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Centre of South East Asian Studies

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


  • 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.

  • The Warrior & Fantasy Films from Indonesia
  • Pete Tombs
  • 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.

  • Garuda Power: The Spirit Within and Gundala trailer
  • Bastian Meiresonne
  • 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.




  • 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.