Culture

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.

We need to talk! Art, offence and politics in Documenta 15

Human-rights oriented Indonesian art collectives have been accused of anti-Semitism at one of Europe's largest art exhibitions, Documenta, in Kassel, Germany.

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.

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.

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.

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?

The digital turn in Southeast Asian theatre: new routes through a global pandemic

"We had people who’d never seen theater before experience it for the first time using Zoom.”

Nick Cheesman in conversation with Sumit K. Mandal on “Becoming Arab”

A discussion on the power and limits of colonial racial categories; Hadramis, Sayyids and Sharifas in maritime Southeast Asia; modernity and cultural hybridity; the descendants of Arabs in the Malay world today;

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.

The truth and the fake in the making of Malaysian news

The threat to eliminate all ‘fake news’ isn’t merely an assault on the freedom of speech, it’s also an affront to its beauty, efficacy, recall, and its very existence.

Perspectives on the Past at New Mandala

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