Dr Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah
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Dr Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah

PhD Social Anthropology University of Western Australia, Australia
MA Social Anthropology University of Durham, United Kingdom
BA Education Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam

Siti Norkhalbi Haji Wahsalfelah is the Director and a Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Brunei Studies. She was the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam from July 2014 until 30 June 2016 . She was also an appointed member of the Secretariat Committee of the Supreme Council of Malay Islamic Monarchy since 2009 to 2015.  She holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia. Her research interest on material culture  focusing on traditional woven textiles in Brunei Darussalam.  Her recent book “Kain Tenunan: Pakaian Beradat Istiadat Kebudayaan Melayu Brunei Darussalam” was published by the Brunei Museums Department in 2014 and her other book entitled “Textiles and Identity in Brunei Darussalam’ was published in 2007 by White Lotus Press, Bangkok.  She had also written several articles  based on her research and have her works published internationally such as in Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from New Generation of Women, ‘Our Ethnic Identity’ in Image and Identity: Custom and Costume exhibited online by International Museum of Women based in the USA. .  Her works are  also published  in local and regional journals, as well as presented them in conferences organised nationally and internationally. Her interview entitled “The Timeless Tradition of Textile Weaving in Brunei Darussalam” in a tv program called A Journey Through Aesthetic Realm  was recorded by Supreme Master TV of Taiwan and was aired for international audiences.  The interview was also uploaded on You Tube.  She was  one of the members of the consultation team lead by Dr Noor Azam Haji-Othman on the Youth Perception of the Arts in Brunei Darussalam, which was completed and submitted to the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sports.  Currently, she is conducting research on protecting traditional textiles heritage specifically working on  the compilation of  motif and designs  in Brunei Darussalam and issues on Intellectual Property Right.


Areas of specialization
  • Brunei Material Culture
  • Brunei Traditions and Customs
  • Melayu Islam Beraja
  • 1995 : Pencapaian Mata Pelajaran Pengetahuan Agama Islam di Kalangan Pelajar bukan Muslim (BA Project)
  • 1996 : Principle Investigator: Ratib Saman
  • 1998 : The Production of Brunei Traditional Woven Textiles. (MA Dissertation)
  • 2001 : Traditional Woven Textiles: Tradition and Identity Construction in the “New State” of Brunei Darussalam. (PhD Research)
  • 2008 : Member of Research Group for Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery. Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources. Negara Brunei Darussalam
  • 2010 : Co- Facilitator (with Dr Fadzliwati Mohidin, FBEPS). Survey on the Perception of Korea. Korean Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 13-21 December 2010.
  • 2011 : Member of Research Group/ Consultant on Youth Perceptions of the Arts in Negara Brunei Darussalam led by Dr Noor Azam bin Orang Kaya Maha Bijaya Haji Othman (completed).
  • 2011 : Members (Co-Investigator Haji Mohamad Rafee bin Haji Shahif) Penyebaran dan Kefahaman Konsep Melayu Islam Beraja Cara Hidup Masyarakat Brunei: Perlaksanaan, Masa Depan dan Cabaran. (completed)
  • 2012 : Kain Tenunan Brunei: Rekabentuk dan Motif Pakaian Rasmi dalam Majlis Beradat Istiadat. (on-going)
  • 2014 : Protecting Heritage: Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and traditional textiles in Brunei (on-going)
Books Monograph (Authored)
Journal Articles
Books (Edited)
Chapters in Books
Book Review
Conference/Seminar Papers and Invited Lectures
  • Brunei Culture: The Social Stratification. Paper presented at ASEAN Universities Network Conference on Education on Environment and Culture in the New Millenium, organised by Universiti Brunei Darussalam, May 2000.
  • Globalisation and Islamisation: Interacting Influences in the Transformation of Modes of Attire in Brunei Darussalam. Paper presented at An International Conference: Social Science in a Globalising World: Contemporary Issues in Asian Social Transformation organised by UNIMAS, Sarawak, Malaysia . 22-23 September 2003
  • Kain Tenunan Dalam Adat Istiadat Diraja Brunei: Manifestasi Status dan Lambang Kekuasaan. Paper presented at Seminar Kesultanan Brunei, organised by Malay Islamic Monarchy Supreme Council in co-operation with Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. 26-28 September 2003.
