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Dr Fiona Kerlogue

Biography

Fiona Kerlogue is the Deputy Keeper of Anthropology with responsibility for the Asian and European collections.

Fiona lived in Malaysia as a child, an experience which led to a lifetime interest in world cultures. She studied at London University and Dartington College of Arts where she specialised in textiles. Fiona was a lecturer at the University of Jambi in Sumatra from 1989 to 1991.
 
On returning to the UK, Fiona undertook a doctorate in anthropology at the Centre for South-East Asian Studies at the University of Hull. Her thesis was on the batiks of Jambi. Her main regional area of expertise is Southeast Asia. Fiona has undertaken research in Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Fiona has also curated exhibitions on and made study visits to Romania, India, Japan and China. She is currently working on a joint research project exploring Indonesian collections at the National Museum, Prague. 
 

Research interests

Fiona's research interests include the relationship between material culture and memory, the history of museum collecting and the role of material heritage in society.

Publications

  • 'Japanese Collections at the Horniman Museum: a chronological overview.' In Kreiner, Joseph (ed.) 2015. Japanese Collections in European Museums III. Bonn : Bier’sche Verlagsanstalt. Pages 57-69.
  • 'Muara Jambi: the journey towards world heritage listing.' In King, V.T. (ed.) 2016. UNESCO in Southeast Asia: World heritage sites in comparative perspective. Copenhagen: Nias Press. pp.237-257.
  • 'Objets de la Société des Missions de l’Eglise Anglicane au Horniman Museum and Gardens, Londres.' In Ducor, Jérôme and Christian Delécraz. 2015. 'Le bouddhisme de Madame Butterfly: le japonisme bouddhique.' Musee d’ethnographie de Genève.
  • ‘The Batik Altar Cloths of Java: designs and derivations’ in Lee, Peter et al. 2015. Auspicious Designs: Batik for Peranakan Altars. Singapore: Asian Civilisations Museum
  • ‘Japanese Buddhist Material in the Horniman Museum and its impact on perceptions of Japan in London’ in Steineck, T.I.M, Kreiner, J. and Raji C. Steineck (eds) 2013. Japanese Collections in European Museums IV. Bonn : Bier’sche Verlagsanstalt. Pages 111-121.
  • ‘The Silk Batiks of Java’ in Kopania, Izabela (ed.) 2012. South-East Asia Studies in Art, Cultural Heritage and Artistic Relations with Europe.’ Warsaw: Polish Institute of World Art Studies & Tako Publishing House. 
  • ‘Guardians, ancestors and other spirits: squatting figures of the Austronesian world’ in P. Benitez-Johannot (ed.), 2011, Paths of Origins: the Austronesian Heritage. pp. 78-87. ArtPostAsia: Singapore.
  • ‘Memory and material culture: a case study from Jambi, Sumatra’. (2011) Indonesia and the Malay World. Volume 39 No. 113. March issue.
  • (with Wahyu Ernawati) ‘Trade and Sumatran textiles’ in Francine Brinkgreve and Retno Sulistianingsih (eds) Sumatra: Crossroads of Cultures. (2009). Leiden: KITLV Press.
  • ‘House form and ethnic identity: tradition and variation in house style in Jambi Province’, in R. Schefold et al (eds) Indonesian houses Volume 2 Survey of vernacular architecture in western Indonesia. pp.343 – 362. 2008. Leiden: KITLV Press.
  • ‘Theoretical perspectives and scholarly networks: the development of collections from the Malay World at the Horniman Museum’. Indonesia and the Malay World. Volume 36 number 106, November 2008, pp.395 – 415.
  • Ed. (with Monica Janowski)  Kinship and Food in Southeast Asia. 2007. Nias Press.
  • ‘Food and the Family: Assimilation in a Malay village’ in Janowski, M and F. Kerlogue (eds) Kinship and Food in Southeast Asia. 2007. Nias Press.
  • ‘Wrapping Japan: Textiles and Costume’ 2006. Horniman Museum.
  • ‘Collecting in Context: Emslie Horniman’s Contribution to the Southeast Asian Collections of the Horniman Museum’ Museum Anthropology Volume 28 no. 1, 2005, pp.35-46.
