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Perspectives on the Past

Java’s Muslim Warrior Queen

This article explores the life and career of one of Java's great premodern leaders: the 16th-century queen of Jepara.

The padewakang: Puzzling together the past

A team of expert Makassan boat-builders constructs a padewakang

Salt

Indonesian contemporary dance meets politics, sustainability and gender

‘Ghosts and Spectres – Shadows of History’ at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art: A Review/Memory

A personal account of the author's visit to this exhibition, foregrounding both her construction of state narratives and the curatorial staging of narratives in the gallery.

Phaptawan Suwannakudt’s ‘Retold-Untold Stories’

On gender, art and Southeast Asia

[email protected], here we come!

PoP goes to EuroSEAS to present on ritual in Southeast Asia

The ending of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye… and what it says about history-telling

An embodied response to Sonny Liew's graphic novel and what it reveals about history-telling.

The power of cloth: Melinda Piesse’s Batavia Tapestry

An artist revisits the Batavia tragedy

Setting the Record Crooked

Conspiracy theories about the past reveal important obstacles and opportunities for history education in Indonesia.

An American in Singapore: Devin Smith on the story of Lim Bo Seng

A personal account of an American musician and videographer grappling with the historical biography of Singapore's Lim Bo Seng.

Heritage, Memories & Kinship: Reflections On Qing Ming Festival

Graves told stories of geographical, familial ties, folklore and culture, and spanned the realms of the sacred and profane.

Through the Looking-Glass: Indonesian Reflections on Australian History

"An encounter between Australian Indonesianists and Indonesian Australianists offers fruitful avenues for both countries

Museums, masterpieces and morals

Are museums friends or foes when it comes to protecting antiquities?

Ghost ships: why are World War II naval wrecks vanishing in Indonesia?

Allied warships being stolen from Southeast Asian waters

The Sensual Art of Nyonya Cuisine

Food as heritage: The origins of peranakan cuisine

Pramoedya’s Message to the Youth of Indonesia

Indonesia's most important writer tells the youth to take control of the nation's future.

Treasure Island meets Lord of the Flies: rediscovering the Batavia shipwreck

Visiting the site of Australia's most famous shipwreck

The Art of Dating in Javanese History

How the Javanese turn chronology into a beautiful artform.

Endangered Cuisines: Yogyakarta’s Gudeg

Food & travel writer Sheridan Rogers joins PoP this week to explore Yogyakarta's traditional food, gudeg .

Farewell to a King

Michael Leadbetter reports on the funeral for the King of Cambodia & the passing of the King of Thailand & Lee Kuan Yew.

Noel’s Story, Whose history?

Elisabeth Kramer's search for the grave of an Australian killed by the Dutch during Indonesia's war of independence