Notes on contributors
in Political theologies and development in Asia

Notes on contributors

Giuseppe Bolotta is Assistant Professor (research) in Anthropology at Durham University (UK), having previously held postdoctoral positions at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute (ARI) and University College Dublin (Ireland). He has published widely on marginalised childhoods, development, faith-based organisations, and the cultural politics of child-focused humanitarianism in Southeast Asia, especially Thailand’s urban slums and ‘spaces of exceptions’. His forthcoming monograph is entitled Belittled Citizens: The Cultural Politics of Childhood on Bangkok’s Margins.

Eli Elinoff is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology at Victoria University of Wellington. His research focuses on political and environmental change in urban Thailand. He has published work in South East Asia Research, Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Contemporary Southeast Asia, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and City. He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Architects of Citizenship: Politics and City-making in a Northeastern Thai City and working on a second project, A Kingdom in Concrete: Urban Thailand in the Anthropocene, which was recently awarded a Marsden Fast Start grant from the Royal Society of New Zealand.

R. Michael Feener is Professor of Humanities at the Kyoto University Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) and Associate Member of the History Faculty at the University of Oxford. He was formerly the Sultan of Oman Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Research Leader of the Religion and Globalisation Research Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, and Associate Professor in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. He has also taught at Reed College and the University of California-Riverside, and held visiting professor positions and research fellowships at Harvard, Kyoto University, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris), the University of Copenhagen, The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (Honolulu), and the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden, the Netherlands. He has published extensively in the fields of Islamic studies and Southeast Asian history, as well as on post-disaster reconstruction, religion, and development. He is also currently Project Leader of the Maldives Heritage Survey.

Philip Fountain is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute. He received his doctorate in Anthropology from the Australian National University. Among other volumes, he co-edited Religion and the Politics of Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; with Robin Bush and R. Michael Feener) and The Mission of Development: Religion and Techno-Politics in Asia (Brill, 2018; with Catherine Scheer and R. Michael Feener). He is currently completing a book manuscript on The Service of Faith: An Ethnography of Mennonites and Development.

Kenneth M. George is Professor of Anthropology at the Australian National University, having served previously at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard University. A specialist on the religions and arts of Indonesia, his books include Showing Signs of Violence: The Cultural Politics of a Twentieth Century Headhunting Ritual (University of California Press, 1996); Spirited Politics: Religion and Public Life in Contemporary Southeast Asia (Cornell, 2005, co-edited with Andrew Willford); and Picturing Islam: Art and Ethics in a Muslim Lifeworld (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). His current research (with Kirin Narayan) explores the intermingling of religion, technology, ethics, and infrastructure in South and Southeast Asia.

Sam Han is Senior Lecturer of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia, working primarily in the areas of social/cultural/critical theory, new media, religion, and East Asia (as well as their overlaps and nodal points). He is also the author of Technologies of Religion: Spheres of the Sacred in a Post-Secular Modernity (Routledge, 2016), Digital Culture and Religion in Asia (Routledge, 2015, with Kamaludeen Mohamed Nasir), Web 2.0 (Routledge, 2011), Navigating Technomedia: Caught in the Web (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007) and editor of The Race of Time: A Charles Lemert Reader (Routledge, 2009, with Daniel Chaffee).

Sunila S. Kale is Associate Professor in the Jackson School of International Studies, where she also serves as Chair and Director of the South Asia Studies Center and Program. Her teaching and research focus on the politics and political economy of India and South Asia, history and politics of energy and electricity, development studies, and the history and present-day manifestations of capitalism. She is the author of Electrifying India: Regional Political Economies of Development (Stanford, 2014) and Mapping Power: The Political Economy of Electricity in India’s States, coauthored with Navroz K. Dubash and Ranjit Bharvirkar (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Till Mostowlansky is an Ambizione Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute Geneva (IHEID). Before joining the IHEID he worked at the University of Bern, the National University of Singapore and The University of Hong Kong. He has published widely on humanitarianism, development, infrastructure, and Islam, and is the author of Azan on the Moon: Entangling Modernity along Tajikistan’s Pamir Highway (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017).

Christian Lee Novetzke is Professor in the South Asia Program, the Comparative Religion Program, and the International Studies Program in the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He is the author of Religion and Public Memory (Columbia University Press, 2008), Amar Akbar Anthony: Bollywood, Brotherhood, and the Nation (with Andy Rotman and William Elison, Harvard University Press, 2016), and The Quotidian Revolution: Vernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India (Columbia University Press, 2016).

Armando Salvatore, a sociologist and scholar of comparative religion, is the Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies and Professor of Global Religious Studies (Society and Politics) at McGill University. He has taught and researched at Humboldt University Berlin, University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, National University of Singapore, Leipzig University, and Australian National University, Canberra. He is the author of The Sociology of Islam: Knowledge, Power and Civility (Wiley Blackwell, 2016) and the chief editor of The Wiley Blackwell History of Islam (Wiley Blackwell, 2018).

Edoardo Siani is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies and a Research Associate at SOAS, University of London. He completed his PhD in anthropology at SOAS in 2017 with a dissertation on the politics of divination at the end of Thailand’s ninth reign. Based in Bangkok since 2002, Siani’s research interests include sovereignty, state violence, kingship, and Buddhist cosmology in Thailand. He has been interviewed regarding Thai society and politics by media outlets including the BBC and Al Jazeera.