Diana Pakasi

  • PhD Researcher
  • Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences Program group Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body

Diana’s research interests include sexualities, masculinities, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. Before joining the Chemical Youth project, she was a researcher at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Indonesia. She graduated from the Gender and Women’s Studies Graduate Program at the same university. Her master’s research was supported by the Gender Research Award for Young Scholars in Southeast Asia and China from the Southeast Asia Consortium on Gender, Sexuality and Sexual Health. She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Presidential Fellowship and the Indonesian Directorate General of Higher Education’s scholarship for doctoral study.


Diana's PhD project explores the relationships between chemical use and the construction and embodiment of masculinities in the provincial capital city of Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia. More specifically, she focuses on “chemical sexualities” – the use of modern and traditional cosmetics, drugs, and tonics to enhance sexual performance, stimulate sexual desire, and shape the desired masculine body – and how practices are informed by discourses about what it is to be a man, men’s bodies, health, and risk.

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