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Lunch Lecture - Agus Suwignyo: The Javanese in Southeast Sulawesi, c. 1930 – 2014

Wann 07.05.2015
von 14:15 bis 15:00
Wo Universität Freiburg, KG I, Hörsaal 1015
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Never seen as part of the Javanese global diaspora, the twentieth-century mobility of the people from Java to other islands in the Indonesian archipelago has received a wide range of scholarly attention in the frame of the trans-migration resettlement programs of the governments, either colonial or post-colonial. In the present work, we discuss the social mobility and shared sense of belonging of the Javanese community in Southeast Sulawesi. We particularly sought to understand why both social mobility and shared sense of belonging played crucial role in the making of the “emergent identity” (Elhmirst 2000: 488) of the Javanese migrants in the new home. We traced relevant official and unofficial archives, visited transmigration localities in Southeast Sulawesi, and conducted interviews with some of the Javanese there. We argue that the way the Javanese in Southeast Sulawesi developed their horizon, shared sense of belonging and cultural attachment depended as much on the economic resources they had enjoyed as on the social network that they had successfully built in the new place. Unlike common assumptions, in the case of Southeast Sulawesi the making of a diasporic subject and a new middle class society among the Javanese migrants did take place in non-agricultural and non-rural settings in which formal education played a considerable role.

Agus Suwignyo[1] and Widaratih Kamiso[2]

[1] Post-doc Junior Fellow, FRIAS University of Freiburg and Assistant Professor at the History Department, Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Indonesia

[2] History Department, Gadjah Mada University


Programm FRIAS Lunch Lectures, Sommersemester 2015