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Book launch | Modern times in Southeast Asia, 1920s-1970s | Susie Protschky & Tom van den Berge

13/12/2018 @ 15:30 - 17:00

Modern times in Southeast Asia, 1920s-1970s, editors:  Susie Protschky & Tom van den Berge.

Chair: Henk Schulte Nordholt.

About the book
This book reveals how everyday experiences of being ‘modern’ (c. 1920s-70s) indexed continuity and change in the transition from colonialism to independence and after in Southeast Asia. In the Philippines, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, the contributors to this interdisciplinary volume recover modern times at the intersection of public and private domains, encompassing sex, religion, art, film, literature and urban space. The authors examine the conditions and representations of modernity, as shaped by elites and the governed, by actors, artists, novelists and non-fiction writers. Plural encounters in cities, through spiritual communities, art, high and popular culture saw Southeast Asians fashioning modern times in dialogue with global capitalism, consumer culture and second-wave feminism.

About the editors
Susie Protschky is a senior lecturer in Modern History at Monash University. She researches on colonialism and visual culture, and her current project is on disaster, human suffering and photography in colonial Indonesia. She holds the Tholenaar van Raalte Fellowship in Photography at the Research Centre for Material Culture and will shortly commence a Brill Fellowship at Leiden University Library.

Tom van den Berge is a researcher at KITLV, working on a biography of I.S. Kijne, 1899-1970, a Dutch missionary in New Guinea, and working on the ‘Dutch Military Operations in Indonesia, 1945-1950’ project.

With drinks afterwards!

More information about the book.

Please register if you wish to attend: [email protected]With drinks afterwards!



15:30 - 17:00
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KITLV, Room 138
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