Documentation, Restoration and Repatriation? Reflections on a dance film screening for the ‘Bali 1928’ project

Bali 1928 is an ongoing international and interdisciplinary project established by American ethnomusicologist Edward Herbst in 2002 to “research, find, understand, document, explain, restore, re-release, and repatriate the first published recordings of music in Bali along with rare film footage and photographs of musicians and dance-drama performances from the 1930s”. With support from the Sydney Southeast … Continue reading Documentation, Restoration and Repatriation? Reflections on a dance film screening for the ‘Bali 1928’ project

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The Sufi poet and the peculiar whale (part one)

In this article, the first in a two-part series, PoP's textual historian Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan gives an introduction and translation of a 16th-century Sufi poem by Hamzah, one of the greatest poets in the Malay language. The second article in the series will offer an in-depth commentary on the poem's symbols and references. Sufi Poetry … Continue reading The Sufi poet and the peculiar whale (part one)

PoP x New Mandala

Just over 18 months ago, the Perspectives on the Past blog was born. Its mission is to bring new topics and perspectives on the Southeast Asian past to interested readers. Grounded in research, the blog's articles have covered the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia, from a wide variety of disciplinary standpoints: history, archaeology, museology, … Continue reading PoP x New Mandala