Public Lecture: From Majapahit to Bali: Genealogies of Indonesian Culture
7pm, Monday, 23 June 2014
ACM museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium, 1 Empress place
Hosted by the Asian Civilisations Museum
About the talk
From Majapahit to Bali: Genealogies of Indonesian Culture
This talk examines the nature and legacy of Majapahit, one of Southeast Asia’s greatest kingdoms, existing between 1293-1527. Beginning with some of the latest developments in the archaeology of Majapahit, Professor Vickers will then look at the different ways that Majapahit has remained important to Southeast Asian culture, particularly through the spread of the Panji stories (known as Inao in Thailand). He will also discuss the legacy of Majapahit in Bali, and the ways that Balinese culture in turn helps us to understand Majapahit.
About the Speaker
Adrian Vickers is Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Sydney, where he earned his PhD in Indonesian and Malayan Studies. He is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He has held a series of Australian Research Council grants and as part of a linkage grant on the history of Balinese painting, he is preparing a virtual museum. His books include Bali: A paradise Created (new edition 2012). Prof Vickers is frequently asked to comment on Indonesia and Australian-Indonesian relations for national and international media.