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REGISTRATION CLOSED! CHANGE OF TIME & LOCATION | Book launch / Symposium | The Politics of Heritage in Indonesia: A Cultural History | Marieke Bloembergen & Martijn Eickhoff

03/03/2020 @ 16:00 - 17:30

We cordially invite you to the Book Launch of, and Symposium on, The Politics of Heritage in Indonesia: A Cultural History (Cambridge, CUP, 2020) written by Marieke Bloembergen and Martijn Eickhoff.

Please note, change of location and time! Due to an unforeseen amount of registered attendees we have decided to move to a bigger venue, the Grote Zaal/ Big Hall in the Museum of Volkenkunde (main entrance). This has the implication that we will start one hour later, at 16.00 h, with a slightly abbreviated program ending at 17.30 h. 

Date & venue:
Tuesday 3 March 2020, 16.00 h-17.30 h

Museum Volkenkunde, Grote Zaal, Leiden, Steenstraat 1 (main entrance).

About the book
The monograph The Politics of Heritage in Indonesia. A Cultural History offers a new approach to the history of sites, archaeology, and heritage formation in Asia, at both the local and the trans-regional levels. Starting at Hindu-Buddhist, Chinese, Islamic, colonial, and prehistoric heritage sites in Indonesia, the focus is on people’s encounters and the knowledge exchange taking place across colonial and post-colonial regimes. Objects are followed as they move from their site of origin to other locations. The ways in which the meaning of these objects transformed as they moved away to other sites reveal their role in parallel processes of heritage formation outside Indonesia. Calling attention to the power of the material remains of the past, Marieke Bloembergen and Martijn Eickhoff explore questions of knowledge production, the relationship between heritage and violence, and the role of sites and objects in the creation of national and transnational histories.

At the symposium organized for this book launch, three speakers, experts in related fields, will, in reaction to the book, explore the relationships between (post-)colonial heritage politics and, respectively, violence, religion, and the current debate on restitution of colonial objects.

16.00: David Kloos (KITLV), chair and moderator: Welcome

16.05: Marieke Bloembergen (KITLV / Leiden University)  and Martijn Eickhoff (NIOD / University of Groningen): An introduction in encounters

16.15: Grace Leksana (KITLV): Heritage formation and violence

16.25: Irene Stengs (Meertens Instituut / Free University): Heritage formation and religion

16.35: Pieter ter Keurs (Leiden University): Heritage formation and restitution

16.45: Discussion

17.30: Refreshments at café Van der Werff

More information
The monographis is one of the results of the project ‘Sites, Bodies and Stories: The Dynamics of Heritage Formation in Colonial and Postcolonial Indonesia and the Netherlands‘, funded by NWO. For more information about the monograph, see the Cambridge University Press website.

Registration for the book launch/symposium has been closed because we have reached the maximum number of registrations for the event.



16:00 - 17:30
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