helen. 2008. “Social Construction of Nation: A Theoretical Exploration”, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Vol.14, No.3, July 2008, 453-482.
  • Ting, Helen. 2007. “Gender Discourse in Malay Politics: Old Wine in New Bottle?” in Politics in Malaysia: The Malay Dimension, (ed.) Edmund Terence Gomez, London & New York: Routledge, 75-106.