  • ‘Importing identity: Indian textiles in Jambi, Sumatra’ (2005) in Ruth Barnes (ed.) Textiles in Indian Ocean Societies  Routledge/Curzon.  
  • ‘Jambi batik: A Malay tradition?’ Indonesia and the Malay World Volume 33, Number 96, July 2005, pp. 183-204(22)
  • ‘Jambi Malays’ in Ooi Keat Gin (ed)  Southeast Asia: A Historical Encyclopedia From Angkor Wat to East Timor, 3 vols. (Santa Barbara, Denver, Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2004)
  • ‘Textiles’ in Ooi Keat Gin (ed)  Southeast Asia: A Historical Encyclopedia From Angkor Wat to East Timor, 3 vols. (Santa Barbara, Denver, Oxford: ABC-CLIO, 2004)
  • (2004) ‘Living Objects, Changing Worlds’ in F.Kerlogue (ed) Performing Objects: museums, material culture and performance in Southeast Asia. Horniman Museum.
  • (ed.) Performing Objects: museums, material culture and performance in Southeast Asia. Horniman Museum.
  • The Arts of Southeast Asia. World of Art series. London: Thames and Hudson. (2004)
  • Batik: Design, Style and History.  London: Thames and Hudson.  (2004)
  • ‘Museums and the Keris: power, alliance and the exchange of gifts’ (2003) in Anna Kalström & Anna Källén (eds.) Fishbones and Glittering Emblems: Southeast Asian Archaeology 2002. Stockholm: Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities.  
  • ‘Cultural change and the Jambi Seberang house’ (2003) in Reimar Schefold, Peter J.M. Nas and Gaudenz Domenig (eds) (2003) Indonesian Houses : Tradition and Transformation in vernacular Architecture.  Leiden: KITLV Press. Pp. 177-194.
  • ‘New Dimensions in the Study of Indonesian Batik’ (2003) in Heidi Munan (ed.) World Eco-Fiber & Textile Forum 2003 Hand-Painted, Printed and Decorated Textiles, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.
  • ‘Women in Southeast Asia’ in Levinson, David and Karen Christensen, et al., (eds.) (2002) Encyclopaedia of Modern Asia, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • ‘Marriage and Family in Mainland Southeast Asia’ (2002) in Levinson, David and Karen Christensen, et al., (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Modern Asia, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • ‘Marriage and family in Insular Southeast Asia’ (2002) in Levinson, David and Karen Christensen, et al., (eds.) Encyclopaedia of Modern Asia, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons.
  • ‘Meanings and metaphors in the Jambi House’ (2002) in Howell, S. and Sparkes, S. (2002) The House in Southeast Asia: a changing social, economic and political domain. NIAS-Curzon Press pp 53-66.
  • ‘Islamic talismans: the calligraphy batiks’ (2001) in Itie van Hout (ed.) Batik Drawn in Wax pp.124-125 Amsterdam: Royal Tropical Institute.
  • ‘Flowers, fruits and fragrance: the batiks of Jambi’ (2001) in Itie van Hout (ed.) Batik Drawn in Wax pp78-89. Amsterdam: Royal Tropical Institute.
  • ‘The batik of Madura’ (2001) in Itie van Hout (ed.) Batik Drawn in Wax pp66-77. Amsterdam: Royal Tropical Institute.
  • (with Michael Hitchcock) (2000) "Tourism development and batik in Jambi."  Indonesia and the Malay World.  Volume 28 no 82.  
  • ‘Interpreting textiles as a medium of communication: cloth and community  in  Malay Sumatra’ (2000)  Asian Studies Review. Volume 24 no 3 September 2000 pp335-347.
  • "The classical batiks of Jambi" (2000) in Hitchcock, M. (ed) Building on Batik: The Globalization of a Craft Community. Aldershot: Ashgate Press.
  • ‘Preconceptions and problems in cataloguing: the case of Jambi batik’ (1999) Journal of Museum Ethnography.  Volume 11 pp 79-93. 
  • ‘Batik: The Cloth of Kings’ in Barley, N (ed) (1998) The Golden Sword.  London: British Museum Press pp 30-35.
  • ‘The Red Batiks of Jambi: Questions of Provenance’ (1997/8) Textile Museum Journal (Washington D.C.) Volume 36/7 pp 71-86.
  • ‘The Early English Textile Trade in South East Asia’ (1997) Textile History. Volume 28 no 2 pp 149-160.
  • Scattered Flowers: batiks from Jambi, Sumatra (1996) University of Hull Press ISBN 0-85958-909-9

