Panel 3B – Identity, Culture & Heritage–Commonality & Alterity within Cosmopolitan & Historical Territories
This panel aims to present several cases of collective struggle for the preservation of cultural know-how and values. The social groups described have to manage brutal economic and political transformations, following the global trends that see 1. the integration of nation-states into the global economy, which intersects in a triangular relationship with 2. the reinforcement of states as social regulators and with 3. the resulting tension amid territorial, communitarian, or religious identities (Jean-François Bayart 2017).
- Conservative identity-centered movements, based on religious, nationalist, or ethnicist repertoires, are often promoted and sponsored by the States, or exploited by the regional-scale governments. How can the social groups contribute to affirming their heritage and culture without falling into the trap of reification and the political uses of formalized identity?
- How can individuals emancipate themselves from (both alter-political and identity-based) normative frames and reciprocally, how can collective action and organization defend their values in front of liberal anti-social political tendencies and individualistic development models? How can vulnerable populations, such as minority political groups, autochthonous people, and migrant populations, be taken into consideration in relation to the territorial and memorial issues they face?
Host institution: UNS (Backup: URDC)
Chairperson: Jamie Davidson (National University of Singapore)
Eduardo Erlangga Drestanta (Paris-Sorbonne, France) – Customary Village (Desa Adat) and Inter-Ethnic conflict in Ceram Island, Moluccas
Abstract: This presentation introduces the socio-spatial issues of inter-ethnic relations in Ceram Island, Moluccas, regarding the implementation of the law of customary village (Desa adat) No. 6 of 2014, which is at the core of the current regional autonomy policies in Indonesia. This work highlights the implication of Desa Adat recognized as ‘Negeri Adat’ in Moluccas that opened up the chance of minority groups normally termed “primitive”/“backward” to suddenly emerge as political actors. Yet, this ‘revival of Adat’ also generated into ‘rivalry of Adat’ that created other confusion and identity claims, encouraging the increase of the demand for village fragmentation (Pemekaran Desa). However, this discourse of Adat still remains unclear and fluid to be discussed. Through ethnographic methods and participatory mapping, this work examines how the Masihulan as a minority group in Ceram Nord, distinct and defining itself as the ‘Alifuru’, has the opportunity to split into a new village from their previous principal village Sawai. Nevertheless, on the other side, this situation exacerbates local tensions that may create disintegration.
Keywords: regional autonomy, pemekaran desa, law of desa adat, inter-ethnic relation, Ceram Island, Moluccas.
Bio & Contact: Eduardo Erlangga Drestanta is currently a doctoral candidate in Geography at Paris Sorbonne University, under the guidance of Prof. Olivier Sevin. He is interested in ethno-geography and anthropology, with his dissertation’s topic focusing upon socio-spatial issues of inter-community relations derived from autonomy regional politics in Ceram Island, Moluccas, eastern Indonesia
Eka Ningtyas (INALCO-Paris, France) – The first Indonesian Kebatinan Congress of 1955
Abstract: Kebatinan is a religious community that was first established in 1955 with the Semarang theosophical group’s support. This article concentrates on the formation of religiosity discourse in the Indonesian kebatinan congress of 1955 as a response to the relationship between state and society within the framework of the political religion of the 1950s Indonesia. The main problems discussed in this article are concerning the idea of kebatinan formation and the debates that arise in it, and how was the position of kebatinan and religion in religious discourse in the Indonesian 1950s. It argues that in the 1950s, Indonesia’s religious discourse and expression were still fluid and began to take shape. It can be proven by the formation of an umbrella organization for kebatinan by their adherents who consider themselves different from religion. The article bases its analysis on the first Indonesian kebatinan congress’s discourse, derived from the official congress report. In this congress record, we can find issues related to the conceptualization of kebatinan, education, the relation between kebatinan and religion, and concerns related to women’s position in society. As a historical study, this article uses an intellectual historical approach based on using the official report of the kebatinan Congress and the news about the event in contemporary newspapers and magazines as its primary sources.
Keywords: kebatinan, Indonesian kebatinan congress, religious, discourse, religion.
Bio & Contact: Eka Ningtyas is a lecturer at the Program of study in History at Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate from the Department of History, Society and Civilization, Institut National des Langues et Civilisation Orientales (INALCO) Paris, under the supervision of Prof. Etienne Naveau from CERLOM-INALCO and Dr. Remy Madinier from Institut d’Asie Orientale, ENS-Lyon. Her doctoral research focuses on Javanism in the political, religious, and literary discourse in modern Indonesia.