Indonesia for Sale

Indonesia for Sale: in-depth series on corruption, palm oil and rainforests launches, by Mongabay

  • The investigative series Indonesia for Sale, launching this week, shines new light on the corruption behind Indonesia’s deforestation and land rights crisis.
  • In-depth stories, to be released over the coming months, will expose the role of collusion between palm oil firms and politicians in subverting Indonesia’s democracy. They will be published in English and Indonesian.
  • The series is the product of nine months’ reporting across the country, interviewing fixers, middlemen, lawyers and companies involved in land deals, and those most affected by them.
  • Indonesia for Sale is a collaboration between Mongabay and The Gecko Project, an investigative reporting initiative established by UK-based nonprofit Earthsight. 

Lire la suite sur : https://news.mongabay.com/2017/10/indonesia-for-sale-in-depth-series-on-corruption-palm-oil-and-rainforests-starts-tomorrow/

Premier épisode de la série : The palm oil fiefdom

A politician in Borneo turned his district into a sea of oil palm. Did it benefit the people who elected him, or the members of his family?

A lire sur : https://news.mongabay.com/2017/10/the-palm-oil-fiefdom/

 

 

The legendary lives of Thai Buddha statues

Figure of the Buddha. Northern Thailand, 1540–1541.

The legendary lives of Thai Buddha statues, lecture by Angela Chiu, 06/11/2017, British Museum

In this talk, Angela Chiu, author of The Buddha in Lanna: Art, Lineage, Power and Place in Northern Thailand (2017), introduces the ancient Thai Buddha statues, some still enshrined today, whose miraculous origins and adventures promoted the growth of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. She considers what motivated the people of the past to create these statues, often at great expense and with significant effort, and reveals how each statue has its own unique ‘life’, initially as the creation of individuals whose hopes and values were embodied in these extraordinary pieces of art.

Voir : http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/event_detail.aspx?eventId=4050&title=The+legendary+lives+of+Thai+Buddha+statues&eventType=Lecture

Ancestors & Rituals, EUROPALIA INDONESIA

Ancestors & Rituals, Europalia Indonesia, 11/10/2017 – 14/01/2018, BOZAR/Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles

Commissaire: Daud Tanudirjo
Conseillers: Pieter ter Keurs & Francine Brinkgreve

Immense archipel de plus de 13 000 îles s’étalant sur pas  moins de 5 000 kilomètres d’est en ouest, l’Indonésie compte près de 255 millions d’habitants, 300 groupes ethniques et plus de 700 langues. Ces quelques chiffres donnent une idée de la diversité de ce pays et de la variété des cultures qui le composent.

Un point commun relie cependant une  grande majorité de ces cultures : l’importance accordée aux ancêtres. De Sumatra à la Papouasie, en passant par Java, Bornéo, Sulawesi, les petites îles de la Sonde et les Moluques : les ancêtres ont joué et jouent souvent encore un rôle de premier plan en Indonésie.

Qu’ils soient généalogiques ou mythiques, les ancêtres remplissent trois fonctions cruciales ayant trait au passé, au présent et au futur. Ils relient les vivants à leur passé, leur permettant de revendiquer une place au sein d’une lignée et de définir ainsi leur statut et position sociale. Ils sont ensuite garants de l’équilibre de la société et assurent par leur soutien et protection un présent harmonieux. Ils sont enfin source de fertilité et préservent ainsi le futur des peuples et cultures.

Les échanges avec d’autres cultures et religions ont, au fil des millénaires, influencé les arts, les identités et la manière  même d’envisager le monde des peuples indonésiens. La majeure partie des cultures de l’archipel trouvent leurs racines dans la culture austronésienne, apportée par des peuples migrateurs qui partirent de Taiwan il y a plus de 5 000 ans. La splendide culture Dong Son du nord du Vietnam, connue pour sa grande maîtrise du bronze, n’est pas non plus restée sans influence.

