The events of 1965 in Sang Penari

Memory, Gender, Islam and Environment:
Dimensions of Indonesian Studies

Seminar with Monika Arnez, ERASMUS visiting professor.

The Republic of Indonesia celebrates the 70th anniversary of its independence in 2015, an event that fills the heart of many Indonesian with dignity and joy. However, 2015 also marks the 50th anniversary of an attempted coup d’état and its terrifying consequences, the mass killings of people associated with the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and other left-wing organisations.

In this lecture, we discuss the film Sang Penari (‚The Dancer,’ 2011), an adaptation of Ahmad Tohari’s trilogy Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk, against the backdrop of the 1965 events and explore expressions of local dance forms.

Monika Arnez is Professor (Junior professor) of Indonesian and Malay Studies at University of Hamburg, specializing in the study of Islam and Indonesian culture; gender; religion and environment; popular culture and literature. Among her publications are ‚Shifting Notions of Environmentalism in Indonesian Islam‘ in: Barbara Schuler (ed.) Environmental and Climate Change in South and Southeast Asia; How are local cultures coping? (Leiden, Brill: 2014), pp. 75-104; 'Empowering Women Through Islam. Fatayat NU between tradition and change.‘ Journal of Islamic Studies 21 (1) (2010): 59-88 and 'A Dialogue with God? Islam and lesbian relationships in two Post-Suharto narratives,' in: Susanne Schröter (ed), Gender and Islam in Southeast Asia. Women’s Rights Movements, Religious Resurgence and Local Traditions. (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 73-94.

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