‘Framing Asia’ is a monthly film screening and discussion on Asia during the Leiden Asia Year.

“Framing Asia” – The next monthly film screening and discussion during the Leiden Asia Year – KITLV

‘Framing Asia’ is a monthly film screening and discussion on Asia during the Leiden Asia Year. We are very pleased to invite you to the fifth edition of  ‘Framing Asia’. You are welcome to join us on Wednesday 7 June at 19.30 h at Lipsius 028. This edition will screen three films centered around the theme ‘Decolonization and Revolution: Veterans and Re-enactments’.

Libera Me (30 min)

Martin van den Oever & Jos Janssen

Libera Me is a transnational approach to the colonial war between Indonesia and the Netherlands. With personal reflections of some veterans of war from both sides a concentrated circular and shared history of 30 minutes is constructed, merging and reconciling both perspectives. We meander between past and present and between two nations that came to be further apart then they already were.

Looking Back Now (18 min)

Marjolein van Pagee

A sequence of videos made between 2013-2015 that show the people that Van Pagee interviewed, all related to memories of the Indonesian independence war in East-Java and Madura. In this 18 minute video-compilation we will see the people behind the portraits of photo-project ‘Kembang Kuning – Yellow Flower’. Stories about war and destruction are usually sad, yet, the compilation ends with a video that will make you laugh for sure.

The Feel of History (29 min)

Lise Zurne

Each year, a historical society called the Komunitas Djokjakarta 1945 reenacts one of the last battles with the Dutch colonizers of 1949 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Following their preparations, this film seeks to portray this community and its main members. By focusing on the material culture of re-enactment, one learns how these re-enactors create a spectacular and romanticized re-presentation of the past that allows them to temporarily be the war heroes that they worship so much.

All filmmakers will be present to enter a discussion with Bart Luttikhuis. Bart Luttikhuis is a researcher at KITLV in late colonial history and the history of decolonization, with a particular empirical focus on early to mid-twentieth century Indonesia.

Date: Wednesday 7 June 2017

Time: 19.30 h

Location: Leiden University, Lipsius Building, room 028

More information: www.kitlv.nl/framing-asia

Adat law 100 years on: towards a new interpretation?

‘Adat law 100 years on: Towards a new interpretation?’ – KITLV

REMINDER: The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI), in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), organize an international conference on the continued importance of adat law in present day Indonesia on 22 May 2017.

International Conference: ‘Adat law 100 years on: Towards a new interpretation?’

Leiden Asia Year

Leiden Asia Year

22 May 2017

National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden

This international conference focuses on adat law in Indonesia a century after the Adat Law Foundation (adatrechtstichting) was set up in Leiden in 1917 by Cornelius van Vollenhoven and Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje. In present-day Indonesia adat law continues to be of great importance.

The international conference aims to provide an update and to look at the current legal, social and political meaning of adat law, the way it is being invoked and how it is deployed for a variety of purposes. The key question is what the relevance of adat law is in present-day Indonesia.

Read more about the progam

Date: 22 May 2017

Time: 13.30 – 18.00

Venue: National Museum of Ethnology, Steenstraat 1, Leiden

Registration required: adat.law.conference2017@gmail.com

Founded by KITLV/Adatrechtfonds, Leiden University (AMT, VVI) & LUF.

For more information visit http://www.kitlv.nl/conference-adat-law-100-year/

Traveling Images: Photographs from colonial Indonesia and the Meaning of Colonial Space around 1900

Traveling Images: Photographs from colonial Indonesia and the Meaning of Colonial Space around 1900 – Leiden Southeast Asia Seminar

Traveling Images: Photographs from colonial Indonesia and the Meaning of Colonial Space around 1900  By Sophie Junge

Leiden Asia Year

Leiden Asia Year

Images from the Dutch East Indies have been legitimizing Dutch colonial activity since the 17th century. Especially 19th century-photography was used to repress indigenous populations and to demonstrate Dutch authority on the archipelago. Nevertheless, it was not photography but the reproduction of photographic images that made the colony a place to be seen. Throughout the 19th century only few local studios took pictures of the Dutch East Indies and even fewer photo albums traveled back to the Netherlands in the luggage of retired colonial staff to stay in the private space of the family. It was not until the introduction of mass-reproduced images around 1900 that the visibility of the colony drastically increased.

The seminar examines the medial and trans-colonial circulation of printed photographic images on picture postcards, in illustrated magazines and travel guidebooks that reached broad audiences within the colony and beyond its borders. These images, often produced by a transnational network of photo studios, printers and publishers, give insight in the meaning of colonial space and the meaning of the photographic image around 1900. In extending postcolonial research on representations of indigenous “Others”, the paper argues that photographs of colonial space could only be understood in specific visual or textual framings, which combined existing photographic imagery with European postcard designs, Art Nouveau decorations and/or textual information. The paper analyses representations of colonial space to find out more about the creation of a specific canon of images, the reception of colonialism in the beginning of the 20th century and its meaning in terms of Dutch national identity.

Dr. Sophie Junge works at the Centre for Studies in the Theory and History of Photography at the Institute of Art History of the University of Zürich. Currently, she is also affiliated at Leiden University as a research fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation to prepare a Postdoc project on photographic images from the Dutch East Indies after 1900. Her book Art Against AIDS. Nan Goldin’s Exhibition Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing has been published in 2016.

