Colonial Experiences and 
Their Legacies in Southeast Asia
An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 10 - July 5, 2019 ~ Honolulu, Hawai‘i ~ Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program

Colonialism Experiences and
Their Legacies in Southeast Asia
                                                                                     An NEH Summer Institute ~ June 10 to July 5, 2019 ~ Honolulu, Hawaii ~ Hosted by Asian Studies Development Program

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Week Two: Experiencing Colonialism: Literature, Religion, Women and the Arts

This week examines colonialism through the experience of the colonized, making use of religion writing and rituals, literature and the arts. In addition to the direct contestations of colonial power discussed in Week One, elements of dissent were woven into the daily lives of Southeast Asians through religious rituals and writing, through story-telling and through visual culture.


Anne Hansen (University of Wisconsin, Madison) will focus Monday morning’s session on how religious communities made use of the values and practices global modernity to reflect on and rest colonialism in Cambodia. The following morning, Pattaratorn Chirapravati (California State University, Sacramento) will address how colonization affected art practices in both island and mainland Southeast Asia. In morning sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, Hendrik Maier (U.C. Riverside) will focus on the perceptions of colonials themselves, juxtaposing their stories with an in-depth discussion of the Indonesian novel, This Earth of Mankind. On Wednesday afternoon, Chiara Formichi (Cornell) explores how Islamic art and religious ritual evolved in the colonial environment of Indonesia under the Dutch. A Friday morning group discussion will close out the week.

van Antoinette Westerman met haar baboe

(Antoinette Westerman with her Indonesian 

babu (nurse)); Wikimedia Commons & 

Tropenmuseum, part of the National

Museum of World Cultures