Rangga joined the Faculty of Law as a Jardine Scholar in Michaelmas 2018 to read the DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies under the supervision of Dr Marina Kurkchiyan.
The focus of his doctoral project is on “cultural heritage” as a legal construct in the Indonesian context. His thesis explores the process through which official heritage is created, the uses that its variegated forms are intended to serve, as well as the conflicting and converging interests of their creators.
Rangga holds an LLB from Universitas Gadjah Mada, where he has been Non–Civil-Service Lecturer since 2013; an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Groningen; and an MPhil in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, where his studies were also fully funded by the Jardine Foundation.
Since 2020, Rangga has been on extended fieldwork in Indonesia, where he originally sought to conduct ethnographic work with Indigenous adat communities to explore the tension between the state’s motivation in heritage-making and grassroots aspirations. Sheltering from Indonesia’s interminable COVID waves, he now conducts data collection from home, juggling thesis writing with taking care of his immunocompromised parents and one gargantuan cat.