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Eric Anton Heuser

On the dialectics of friendship and interculturality in Indonesia

Current Position


Dr. des. Eric Anton Heuser

Freie Universität Berlin

Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Research Fellow / Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter


Phone: +49 (0)30-838 52765

Fax: +49 (0)30-838 52382

Email: eric.anton.heuser@fu-berlin.de

Research Interests

  • Globalisation
  • Religion
  • Emotions
  • Identity, Difference
  • Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Regional
  • Southeast Asia (Indonesia)


Academic Background

Summer Term 2011
Teacher at Humboldt-Universität Berlin

Completion of PhD. „Friendship in Java. Culture, Social Context and Relatedness.

Winter Term 2010/2011
Teacher at Ruhr-Universität Bochum

02.2006–10.2006 and 02.2007–06.2007      
Gadjah Mada Universitas Yogyakarta Indonesia: Visiting researcher

Since 2006
Member of PhD Research Training Group „Friends, Patrons, Followers (DFG, German Research Foundation). Stipend 2006-2009.

Fieldwork Java and Bali (16 months)

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Master of Arts, Pacific Asian Studies

University of Melbourne, Australia. Bachelor of Arts, Asian Studies

Fieldwork in China

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany:
Social Anthropology, Sociology, Politics


Heuser, Eric Anton, Brandt, Agnes, 2011: Beyond European Discourses: Friendship conceptions and practices in Aotearoa New Zealand and Java. In: B. Descharmes, E.A. Heuser, C. Krüger, T. Loy (eds.): Varieties of Friendship: Interdisciplinary perspectives on social relationships. Göttingen: V&R Unipress.

B. Descharmes, E.A. Heuser, C. Krüger, T. Loy (eds.), 2011: Varieties of Friendship: Interdisciplinary perspectives on social relationships. Göttingen: V&R Unipress.

Heuser, Eric Anton, 2009: Freundschaft als soziale Praxis: Interkulturelle Freundschaft auf Java. Theoretische Implikationen, historische Dimensionen und soziale Handlungsräume. In: E. Streifeneder, B. Rickum (Hrsg.): Quo Vadis Indonesia? Neueste Beiträge des Doktoranden Netzwerk Indonesien. Berlin: Südostasien Working Papers, S. 35.

In Progress

Heuser, Eric Anton, 2010: Friendship in Java. Culture, Social Context and Relatedness. PhD-Thesis.



University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, Department of anthropology, workshop cultures of aid work: “Volunteers and small-scale aid workers: narratives from Yogyakarta, Java”

Panel at EUROSEAS Conference (European Association for Southeast Asian Studies), chair of panel, Gothenburg, EUROSEAS Sweden, managing social relationships in Southeast Asia: Friendships, business contacts, and support network: “Friendship and intersectionality. Experiences from Java”

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, workshop: Feelings at the margins: Emotion and marginality in Indonesia: “Cross-cultural friendship and social space in Yogyakarta


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany, DFG-(German Research Council) conference friends, patrons, followers: „Beyond European concepts: Practices of friendship in New Zealand and Indonesia” together with Agnes Brandt 


DFG-Graduate Workshop Altglashütten, Germany, "Concepts of friendship across cultures and time. A critical analysis”


Centre for Social Research, Hamburg, Friendship and care. Theoretical conceptions and empirical findings in Europe

University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom, Centre for migration research, workshop: Post/colonial encounters? Colonial and contemporary expatriates in comparative perspective: “Friendship and crisis. Neo-and postcolonial discourses after the 2006 earthquake in Java”

Monash University Melbourne, Australia, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies: “Ideal types of friendships in cross-cultural discourse”

Memberships and Associations

  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Asienkunde (German Association for Asian Studies)
  • DGA Nachwuchsgruppe Asien (Young scholars section, German Association for Asian Studies)
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde DGV (German Association for Social Anthropology)
  • German Research Council (DFG) Research Training Group 1288 “Friends, Patrons, Followers”)
  • Doktoranden Netzwerk Indonesien (PhD Research Network Indonesia)
  • University of Sussex Centre for Migration Research
  • European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS)
  • Postadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    c/o Historisches Seminar
    Rempartstr. 15 - KG IV
    79085 Freiburg 
  • Besuchsadresse:

    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
    DFG-Graduiertenkolleg 1288
    Erbprinzenstraße 13
    79098 Freiburg
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