Main Program | Beyond Bahasa: Regional Languages in Indonesian Literature

19 Oct 2023 15:15 - 16:15
/ 4-Day or 1-Day Main Program Pass
Valley Stage @Taman Baca. Jl Raya Sanggingan Ubud (Google Maps)

How does the emergence of new writing in regional languages impact the definition of Indonesia’s national culture? Can literary works in Javanese, Balinese, Sundanese, and other regional tongues be integrated into Indonesia’s ‘national’ literature, historically confined to Bahasa Indonesia? Guests including George Quinn, an Australian expert on Javanese literature and culture, and I Wayan Dibia, a Balinese writer from the Rancage Cultural Foundation, delve into these intriguing questions, providing insightful answers and shedding light on the potential transformation of Indonesia’s cultural landscape.

Bagaimanakah kemunculan tulisan-tulisan baru dalam bahasa daerah berdampak terhadap budaya nasional Indonesia? Dapatkah karya-karya sastra dalam bahasa Jawa, Bali, Sunda dan berbagai bahasa daerah lainnya disatukan ke dalam sastra ‘nasional’ Indonesia, yang sepanjang sejarah cenderung terkungkung di dalam bahasa Indonesia? Yang akan muncul di panel ini adalah George Quinn, seorang pakar Indonesia terkait sastra dan budaya Jawa, dan I Wayan Dibia, seorang penulis Bali dari Rancage Cultural Foundation, untuk menyelami pertanyaan-pertanyaan menarik ini, memberikan jawaban yang mencerahkan sekaligus berwawasan perihal potensi transformasi bentang kebudayaan Indonesia.


Safrina Soemadipradja Noorman

Safrina Soemadipradja Noorman is the Secretary of the Indonesian non-profit Kebudayaan Rancagé. A lecturer at the English Study Program of Indonesia University of Education (UPI) in Bandung, she was reintroduced …

I Wayan Dibia

I Wayan Dibia is an Indonesian artist and one of the pioneers of Balinese dance. His notable works include Tari Manuk Rawa, co-created with I Wayan Beratha in 1981, as …

George Quinn

George Quinn, born in New Zealand, is an expert in Javanese literature and religion. He is the retired Head of the Southeast Asia Centre at the Australian National University. He …

Julia Winterflood

Julia Winterflood is a journalist, editor and translator who has called Indonesia home since 2014. After three years with the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival team, she turned to freelancing …

Saut Poltak Tambunan

Saut Poltak Tambunan is a celebrated Indonesian writer known for his poetry, short stories, novels, screenplays, and literary essays. Several of his novels have been adapted to the screen in …