Conference presentations

  • ‘Dayak cultural heritage: The material legacy of early migrations, kingdoms and trade routes’. Study day:  ‘Bornéo- Dernière Terra Incognita?’ organised by Museo delle Culture de Lugano and Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, held at Musée du Quai Branly. 8th September 2017.
  • ‘Calligraphic batiks’ at ‘Islamic Occultism in Theory & Practice’. Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. 6th to 8th January 2017.
  • ‘Collecting experience: making memories material in the Dutch East-Indies between the wars’. Conference of the Association of South East Asian Studies UK. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. 16th to 18th September 2016.
  • ‘Colonialism or cultural collaboration? South Asian collections at the Horniman Museum, London. Lecture delivered at the National Museum, New Delhi, India, 4th March 2015.
  • ‘South Asian Collections at the Horniman Museum: Looking forward, looking back.’ Conference on the Future of South Asian Collections. University of East Anglia. 30th April to 2nd May 2014.
  • ‘Muara Jambi: shifting perspectives on past and present at a heritage site’ 7th Conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Studies, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal 9-10th  July 2013.
  • ‘Japanese Buddhist collections at the Horniman Museum’ at International Symposium: ‘Japanese Buddhist Objects in European Collections and their impact on the European Image of Japan’. Institute of International Japanese Studies, The Hosei University, Tokyo; Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Zürich; Department of Oriental Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan. Held at Pala Łochow, Poland, June 4th – 6th 2012.
  • ‘Batiks of Java: origins, traditions and change’ at ‘Batik Sutra: Tagore, Travels and Textiles’, seminar held at the Rabindranath Tagore Centre, Kolkata, India. 11th – 25th November 2011.
  • ‘Indonesian Batik: Looking forward, looking back.’ Paper presented at World Batik Summit, Jakarta Convention Centre, 28th September to October 2nd 2011.
  • ‘Collections Management’ Paper delivered at international seminar on ‘New Paradigms of Museum Management’ Museum Nasional Indonesia, held at Denpasar, 6 – 10 May 2010.
  • ‘Patterns of Malay batik from Sumatra’ Presented at ‘Cultures of Cloth in Sumatra’ , Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire USA. April 18th 2009.
  • ‘Memory, materiality and the museum.’ Presented at the Fifth Annual Symposium of Jurnal Anthropologi Indonesia at Lambung Mangkurat University, Banjarmasin, Indonesia , 22 -26 July 2008.
  • ‘Sulaman Benang Emas: an embroidery tradition from Central Sumatra’ presented at Museum Nasional, Jakarta, Indonesia,  21st to 22nd November 2007.
  • ‘Malaysian Collections at the Horniman Museum’ Paper presented at the Royal Asiatic Society. May 2007.
  • ‘Southeast Asian collections in the Horniman Museum 1891 – 1925’ Lecture delivered at the National University of Singapore. April 2007.
  • ‘The batik of Malay Sumatra.’ Presented at international seminar on ‘The Spirit and Form of Malay Design’, National Museum, Kuala Lumpur, June 2005.
  • ‘Jambi batiks: a Malay tradition?’ Lecture at the Brunei Gallery, University of London School of Oriental and African Studies, in conjunction with the exhibition Spirit of Wood, the Art of Malay Woodcarving, 28th January 2004.
  • ‘Collecting South-East Asia: Emslie Horniman’s field collecting in the 1920s.’ Paper presented at the 21st Conference of the Association of South-East Asian Studies of the United Kingdom, University of Leeds, 17-19 October 2003.
