This webinar is the very first occasion for Freek Colombijn to present a slowly emerging research project, which is an offshoot of his research on environmental issues in Surabaya. Every Sunday morning one of the main thoroughfares of the city is closed in a state-sponsored pedagogic effort to remind the citizens of the possibility to go without cars. The closed-off street cant hen be used for physical exercise. However, the event has developed in much more than an open-air physical exercise. For many people it is an outing, where loose patterns of behaviour are demonstrated that would be frowned upon in other contexts. How to interpret these three hours of carefree play?
Freek Colombijn is associate professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He has published about solid waste management, urban development, environmental history, violence, and football in Indonesia.
Live stream on Facebook
The webinar will be streamed publically on the KITLV Facebook page. It is also possible to watch the webinar afterwards.
Car-free-day in Surabaya – @Freek Colombijn.