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Laurie J Sears
HSTAS 534
Seattle Campus

Indonesian Histories, Oral Traditions, and Archives

Explores the inscription of Indonesian histories and stories. Focuses on oral traditions, oral testimonies, and archives. Investigates how oral and written testimonies enter historical archives. Explores theoretical work on literary and performance traditions as they relate to nationalism and Islam in Indonesia. Offered: jointly with JSIS A 534.

Class description

Jean Gelman Taylor, THE SOCIAL WORLD OF BATAVIA Pramoedya Ananta Toer, HOUSE OF GLASS James Rush, OPIUM TO JAVA Ann Stoler, ALONG THE ARCHIVAL GRAIN (PRINCETON 2010) Dipesh Chakrabarty, PROVINCIALIZING EUROPE (2nd Ed. Princeton 2009) Mary Margaret Steedly, Rifle Reports Rudolph Mrazek, A CERTAIN AGE Laurie Sears, SHADOWS OF EMPIRE

Student learning goals

Become familiar with important secondary sources on Indonesian history.

Learn about traditional and non-traditional archives.

Learn to think critically about Indonesian sources.

Learn about different methodologies for oral and written sources.

Learn the differences among oral, written, and performance traditions in Indonesian history.

General method of instruction

Class will be based on student discussion of readings.

Recommended preparation

No preparation is necessary. Familiarity with Indonesia is helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Three short papers, 2-3 pages, and one longer one, 20 pages, that can be an expansion of one of the short papers.

Grades are assigned by evidence of critical reading of assigned books and essays. Grades are based on both written work and class participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Laurie J Sears
Date: 10/25/2013