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Perspectives on the Past

What is remembered, what is forgotten: A woman in a man’s shadow

A heroine of the Indonesian independence movement emerges from behind her husband's shadow

Raising heritage awareness in Indonesia

Isla Winarto talks to PoP about the Indonesian Heritage Society's efforts to promote heritage conservation at Jakarta's Museum Tekstil

Review: Feminisms and Contemporary Art in Indonesia by Wulan Dirgantoro

PoP reviews an important new book on the relationship between feminism and visual art in Indonesia

Writing history in the Indian Ocean world

Writing history in the Indian Ocean world was the result of a complex interplay of global norms and local conditions of textual production.

PoP picks @ ASAA

PoP's completely biased top picks for the 2018 Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) conference

Indonesia: The Years of Building Dangerously

A forgotten cultural frontier reveals Indonesia's version of mid-century modernism

Beyond Indonesianness in Indonesian Contemporary Art

Contemporary art can reveal insights into the friction between cosmopolitanism and tradition in Indonesia

The Java Sea Wreck: New research on an ancient ship

New research on an ancient wreck raises important questions about protection and preservation

The teka-teki of Indonesian

The second in a series of articles by veteran journalist Frank Palmos, reflecting on his time living and working in Indonesia in the early 1960s.

The Sufi poet and the peculiar whale (part two)

A commentary on the Sufi poem of the peculiar whale, by the 16th-century Malay poet Hamzah of Barus.

Lost in Translation: Jawa Pos

Foreign correspondent and historian Frank Palmos reflects on his first translating job in Java in 1961.

The big canvas

A new book on West Sumatran 'angkot' reveals the complex tensions between tradition and modernity in contemporary Minangkabau society

Can our cities survive climate catastrophe? Ancient Asia may hold the key

The fall of great premodern Southeast Asian settlements offers hints about what climate change has in store for today's megacities.

Documentation, Restoration, and Repatriation? Reflections on a dance film screening for the ‘Bali 1928’ project

Nien Yuan Cheng reflects on the film screening and lecture, "Gender, Crossdressing and Androgyny in Balinese Dance", conducted by ethnomusicologist Edward Herbst under the aegis of the Bali 1928 repatriation project.

The Sufi poet and the peculiar whale (part one)

Hamzah of Barus was the foremost Malay poet of the 16th century, whose work draws deeply from Sufi imagery and philosophy.

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.

10 steps to start a kick-ass postgrad group

PoP's archaeologist shares his experience about starting a successful postgraduate reading and research group.

Perspectives on the Philippines

The highlights of PoP's two-month special series on the Philippines.

Hunting the Secrets of the Philippines

What makes the Philippines tick, and what's the one piece of art, object or artefact that could provide an answer?

Historical Perspectives on Philippine Contemporary Art

A historically-focussed review of the AGNSW's Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines exhibition.

UNESCO heritage-lists Indonesian wooden boat building

Maritime historian Jeffrey Mellefont on why UNESCO has recognised the cultural significance of South Sulawesi boat-building.

Five reasons why I don’t always like art galleries

A personally-confronting reflection on why, sometimes, art galleries don’t seem to work for the author.

Passion + Procession: Art of the Philippines

A mini-review of the Art Gallery of New South Wales' recent exhibition of Philippine art.