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Leiden University Libraries welcomes Antariksa as visiting researcher

Antariksa (Indonesia) is a researcher and co-founding member of KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is the 2017 laureate of Global South(s) du Collège d'études mondiales/Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme fellowship, Paris, and currently Associate Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.

He has conducted research on Indonesian art, culture and history and is the author of Tuan Tanah Kawin Muda: Hubungan Seni Rupa-LEKRA 1950–1965 (The Relation Between Art and the Institute of People’s Culture in Indonesia 1950–1965) (2005). Antariksa’s research interests lie in the complexities of the Indonesian art environment. In particular, art collectivism during Japanese occupation (1942–1945) and its impacts and influences on Indonesian art history. Currently he is working on his new book, Art Collectivism in Japanese-Occupied Indonesia.

While in residence at UBL he will engage with the Indonesian collections and archives in order to re-examine them, focusing on comparisons with other narrations outside the institution, the politics of collecting, and the way the historical context overlaps with present day perspectives. Antariksa will also use his research for an exhibition at Bozar/Paleis voor Schone Kunsten in Brussels, Belgium.

Antariksa’s residence at UBL and the exhibition are part of the Europalia Arts Festival Indonesia which takes place in Belgium from 10 October 2017 until 21 January 2018. UBL participates in Europalia Indonesia as an international hub.  

Leiden University is the place in the Netherlands where unique knowledge on Asia is brought together in teaching and research. On 14 September 2017 the University will open its new Asian Library, internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading centres of expertise on Asia. The new library consolidates all the Asia collections for students, researchers and other interested parties under one roof. The Leiden Asia Year celebrates this achievement. Museums, institutions and other partners in Leiden contribute to the Leiden Asia Year with symposia, lectures, debates, exhibitions and other events focusing on Asia.

Lecture Art Collectivism in Japanese-Occupied Indonesia
Kurt De Belder, University Librarian of Leiden University, has the pleasure to invite you to the lecture Art Collectivism in Japanese-Occupied Indonesia by Antariksa, visiting researcher at Leiden University Libraries (UBL), on Tuesday 23 May at 19.00 pm. The lecture will take place in the Vossius Conference Room in the University Library, Witte Singel 27 in Leiden.

We hope to meet you at the lecture on May 23. Please let us know if you’re joining us by sending us an email: aanmelding@library.leidenuniv.nl (subject: Antariksa) or by phone: 071-527 28 32.

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