Farewell Frans

from Press News, posted 05/04/2010 - 07:34

  It is with great sorrow that we heard today of the unexpected death of Frans Hüsken, an old friend of NIAS (and an old NIAS author) aged only 64 years. Latterly, Frans was Professor of Anthropology at the Radboud University of Nijmegen but he had a varied career and played an important role in the creation and early success of IIAS (the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden). His research interests were in historical and political anthropology and the history of anthropology. In his fieldwork he focused on socio-economic, political and cultural transformations, particularly in rural Indonesia. Fuller details are here.

Among his many other works, Frans offered a very perceptive account of local elections under the New Order in his chapter, ‘Village Elections in Central Java: State Control or Grassroot Democracy’, in Hans Antlöv and Sven Cederroth (eds), Leadership on Java, produced by NIAS and published by Curzon in 1994. Over the years he kept in touch and it was only a few weeks ago that we chatted. He will be sorely missed by many, not least his family who must be shocked by this unexpected death. (If you wish to leave your condolences for Frans, you can do so here.)

Thanks to Charles Coppel and his Indonesia list for the notification.


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