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2019

January

04/01/19
  • Masterclass with Gina Apostol
  • Gina Apostol
  • The two-day workshop will consist of discussions around the place of history and/or its silences in writing post-colonial fiction, followed by workshop critiques of works from the fellows.

09/01/19

February

13/02/19
27/02/19
  • 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

March

06/03/19
14/03/19
  • 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.

16/03/19
16/03/19
  • 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.

16/03/19
  • 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.

16/03/19
17/03/19
  • 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.

17/03/19
  • 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.

17/03/19
  • Wiro Sableng
  • Film screening of Wiro Sableng, directed by Angga Sasongko and produced by Lala Timothy from Lifelike Pictures in 2018.

19/03/19
  • Digital literacy and the democratic process: Indonesia’s hoaks crisis
  • Isabel Dunstan (Chatham House)
  • Isabel Dunstan, Academy Asia Fellow at Chatham House, will discuss Indonesia’s public and private responses to ‘hoaks’, as disinformation is known locally, following fieldwork to understand how various institutions in Indonesia are promoting positive internet use and digital literacy

April

12/04/19
  • Motions of this Kind Colloquium
  • Two-day interdisciplinary colloquium and performance programme taking place alongside an attendant exhibition of the same name, the first institutional exhibition in the UK dedicated to recent contemporary art practices from the Philippines.

12/04/19
25/04/19
  • The Song of Kieu: Vietnam’s National Epic
  • Timothy Allen (translator), Dr Dana Healy (Senior Lecturer in Vietnamese Studies) and Henry Eliot (Creative Editor of Penguin Classics)
  • In this lively new translation, Timothy Allen reworks Nguyen Du’s epic poem for the 21st century English-language reader.

May

21/05/19
  • ASEAN Film Festival
  • A week-long festival showcasing South East Asian contemporary feature films from each of the ten ASEAN-member nations.

21/05/19
  • Ramen Teh (Ramen Shop)
  • Director: Eric Khoo
  • Join us on the opening night of the ASEAN Film Festival with a screening of Ramen Teh (Ramen Shop).

22/05/19
22/05/19
22/05/19
  • Legend of Muay Thai 9 Satra
  • Director: Pongsa Kornsri, Gun Phansuwon and Nat Yoswatananont
  • UK premiere of the 2018 Thai animated fantasy film.

23/05/19
  • Price of Love
  • Director: Matthew Robinson
  • Film screening of award-winning Cambodian family film released in 2016.

23/05/19
  • Keluarga Cemara (Cemara’s Family)
  • Director: Yandy Laurens
  • The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion conducted by the Indonesia Film Society and The Embassy of the Republic of  Indonesia.

24/05/19
24/05/19
24/05/19
25/05/19
  • Mi
  • 2018 film from Myanmar based on the book of the same name.

25/05/19
  • The Tailor
  • Director: Trần Bửu Lộc, Nguyễn Lê Phương Khanh
  • 2017 Vietnamese drama film directed by Trần Bửu Lộc and Nguyễn Lê Phương Khanh.

25/05/19

June

11/06/19
20/06/19
  • 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.

July

05/07/19
  • 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.

August

15/08/19

October

05/10/19
  • 2019 Indonesia Kontemporer
  • The annual Indonesia Kontemporer takes place this year on Saturday 5 October.  Artists and crafts people participating in this event hailed from many parts of the world outside Indonesia.

08/10/19
11/10/19
  • Masterclass with Ambeth Ocampo
  • Ambeth Ocampo
  • The two-hour masterclass will feature a presentation of key themes, resources and methods in researching Jose Rizal in London and Europe by Prof Ocampo.

11/10/19
21/10/19
  • Ethnic Politics in North Sumatra
  • Dr Budi Agustono (University of Sumatera Utara, Medan)
  • This seminar examines the ethnic politics in North Sumatra, one of the 33 provinces in Indonesia.

29/10/19
30/10/19

November

12/11/19
  • Prayut’s Rejection of Parliamentary Sovereignty Undermines Thai System of Checks and Balances
  • Dr Titipol Phakdeewanich (Ubon Ratchathani University)
  • Parliamentary sovereignty, the notion that supreme power is vested in the House of Parliament; which receives consent from the people to represent their interests and to scrutinise the government in order to hold government accountable. Instead, General Prayut has regarded the House as supporting institution for the function of the executive. 

19/11/19
20/11/19
  • New Approaches to the Study of Buddhist and Hindu Metal Images of Indonesia
  • Mathilde Mechling (Leiden University and Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)
  • This presentation will show that a combination of art historical methods with archaeometallurgy, archaeology, and religious studies deepens our understanding of Indonesian metal images, and at the same time, substantiates the growing perception that the Indonesian Archipelago played an active role in various religious developments and trading systems across Asia.

22/11/19
  • Film Screening: Soil Without Land
  • Nontawat Numbenchapol (Director)
  • Film screening followed by a conversation with Rachel Harrison and independent curator Loredana Pazzini-Paracciani. 

26/11/19

December

03/12/19
  • Area Studies and the Urgent Need for Global Intercultural Dialogue
  • Geir Helgesen (SOAS Centre of Korean Studies/Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai), Chunrong Liu (Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai and NIAS, Copenhagen University), Rachel Harrison (SOAS)
  • In this roundtable discussion we propose that, given the precarious and fragile state of the world, it is essential for Area Studies to play a more important role.