Enfin, un important volet de l’exposition est consacré aux surprenants rituels funéraires. Accomplis en différentes phases, parfois étalées sur plusieurs années, c’est ceux-ci qui permettent aux défunts d’accéder au statut d’ancêtres. Ceux qui leur survivent ne ménagent ni leurs efforts ni leurs finances pour les accompagner vers les mondes supérieurs et préserver ainsi l’équilibre et l’harmonie de la communauté.

La plupart des 160 trésors archéologiques et ethnographiques ont été prêtés par le Musée national d’Indonésie et sont exposés pour la première fois en Europe. Une trentaine de ceux-ci proviennent quant à eux de musées et de collections privées européennes. L’ensemble est mis en contexte à partir de photographies d’époque, de vidéos, de dessins et de peintures.

Voir : https://europalia.eu/fr/article/ancestors-rituals_1041.html

Muslim NGOs and civil society in Indonesia

Podcast: Muslim NGOs and civil society in Indonesia
Religion and NGOs

Produced by R. Michael Feener

While the service provision activities of some religious NGOs complement and enhance systems of low state capacity, in others they compete with state services and in still others service delivery by religious NGOs is associated with political parties and forms part of their electoral strategies. Across diverse engagements, then, religious NGOs depend on their ability to elude, enrol, and subvert the state institutions – while states themselves adjust to the impact of these new actors in turn. In this interview with Robert Hefner about his research on Muslim NGOs in the Javanese city of Yogyakarta, and what his findings can show us about Islam and civil society in contemporary Southeast Asia.

Since the turn of the twenty-first century, there has been a remarkable surge of interest among both academics and policy makers in the effects that religion has on international aid and development. Within this broad field, the work of ‘religious NGOs’ or ‘Faith-Based Organisations’ (FBOs) has garnered considerable attention. This series of podcasts for The Religious Studies Project seeks to explore how the discourses, practices, and institutional forms of both religious actors and purportedly secular NGOs intersect, and how these engagements result in changes in our understanding of both ‘religion’ and ‘development’. These interviews with leading scholars working on the topic across diverse contexts in Asia (and beyond) have been conducted by Dr. Catherine Scheer & Dr. Giuseppe Bolotta of the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute. Our work on this has been generously supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Podcast et transcription de l’interview de Robert W. Hefner sur : http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/muslim-ngos-and-civil-society-in-indonesia/?

Visiting Fellowships in Myanmar Studies, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

Visiting Fellowships in Myanmar Studies, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute

The ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute (formerly Institute of Southeast Asian Studies) invites applications for Visiting Fellowships in Myanmar Studies.

MYANMAR STUDIES

Preference will be given to candidates who have done or can work on projects associated with one or more of the following themes:

  1. Myanmar’s ongoing peace process, including its implications for implementation of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) and the development of political and administrative structures at the sub-national level.
  2. Myanmar’s external relations, including those with ASEAN, China, Japan, and other major powers.
  3. Prospects for Myanmar’s economic transformation.
  4. Emerging political configurations in the run-up to the 2020 general elections.
  5. Dynamics of civil-military relations, including in the economic and legislative spheres.

Other requirements

  • Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree in any area of the humanities or social sciences (especially economics, political science, sociology, anthropology).  Successful applicants are expected to start on or after 1 April 2018 and must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree at the point of employment.
  • Fluency in English and an ability to conduct research in Burmese, along with good communication, networking and interpersonal skills.

Please send application package by 31 December 2017 to:

Ms Tracy Ki
Senior Manager (HR)
ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute
30 Heng Mui Keng Terrace

Singapore 119614

Plus d’informations sur : https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=55837

EYE OF THE ARCHITECT: THE MADE WIJAYA PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE

Soft-launch of ISEAS Library database: Eye of the architect: the Made Wijaya photographic archive, 11/10/2017, ISEAS

Regional social and cultural studies programme seminar

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 – This seminar, in part a soft-launch of ISEAS Library database on Made Wijaya’s (alias Michael White) photographic archive, welcomed its four speakers: Dr Hélène Njoto, Visiting Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute; Mr Soedarmaji Damais, founder and head of Indonesian Arts Cooperation Body (BKKI); Mr Richard Hassell, co-founder of WOHA, and lastly, Professor Adrian Vickers from the University of Sydney who is concurrently a Visiting Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. They were greeted by a diverse audience that comprised of students, landscape architects from public and private agencies, researchers, as well as previous clients and friends of Made Wijaya. Hosting an insightful conversation with participants, the seminar addressed the importance of preserving and engaging with such archives for the study of landscape design and architecture history in Southeast Asia.

