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Gabriel Facal’s themes of research are alterpolitics in Southeast Asia; Indonesian political elites, clientelism and corruption; civil militia; jihadist groups; Malay ritual initiation (silat).
He co-founded in 2019 the Observatory of Political Alternatives in Southeast Asia (ALTERSEA, which ambitions to become a major pole in the region for the research on social movements, social activism, as well as systems of social regulation that are less visible but sustain local capacities of political action. The Observatory is developing through a network of scholars and non-scientific persons interested by the themes to publish collectively, organize discussions and events and contribute to formation and public knowledge.


  • –present
    Postdoc, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)


  • 2012 
    Centre Asie du Sud-Est, PhD Antropologi