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[Topic 1] The Quiet Revolution in Malaysia: Changing Mindsets as New Radical Politics

Dr. Goh Beng Lan
Associate Professor, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, The National University of Singapore (NUS)

In this talk I explore new spaces and strategies of radical resistance in a bifurcated Malaysian society whereby Islamization has paralyzed resistance. Using evidence of a turn to spiritual/religious and cultural traditions in the quiet spread of alternative Islamic imaginaries not in accord with dominant conceptions, I show the creative ways through which ordinary Malaysians recover human compassion and conviviality in order to reject, minimize, and overcome ethno-religious differences. Such quiet practices show that radical politics can be inspired by local traditions and may have to being with mindful self-transformations.

[Topic 2] Between the Sultan and the Scientist: Disconcerted Knowledge of Mt. Merapi Disaster

Dr. Fadjar I. Thufail
Research Center for Regional Resources, Indonesian Institute of Sciences

Mt. Merapi sits in Central Java and is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. Archaeological data indicates the oldest recorded eruption happened in the 9th century. The last big eruption took place in 2010. 275 people died of the eruption and many more had to evacuate their villages. Debates ensued following the eruption over the role of scientists and traditional leaders as responsible actors in disaster early warning system. The scientists accuse Mbah (elder) Maridjan, a local leader and a “caretaker” of the mountain, to have obstructed early warning procedure to evacuate. Mbah Maridjan was eventually killed by pyroclastic ashes but the debate lingers. This presentation discusses the controversy over early warning system of the 2010 eruption and will argue that claims made by scientists and local villagers mediate different forms of human-non human relations, between human and the mountain. Both scientists and traditional leaders interpret how Mt. Merapi “behaves”, but they read different signs and materials of the behavior. In other words, Mt. Merapi has acted as different agents for the scientists and the local people. In this presentation I follow how Mt. Merapi has acquired its agency in the reproduction of mythical power of the Sultan of Yogyakarta and in recorded eruption data that scientists have collected.

□日時 12月3日(土)18:15会場
□場所 東洋大学白山キャンパス 10号館a301教室


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