Jan van der Putten is Professor Austronesistik in the Department of Southeast Asia (Asien-Afrika-Institut) at the University of Hamburg where he teaches on Southeast Asian literatures and cultures. Traditional Malay writing is one of his main research areas but he also ventures in other types and periods of Malay traditions. In his research he explores the meaning of traditional and popular Malay texts and how these texts are disseminated among peoples and exchanged between cultures.
Recent publications include ‘Bangsawan. The coming of a popular Malay theatrical form, Indonesia and Malay World (2014), ,’‘Dirty Dancing’ and Malay anxieties: the changing context of Malay Ronggeng in the first half of the twentieth century’, in Sonic Modernities in the Malay World (2014), and Translation in Asia. Theories, Practices, Histories (co-edited with Ronit Ricci, 2011).
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