Dr Hélène Njoto’s prelude to the seminar was a survey of Made Wijaya’s photographic collection as it is now archived at ISEAS Library. She walked us through the online database of over 40,000 items, highlighting one of Wijaya’s gardens trademarks: the layering of vernacular architectural history. She demonstrated this by showing an “architectural history enigma” Wijaya liked to feature in his work, the Javanese and Balinese single-post and platform tree structures. She effectively showed how this collection not only documents Wijaya’s achievements but assembles an important number of photographs from fieldtrips throughout the world. Wijaya was concerned about sharing his sources of inspiration with future landscape designers, architects, and architecture history students, as his popular books have shown.

As a close and long-time acquaintance of Made Wijaya, Mr Soedarmaji Damais brought a personal note to the seminar as he shared stories about Wijaya’s first arrival in Bali, his assimilation as a Balinese and passion for the island and the way his garden designs were based on the search for connections with Chinese and other gardens.

Mr Richard Hassell then introduced Made Wijaya from a practitioner’s perspective, sharing Wijaya’s architectural and landscape architecture legacies through projects, and his role as a role model and mentor. Mr Hassell saw the archive as a way to engage with Wijaya’s attitudes to landscape history, the basis of his creation and design of gardens; a knowledge imperative for current practitioners.

The final speaker, Professor Adrian Vickers, another close acquaintance of Made Wijaya, affirmed Wijaya’s remarkable visual sensibility. Using photographs from the archive, Professor Vickers illustrated how Wijaya’s eye and curiosity for details in both modern adaptations and pre-modern spaces nurtured his unique visual repertoire and syntax. Professor Vickers closed the session with a tribute to Wijaya’s personal wish to preserve aspects of otherwise lost cultures, emphasising the need to capture and document these vulnerable and impermanent landscapes.

The Made Wijaya database at ISEAS Library is now publicly accessible online at ISEAS Library’s SeaLionPLUS. Upon registering, the archive can be explored by geographic regions or keywords. Made Wijaya’s video collections on ethnography (Balinese dance and rituals) can also be found at the University of Sydney.

Voir : https://www.iseas.edu.sg/medias/event-highlights/item/6360-soft-launch-of-iseas-library-database-eye-of-the-architect-the-made-wijaya-photographic-archive

 

 

Bonnie Brereton: finding democracy in Buddhist murals

Bonnie Brereton: finding democracy in Buddhist murals, interview by Peera Songkünnatham, 20/10/2017, The Isaan Record

Old temple murals, known as hup taem in Lao, are going through a cultural renaissance in the Northeast, after decades of being neglected and demolished in favor of Bangkok-style murals. Dating back to the early twentieth century, murals on the walls of ordination halls, or sim, depict popular stories like the life of the Buddha, Vessantara Jataka, and religious imageries like heaven and hell. They also feature local landscapes and everyday activities like farming in a uniquely vernacular style.

This form of people’s art is only now beginning to be recognized, both locally and nationally. The Tourism Authority of Thailand is finally promoting visiting sim – and not just bat caves and snake farms in central Isaan, as it has done for many years. In 2015, a nonfiction book tracing the Lao epic Sang Sinxay on murals in Isaan won a national prize.

This past August, a seminar in Khon Kaen, organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts of Khon Kaen University (KKU) and the Isan Writers Association, brought together experts on literature, visual arts, and community development, to explore and discuss hup taem on both sides of the Mekong. Several Laotian experts participated in the seminar as well.

One of the presenters was Dr. Bonnie Pacala Brereton, an American art historian and Buddhist studies scholar who specializes in vernacular forms of cultural expression in Isaan and the North.

