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Kari Telle

Senior Researcher

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Social anthropologist who works on the 'politics of faith' focusing on the legal regulation of religion, religious minorities, militias, conflict management and justice in Indonesia

Telle is a social anthropologist with long-term research experience in Indonesia since 1994,  spanning various aspects of religion and religious change (Islam, Hinduism), including state management of religion, religious minorities, secularism, blasphemy trials, and the politics of religious freedom.

Telle's research also deals with  the upsurge of militias and civilian security groups in Indonesia, with a focus on policing, vigilantism,  insecurity,  and the interaction between  state and non-state security providers.  Other areas of expertise include:  local justice, legal pluralism, and human rights.

Between 2012-2016 Telle served as the editor of the Norwegian Journal of Anthropology (Norsk Antropologisk Tidsskrift), with Annelin Eriksen, University of Bergen. She serves on the editorial committee of Kritisk Etnografi - Swedish Journal of Anthropology and is a member of the steering committee of the Network for Asian Studies/Asianettverket.