Professor Thomas Anton Reuter

ARC Project

Room 237
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
Building 158, Parkville Campus
The University of Melbourne

Phone: +61 3 9035 4281

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Professor Thomas Reuter joined the Asia Institute in 2010 as a recipient of the Australia Research Council (ARC)'s prestigious Future Fellowship award. This is a research-only appointment of six years' duration. Professor Reuter was previously awarded an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellowship (2001-2006) and Post-doctoral Research Fellowship (1998-2001), and has taught at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and at Monash University. Professor Reuter has published extensively including numerous articles and seven monographs, most recently editing The Return to Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia (Monash University Press, 2010). Professor Reuter is an anthropologist and current chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations.

Research interests

The project Professor Reuter will be working on as a Future Fellow is entitled Religion and Spirituality in the Contemporary World: An Indonesia case study. A key aim of the project is to explore how people today perceive themselves and their purpose as human beings, and their place within the cosmos, against the background of the current social, political and cultural conditions commonly referred to as 'late modernity' or 'post-modernity'. He is also completing discovery projects on revitalisation movements in Indonesia and on the culture and social world of Indonesia's national elite.

Research interests

  • The Anthropology and Politics of Religion
  • Indonesian Studies (especially Java and Bali)
  • Comparative Southeast Asian and Pacific Studies
  • Ethnic Minorities, Marginality and Representation
  • Social Organization, Status , and Social Justice
  • Anthropological Theory and Methodology