Short CV

Dr. Mai Lin Tjoa-Bonatz is teaching on Southeast Asia’s culture and history at several German universities. She has a PhD. in Art History from Technical University of Darmstadt and an M.A. in Art History, Archaeology, and Southeast Asian regional studies from Goethe Universität Frankfurt M., Germany. She was previously a research assistant at the Technical University of Darmstadt in the project “Housing of Historic City Centers”. After coordinating a research cooperation in Indonesia supported by the University of Göttingen, she worked at University of Mannheim as assistant of the dean. She was the small-finds assistant for excavations conducted in Syria (2009-2010). In 2003–2008 and 2011–2014, she worked as a research assistant at the Freie Universität Berlin conducted on Sumatra, Indonesia. She was formerly a Visiting Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute and the ISEAS–Yushof Ishak Institute in Singapore. In 2018 she was appointed as visiting professor at the National University of the Philippines. Most recently she was employed as curator of the Golden Lotus Foundation working on gold jewellery. She has co-organized an exhibition on maritime cultural heritage.

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Background

2017–2019 Curator of the Golden Lotus Foundation, Singapore and Book Projects

2018 Research “Technology transfer in and around missionary stations in colonial Indonesia“ at the Technical University of Darmstadt and Visiting Professorship at the University of the Philippines

2016 Research Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore

2014 Research on “Maritime Cultural Property and Contested Ownership” Universität Göttingen

2011 – 2014 Research Associate at the Freie Universität of Berlin

2006 – 2007 Visiting Research Fellow “Asian Cities Project”, Asian Research Institute of the National University of Singapore

2002 – 2003 Faculty research assistant at the University of Mannheim

2000 – 2001 Coordinator of the research project “Stability of Rainforest Margins“, the Georg-August University Göttingen in Indonesia

1995 – 2001 Ph.D.-candidate at the Technical University Darmstadt

2000 DAAD-Scholarship at the National Cheng-Kung University/Taiwan

1994 – 1998 Research associate “Housing in Historic City Centres of Southeast Asia” at the Technical University of Darmstadt

1987 – 1994 M.A. in art history, archaeology and Southeast Asian regional studies in Goethe Universität Frankfurt M.

Main Publications

Mikael Hård, M. L. Tjoa-Bonatz: Trading Zones in a Colony. Transcultural Techniques at Missionary Stations in the Dutch East Indies 1860–1940. Social Studies of Science (reviewed paper is accepted for print).

M. L. Tjoa-Bonatz (ed.): A View from the Highlands. Archaeology and History of West Sumatra, Indonesia. Singapore: ISEAS 2019.

M. L. Tjoa-Bonatz, Nicole Lockhoff: Art Historical and Archaeometric Analyses of Ancient Jewellery (7–16th c.): The Prillwitz Collection of Javanese Gold. Archipel 97, 2019, 19-68.

M. L. Tjoa-Bonatz: Struggles over Historic Shipwrecks in Indonesia. Economic versus Preservation Interests, in: Brigitta Hauser-Schäublin, Lynn V. Prott (ed.): Cultural Property and Contested Ownership. The Trafficking of Artefacts and the Quest for Restitution. New York: Routledge 2016, 85-107.

M. L. Tjoa-Bonatz: From Idol to Art. Missionary Attitudes Towards Indigenous Worship on Nias, Indonesia, 1903–1920. In Thomas David Dubois (ed.): Casting, Imperialism and the Transformation of Religion in East and Southeast Asia. New York: Palgrave 2009, 105-128.

M. L. Tjoa-Bonatz: Vom Hofhaus zum Reihenhaus. Das Shophouse im kolonialzeitlichen Penang, Malaysia [From Courtyard House to Rowhouse. The Shophouse in Colonial Penang, Malaysia]. Stuttgart: IRB 2003.