  • Material Budaya dan Pembinaan Identiti Budaya Kebangsaan Brunei Darussalam. Paper presented at Seminar Kebangsaan Calak Brunei organised by Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. January 2004.
  • Songket Melayu dalam Fesyen: Meraih Pasaran Global (Pengalaman Negara Brunei Darussalam). Paper presented in Persidangan Antarabangsa Songket Melayu: Seni Warisan Agung. Organised by TV3, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 6-7 September 2005.
  • Invention of Traditions: Reconstruction of National Identity Through Traditional Textile in Brunei Darussalam. Paper presented in Traditional Textiles Symposium organised by Westaprema, Jakarta, Indonesia. 5-6 December 2005.
  • Cabaran-Cabaran Terhadap Falsafah Negara MIB. Paper presented in Bicarawara Melayu Islam Beraja organised by Malay Islamic Monarchy National Supreme Council and Academy of Brunei Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. 21 Jan-14 Feb 2006.
  • Transformasi Lokasi Pengeluaran Kain Tenunan: Kesinambungan Warisan Budaya Brunei Darussalam. Paper presented in Konferensi Antaraunversiti di Borneo-Kalimantan ke 2: Transformasi Sosial Masyarakat Perkotaan/ Bandar Borneo-Kalimantan, organised by Institut Pengajian Asia Timur, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Universiti Tanjungpura, Kalimantan Barat, Pontianak, Kalimantan. 12-15 August 2006.
  • Kain Tenunan Brunei: Warisan, Cabaran dan Masa Depan. Paper presented in Persidangan Antarabangsa Pengajian Melayu. Warisan Seni Budaya Melayu: Pelestarian dan Pembangunan Akademi Pengajian Melayu, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 8-9 November 2006.
  • Sejarah Sosio-Budaya Kraftangan di Brunei Darussalam: Barangan Logam dan Kain Tenunan. Paper presented in Seminar Sejarah Sosial dan Ekonomi Brunei, organised by Dept of History, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. 14-15 November 2006.
  • Tamadun Brunei dan Kewujudan Seni Tenun. Paper presented in Seminar Sejarah Borneo, Pemeliharaan Sejarah Borneo dan Tamadun Borneo: Ke Arah Pengukuhan Negara Bangsa, organised by Pusat Sejarah Brunei, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. 3-5 December 2007.
  • Seni Tenun di Brunei Darussalam: Kesinambungan Kebudayaan Melayu. Paper presented in Seminar Bahasa dan Sastera , sidang Eksekutif ke-47 MABBIM, Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta, Indonesia. 7-8 April 2008.
  • Indigeineity in Society and Nature: The Ambiguous Case of Brunei. (Joint paper with David Trigger). Paper presented in Brunei Research Council 9th Biennial International Conference, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. 29-30 July 2008.
  • Wedding customs of the Brunei Malays: Continuity and Transformation. (Joint paper with Aini Haji Karim). Paper presented in the Second Joint Seminar of FASS UBD and IOC UT: Asian Societies and Cultures in the Eyes of Bruneian and Japanese Researchers. University of Tokyo. 16-18 September 2008.
  • Sejarah Sosioekonomi Tradisi Kraf Tangan Brunei. (Joint paper with Abdul Hai bin Haji Julay) Paper presented in the Seminar Serantau Sejarah Dalam Pembangunan Negara. Joint Seminar of Yayasan sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and Persatuan Sejarah Brunei. Lecture Theatre, Chancellor Hall. 10-11 January 2009.
  • The Politics of Dress in Brunei Darussalam: Identity, Islam and Power. Paper presented in the International Convention of Asia Scholars, Daejon convention Center, Korea. 6-9 August 2009
  • Woven Textile Traditions in Brunei Darussalam. Paper Presented in People to People Exchange Programe: ASEAN Cultural Interaction at the Grassroots Level (phase vi). Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport. Brunei Darussalam. 9-12 November 2009.
