Nathaniel Danishwa

Danishwara NATHANIEL

PhD Researcher in Anthropology and Sociology
Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
Spoken languages
English, Indonesian
Areas of expertise
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Visual Anthropology and Visual Culture
  • Visual culture & art practices
  • Media and Communications
  • Social movements
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • Southeast Asia
  • Indonesia

PhD Thesis


PhD Supervisor: Patricia Spyer

Expected completion date: 2024-2025




Danishwara Nathaniel is a PhD student at the Anthropology and Sociology department, where he also did his master 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.

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.

Country of origin: Indonesia


Relevant Publications and Works


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.


Fellowships, Grants and Awards


Grant from the Swiss Science Foundation (SNF Division I, PhD Researcher)