[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Antonius Herujiyanto

Department of English [LS] english.soh at ateneo.edu
Fri Apr 21 11:52:51 +08 2017

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary,
and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila
University will host a lecture by Antonius Herujiyanto titled “*Indonesian
Modern Wayang Theater: Re-appropriating National Development
Discourse*.” The lecture is
on April 22, 2017, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m., at CTC 404, Ateneo de Manila
University. The lecture is open to the public.

Herujiyanto’s abstract reads: “In Indonesian *wayang* (the shadow play)*,*
the characters are not all of one piece: there is no such a thing as the
good/all-good, or the bad/all-bad. The *dhalang *(the puppeteer, the
animator of the lifeless puppets in performances of puppet theatre
traditions) is considered as, or often compared to, God. Today, the ‘real
sense of Indonesian *wayang* theatre’ provides a socio-political commentary
and critique and it re-appropriates the national development discourse
performed by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo as the *dhalang*. This is
precisely what the lecture is about: how the Indonesian socio-political
situation during the past year (from Mar. 2016 to Mar. 2017) under the
country’s real life *dhalang.* The lecture’s context is focused on the
country’s political Islam especially dealing with the 2017 Jakarta
gubernatorial election (which has also been considered as the smaller
version of the 2019 presidential election). It is grounded on *wayang *strategy
and the indigenous wisdom *grojogan* of *Katresnanism *theory, encouraging
and producing a better understanding on one of those Indonesian indigenous
common senses. The talk suggests that the *dhalang* has implemented the
so-called epic theatre and *wayang *strategy. Instead of sharing an
experience the spectator must come to grips with things, tickling his or
her reason.”

*About the lecturer*

Antonius Herujiyanto has been teaching at Sanata Dharma University
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, since 1987 where he is a faculty member of the
Department of Language and Arts Education. He earned his master’s degree in
Literature (English) from Ateneo de Manila University in 1998. In 2000 he
finished his PhD in Literature from De La Salle University. His works focus
on Action Research, English Language Teaching, Criticism of Indonesian
literary works, Journalism and research on Javanese culture. His recent
book is entitled *Understanding Indonesian Plays: Wayang and Brechtian
Strategy* (2016). He has also been a correspondent for the BBC-M,
Caversham, UK, since 2001.

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