Dr. Ferdiansyah Thajib

Dr. Ferdiansyah Thajib

Senior Lecturer

Elite Master Program "Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures"
Institute for Near Eastern and East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Room: Room 02.272
Henkestr.91, Haus 8, Stock 2
91052 Erlangen

Curriculum Vitae

Ferdiansyah Thajib is a social and cultural anthropologist whose research and teaching engagements are strongly focused on psychological anthropology and gender and sexuality studies. He completed his doctoral study at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin in 2020.

In addition to his academic engagements, Ferdi has been actively working in the field of cultural production, mainly as an artist and community educator focusing on transformative potentials of self-organisation and alternative pedagogy. These interests are deeply tied to his activism within KUNCI, a transdisciplinary research collective in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, which since its founding in 1999 has been experimenting on modes of producing and sharing knowledge through studying together.

Research Interests

Region:  Southeast Asia, Indonesia

Thematic:  gender and sexuality, queer religiosity, alternative pedagogy, anthropology of care, psychological anthropology.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

2022          Following the hearts: Ethics of doing affective ethnography in vulnerable research settings, International Quarterly for Asian Studies, International Quarterly for Asian Studies 53(4):533-551.

2022          with A. Krauss, In the vortex of institutional lives, ARTMargins 11(1-2): 10-28.

2021          Discordant emotions: The affective dynamics of anti-LGBT campaigns in Indonesia, Indonesia and the Malay World 50(146): 10-32

2020          with F. Seeck & A. Engels. Konflikte umsorgen: Queere Praktiken künstlerischer Kollaboration, Feministiche Studien 2/20, pp. 309-321.

2018          The making and breaking of Indonesian Muslim queer safe space. In: borderlands e-journal 17:1.

2017          Kaleidoscopic feelings: Faith Narratives among Indonesian Muslim queers. In: Emotion, Space and Society 25, pp. 127-135.

2010          with A. Crosby. Can Open Means Terbuka? Negotiating Licenses for Indonesian Video Activism. In: Platform: Journal of Media and Communication 1, pp. 94-105.


Edited Volume & Special Issue (Co-Editor)

2023          with M. Badham, K. Hussey-Smith, D. Raja, G. S. Kusuma, Special issue: Forms for Encounter and Exchange: artist-led approaches to public pedagogy in the Asia Pacific region, The Journal of Public Pedagogy (forthcoming).

2019          with T. Stodulka & S. Dinkelaker (Eds.) Affective Dimensions of Fieldwork and Ethnography. New York: Springer


Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

2022             with R. C. A. Castillo, K. Abano, Bùi Kim Đĩnh, H.Tan and C. Yambao, Southeast Asian Artists and Academics Unsettling Borders, Power, and Authority Through Collaborative Works, in C. Derichs, A. Fleschenberg, S. Kalla & L. Knorr (Eds.) Local Responses to Global Challenges in Southeast Asia – A Transregional Studies Reader. World Scientific Press Singapore, pp. 171-191.

2022             Introduction section 2: Building and re-imagining communities, in C. Derichs, A. Fleschenberg, S. Kalla & L. Knorr (Eds.) Local Responses to Global Challenges in Southeast Asia – A Transregional Studies Reader. World Scientific Press Singapore, pp. 91-96

2022             Endurance as Queer World-Making in Northern Aceh of Indonesia, in H. Yulius and S. Tang (Eds.) The Handbook of Queer Southeast Asia, London & New York: Routledge, pp.103-116.

2019             with T. Stodulka, & S. Dinkelaker. Fieldwork, Ethnography, and the Empirical Affect Montage. In: A. Kahl (Ed.) Analyzing affective societies: Methods and methodologies. Abingdon, NY: Routledge, pp. 279-295.

2017             Gewalt gegen Gender- und sexuelle Minderheiten in Aceh. In: B. Dengen & A. Flor – Watch Indonesia (Eds.), Peacebuilding in Aceh: Zwischen Tsunami und Scharia. Berlin: regiospectra Verlag, pp. 189-205.

2014             Navigating inner-conflict: Online circulation of Indonesian Muslim Queer emotions. In: B. Röttger-Rössler & T. Stodulka (Eds.), Feelings at the margins: Dealing with violence, stigma and isolation in Indonesia. Frankfurt, New York: Campus-Verlag, pp. 159-179.


Co-authored Book

2009             with N. Juliastuti, A. Lowenthal and A. Crosby, Videochronic: Video Activism and Online Video Distribution in Indonesia¸ KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Indonesia & EngageMedia, Australia.


Online Articles

2022             with N. Juliastuti, F. Daulay and G.S. Kusuma, Frictions of the ‘New Normal’: Figures of Covid-19 Solidarities in Indonesia, in Lessons learned from COVID-19: Transforming a global crisis into global solidarity, Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung Manila office (forthcoming).

2020             Queering piety, Inside Indonesia 139.

2016             with B. Hegarty. A dispensable threat, Inside Indonesia 124.

2015             Living in a State of Suspension: Emotional Dimensions of Normative Violence Towards Indonesian Queers in Islamic Legal Discourse, Kyoto Review of South East Asia 18.