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This study examines how Germany is engaged in Indonesia through its cultural diplomacy-oriented institutions in the fields of education, science, culture and media. It aims to provide an overview for German decision makers and may also assist Indonesian actors to better understand and appreciate Germany’s principled approach to cultural diplomacy and its intentions in building an ever-stronger partnership with Indonesia.
Finally, the study contains a special section focusing on bilateral cooperation in the promotion of interfaith dialogue and radicalisation prevention.
Prof Thomas Reuter (*18 January 1961 in Germany) is Professor at the Asia Institute of the University of Melbourne (UoM) in Australia, but currently living in Germany and affiliated with the University of Bonn’s SE Asia Institute. After obtaining his PhD from ANU in Australia in 1997, he taught at Heidelberg University in his native Germany, before taking up post‐doctoral and Queen Elizabeth II Fellowships at UoM, a Monash University Research Fellowship and an ARC Future Fellowship and professorship back at UoM.
He was President of the Australian Anthropological Association (2002‐2005), cofounder and chair of the World Council of Anthropological Associations (2008‐2012), Senior Vice‐President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (2008‐2018), a member of the executive of the International Social Science Council (2013‐2018) and an expert advisor to IPBES and IPCC. He is currently a member of the board of Future Earth (Asia) as well as a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and the European Academy of Science and Arts.
Research in Indonesia and beyond has focused on indigenous people, social movements, religion, religious change, political elites, ecology, climate change, food security and globalisation. He has published more than 120 articles and the following eleven books:
Custodians of the Sacred Mountains: Culture and Society in the Highlands of Bali. Honolulu: Hawaii UP, 2002; The House of Our Ancestors: Precedence and Dualism in Highland Balinese Society. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2002; Inequality, Crisis and Social Change in Indonesia: The Muted Worlds of Bali. London: Routledge, 2003; Budaya dan Masyarakat di Pegunungan Bali. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor, 2005; Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land: Land and Territory in the Austronesian world. Canberra: ANU Press, 2006; Global Trends in Religion, and the Reaffirmation of Hindu Identity in Bali. Clayton: MAI Press, 2008; The Return to Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia, Caulfield: MAI Press, 2010; Faith in the Future: Understanding the Revitalization of Religions and Cultural Traditions in Asia. Leiden: Brill, 2013; Averting a Global Environmental Collapse: The Role of Anthropology and Local Knowledge. London: Cambridge Scholars, 2015; Trajectories: Excursions with the Anthropology of E Douglas Lewis. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2016; Rumah Leluhur Kami: Kelebihdahuluan dan Dualisme dalam Masyarakat Dataran Tinggi Bali. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor, 2018.