Dissertation defense and Workshop: Problematizing ‘post-‘

On Friday 30 November, CA-OS Leiden, AMT Leiden and KITLV organise the workshop: Problematizing ‘post-‘: times, spaces and subjectivities in contemporary Indonesia. This workshop is organised in connection with the dissertation defense of PhD student Annemarie Samuels.  

Dissertation defense Annemarie Samuels

The workshop is organised in connection with the public defense of the PhD dissertation of Annemarie Samuels. Her dissertation called ‘After the tsunami: the remaking of everyday life in Banda Aceh, Indonesia’, will be defended on Thursday November 29, 2012, at 13.45 PM in the Groot Auditorium of the Academy Building in Leiden.

Workshop Problematizing ‘post-‘: times, spaces and subjectivities in contemporary Indonesia

In this workshop we critically inquire into the meanings of the prefix ‘post’ in studies of contemporary Indonesia to explore what it teaches us about living in Indonesia in a time in which what happened in the past seems to have such a strong influence on what is or ought to be in the present.

Does using the prefix ‘post-’, as Nils Bubandt has recently suggested for ‘post-Suharto’, presume a certain political stability in the time that comes after the event (or authoritarian rule)? Or may it, on the contrary, emphasize upheaval and change at the expense of continuity? Does the ‘post-’ ever end and if so, when? How does the event or epoch that the ‘post-’ refers to resonate in its aftermath? How does ‘after’ relate to ‘before’? And what does it mean to live in a ‘post-something’ time? In addressing these questions, we invite the workshop participants to explicitly focus on ordinary Indonesians, asking how they creatively navigate through the different historical events that shape everyday spaces and living conditions. In this way, we mean to focus on what is at stake in the everyday lives of people in Indonesia as they are influenced by different histories that continue to reverberate in the present.


10:00 Arrival and coffee

10:25 Welcome

First session (10.30 – 13.00) – Chair: Prof. Dr. Patricia Spyer

10:30 – 11:15
Prof. Dr. Byron Good

11:15 – 12:00

Prof. Dr. Mary-Jo Good

12:00 – 12:30

12:30 – 13:00
Dr. Bart Barendregt
Musical modernities: princess Siti and the particularities of post Islamist pop

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

Second session (14:00 – 16:15) – Chair: Prof. Dr. Henk Schulte Nordholt

14.00 – 16.15
Dr. Catherine Smith
What makes doctors arrogant? Medicine, violence and modernity in post-conflict Aceh.

Annemarie Samuels MA
Child trafficking rumors in post-tsunami Aceh

Dr. Sylvia Tidey
Problematizing ‘post’/reflecting on ‘neo’: how the young and ambitious move up in present-day Eastern Indonesian bureaucracy

David Kloos MA
Religious experience and the event of the Aceh tsunami: a critical conversation with Samuels 2012

Discussants: Dr. Ratna Saptari and Dr. Freek Colombijn

16.15 – 16.30 Tea break

Third Session (16.30 – 17.30) General discussion – Chair: Ratna Saptari

Discussants: Prof. Dr. Mary-Jo Good, Prof. Dr. Byron Good and Prof. Dr. Henk Schulte Nordholt

Time and Place

Friday30 November

Location: KITLV, room 138

Organizers: Patricia Spyer and Annemarie Samuels


Please reigster by sending an email to Annemarie Samuels a.samuels@uva.nl


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