Contributors to Intersections
Issue 41

Michiel Baas is a research fellow with the Asian Migration cluster of the Asia Research Institute (National University of Singapore). Previously he was a fellow with the new Nalanda University (Delhi and Rajgir, India); coordinator with the International Institute for Asian Studies (Amsterdam & Leiden, the Netherlands); lecturer with the Anthropology Department of the University of Amsterdam; coordinator with the Eutopia Institute; and coordinator with the Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research. The red thread in his work is the Indian middle class which he has engaged with in relation to questions of migration and transnationalism, (social/cultural) mobility, as well as the body, gender and masculinity.

Shenshen Cai completed her PhD in contemporary Chinese culture studies with the School of Humanities at Griffith University and has a broad research interest in contemporary Chinese literature, film, theatre and folklore studies. Shenshen currently works as a lecturer with Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, teaching Chinese and Chinese culture related courses. Shenshen is the author of State Propaganda in China's Entertainment Industry (Routledge 2016), Television Drama in Contemporary China: Political, Social and Cultural Phenomena (Routledge 2016) and Contemporary Chinese Films and Celebrity Directors (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). She has recently published articles in Social Semiotics (2015), Asian Studies Review (2016), Asian Theatre Journal (2016) and Asian Ethnology (2017).

Grace V.S. Chin Grace V. S. Chin is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang. She has published journal articles and book chapters that examine the intersections between postcolonial and Southeast Asian literatures, with emphasis on race and gender in contemporary societies and diasporas. Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, World Englishes, <>Postcolonial Text and Journal of International Women’s Studies as well as in books published by Springer, John Benjamins and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. She is co-editor of a recently published volume by Springer, titled The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back: Gender, Identity, and Nation in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Emma E. Cook is a social anthropologist and an Associate Professor on the Modern Japanese Studies Program at Hokkaido University. She has published on gender, labour, precarity, intimacy and family in Japan with work featured in the journals Asian Anthropology, Japanese Studies, Asian Journal of Social Science, and Social Science Japan Journal. In 2016 her book Reconstructing Adult Masculinities: Part-Time Work in Contemporary Japan was published by Routledge.
Anna-Karina Hermkens is a lecturer and researcher working at the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University, Australia. Her PhD in Anthropology and Gender Studies dealt with the interplay between gender and material culture, which was published as Engendering Objects: Dynamics of Barkcloth and Gender among the Maisin of Papua New Guinea (Sidestone Press, 2013). In addition to an interest in 'Art and Anthropology', she has focused her research on 'the Anthropology of Religion' and in particular on the role of religion (and pilgrimages) in conflict in Indonesia, Bougainville (PNG) and Solomon Islands. As part of these two research foci, she has published amongst others a co-edited volume entitled Moved by Mary. The Power of Pilgrimage in the Modern World (Ashgate, 2009), and most recently Sinuous Objects. Revaluing Women's Wealth in the Contemporary Pacific (ANU Press, 2017), which engages with ideas about gender and materiality, value, relationality and the social life and agency of things.
Tom Hoogervorst is an historical linguist working at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden, the Netherlands. His main research focus is on the Malay language, its contact situation, and the historical lessons that can be learned from looking at its linguistic past. His monograph Southeast Asia in the Ancient Indian Ocean World (Archaeopress, 2013) traces cultural contact between Maritime Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean World through lexical borrowing. Currently, Tom is examining the linguistic and cultural history of Southeast Asia's localised Chinese communities through the Malay-language books and newspapers published in the Netherlands Indies and the Straits Settlements.

JoAnn LoSavio is pursuing a PhD in History at Northern Illinois University. Her research interests encompass gender history, transnationalism, and decolonisation. Her dissertation project examines Malayan and Burmese women and their tertiary educational experiences, as 'overseas' students in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s. She holds a MA in Anthropology from Emory University (2014) and graduated summa cum laude in History and Anthropology, with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies, from Northern Illinois University in 2012.

Ronald Saladin holds a doctoral degree in Japanese Studies (University of Trier, Germany) and is a Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo. He taught and conducted research at the Universities of Trier (Germany), Cologne (Germany), and Vienna (Austria). In his research, he analyses topics concerning gender constructions, lifestyle, youth- and sub-cultures and social developments of Japan. His main research objects are contemporary literature, popular culture, as well as audio-visual and print media. He publishes in German, English and Japanese language. His publications include: 'Between gyaru-o and sōshokukei danshi: Body discourses in lifestyle magazines for young Japanese men,' in Body Concepts: Changing Discourses of the Body in Contemporary Japanese Society special issue of Contemporary Japan 27(1):(2015): 53–70.

Hiroko Umegaki Costantini is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. Hiroko previously earned an MA in Japanese Studies at Harvard University and an MSc in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, which she completed after working as a broadcaster for television companies in Japan. Hiroko’s research interest is masculinities in the contemporary Japanese family. She is particularly interested in how the family is related in daily practices, and she focuses on sons-in-law (giri no musuko) from the perspectives of fathering, grandfathering and elderly care. Her publications include 'Grandfathering in contemporary Japan: Altruistic and self-serving means to happiness,' in Happiness and Good Life in Japan, ed. Wolfram Manzenreiter and Barbara Holthus (London: Routledge, 2017).

Published with the support of the Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
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