Ni Luh Gede Sri Pratiwi
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States
Session Abstract: This panel brings together four case studies to explore the politics of knowledge production in and of Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia, Philippines and the Southeast Asian diaspora in Hong Kong. While the transnational turn in Southeast Asian studies has highlighted the role of supranational forces in the formation of dominant regional narratives, we offer research that emphasizes the role of the local and personal. Looking at the Dutch colonial categorization of religiosity in Bali, the Japanese occupation of Java in the mid-20th century, and contemporary portrayals of state power and social hegemony in the Philippines and Hong Kong, we seek to explore how recurrent forms of knowledge, historiography, and representations elide the lived realities of these communities across time and space. By returning to archival texts, undertaking long-term ethnography, and analyzing contemporary discourse in media and academic spaces, we examine how the process of knowledge production reflects an ongoing negotiation of historical erasure and silencing that upholds particular representations of state power, imperial rule, and social hegemony as static and taken-for-granted within historical narratives. In these respective case studies, we query contestations of power, representations thereof and the social, political, and historical consequentialities of such representations.
Paper Presenter: John Bassett – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paper Presenter: Chris Hulshof – University of Wisconsin-Madison
Paper Presenter: Ni Luh Gede Sri Pratiwi – University of Wisconsin-Madison