Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies

International Summer School in Southeast Asian Studies

  • When Mar 09, 2015 09:00 to Mar 22, 2015 05:00
  • Where Penang, Malaysia
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"The Return of the Past: Memory Making and Heritage in Southeast Asia"


Post-colonial states in the Southeast Asian region have been described as being strongly oriented towards the future, prioritizing modernization and development. In recent years however, the past seems to have taken on a renewed relevance. This intensive two-week course brings experts from Berlin, Penang and Yogyakarta together to discuss memory and its transmission as a social, cultural and political phenomenon. Hegemonic state-centred narratives about the past are compared with bottom-up popular memories in order to understand how multiple identities are formed, contested and modified.

The summer school is jointly organized by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Universitas Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) and Universiti Sains Malaysia. The upcoming 2015 Summer School will be held at USM in Penang, Malaysia. In the first week of the summer school, lecturers of various disciplinary backgrounds (history, political science, anthropology) will introduce students to some of the main theories on memory and heritage and will give them insights into important research that has been done on these issues in Southeast Asia. The second week is dedicated to students' mini-fieldwork projects which are conducted in small groups and require students to visit various pre-colonial, colonial and contemporary memory sites and to speak with people connected to these sites.
There are only a limited number of spots available so if you are interested in applying for the 2015 summer school, please indicate your interest by signing up for the course via AGNES here. In addition, we are now calling for applications for the summer school. All applications must be submitted by the 14th of November, 2014. Click here for further information on the summer school and how to apply.