Special Lecture on Ritual with Four Post-Graduate Students

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Candi Jawi, a funerary temple for King Kertanagara that is located on the slopes of Mt. Welirang in East Java. Copyright: Jarrah Sastrawan

Special Lecture on Ritual with Four Post-Graduate Students

As part of our lecture series – Rituals of Southeast Asia – in this third lecture we present a special session of four post graduate students from the University of Sydney.

1. Re-tualising Brother Cane – Performance Art in Singapore – Nienyuan Cheng (Performance Studies, University of Sydney)

This provocative talk reviews reactions to the 1994 Brother Cane performance, the resultant restrictions on public performances, and the complex questions which arise about the role of performance art in Singapore where the state fashions art as much as the performers themselves.

2. Faces in the Jungle – The ecological and social footprint of Southeast Asia’s ritual landscapes – Michael Leadbetter (Archaeology Department, University of Sydney)

The ritual and temple landscapes of Southeast Asia such as Angkor and Borobudur are some of the most recognisable archaeological and architectural sites on the planet, yet little is known about the lives of the people who built and lived in these ritual landscapes. How did they live? What role did the changing ecology play in their lives?

3. On the shipwreck trail – Ritual visits to underwater cultural heritage sites- Natali Pearson (Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Sydney)

The commodification of heritage has seen a boom in cultural tourism in recent decades. Heritage sites are now more visible and visited than ever before, with interventions by heritage authorities at such sites serving to ritualise and sanitise visitor behaviour and experiences. But to what extent can tourists, survivors and descendants, and local communities, engage meaningfully with underwater heritage sites?

4. Ritual in ancient Java – Monumentalising dead Kings as a way of mapping landscape – Jarrah Sastrawan (History Department, University of Sydney)

In the 13th and 14th centuries, much of Java and the Indonesian archipelago was dominated by a royal dynasty called Rajasa who left as an impressive legacy a vast network of funerary temples throughout their realm. This lecture will describe how the dynasty’s leaders were ritually enshrined after their deaths in the form of statues of various deities that were installed in these temples.

How to Book: By email to Jillian Kennedy: bookings@taasa.org.au or phone Jillian on 02 9958 7378. Bookings and payment in advance essential. No refunds.

How to Pay:

1. By direct deposit with ‘your name, Four’ as reference

Account Name: The Asian Arts Society of Australia

BSB: 012 003

Account Number: 2185 28414

2. By credit card/Paypal via this website see booking button top right.



1 May, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm AEST
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