  • ‘New dimensions in Indonesian Batik’. Paper presented at the World Eco-Fibre Textile Forum, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, 19th to 21st September 2003.
  • ‘Presenting Change: Time and Exhibition in the Ethnographic Museum’. Paper presented at the Decennial Conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, University of Manchester 14th to 18th July 2003.
  • ‘Museums and the Kris: Power, alliance and the exchange of gifts.’ Paper presented at the 9th International conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Sigtuna (Sweden) 26th May – 1st June 2002.
  • “Printed heirloom textiles from Indonesia.” Paper presented at the 8th International conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Archaeologists, Sarteano (Siena) Italy 2nd – 6th October 2000.
  • "Inclusion and Exclusion: Two-way traffic in Southeast Asian Textiles." Paper delivered at "Crossroads and Commodification", a Symposium on Southeast Asian Art, Department of History of Art, University of Michigan March 24-26, 2000. 
  • "Transformation and tradition: calligraphy batiks from Jambi." Paper delivered at "Textiles in Changing Times: Identity and the Remaking of Tradition", a symposium at the Fowler Museum of Cultural History, The University of California, Los Angeles, May 15th 1999. 
  • "Importing identity: Indian textiles in Jambi, Sumatra." Paper delivered at "Textiles in the Indian Ocean", the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford, 19-20 March 1999.  
  • “Food and the Family: assimilation in a Malay village in Sumatra.” Paper delivered at the conference of the European Association of Southeast Asian Studies (EUROSEAS), Hamburg, 2-6 September 1998. 
  • “Indonesian batik – new definitions.” Paper delivered at International Convention of Asia Scholars at Noordwijkerhout, Netherlands, 25-28 June 1998.
  • “Subjects and objects: photographic placement and the grammar of rule in Indonesia.” Paper delivered at the annual conference of the Association of South-East Asian Studies (UK) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1st to 4th April 1998.
  • “Textiles as a medium of communication in Malay communities in Sumatra.” Paper delivered at the annual conference of the Association of Social Anthropologists 1988 at the University of Kent at Canterbury, 30 March - 3 April 1998.
  • “Classical Batiks of Jambi.”: Paper presented at the World Batik and Heritage Conference, Gajah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia,  November 1997.
  • “Cultural change and the Jambi Seberang house.” Paper presented at the European Science Foundation workshop on “Transformation of Houses and settlements in Western Indonesia; changing values and meanings in built forms in history and in the process of modernization.” Leiden University, the Netherlands, June 1997. 
  • “The red batiks of Jambi: questions of provenance.” Paper presented at the  International Symposium on Indonesian Textiles, National Museum, Jakarta, Indonesia, 6-9 November 1996.
  • “Malay Meanings and Metaphors in the Jambi House.” Paper presented at the Nordic Symposium on “The House” in Southeast Asia: a changing social, economic and political domain.” University of Oslo, Norway, 6-8 September 1996.
  • “Textiles, tradition and identity in Jambi, Sumatra.” Paper presented at the 4th Nordic-European Workshop in Advanced Asian Studies. “Cultural Studies in Southeast Asia,” NIAS, Copenhagen, 1995.  

Media

  • “Fatmawati’s Wedding: the wedding of two sisters in a Malay village.” 50 mins. (1997) Centre for South-East Asian Studies, University of Hull. Shortlisted for the Royal Anthropological Institute’s film prize in the Material Culture section 1998. Distributed by the Royal Anthropological Institute.