Category: Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste

Haunted houses and ghostly encounters: ethnography and animism in East Timor, 1860–1975

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Haunted Houses and Ghostly Encounters has recently been published by National University of Singapore Press as part of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) – Southeast Asia Publications Series. Haunted Houses and Ghostly Encounters presents the history of Western ethnography of indigenous religion––or animism––in East Timor during the final century of Portuguese rule, until […]

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Gendered Narratives of Development and Modernity from Indonesian-Occupied East Timor

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Dr Hannah Loney was awarded the 2017 ASAA Postdoctoral Fellowship, here she tells us more about her work on East Timor. Can you tell us a bit about your research? What’s the problem it explores? As part of my ASAA Postdoctoral Fellowship, I am developing a short piece on violence, biopolitics, and regimes of the […]

Timor-Leste

Political transformation in Timor-Leste hits the pause button

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Politics in East Timor have reached something of an impasse and could develop in a number of directions, either a return to old patterns or transformational, writes James Scambary The election in East Timor on July 22 this year, the third parliamentary election since it voted for independence from Indonesia in 1999, promised a departure […]

Timor-Leste

Timor–Leste consolidates its young democracy

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The people of one of the world’s youngest democracies are embracing an open, public and popular electoral process, writes Damien Kingsbury In a colourful and noisy event, unblemished so far by the violence that marred the first few years of independence, Timor–Leste prepares for its fourth parliamentary elections this Saturday. By conventional criteria, it has […]

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Timor-Leste opts for stability over anticorruption in presidential choice

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Last week’s presidential elections, which saw Fretilin’s Francisco ‘Lu-Olo’ Guterres elected president, have set the battleground for parliamentary elections later this year, writes Damien Kingsbury In a red jacket tightly zipped against the ‘cool’ of the morning, Alberto da Silva stood on a rise above the village of Leohitu last week, surveying voters lined up […]