Journal article

Spirit Ecologies and Customary Governance in Post-conflict Timor-Leste

Lisa Palmer, Andrew Mcwilliam

Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia | KITLV PRESS | Published : 2019


AbstractIn post-conflict Timor-Leste, the concepts of spirit ecologies and intergenerational wellbeing direct our attention to the ways in which Timorese people derive strength from house-based family networks as well as protective and productive spiritual relations with living nature. These practices of exchange resonate with a comparative body of research that has described similar ‘spiritscapes’ elsewhere in Southeast Asia and their relevance for social and environmental governance. Exploring the diverse ontologies of particular Timorese ‘spirit ecologies’ and their embedding in a concept of more-than-human ‘intergenerational wellbeing’, in this article we investigate the renewed signific..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Fieldwork and research was supported by funding through two Australian Research Council Grants (DP160104519 and DP1095131). The authors also wish to acknowledge and thank the anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments on earlier versions of this article. All errors and omissions are ours.