|15 October 2013|
|11:30 AM - 2:30 PM|
|Jalan Andong, Banjar Nagi, Ubud - Bali|
|AU $88 / Rp. 750,000|
Join our esteemed guests for a glorious Indonesian feast of food & mind, celebrating the most important ingredient in Indonesian cooking – rice. Anthropologist J. Stephen Lansing will discuss his lifelong passion for Bali’s majestic paddy fields & his part in creating the UNESCO world-heritage site of Jati Luwih. Ian Burnet will spice it up with swashbuckling stories of the ancient spice trade of the East Indies, while Ketut Yuliarsa will wax lyrical about his home. Janet DeNeefe will share tales from Fragrant Rice & celebrity chef Farah Quinn will add glamour with anecdotes about her favourite rice-based dishes. William Wongso – acclaimed authority on Indonesian food – will prepare traditional culinary dishes from Sumatra to Bali in a taste sensation you’ll never forget.
J. Stephen Lansing is a professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, with a joint appointment in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is also an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, birthplace of complexity theory, and a senior research fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, the Institute of Advanced Study at Durham University, and the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta.
As a Wesleyan undergraduate, Lansing spent six months on the Indonesian island of Bali, and promptly changed his major from physics to anthropology. In the 1980s, Lansing and ecologist James Kremer showed that Balinese water temple networks can self-organise. Later research showed that over the centuries, water temple networks expanded to manage the ecology of rice terraces at the scale of whole watersheds. In 2012, Bali’s water temple networks were recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
As the pieces of the water temple story were falling into place, Lansing became interested in self-organising processes elsewhere in the archipelago. In 2000 he began to work with Indonesian geneticists, linguists and public health officials to study the co-evolution of social structure, language change and disease resistance on 14 Indonesian islands. In 2013, he will be a visiting professor at Singapore’s new institute for complexity research, and an adviser on the governance system for Bali’s World Heritage.Find out more about J. Stephen Lansing