Culture and Tradition

Kita perlu bicara! Seni, pelanggaran, dan politik di Documenta 15

Kolektif-kolektif berorientasi hak asasi manusia dari Indonesia telah dituduh anti-Semitis di salah satu pameran terbesar di Eropa, Dokumenta di Kassel, German.

Fragrant Frontier: The editors’ account

...a borderland–frontier in a state of flux, where social and environmental trajectories are diverse, dynamic, and consequential...

Timor-Leste’s deep politics and the enigma of Xanana Gusmao

In 2018, Gusmao's reframing of his modernist vision through a lulik alliance signalled a return to his cultural roots that assisted in regaining his waning charisma.

The women entrepreneurs of early modern Vietnam

Their contributions were fundamental to shaping Vietnam’s early modern social, religious, and economic society, but historical scholarship has neglected their experiences for centuries.

New Books in SEAsian Studies: Craig Reynolds’ Power, Protection and Magic in Thailand

Meet a legendary policeman who trained in martial arts and the occult...

Senam rudat: performing arts and participation in Pasir Putih, North Lombok

Adapting traditional dance for healthy community building with local women; but are gender boundaries reinforced or deconstructed?

New Books on SE Asia: Jane Ferguson’s “Repossessing Shanland…”

Literati and politicians have constructed a virtual Shan state that lives on in popular media, rock music, and Buddhist ritual.

Forgotten art history: the art of Chinese-Indonesian women in the 20th century

Uncovering transnational and gendered experiences reveals a far richer and more multifaceted picture of Indonesian art and identity.

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Hydro-power projects and cultural rights for Bunong communities in Cambodia

The LSS2 dam blocked 2 of the Mekong River Basin's largest rivers, with serious social, economic and cultural impacts.

Living Art under attack in Timor-Leste: Arte Moris

The eviction of the young nation's only art school has shown who holds the real power in Timor-Leste.

Reshaping education and development: Learning from the Yru of Laos

The quest for “good citizens, disciplined, healthy, knowledgeable, highly-skilled with professionalism” may accidentally threaten multidimensional health.

Indigenous Papuan women and the struggle for land

Amid the chaotic contestation over natural resources in Papua, it is the indigenous women who are constantly pushed out of the arena.

Other ways of remembering

Do local peoples—hunter-gatherer, farmers, and others who are “missing” from historical records—remember in the same way? In subjecting memories to maps, we alter the knowledge...

Traumatic Pasts in Asia: The editors’ account

These case studies analyse both the psychological and communal effects of violence and natural disasters and how communities attempt to overcome their effects.

History and Art History in Southeast Asia

How to track art history as the history of styles deriving from influences, and the history of modernism and its relationship to modernity? Is there art that links Southeast Asia as a region?

Seminar presentation: “History and Art History in Southeast Asia” Professor Adrian Vickers

New Mandala and the Southeast Asia Institute at The Australian National University are pleased to present this seminar by Professor Adrian Vickers, who is a Visitor in the School of Culture History and Language.

Not the Emperor’s, not the King’s, but the Straits Chinese

Ann Ang discusses the historical context, origins and identity of the Straits Chinese.

A regime change glanced askance

The ‘cari makan’ or a rent-seeking political culture may be the hardest thing to reform in Malaysia, even under a reformist government. And human nature will make this almost impossible to do.