Nathaniel Danishwa

Danishwara NATHANIEL

PhD Researcher
Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
Spoken languages
English, Indonesian
Areas of expertise
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Visual Anthropology and Visual Culture
  • Media and Communications
  • Social movements
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Europe
  • Indonesia
  • North-South relations


Danishwara Nathaniel is a Ph.D. student at the Anthropology and Sociology department, where he also did his Masters as a Hans Wilsdorf scholar. He has joined the SNSF-funded research project Images, (In)visibilities, and Work on Appearance, 2020-24 led by Prof. Patricia Spyer as a PhD researcher. Danishwara is interested in generating and investigating new ways of seeing the world that can lead to socio-cultural and political transformation, working at the intersection between art and anthropology combining theory and practice.

As a practitioner, Danishwara has gained experiences in producing critical photo essays, in presenting visual work in an exhibition format, as well as in giving visual media production workshops to a diverse group of people. He has worked as a photojournalist hired by different institutions such as Indonesia's Tourism Ministry and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in Timor-Leste.  Academically, he comes from an interdisciplinary background trained in multiple internationally-renowned institutions. Danishwara completed his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences (Major in Social Sciences, graduated Cum Laude) at Amsterdam University College, with an exchange semester in Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. During his Masters at the Institute, he spent the third semester at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.

His current interests include combining ethnography that engages with social worlds and relations with visual media practices that intervenes dominant archives, and how image-making/circulation with respect to modes of participatory politics and processes of exclusion/inclusion in representational strategies, can be used for reimagining and rebuilding a sustainable future. 


Selected publications

Nathaniel, Danishwara, et al . “STUDENT MANIFESTO ON EUROPEAN ANGST.” European Movement International. Goethe Institut, December 2016. The document is the result of a collaborative effort of 42 university students – 24 women and 18 men – of whom 20 are EU citizens. It was presented at the conference “European Angst: A conference on populism, extremism and euroscepticism in contemporary European societies”, which took place on 6–7 December 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

Nathaniel, Danishwara, and Charles Briguet-Lamarre . “Reportage: Indonésie : Les Peuples Indigènes Mentawai Étouffés Par Le Développement.” Asialyst, November 13, 2017.