The Centre for Global Heritage and Development is proud to introduce Erik de Maaker as the new Research Coordinator for Heritage and Identity.
Erik de Maaker is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University. His research focusses on perceptions of place and processes of place-making, as expressed in relation to land, ethnicity, indigeneity, heritage, environment and religious ontologies. Most of his research work focuses on the contiguous uplands of South and Southeast Asia (primarily Northeast India). In terms of method, he focuses on the performative and material dimensions of culture, and he is also an award winning visual anthropologist. He is one of the founding members of the Asian Borderlands Research Network (in 2008), which organises the biennial Asian Borderlands conferences. His PhD (Leiden, 2006) connects the mortuary practices of one of North East India’s upland people to relatedness and resource sharing. His major publications include Media, Indigeneity and Nation in South Asia (Routledge, 2019), and he has published widely in journals such as Asian Ethnography, South Asia, Visual Anthropology and the Journal of Borderland Studies. For more details regarding his research and publications see: https://leidenuniv.academia.edu/ErikdeMaaker