Chris Chaplin is a postdoc researcher at KITLV focusing on the study of conservative Islamic movements in Indonesian society and their influence on ideas of citizenship and class.
At the KITLV Chris is researching how conservative Islamic groups, who follow Salafi religious principles, engage with the Indonesian state and society in Makassar, South Sulawesi. By doing so he aims to better understand exactly how such groups come to recognise themselves as Indonesian citizens but also as members and/or representatives of a specific class. It is part of the research program ‘From Clients to Citizens? Emerging Citizenship in Democratizing Indonesia’.