Since 2004 she has been a researcher at the Center for Research on Plurality in the Mekong Region, Khon Kaen University. Along with Somroay Yencheuy, she is a co-author of a 2010 book Buddhist Murals of Northeast Thailand: Reflections of the Isan Heartland. An earlier book, Thai Tellings of Phra Malai, (1995) was a  study of the different regional versions of the Phra Malai story.

In this interview Brereton talks about her interpretation of the murals as a “democratic vision of society,” and the growing recognition of the shared culture in a region stretching from central Isaan to Laos.

Lire l’interview sur : http://isaanrecord.com/2017/10/20/bonnie-brereton-finding-democracy-buddhist-murals/

 

 

U.S. Embassy Tracked Indonesia Mass Murder 1965

General Suharto in the days after the September 30th Movement

Newly Declassified U.S. Embassy Jakarta Files Detail Army Killings, U.S. support for Quashing Leftist Labor Movemen, Briefing Book # 607, edited by Brad Simpson, National Security Archive, The George Washington University

Washington, D.C., October 17, 2017 – The U.S. government had detailed knowledge that the Indonesian Army was conducting a campaign of mass murder against the country’s Communist Party (PKI) starting in 1965, according to newly declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive at The George Washington University.  The new materials further show that diplomats in the Jakarta Embassy kept a record of which PKI leaders were being executed, and that U.S. officials actively supported Indonesian Army efforts to destroy the country’s left-leaning labor movement.

The 39 documents made available today come from a collection of nearly 30,000 pages of files constituting much of the daily record of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 1964-1968. The collection, much of it formerly classified, was processed by the National Declassification Center in response to growing public interest in the remaining U.S. documents concerning the mass killings of 1965-1966.  American and Indonesian human rights and freedom of information activists, filmmakers, as well as a group of U.S. Senators led by Tom Udall (D-NM), had called for the materials to be made public.

The documents concern one of the most important and turbulent chapters in Indonesian history and U.S.-Indonesian relations, which witnessed the gradual collapse of ties between Jakarta and Washington, a low-level war with Britain over the formation of Malaysia, rising tension between the Indonesian Army and the Indonesian Communist Party, the growing radicalization of Indonesian President Sukarno, and the expansion of U.S. covert operations aimed at provoking a clash between the Army and PKI. These tensions erupted in the aftermath of an attempted purge of the Army by the September 30th Movement – a group of military officers with the collaboration of a handful of PKI leaders.  After crushing the Movement, which had kidnapped and killed six high-ranking Army generals, the Indonesian Army and its paramilitary allies launched a campaign of annihilation against the PKI and its affiliated organizations, killing up to 500,000 alleged PKI supporters between October 1965 and March 1966, imprisoning up to a million more, and eventually ousting Sukarno and replacing him with General Suharto, who ruled Indonesia for the next 32 years before he himself was overthrown in May 1998.

In an unprecedented collaboration, the National Security Archive worked with the National Declassification Center (NDC) to make the entirety of this collection available to the public by scanning and digitizing the collection, which will be incorporated into the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) digital finding aids. When completed, scholars, journalists, and researchers will be able to search the documents by date, keyword, or name, providing unparalleled access, in particular for the Indonesian public, to a unique collection of records concerning one of the most important periods of Indonesian history.

Of the 30,000 pages processed by the NDC, several hundred documents remain classified and are undergoing further review before their scheduled release in early 2018. While some of the documents in this collection were declassified and deposited at NARA or the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library in the late 1990s, many thousands of pages are being made available for the first time in more than 50 years.

