Dr. Victoria Kumala Sakti

Dr. Victoria Kumala Sakti

Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie

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Victoria Kumala Sakti holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. Her doctoral research was a multi-sited ethnography of how communities in Timor-Leste deal with memories of violence and legacies of the Indonesian occupation. She grounds her approach in psychological anthropology, with research interests including emotion, memory, transnational and forced migration, social relations, resilience, justice and reconciliation. Her experience working with displaced communities and survivors of violence span beyond academia, working on these issues since 2004 with various non-governmental organisations in Indonesia and Germany. Her work has been published in academic journals such as The Asia Pacific Journal of AnthropologySocial Identities, as well as in interdisciplinary edited volumes. She holds an MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, United Kingdom and a BA in Psychology from Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia.

At MPI-MMG she joins the ‘Ageing in a Time of Mobility’ research group as a postdoctoral fellow. Her new research examines the experience of ageing in displacement among elderly East Timorese diasporas in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She has carried out research in these areas since 2010.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

[2017] Im/mobile Subjects: Identity, Conflict and Emotion Work among East Timorese Meto Diaspora, Social Identities, 23:4, 467-477, DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2017.1281469

[2013] ‘Thinking Too Much’: Tracing Local Patterns of Emotional Distress After Mass Violence in Timor-Leste, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 14(5), 438-454, DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2013.826733

Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed Publications)

[2018] (with A. M. Reynaud) Understanding Reconciliation through Reflexive Practice: Ethnographic Examples from Canada and Timor-Leste. In G. Millar (ed.), Ethnographic Peace Research: Approaches and Tensions (pp. 159-180), Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies. UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

[2014] The Act of Killing and Dealing with Present-Day Demons of Impunity – A Conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer. In T. Stodulka and B. Röttger-Rössler (eds.) Feelings at the Margins: Dealing with Violence, Stigma and Isolation in Indonesia (pp. 218-228), Frankfurt and New York: Campus.

Book Review

[2017] The Cultural Dimension of Peace: Decentralization and Reconciliation in Indonesia by B. Bräuchler (2015), London: Palgrave Macmillan, Journal for Peace Research, https://www.prio.org/JPR/BookNotes/?x=1163