Centre of South East Asian Studies Events
The events draw a varied audience with an interest in the region.
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- Malay Literature and the Qur'an
Prof Peter G. Riddell (Melbourne School of Theology)
A survey of the Qur’an’s role in the development of the Malay literary tradition
- The Play of Language, Art and Ritual: Interpretation of Iconography at Banteay Srei Temple, Angkor
Siyonn Sophearith (Royal University of Fine Arts, Cambodia/UC California, Berkeley)
- Democracy in Indonesia: Cultural Perspectives
Prominent Indonesian writers Djenar Maesa Ayu, Leila S. Chudori and Norman Erikson Pasaribu talk about their perspective on the Indonesian cultural scene in this key election year.
- Indonesian Genre and Cult Comics, 1939-2019, A Mini Comics Exhibition
An exhibition showcasing Indonesian popular genre comics from fantasy strips in the colonial days to independent comics today.
- The Warrior & Fantasy Films from Indonesia
This film screening session presents the Mondo Macabro version of Jaka Sembung (The Warrior), a classic exploitation Indonesian film directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra in 1981.
- Cult Texts: From Cult Comics to Cult Movies
Hikmat Darmawan, Ekky Imanjaya
This event will discuss the significance of the films and the comics and the adaptation process, as well as fan culture and the cult status of the media.
- Seven Men-Tigers & Blood, Guts, and Bad Acting
This film screening highlights the attempt of restoration of a cult film adapted from a cult book with a comic aesthetic sensibility.
- Garuda Power: The Spirit Within and Gundala trailer
This documentary underlines the history of Indonesian action films, starting from as early as Chinese-influenced martial arts movies (1930s), including the trend of super hero comic book adaptations of the 1970s.
- Documenting Fantasy in Indonesia
Pete Tombs, Bastian Meiresonne, Iain Robert Smith
A talk with the film practitioners on their works related to Indonesian cult movies adapted from comics and other books.
- Wiro Sableng
Film screening of Wiro Sableng, directed by Angga Sasongko and produced by Lala Timothy from Lifelike Pictures in 2018.
- Motions Of This Kind: Propositions & Problems of Belatedness
First institutional exhibition in the UK dedicated to recent contemporary art practices from the Philippines.
- The Belt & Road Initiative: International Responses
This conference is designed to examine how this flagship foreign policy initiative of President Xi Jinping is affecting the key regions in the world along both the Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road, and how countries thus affected are responding.
- Mindanao: Cartographies of History, Identity and Representation
The Annual Philippine Studies Conference SOAS focuses its 2019 edition on Mindanao. It seeks to gather academics, policymakers, cultural workers and artists to map the contours of Mindanao’s porous and overlapping ethnolinguistic homelands and its conceptual and physical sites of representation, identity formation, and conflict.