Dr. Jacob Nerenberg

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Telefon: +49-(0)30-80307-123
Regionaler Schwerpunkt: Southeast Asia, Oceania


Since 01/2020
Research Fellow, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient
03/2018 - 12/2019
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anthropology, York University


Ph.D., Anthropology (socio-cultural), University of Toronto
M.A., Anthropology (socio-cultural), University of Toronto
B. Eng., Mechanical Engineering, McGill University


Refereed Journal Articles

2019: “Regulating the Terminal Economy: Difference, Disruption, and Governance in a Papuan Commercial Hub”. Modern Asian Studies. 53(3): 904–42.

Book Reviews

2013: Book Review Essay: Freedom in Entangled Worlds: West Papua and the Architecture of Global Power (Eben Kirksey) and Laughing at Leviathan: Sovereignty and Audience in West Papua (Danilyn Rutherford). The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 14(5): 486–95.

Conference Organization

“20 Years after Krismon: Indonesia’s Economic Change in the Aftermath of Financial Aggression”. Biennial Conference of the Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies, York University, 28 October 2017


Invited Talks

“Regulating the Terminal Economy: Difference, Disruption, and Governance in a Papuan Commercial Hub”. Centre for Ethnography, University of Toronto Scarborough, 19 October 2017

“Displaced Youth and the Labour of Logistics in West Papua’s Terminal Economy”. Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto, 19 January 2017

Other Talks

“The Playlist”. Ethnography Lab, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, 23 March 17

“Mission Telecom: Ethnography of Uncertain Infrastructures”. Ethnography Lab, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, 17 April 2015


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture
Fellowship in Ethnographic Writing, Centre for Ethnography, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto at Scarborough
2016 - 2017
Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellowship, Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto
2014 - 2015
Doctoral Scholarship, Fonds Québécois de Recherche – Société et Culture
2014 - 2015
Doctoral Research Award, International Development Research Centre
2013 - 2014
Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


University of Toronto Faculty Association Al Miller Memorial Award
Sylvia Forman Prize, Association for Feminist Anthropology, American Anthropological Association


2018: Anthropology of Markets (Topics in Emerging Scholarship, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto)

Field Course Teaching:

2011: Course Coordinator, University of Toronto and Universitas Gadjah Mada, Independent Experiential Study Project

2010: Course Assistant,University of Toronto and Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia Independent Field Research Course

Professional Service

  • Organizing committee member, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (Asian Institute, University of Toronto), 2016-2017
  • Coordinator, Development Seminar (Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto), 2015-2016
  • Article review, American Ethnologist; Oceania; Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia)
  • Founding member, Ethnography Lab – Infrastructures Group (Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto), 2014-2018

Other Research Positions

Coordinator, Kensington Market Research Project, Ethnography Lab, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
2013 - 2014
Research Consultant, Center for Effective Global Action, University of California, Berkeley


  • Canadian Anthropology Society
  • Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies


  • English: fluent
  • French: fluent
  • Indonesian: fluent
  • Grand Valley Dani: conversational
  • Spanish: conversational