Congratulations to Bronwyn Winch on her journal article 'La iha fiar, la iha seguransa': the spiritual landscape and feeling secure in Timor-Leste'.
While the spiritual landscape in Timor-Leste has been widely acknowledged and documented, its security dimensions remain relatively unexplored and under-theorised; and it is into this aspect of Timorese life that Bronwyn studies and writes.
Brownyn's article, published in Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal on 8 May 2017, argues that there are many different dimensions of security, and that a more holistic acknowledgement of the beliefs and practices which constitute a prominent basis for the ways that people engage with and understand the world is required. Building on qualitative fieldwork conducted in 2016, this article examines how, in Timor-Leste, engagement with the spiritual landscape informs to a significant extent how people experience, understand and produce security, in ways that state-based security provision often cannot.
Bronwyn is an Associate Member of RMIT's Centre for Global Research and PhD candidate.
You can read her article online via Taylor & Francis Online.
Story: Rebecca Carroll-Bell