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Benjamin Zimmer, 2002-2003 CSEAS Post-Doctoral Fellow

Benjamin Zimmer will join the Center as a postdoctoral fellow in Fall 2002, upon finishing his dissertation in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago entitled Being Sundanese, Speaking Sundansese: The Sociopolitics of Linguistic Differentiation in the Highlands of West Java, Indonesia.

By Barbara Gaerlan

While resident at UCLA, Zimmer will pursue research on the constructions of linguistic difference among the Indonesian-American community of Southern California in addition to a continuing project based on his dissertation. He will also organize a conference tentatively entitled "Linguistic Imaginations of the Indian Ocean Region" and teach the seminar "Language, Politics and Identity in Indonesia" in the Anthropology Department.

His publications include "Al-'Arabiiyah and Basa Sunda: Ideologies of Translation and Interpretation among the Muslims of West Java," in Studia Islamika: Indonesian Journal for Islamic Studies 7(3), 2000. 

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