  • Kajian Kain Tenunan Brunei: Masalah dan Cabaran. Paper presented in Simposium Koleksi Sumber Maklumat Brunei: Perpustakaan Mendokong Keperluan Penyelidikan Pengajian Brunei. Universiti Brunei Darussalam Library. Brunei Darussalam. 26-27 January 2011.
  • Penyebaran Tradisi Kain Tenunan Brunei. Paper presented in Merantau. Imagining Migration in the Malay World. Seminar in Honour of Professor E.U. Kratz. Goethe-University of Frankfurt. 30-31 March 2011.
  • Peranan Golongan Intelektual dalam Konsep Melayu Islam Beraja. Paper presented in Persidangan Antarabangsa Melayu Islam Beraja: Melayu Islam Beraja Dalam Lintasan Alam Melayu. Anjuran Majlis Tertinggi Melayu Islam Beraja. 28-29 Februari 2012.
  • The Enforcement of Traditional Woven Textile as Code of Official Outfit: Implementation and Problems. (Joint paper with Ak Mohd Wafi bin Pg Hj Abd. Rahim, Muhd Azri Hj Razab, uursajarina Faizah Awang Hj Ahmand, Muhd Azmi Abd Latif and Muhd Zulshahrin Hj Japarin ).The 4th ASEAN Traditional Textile Symposium: Traditions, Innovation, Interactions: Paving Creative Path for Traditional Textiles of Southeast Asia. Thani Nguyen, Viet Nam. 17 March 2013.
  • Memperkasa Seni Tampak dan Teknologi Melayu Brunei Melalui Teknologi Maklumat dan Komunikasi. Sidang ke-52 Majlis Bahasa Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia (MABBIM). Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 3-4 April 2013.
  • Sumber dan Simbolisme Ragam Hias Kain Tenunan Melayu Brunei: Satu Tinjauan Awal. Konvensyen Pengkajian Borneo. Pusat Sejarah Brunei. Brunei Darussalam. 13-14 Mei 2013.
  • Symbolic Meaning of Traditional Textiles in Brunei Darussalam. China-ASEAN Culture Forum: Safeguarding and Inheritance of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Nanning, China. 9-12 September 2013.
  • Penggunaan Manik di Negara Brunei Darussalam: Manifestasi Keindahan dan Identiti. Seminar Temuan Arkeologi, Linguistik, Sejarah dan Budaya SeBorneo. Jabatan Muzium-Muzium Brunei. Brunei Darussalam. 26-27 November 2013.
  • Penyebaran dan Kefahaman Melayu Islam Beraja Cara Hidup Masyarakat Brunei: Perlaksanaan, Masa Depan dan Cabaran. (joint paper with Hj Mohammad Rafee bin Haji Shahif).Round Table on Current Research of Malay Studies. Akademi Pengajian Brunei, Universiti Brunei Darussalam dan Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. 3-5 March 2014.
Honorary posts
  • Member of the Secretariat, Supreme Council of Malay Islamic Monarchy (appointment by Personal to holder with effective of 15 August 2012 – 14 August 2015).
Administrative Positions
  • 2007-2008 : Deputy Director Academy of Brunei Studies
  • 2009-2011 : Director of Academy of Brunei Studies
  • 2009-2011 : Secretary and Head of Secretariat, Supreme Council of Malay Islamic Monarchy
  • 2009-2012 : Secretariat Member of Supreme Council of Malay Islamic Monarchy
  • 2012-2015 : Secretariat Member of Supreme Council of Malay Islamic Monarchy (Personal to holder)
  • July 2014-June 2015 : Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Fellowships and Awards
  • 2012-2014 : TBL Fellowship DUKE-NUS
  • 2013 : PIKB
Teaching and supervision at UBD
Undergraduate modules
MA by research supervision
PhD supervision
  • Malay
  • English


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