Le texte des documents déclassifiés et leurs fac-similés sont sur la page ainsi que des liens, des ouvrages et une liste d’articles de presse : http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/indonesia/2017-10-15/indonesia-mass-murder-1965-us-embassy-files

Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol. 47, n° 5, 2017

Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol. 47, n° 5, 2017

Malaysia and China in a Changing Region: Essays in Honour of Professor Lee Poh Ping

Table of contents

Articles

  • New Perspectives on Malaysia and a Rising China: Essays Honouring Lee Poh Ping by Kevin Hewison and Siew Yean Tham
  • From Patrimonialism to Profit: The Changing Flow of Funds from the Chinese in Malaysia to China by Kee Cheok Cheong, Poh Ping Lee and Kam Hing Lee
  • Dynamics of Trade in Value-Added in “Factory Asia” by Andrew Kam Jia Yi
  • Examining the Shift to Services: Malaysia and China Compared by Siew Yean Tham
  • Huawei and ZTE in Malaysia: The Localisation of Chinese Transnational Enterprises by Ran Li and Kee-Cheok Cheong
  • Navigating a Highly Protected Market: China’s Chery Automobile in Malaysia by Miao Zhang, Rajah Rasiah and John Kean Yew Lee
  • Diversity of Southeast Asian Capitalisms: Evolving State-Business Relations in Malaysia by Edmund Terence Gomez and Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux

Research Article

  • Chinese Nationalism and Trust in East Asia by Qin Pang and Nicholas Thomas

Book Reviews (SEA)

  • C.J. Jenner and Tran Truong Thuy (eds), « The South China Sea: A Crucible of Regional Cooperation or Conflict-Making Sovereignty Claims? » by Laura Southgate
  • Alexander Laban Hinton, « Man or Monster? The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer » by Geoffrey C. Gunn

Voir : http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjoc20/current?nav=tocList

 

Inter-Asia cultural studies, vol. 18, n° 3, 2017

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, vol. 18, n° 3, 2017

Table of contents

Editorial

  • Editorial introduction : the pluralistic thoughts and imagined boundaries in Nusantara by Ngoi Guat Peng (translated by Teo Jia Jia and Show Ying Xin)

Articles

  • The Malay question in Indonesia by Hilmar Farid
  • Rizal and the rethinking of the analytics of Malayness by Rommel A. Curaming
  • Andres Bonifacio: proletarian hero of the Philippines and Indonesia by Ramon Guillermo
  • Wartime imaginings of an archipelagic community: Fajar Asia and the quest for peninsula Malayan and Indonesian unity by Sandra Khor Manickam
  • How do Indonesians remember Konfrontasi? Indonesia–Malaysia relations and the popular memory of “Confrontation” after the fall of Suharto by Budiawan
  • Malaysia as an “Other” in Indonesian popular discourse by Farabi Fakih
  • The Malayan vision of Lim Chin Siong: unity, non-violence, and popular sovereignty by Thum Ping Tjin
  • Ethnic diversity and the nation state: from centralization in the age of nationalism to decentralization amidst globalization by Francis Kok Wah Loh
  • Ethnicity and nationalism: ideological struggles in Sarawak after the Second World War by Ngu Ik-Tien
  • Religion and politics in Malaysian nation-building: a “double-movement” of hegemonic and plural Islam by Maznah Mohamad

Visual Essay

  • Malay(sian)’s image in Indonesian media prior to Konfrontasi era December 1962 by Yerry Wirawan

Voir : http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/riac20/current

 

Popular music in Southeast Asia

Bart Barendregt, Peter Keppy  and Henk Schulte Nordholt, Popular Music in Southeast Asia : Banal Beats, Muted Histories, Amsterdam University Press, 2017  Open Access

From the 1920s on, popular music in Southeast Asia was a mass-audience phenomenon that drew new connections between indigenous musical styles and contemporary genres from elsewhere to create new, hybrid forms. This book presents a cultural history of modern Southeast Asia from the vantage point of popular music, considering not just singers and musicians but their fans as well, showing how the music was intrinsically bound up with modern life and the societal changes that came with it. Reaching new audiences across national borders, popular music of the period helped push social change, and at times served as a medium for expressions of social or political discontent.

Table of contents and Introduction : http://en.aup.nl/download/9789048534555%20ToC%20+%20Intro.pdf

A lire sur : http://oapen.org/search?identifier=637515;keyword=9789462984035

 

Archiving the ignored 6 October Massacre

Archiving the ignored 6 October Massacre by Kornkritch Somjittranukit, 06/10/2017, Prachatai (English)

Entretien avec Puangthong Pawakapan

To break the taboo in Thai society surrounding the 1976 Massacre, a group of scholars have founded an online archive of the incident in the hope that Thai society will be able to learn from its bloody past.

