I am a Professor in the departments of Asian Studies and Comparative Religion and currently the Chair of the department of Asian Studies. Since 2013 I have been working to establish the field of Indonesian Studies in Israel and to foster academic collaboration and exchange with scholars in this field, in Indonesia and elsewhere. In this capacity I have organized Indonesia-related conferences and events, led an international research project on Javanese literature at the Israel Institute for Advanced Study, taught various courses on Indonesia and, with several colleagues and students, established the campus-wide forum Indonesia@Hebrew_U/ Indonesia@Uni_Ibrani. My research interests include Javanese and Malay manuscript cultures, Translation Studies, Islamic literary cultures in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and south India, the history of exile in colonial Asia, and Indian Ocean Studies. I teach courses on Indonesian history and culture, translation and religion, and travel literature. My research has been supported by Fulbright-Hayes and SSRC fellowships, the Australian Research Council, Israel Science Foundation, European Research Council and a Guggenheim Fellowship.