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University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute-Malaysia Webinar

8th April 2021
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Space, Symbol and Identity: Children in the Post New Order Indonesian Cinema

This presentation argues that although post-New Order Indonesian cinema, produced during Indonesia’s reform era (2000-2015), has favoured diversity in its representation of children to challenge the New Order’s mono-cultural ideological legacy and its homogenous version of national identity, child characters have continued to be placed within the main narrative in order to be used as symbols to project Indonesian national ideals. In the films of this period, the concept of space and symbols are used to deliver the narrative of identity. The children are depicted within diverse identities of culture, race, and ethnicity and through various social and political themes but their depiction continues to overlap with traditional discursive habits in regards to the family, the school and the nation. Therefore, while engaging with contemporary themes of Indonesian society, post-New Order Indonesian children’s films continue reflecting older ideological practices and ways of thinking, which have been historically associated with New Order nationalism.

Date: 8 April 2021, Thursday
Time: 19:00 to 21:00
Location: Online via Microsoft Teams (click here to join the webinar) 

About the speaker: 
IGAK Satrya Wibawa recently received his PhD in 2019 at School of Media, Creative Art and Social Inquiry Curtin University, Perth in Western Australia. His dissertation title is Constructing the Nation: Children and Representation in Indonesian Cinema. In this research, he explores the diverse forms through which Indonesian cinema has portrayed child characters. He is also a lecturer at the Communication Department in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, Indonesia. His publications include a journal article "Children’s Heroism in Indonesian Cinema: The Representation of Child Heroes in Djenderal Kantjil (1958) and Jenderal Kancil (2012)" in the IM E-Journal of the National Academy of Screen and Sound, Australia, A monograph in Indonesian, titled “Anak-anak dalam Layar Garin Nugroho: Dari Eksperimentasi Visual hingga Kritik terhadap Orde Baru” (Children in Garin Nugroho’s Films: A Visual Experiment and Critiques against Indonesia’s New Order Regime), was published by the East Java Art Council in 2016. He has published a number of other articles in Indonesian-language journals. His research interest now focuses on the intersection between trauma-memory studies, digital media, cinema, and the creative-industry. 

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