In the early morning of 6 October 1976, Thai right-wing groups staged a massacre of students at Thammasat University. More than a hundred student activists were killed by military and paramilitary forces and right-wing mobs and over 3,000 were arrested allegedly for being communists and threatening Thailand’s monarchy.

Even though the incident occurred over 40 years ago, knowledge of the event is very limited, partly because it is a sensitive issue and the “Octobrists” (people who joined the student movements around 14 October 1971 and 6 October 1976) who survived the massacre have rarely talked about it in detail.

The incident shows that Thai society can be extremely brutal against those who think differently from the establishment. The fear of talking about the massacre is, therefore, strongly rooted in Thai society, preventing serious discussion and investigation of the incident.

But some have bitten the bullet. On 24 September 2017, the “Documentation of 6 Oct” project launched its website www.doct6.com at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Political Science. The website is an online archive of material and information related to the massacre which has been largely ignored by Thai society.

The contents of the archive include documentary films, witness testimonies, photographs and interviews with massacre survivors and the families of those who were killed.

To commemorate the massacre, Prachatai interviewed Puangthong Pawakapan, the project coordinator. She hopes that this website will help Thai people to see a clearer picture of what actually happened on 6 October 1976.

Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management

Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management, 23/10/2017, Ethnological Museum, Leiden

An international symposium in honour of the work of Prof. Dr. Gerard Persoon on the occasion of his retirement from Leiden University. 

The international symposium in honour of the work of retiring Professor Dr. Gerard Persoon, who held the IIAS Chair Environment and Development at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, will take place on October 23, 2017, at the Ethnological Museum in Leiden.

The symposium will consist of a series of presentations on the interdisciplinary theme of Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Management by scholars from the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Cameroon and the Netherlands, and will be closed by a lecture by Prof. Gerard Persoon himself (see the tentative program below).

Please register for the symposium by sending an email to the secretariat of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (secrcaos@fsw.leidenuniv.nl) specifying your name and affiliation. As seats are limited, be advised to register early.

Tentative Program

Opening remarks by Prof. Dr. Cristina Grasseni (Scientific Director of the Insitute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University)

Keynote address and Fifth Louwes Lecture by Mr. Dave de Vera (Executive Director Philippine Assoc. For Intercultural Development, Inc. (PAFID))

Title: Indigenous Community Conservation in the Philippines

Presentation by Dr. Dante Aquino (Professor/University Director, Research and Development)

Title: Promoting Indigenous Peoples Rights in the Philippines: Policy implementation and onsite field realities

Presentation by Dr. Tessa Minter (Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University)

Title: Does ownership matter? Resource rights in the Philippines and Solomon Islands.  

Presentation by Dr. Louis Defo (World Wildlife Fund Cameroon)

Title: Hunters-gatherers and best practices in forestry industry. The case of the Baka of South East Cameroon

Presentation by Dr. Haman Unusa (Ministry of Environment; Protection of Nature and Sustainable Development; Visiting lecturer University of Dschang)

Title: Nomadic Pastoralism in Far North Cameroon: A response to environmental pressures rather than a cultural trait 

Presentation by Dr. Huei-Min Tsai (Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Environmental Education, National Taiwan Normal University; Executive Secretary, International Geographic Union (IGU) Commission on Islands)

Title: A new hope for nature conservation: Indigenous movements in natural resource management and participatory approaches to biodiversity conservation on the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia 

Presentation by Prof. Dr. Gerard Persoon

Title: Indigenous Peoples: Local impact of international rights 

Voir : https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/events/2017/10/symposium-indigenous-peoples-and-natural-resource-management

Architecture Beyond Europe Journal : Paradoxical Southeast Asia

Architecture Beyond Europe Journal n° 11 (2017)

