Collaboration with The Faculty of Arts' Gender and Violence Initiative

From 2017 a team of researchers from the Faculty of Arts Gender and Violence Initiative formed a new collaboration with MAEVe expanding further the research scope of the alliance. The Gender and Violence Initiative will generate new research from humanities and social sciences on gender and violence in the Asia-Pacific region focusing on the three main themes: gendered violence and equity; historical violence; and trauma and narrative. This will complement existing projects in these areas across the University.

As part of this collaboration, MAEVe has welcomed three new members to its steering committee, all of whom hold the title of co-leads of the Arts Gender and Violence Initiative within MAEVe. They include:


Dr Ana Dragojlovic

Dr Ana Dragojlovic is an anthropologist working at the intersections of mobility, affect theory, post-colonial and critical race studies, feminist and queer theory, and masculinity studies. Her regional specialisation reflects her interest in diasporas and empires, including Indonesia, the Netherlands, the Dutch East-Indies and Afro-Asian connections (particularly in relation to the Afro-Caribbean). Dr Dragojlovic works as a Lecturer in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, and as a Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University. She is the author of Beyond Bali: Subaltern Citizens and Post-Colonial Intimacy, Amsterdam University Press (2016) and co-author (with Alex Broom) of Bodies and Suffering: Emotions and Relations of Care, Routledge (2017).


Dr Dolly Kikon

Dr Dolly Kikon is a lecturer at the School of Social and Political Sciences. Her research focuses on the political economy of extractive resources, development initiatives, gender relations, customary law, and human rights in Northeast India. Before coming to the University of Melbourne, Dr. Kikon led an interdisciplinary research project at the Department of Anthropology, Stockholm University. Her work focused on the increasing trend of outmigration among upland societies in Northeast India. The project titled, “The Indian Underbelly: Marginalization, Migration, and State Intervention in the Periphery,” examined the expansion and outcomes of developmental activities by the Indian state in areas associated with economic ‘backwardness’, subsistence agriculture, and armed conflict. Prior to obtaining her doctoral degree in Anthropology from Stanford University, Dr. Kikon worked as a human rights lawyer and a community organizer in India. Focusing on land rights among tribal communities in Northeast India, her legal advocacy works extensively dealt with constitutional provisions with regard to land and resource ownership, as well as autonomy arrangements for securing ethnic rights and guarantees.


A/Prof Kate McGregor

Associate Professor Kate McGregor is a historian of Indonesia. Her research interests include Indonesian historiography, memories of violence, the Indonesian military, Islam and identity in Indonesia and historical international links between Indonesia and the world. She teaches in the areas of Southeast Asian history, the history of violence and Asian thematic history. Kate is currently undertaking an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship on the project: Confronting Historical Injustice in Indonesia: Memory and Transnational Human Rights Activism examining the cases of Indonesian victims of human rights crimes during the Japanese occupation; the independence struggle and the 1965 repression. She has published widely on the topic of Indonesian memory, transnational political activism and historical justice. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability and a Board Member for the Herb Feith Foundation.