Dr. Victoria Kumala Sakti

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Victoria Kumala Sakti is a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Research Group, “Ageing in a Time of Mobility” of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, since May 2018. She holds a Ph.D. 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 comprising emotion, memory, transnational and forced migration, social relations, resilience, justice, and reconciliation. Her experience working with displaced communities and survivors of violence spans beyond academia, working on these issues since 2004 with various non-governmental organizations in Indonesia and Germany. Her work has been published in academic journals, such as The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Social Identities, as well as in interdisciplinary edited volumes. She holds an M.A. in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, United Kingdom and a B.A. in Psychology from Atma Jaya Catholic University, Indonesia.

Research projects


Special Issues

Sakti, V. K., & Amrith, M. (Eds.). (2022). Living in the here and now: Extended temporalities of forced migration [Special Issue]. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 43(4). Link

Journal Articles

Sakti, V. K. (2022). Ageing at the margins: gendered and southern narratives of displacement among the East Timorese in Indonesia. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies: Special issue: Southern reconfigurations of the ageing-migration nexus. Link

Sakti, V. K., & Amrith, M. (2022). Introduction: Living in the ‘here and now’: Extended temporalities of forced migration. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 43(4), 457-463. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2022). ‘Here for Now’: Temporalities of ageing and forced displacement through pension narratives. Journal of Intercultural Studies. doi:10.1080/07256868.2022.2086227. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2020). Aging in Timorese exile: (Im)mobilities of care and intergenerational relationships. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 18(3), 301-319. doi:10.1080/15350770.2020.1787039. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2017). Im/mobile subjects: identity, conflict and emotion work among East Timorese Meto diaspora. Social Identities, 23(4), 462-477. Link

Sakti, V. K. (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. Link

Contributions to a Collected Edition

Sakti, V. K. (2021). Im/mobile subjects: Identity, conflict and emotion work among East Timorese Meto diaspora. In B. Bräuchler (Ed.), Patterns of im/mobility, conflict and identity. London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2020). The politics of loss and restoration: Massive bad death in the Oecussi Highlands. In L. Kent, & R. G. Feijo (Eds.), The Dead as Ancestors, Martyrs, and Heroes in Timor-Leste (pp. 159-178). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Link

Sakti, V. K., & Reynaud, A.-M. (2018). 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). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2014). The act of killing and dealing with present-day demons of impunity – a conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer. In T. Stodulka, & B. Röttger-Rössler (Eds.), Feelings at the margins – dealing with violence, stigma and isolation in Indonesia. Frankfurt/M: Campus. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2011). Erinnerungsarbeit in Osttimor: Das Living Memory Project. In H. Myrttinen, M. Schlicher, & M. Tschanz (Eds.), Die Freiheit, für die wir kämpfen – Osttimor in der Unabhängigkeit (pp. 54-57). Berlin: Regiospectra. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2011). Trauern um das Unfassbare. In H. Myrttinen, M. Schlicher, & M. Tschanz (Eds.), Die Freiheit, für die wir kämpfen – Osttimor in der Unabhängigkeit (pp. 48-51). Berlin: Regiospectra. Link


Sakti, V. K. (2021). Blog Post: Die unsichtbare Diaspora. südostasien - Zeitschrift für Politik • Kultur • Dialog. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2018). Blog Post: Portraits of Ageing in Displacement: East Timorese Diasporas in Indonesia. MMG Blog. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2017). Book Review: The Cultural Dimension of Peace: Decentralization and Reconciliation in Indonesia by B. Bräuchler (2015). Journal of Peace Research. Link

Sakti, V. K. (2015). PACSA Bi-Annual Meeting Conference Report. Allegra Lab Blog. Link

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