Dossier : Paradoxical Southeast Asia

Sous la direction de Caroline Herbelin

In Southeast Asia, a space characterized by intense regional and global traffic networks since the sixteenth century, the architectural landscape is often seen as a palimpsest of styles. The hybrid and syncretic nature of Southeast Asian architectural forms is seen as the result of the successive waves of contacts that marked the history of this part of the world called by some the « Asian Mediterranean. » (F. Gipouloux). In this genealogy of architectural types, the colonial moment has been often considered a rupture that introduced radically new forms in vernacular architecture. Following this logic, the late twentieth century and early twenty-first century are considered as moments of further intensification of this architectural acculturation. The adoption of the international style in the megacities of the « Asian tigers, » nerve centers of the global economy, is symbolic of an urban development superficially tuned to the « global » rather than the local.
By equating the evolution of architectural forms in Southeast Asia to a transfer, mainly from West to East, this approach evades the complexity of the formation of the architectural landscape of Southeast Asia. This issue of ABEproposes to focus on the development of « syncretic » architectures of Southeast Asia by precisely tracing the circulation of techniques and architectural forms through a contextual approach. Local, regional, global have not followed each other sequentially – such a model presupposes the existence of a local, « original, » culture. Instead, these three levels of traffic have coexisted in the past. Far from simple sedimentary layers laid down over time, the production of Southeast Asian architecture has been multiscalar, rhizomic and a longue durée phenomenon. For this reason, the concept of « returns » is a particularly useful one for analyzing both « colonial » and « traditional » motifs that appear in contemporary architecture.
When rethinking the local and the global in Southeast Asian architecture, we must move beyond the binary oppositions between the vernacular and the foreign, the colonial and the post-colonial, and the modern and the traditional, while still exploring how actors used such categories dynamically. Only in this way can we explain the coexistence of such seemingly contradictory categories.

Sommaire

Lire la suite sur : https://abe.revues.org/3315

 

 

CFP: Association for Asian Performance Adjudicated Emerging Scholars Panel

CFP: Association for Asian Performance Adjudicated Emerging Scholars Panel, 01-02/08/2018, Boston, Massachusetts

The Association for Asian Performance (AAP) invites submissions for its 24th Annual Adjudicated Panel to be held during the Association for Asian Performance annual conference in Boston, Massachusetts on August 1-2, 2018, which precedes the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference.

Selected papers will be strongly considered for publication in Asian Theatre Journal – an official publication of AAP.

Eligibility is open to all (current and recent graduate students, scholars, teachers, artists) provided they are: 1) early in their scholarly career OR new to the study of Asian performance; 2) have not published in Asian Theatre Journal; and 3) have not previously received an AAP Emerging Scholars Award. We welcome submissions from past applicants.

Papers (8-10 double-spaced pages) may deal with any aspect of Asian performance or drama. Preparation of the manuscript in Asian Theatre Journal style, which can be gleaned from a recent issue, is desirable. Up to three winning authors will be selected and invited to present their papers at the upcoming AAP conference. Paper presentations should be no longer than twenty minutes. A $100 cash prize will be awarded for each paper selected, to help offset conference fees. AAP Conference registration fees are waived for the winners, who also receive one-year free membership to AAP. Receipt of award is contingent upon attendance at the AAP conference. All paper submissions will receive written feedback from the selection committee.

Submission Instructions

Papers should be accompanied by a separate cover sheet detailing the author’s contact information: institutional affiliation and current title (if relevant), address, phone number, and email address (for both academic year and summer holiday). The author’s name should not appear in the paper.

Please send submissions electronically to Dr. Arnab Banerji, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Loyola Marymount University (arnab.banerji@lmu.edu).

Deadline for Submissions: January 15, 2018. Winners will be notified by April 15, 2018.

AAP is proud to sponsor this adjudicated panel. Not only is it a chance for students and emerging scholars to get exposure and recognition for their work, it also provides an opportunity to meet and make contacts with others who are interested in similar fields of research.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the Emerging Scholars Award panel to Arnab Banerji at (arnab.banerji@lmu.edu). To find out about the benefits of becoming an AAP member, please check out our website and consider joining us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/aaponline/

Voir : http://www.yavanika.org/aaponline/?p=628