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Arts, Violence, and the State

Symposium on Southeast Asia and beyond

Saturday, February 24, 2007
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
314 Royce Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This symposium gathers scholars who address the relationship of the performing arts, the state, and violence. It aims to examine the possible violent meaning and consequences of arts practice when they become productions of national identity and state ideology. It will also interrogate issues of policy, classification, and copyright. Invited scholars will engage with these topics in the context of Southeast Asia, but also discuss possible parallels and linkages with other sites.


11:00 a.m. Registration  & Refreshments
11:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

11.30 a.m.  Panel 1:
Dr. Maria Josephine Barrios,  "Death as Muse: State Terrorism in the Philippines and a Theatre of Vigil and Vigilance"
Dr. Pornrat Damrhung, "Questioning Political Theatre in Contemporary Thailand"
Dr. Zulkifli Binhaji Mohamad, "Becoming a Malay Muslim Artist in Malaysia"

1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. Panel 2:
I Gusti Agung Ayu, "Conversing through the Arts: Women's Stories of Liberation and Repression"
Dr. R. Diyah Larasati, "Female Dancing Bodies and State Terror"
Dr. Ananya Chatterjea, "In the Name of God: Violence in Contemporary Performance in South and Southeast Asia"

3:15 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m. Discussant Panel
Dr. Marta Savigliano (Visiting Professor, UC Riverside)
Dr. Geoffrey Robinson (History, UCLA)
Dr. Lucy M. Burns (Asian American Studies and World Arts & Cultures, UCLA)

4.30 p.m. Open Discussion

Hosted by UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies with a generous gift from Robert Lemelson.
Conference Organizer: Dr. R. Diyah Larasati (UCLA CSEAS Visiting Scholar) in collaboration with Prof. Lucy M. Burns  (WAC and AAS, UCLA)

Parking at UCLA costs $8.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies

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