PhD, University of Chicago
Educated in the Netherlands and United States, Patricia Spyer obtained her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She was a William Rainey Harper Fellow in the University of Chicago’s College and a founding member of the Research Center Religion & Society at the University of Amsterdam. From 2001 through 2015 she held the Chair of Cultural Anthropology of Contemporary Indonesia at Leiden University. She was Global Distinguished Professor at New York University’s Center for Religion & Media and Department of Anthropology (2009-12), and a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University in 2014. She is the author of The Memory of Trade: Modernity’s Entanglements on an Eastern Indonesian Island, Duke 2000, editor of Border Fetishisms: Material Objects in Unstable Spaces, Routledge 1998, co-editor of the Handbook of Material Culture, Sage 2013  and of Images That Move, SAR Press, 2013. She has published, among other topics, on violence, media and visual culture, materiality, and religion. Her current book project Orphaned Landscapes: Violence, Visuality, and the Work of Appearances in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia focuses on the mediations of violence and post-violence in the religiously inflected conflict in the Moluccas, Indonesia. She is an editorial board member of the Annual Review of Anthropology, a member of the Advisory Council of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and a board member of the Prince Claus Fund.