Seminar | The invisible and in-between: Islamic montage in KITLV’s ‘Recording the Future’ archive | James Hoesterey
26/07/2018 @ 15:30 - 17:00
There is nothing quite like KITLV’s ‘Recording the Future’ (RtF) documentary archive of contemporary Indonesia. Focusing mostly on 2007 footage from Al-Muttaqien Islamic school in Central Java, Dr. Hoesterey will share preliminary interpretations from his research on Islam, visuality, and subjectivity. In this lecture, Hoesterey will juxtapose visual anthropology debates about montage with scholarly conversations about Muslim subjectivity and possibilities for ethnographic readings of the archive.
Jim Hoesterey is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Emory University (Atlanta, USA). His research focuses broadly on Islam, media, and politics. Hoesterey’s first book, Rebranding Islam: Piety, Prosperity, and a Self-Help Guru, chronicles the rise and fall of popular Indonesian preacher Abdullah Gymnastiar, and was awarded Honorable Mention for the Clifford Geertz Book Prize. His current book project examines how Indonesians constitute and contest notions of “moderate Islam”.