Local memories and nation-building in Timor-Leste and Aceh

Image: Local memory practices taken by Lia Kent

Project leader(s)

This ARC DECRA project involved an investigation of how vernacular memory-work in Timor-Leste and Aceh contributes to imaginings of the nation. I conducted extensive ethnographic research with a diverse range of memory workers, including human rights activists, politicians, members of victims’ groups and resistance veterans’ groups, and families of the dead, visited numerous sites of memory, including monuments, memorials, ossuaries and cemeteries and participated in several events, including commemorations.

Image: Local memory practices taken by Lia Kent


Dr Lia Kent

Lia Kent is a Senior Fellow/Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) in the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU...

Law, justice and human rights

RegNet is one of world’s leading centres for socio-legal research. This cluster aims to lead the development of transformative ideas in the fields of criminology and restorative justice; human rights and international law; legal pluralism; peacebuilding; the regulatory dimensions of international and domestic law; and rule of law.

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