The ongoing decline in Javanese literary studies during the past decades has prompted quite a few efforts among students of Javanese to stop the tide, both in and outside Indonesia. The principle underlying such efforts is that Javanese literature is worth to be known and studied. In December 2019 an international symposium on Javanese literary history will be organized for Willem van der Molen on the occasion of his retirement as a researcher at KITLV, Leiden. The purpose of the symposium is to encourage reflecting on the best form of a modern history of Javanese literature. The papers of the symposium should be made available in an edited volume.