- Code ASIA3035
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Ross Tapsell
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020.
This course deals with central issues in contemporary Indonesia, from the malls of Jakarta to the rice fields of Bali, from the mosques of Aceh to the mountainous villages of Papua. This course emphasises the dynamics of social relations in specific cultural and historical contexts of the Indonesian and Malay archipelago, and current issues in the light of recent technological and societal change. The unifying focus of the course is on 'everyday life' of Indonesians, with specific references to culture, media, anthropology, and environment. This allows students to study not only about the facts and figures of Indonesia today, also 'how' modern Indonesia is being debated and constructed, and how it has changed over time. This course will look at the dynamic changes, such as urbanisation, digitalisation, climate change, decentralisation, cosmopolitanism and much more. This course is central to any student's understanding of the contemporary social and cultural analyses of life in Indonesia, with particular attention paid to its role in the Malay world.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. identify issues of interest in the field under consideration;
2. discuss these issues coherently and persuasively;
3. assess arguments made in the field;
4. explain the complex attitudes people have to these issues;
5. analyse and compare relevant data;
6. collaborate with other students and staff to select and combine materials for a case study;
7. research, present and justify the results of their collaboration with other students and staff with respect to the case studies;
8. reflect on and articulate how their own views on the field have developed over the course of the semester
Indicative Assessment* Weekly class participation (ongoing) 10% (Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8)
* In-class assessments (35%) (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,7).
* In-class presentation (20%) (LOs 1,2,3,4,7,8)
* Research essay 2,500 words (35%) (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,8)
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WorkloadThe course requires three contact hours each week. The total workload for the course is 130 hours including independent study.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsReadings will be provided on the Wattle page.
INDONESIA’S HISTORICAL LEGACIES
Cribb, Robert (1999) “Nation: Making Indonesia”, in D. Emmerson (ed.), Indonesia Beyond Suharto, Armonk, NY: Asia Society, pp. 3-38.
SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF REALITY
Burr, Vivien (1995) “Introduction; What Is Social Constructionism?”, in An Introduction to Social Constructionism, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 1-16.
Fechter, Anne-Meike (2005) “The Other stares back: Experiencing Whiteness in Jakarta”, Ethnography 6 (1): 87-103.
NATIONAL CULTURE: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Noszlopy, Laura (ed.) (2006) “The Schapelle Corby Show: Drugs, Media and Society”, The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 17 (1): 70-85.
Zurbuchen, Mary S. (1990) “Images of Culture and National Development in Indonesia: The Cockroach Opera”, Asian Theatre Journal, 7 (2): 127-49.
Coutas, Penelope (2008) “Fame, Fortune, Fantasi”, in A. Heryanto (ed.), Popular Culture in Indonesia: Fluid Identities in Post-Authoritarian Politics, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 111-29.
Wallach, Jeremy (2003) “Goodbye My Blind Majesty” in H.M. Berger and M.T. Carroll (eds), Global Pop, Local Language, Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, pp. 53-86.
ETHNICITY: CELEBRATION, COMMERCIALISATION & ERASURE
Yamashita, Shinji (1994) “Manipulating Ethnic Tradition: the Funeral Ceremony, Tourism, and Television among the Toraja of Sulawesi”, Indonesia, 58: 69-82.
Sen (2006) “‘Chinese’ Indonesians in national cinema”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 7 (1): 171-84.
RELIGIOUS PIETY, CONSUMER LIFESTYLE, MORAL PANIC
Smith-Hefner, Nancy J. (2007) “Javanese Women and the Veil in Post-Soeharto Indonesia “, The Journal of Asian Studies, 66 (2/May): 389–420.
Allen, Pam (2007) “Challenging Diversity?: Indonesia’s Anti-Pornography Bill”, Asian Studies Review, 31 (June): 101-15.
INDONESIAN LANGUAGES: HISTORY AND POLITICS
Anderson, Benedict (1990) “Languages of Indonesian Politics”, in Language and Power; Exploring Political Cultures in Indonesia, Jakarta: Equinox, pp. 123-51.
Smith-Hefner, Nancy J. (2007) “Youth Language, Gaul Sociability, and the New Indonesian Middle Class”, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 17 (2): 184–203.
GENDERS IN POST-AUTHORITARIAN MOMENTS
Hatley, Barbara (2008) “Hearing Women’s Voices, Contesting Women’s Bodies in Post New Order Indonesia”, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 16 (March).
Nilan, Pam (2009) “Contemporary Masculinities and Young Men in Indonesia”, Indonesia and the Malay World, 37 (109): 327-44.
Wright, Erik O (2009) “Understanding Class”, New Left Review, 60 (Nov-Dec): 101-116.
Rinaldo, Rachel (2008) “Muslim women, middle class habitus, and modernity in Indonesia”, Contemporary Islam, 2 (1): 23-39.
IDEOLOGY: OFFICIAL AND EVERYDAY FORMS
Foulcher, Keith (1990) “The Construction of an Indonesian National Culture: Patterns of Hegemony and Resistance”, in A. Budiman (ed.), State and Civil Society in Indonesia, Clayton: Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, pp. 301-20.
Bourchier, David (1998) “Indonesianising Indonesia: Conservative Indigenism in an Age of Globalisation”, Social Semiotics, 8 (2/3): 203-14.
NEW MEDIA AS RESISTANCE?
Sen, Krishna (2003) “Radio days: Media-Politics in Indonesia”, The Pacific Review, 16 (4): 573-89.
Steele, Janet (2003) “Representations of ‘The Nation’ in Tempo Magazine”, Indonesia, 76 (October): 127-45.
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