Date: Thursday 11 May 2017

Time: 15.30 h – 17.00 h

Venue: KITLV, room 138, Reuvensplaats 2, Leiden

Please register if you wish to attend: kitlv@kitlv.nl

Source: Traveling Images: Photographs from colonial Indonesia and the Meaning of Colonial Space around 1900

´En uw man was nog wel officier!´

Java Post

Het verhaal van Kenpeitai-spionne nr. 30: Wilhelmina van Kooten

Wilhelmina van Kooten

Op 28 november 1946 meldde HetDagblad in Batavia dat een beruchte Kenpeitai-informante was gearresteerd. Het betrof Wilhelmina van Kooten, ook wel bekend als “spionne nummer 30”. Zij werd beschuldigd van het feit dat door haar activiteiten tenminste 15 personen zouden zijn overleden, “onder wie de heer Gerritsen, de oude heer Van Polanen Petel, de jonge Hoetjer en kapitein De Lange”, terwijl honderden loyale Bandoengers door haar toedoen in de handen waren gevallen van de Kenpeitai of P.I.D. en op onmenselijke wijze waren mishandeld. De reikwijdte van haar activiteiten was nog niet geheel bekend, reden waarom het blad enkele dagen later een beroep deed op het publiek: “Degenen, die nadere bijzonderheden weten over de verrichtingen van deze dame, wordt verzocht zich in verbinding te willen stellen met het parket van den auditeur-militair, Molenvliet West 15 alhier.” Het nader…

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De teloorgang van een ambacht

Java Post

Een bamboe monument ter ere van koningin Wilhelmina

Dit keer een monument uit de categorie curiosa, alhoewel het onderscheid tussen meer en minder belangrijke monumenten natuurlijk niet altijd even duidelijk is. Vaak verandert de culturele of maatschappelijke waarde van een monument al kort na de bouw.

Van de Eiffeltoren weten we dat deze een tijdelijk karakter was toegemeten. Na de Wereldtentoonstelling, in 1889, zou het bouwwerk weer worden afgebroken. Het succes bleek echter zó groot dat de sloop werd uitgesteld. Inmiddels is de toren uitgegroeid tot het belangrijkste monument van Frankrijk.

De voet van de bamboe Eiffeltoren in Tasikmalaja, 1898

Bijna tien jaar na de bouw van de Eiffeltoren werden in heel Nederlands-Indië de kroningsfeesten van Wilhelmina voorbereid, zo ook in Tasikmalaja. Alle ideeën waren welkom. In Soerabaja zou een soort replica van de Eiffeltoren worden gebouwd als blikvanger van de feestelijkheden. Een jaar eerder had deze gemeente al een…

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Maharaja Gurnur Jenral Benggala

British ‘Islamic’ style seals from the Malay world – Asian and African studies blog – The British Library

The presence of an inscription in Arabic script is such a defining characteristic of seals used by Muslims that it tends to mask the fact that similar ‘Islamic’-style seals were also used by myriad other groups, including Christians in Ethiopia and Syria, Samaritans in Palestine, Hindu subjects of the Mughal emperor, European scholars of Arabic and Persian, and British officials of the East India Company. Examples from the British Library were featured in a recent blog post on Some British ‘Islamic’ style seals in Persian manuscripts from India by Ursula Sims-Williams, and in an earlier post on Performing Authority: the ‘Islamic’ seals of British colonial officers in the Persian Gulf by Daniel Lowe. In this post I have gathered together a small number of British ‘Islamic’-style seals from Southeast Asia, with inscriptions in Malay in Jawi (Arabic) script. (Read more..)

Annabel Teh Gallop, Lead Curator, Southeast Asia http://blogs.bl.uk/asian-and-african/2017/03/british-islamic-style-seals-from-the-malay-world.html

Record of the sale of a female Batak slave

Record of the sale of a female Batak slave named Dima by Nakhoda Licu of Pane to Mr. Peter Clark for $53, witnessed by Syaikh Muhammad and Mualim Kandu and written by Hakim Abdul Taif, 1 Jumadilakhir 1220 (27 August 1805), and signed and sealed the next day by the [acting] Governor W.E. Phillips, with the same seal as used in 1791. British Library, IOR: R/9/22/37, f. 175 http://blogs.bl.uk/asian-and-african/2017/03/british-islamic-style-seals-from-the-malay-world.html

Source: British ‘Islamic’ style seals from the Malay world – Asian and African studies blog

7. Manchester by the Sea

Melangit Merah

Hasil gambar untuk manchester by the sea posterKenneth Lonergan

Drama

“If you could take one guy on an island with you and you knew you’d be safe because he was the best man, that he was going to keep you happy, if it was between me and your father who would you take?”­ – Lee

Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), seorang tukang reparasi segala rupa harus memakan kembali kata-kata di atas yang ia ucapkan dalam nuansa bersenda-senda pada keponakan kecilnya saat tengah asyik memancing bersama. Sepuluh tahun kemudian, kakak Lee meninggal dunia, dan ia dipasrahi tanggung jawab menjadi wali dari keponakannya yang kemudian sudah menginjak usia remaja tersebut. Salah satu konsekuensinya, Lee mesti pindah ke kota bernama Manchester By The Sea. Masalah terbesarnya adalah Lee punya kenangan nahas di sana. Ia menyebabkan kebakaran rumahnya sendiri hingga tiga anaknya meninggal dunia. Istrinya pun akhirnya meminta cerai. Keluarganya hancur lebur di kota itu. Kepribadian Lee pun berubah drastis setelahnya, muram…

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