APRU Virtual Course
Indonesia through the Eyes of Its People
(Exploring Indonesia through the livelihoods, cultural practices, social organization,
and political ideologies of its people)
Date: Monday, November 16, 2020
Time: 11am Indonesia Time (UTC+7)
Speaker: Inditian Latifa, S.Hum., M.A.
Medium: Zoom (English)
Indonesia is known for its ecosystem and cultural diversity. This course explores Indonesia
through the livelihoods, cultural practices, social organization, and political ideologies of its
people who are scattered across urban-rural and highland-lowland areas. As the largest
archipelago and maritime country in the world, we will also move along Indonesia’s rivers,
coastlines, and harbors to learn about people who choose nomadic settlements as their
lifeway. We will make friends with the Bajau people, for example, who live off the southern
coast of Sulawesi island and are only one of Indonesia’s lively sea people (orang laut).
Situated in Southeast Asia, this course also introduces how an understanding of Indonesia is
not complete without a discussion of the cross-cultural flows of humans and nonhumans
across Indonesia’s borders which date back to the pre-colonial era of kingdoms and hamlets.
Some notable examples include the cosmopolitan dynamism of border communities in
Borneo island living at the intersection of Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam since
the mid-20th century and the bustling wildlife trade connecting Indonesia and Singapore in
the 19th century which contributed to the making of the imaginary Wallace Line, a faunal
boundary line between Asia and Australia drawn in 1859 by the British naturalist Alfred
Russel Wallace in 1859. While our knowledge of Indonesia will mainly be through academic
literature, we will also draw from Indonesia’s mediascape and vibrant popular culture scene.
The course will be held online and synchronously in the form of interactive lectures and
Registration will be closed on November 15, 2020
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