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Katia Chaterji

Doctoral Candidate

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B.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 2011
M.A., History, University of Washington, 2017

I am a graduate student in the Department of History specializing in Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia in the context of the Indian Ocean world. I study the role of mythology, performance, and the built environment in creating, transforming, and adapting cultural landscapes and in making connections with our past. My research fields cover insular and mainland Southeast Asia, trade and migration across the Indian Ocean, Southeast Asian Islam, and Asian American music and dance traditions.

I studied 3+ years of Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia) at the UW, as well as two funded summer intensive programs through the Critical Language Scholarship Program in East Java, Indonesia in 2016 and the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. I have studied Balinese and Javanese dance, martial arts, and music in Indonesia and on campus at the UW, performing regularly with the UW gamelan ensemble and participating in various artist residencies, including with physical theater group Payung Hitam and visiting Sundanese artists.

I received a UW Chester Fritz Fellowship for one quarter of archival research in London, and am currently conducting fieldwork in Indonesia as a Fulbright Student Researcher.