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Transition to Crisis in the Indonesian Countryside

Transition to Crisis in the Indonesian Countryside

Professor Anna Tsing, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Thursday, January 22, 2004
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Representations of Indonesia in the United States portray an abrupt change between the peace, order, and prosperity of the late twentieth century and the violence, illegality, and economic disruption of the last few years. Yet chaos in the Indonesian countryside in the early twenty-first century draws directly from the resource extraction policies of the New Order regime of President Suharto (1996-1998). In this talk, Professor Tsing will describe the transition between New Order disruption of local resource access conventions and post-New Order chaos. She will also show how sense disorientation is a key aspect of the making of natural resource frontiers and will open questions about the study of crisis.

Anna Tsing teaches anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her new book, Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection, situates Indonesian environmental crises and mobilizations within an analysis of global relations. She is the author of In the Realm of the Diamond Queen: Marginality in an Out-of-the-Way Place and co-editor of Nature in the Global South (with Paul Greenough) and Uncertain Terms: Negotiating Gender in American Culture (with Faye Ginsburg).

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies