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SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

09/03/2015

"Hair Apparent: Life Process & the Body Politic in 1965 Indonesia."  Kaja McGowan, Director of the Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) and Associate Professor at the Department of History of Art If one were to write the history of the prison in 1965 Indonesia with all the political investments of the body that inheres in its constricted architecture, one compelling ancestrally charged coordinate would be hair. This paper explores life process and the body politic as a set of material elements and techniques that serve as subtle weaponry, a wished for liberation, communicative channels, and supports for the power and gendered relations that invest human bodies and subjugate them by turning them into objects of knowledge. Hair apparent is at the heart (and head)

The Year of Living Dangerously

09/03/2015

1983 > Australia > Directed by Peter Weir With Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt This story of a journalist in Indonesia just before the 1965 coup is subtly told, strikingly shot and well acted. Cosponsored with the Southeast Asia Program. 1 hr 54 min

SEAP Gatty Lecture Series

09/10/2015

“Arrested Autonomy: Posthuman Futures in Sarawak, Malaysia.”  Juno Salazar Parreñas, Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University. Abstract: The Forestry Corporation, which is the privatized branch of Sarawak’s Forestry Department, has the mandate to protect orangutans, which are Sarawak’s most famous endangered species. The Forestry Corporation cares for displaced orangutans at Sarawak’s two wildlife centers. The goal of these centers is to have displaced orangutans eventually achieve autonomy (kebebasan) within the space of these centers, even as the material constraints of insufficient space and dependency on food support arrests attempts at autonomy. Such indefinitely deferred in

40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy

09/10/2015

2009 > USA > Directed by Robert Lemelson In 1965, over half a million people were killed in Indonesia while the world looked away. Four families break the silence in this arresting documentary examining what life was like during General Suharto's New Order regime, and what that means for life in Indonesia today. Cosponsored with the Southeast Asia Program. Subtitled. More at 40yearsofsilence.com 1 hr 26 min

The Act of Killing

09/17/2015

2013 > Denmark/Norway/UK/Sweden/Finland > Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer In this "dogged, inventive, profoundly upsetting and dismayingly funny documentary about the Indonesian massacres that began in 1965 and claimed, by some estimates, as many as 2.5 million lives over the next year" (NY Times), former death squad leaders reenact their real-life mass-killings in various cinematic genres. In Indonesian and English. Cosponsored with the Southeast Asia Program. Subtitled. More at theactofkilling.com The extended version (30 additional minutes), not previously screened in Ithaca, will be shown. 2 hrs 25 min

The Look of Silence

09/24/2015

2015 > Finland/UK/Norway/Denmark/Indonesia > Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer Adi, an optometrist, investigates the murder of his older brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. After tracking the killers down, he confronts them, all while testing their eyesight, asking for them to take responsibility. Considered a companion to Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, the film has been met with hugely positive reviews. Cosponsored with the Southeast Asia Program. Subtitled. More at thelookofsilence.com 1 hr 43 min

The Look of Silence

09/24/2015

2015 > Finland/UK/Norway/Denmark/Indonesia > Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer Adi, an optometrist, investigates the murder of his older brother in the 1965 Indonesian genocide. After tracking the killers down, he confronts them, all while testing their eyesight, asking for them to take responsibility. Considered a companion to Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing, the film has been met with hugely positive reviews. Cosponsored with the Southeast Asia Program. Subtitled. More at thelookofsilence.com 1 hr 43 min

Book Talk: Shi'ism in South East Asia: 'Alid Piety and Sectarian Constructions

11/04/2015

There has been a rethinking of Islamic ethics and politics, and current problems related to sectarianism and religious diversity in Southeast Asia. To learn more about the complexities of religion in the Muslim world, join us for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Chiara Formichi, assistant professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Cornell. Her new book Shi'ism in South East Asia (C. Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd., Nov. 2015) is the first work available in any language that critically discusses traditions of 'Alid piety and their modern contestations in the region. Using early manuscripts from Muslim vernacular literatures, she reveals how 'Alid piety has been transformed in relation to more strictly sectarian identifications since the Iranian revolution in 1979. With growin

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