My Upcoming Lecture

From Taboos to Traditional Tolerance


The literary works of women-writers during the Reformasi were breaking many taboos in Indonesia. They spoke about sexuality, politics, and religion in open ways as never happened before. However, the promise of freedom of expression is not fulfilled as Indonesia now faces increasing radicalism. How do traditional and modern taboos develop and interact? Why does Indonesia, famous for its cultural heritage of spiritual diversity, seem to become more intolerant precisely within democracy? 
Ayu Utami is an award-winning Indonesian author. Her first novel, Saman, has been translated into ten languages. She was a journalist and a press freedom activist during the military regime.

Time: March 20 2018, 7:00 pm
Place: Auditorium Erasmus Huis, Jln. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. S-3, Kuningan Jakarta Selatan
Entrance: Rp 50.000 (Rp 30.000 for students)

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