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Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago | Leiden Asia Year

May 13 @ 08:00 - 17:00

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‘Stories and Storytelling in the Indonesian Archipelago’ is a one-day symposium organised by KITLV. Indonesia’s oft-overlooked repertoire of storytelling traditions continues to inspire the nation’s arts, cultures and social practices. Following a successful pilot symposium in 2014, we investigate some of the archipelago’s diverse story-texts and performance practices.

This broad-scope symposium centres on the characteristics of Indonesian stories, their embedding in storytelling traditions, and the (ritual) contexts in which these are performed. Several presentations explore how stories were – and are – composed and disseminated. Other participants bring to the fore Indonesian perspectives on storytelling beyond the boundaries of the written word, including solo- and group-performances accompanied by music, singing and dance.

We hope that this event will contribute to a renewed attention to the storytelling practices of Indonesia, fostering a more nuanced understanding of “text” in all its forms, the relevance of traditional stories in a rapidly changing society, and ongoing developments in Indonesian literature and popular culture.

More information on this event will follow soon.


May 13
08:00 - 17:00
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KITLV, Leiden Asia Year


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