Dialogues between classical and contemporary research on Southeast Asia

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The tenth session of the Paris seminar “Dialogues between classical and contemporary research on Southeast Asia” will be held online on Thursday, 15 April from 10 am to 12 am (Paris time).

We are pleased to invite Dominik Müller, Professor of Anthropology at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nuremberg, to give a talk entitled “Engaging a Forgotten Pioneer: Who was Donald Fagg and how can he enrich our understanding of the bureaucratization of Islam in Southeast Asia?”

Dominik Müller will introduce a largely forgotten classic, the dissertation of Donald R. Fagg (1957) about bureaucracy in Indonesia. Fagg’s dissertation was written in the framework of the legendary “Modjokuto“ study group, but has never been published, following Fagg’s tragic suicide shortly after its completion. Müller will provide some details about the person of Donald Fagg, before offering some insights into the dissertation’s contents. Finally, he will argue that Fagg’s work has been pioneering in many ways and has much to offer for contemporary research – for example, pertaining to Müller’s current work on the bureaucratization of Islam in contemporary Southeast Asia, but also beyond that.

Extracts from Donald Fagg’s thesis (1957) are available in the digital space:  https://mesdocuments.aria.ehess.fr/s/6mwe54A3eLXk6FJ

The link to the video conference is https://webinaire3.ehess.fr/b/sor-dq5-jcf

Biogra​phy: Dominik M. Müller is Professor of Cultural and Social Anthropology at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg. He was the Head of the DFG Emmy Noether Research Group ‘The Bureaucratization of Islam and its Socio-Legal Dimensions in Southeast Asia’ based at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle from 2016 to 2019. He held a grant from the Daimler and Benz Foundation (2018–20) to work on the project “Social Categorization and Religiously Framed State-Making in Southeast Asia”. He was a stipendiary Fellow at Harvard University’s “Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change” and at its successor, the Program on Law and Society in the Muslim World. From 2012-2016, he was a post-doctoral researcher within the Cluster of Excellence ‘Formation of Normative Orders’ at Goethe-University Frankfurt. His numerous publications comprise Islam, Politics and Youth in Malaysia: The Pop-Islamist Reinvention of PAS (Routledge, 2014).

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