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Feelings at the Margins. Emotion and Marginality in Indonesia

This workshop is considered as a pioneering interdisciplinary and cross-cultural project, integrating the emotions into the manifold marginality genres and combining various disciplines of the humanities and sciences.


Ogoh-ogoh effigy, Balinese New Year Celebration, Denpasar 2010

Ogoh-ogoh effigy, Balinese New Year Celebration, Denpasar 2010
Bildquelle: Martin Rössler

Organization: Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Thomas Stodulka, Ferdiansyah Thajib

July 28-30, 2010

An abundant variety of academic research has focused on enriching the academic discourse on marginality and social exclusion in the last decades. However, the crucial role of the emotions has so far been neglected within these profound research agendas. Consequently, this workshop is considered as a pioneering interdisciplinary and intercultural project, integrating the emotions into the manifold marginality genres and combining various disciplines of the social sciences.

The workshop narrows its geographical focus to emotion and marginality in Indonesia for various reasons. Most prominently, it is the vast diversity of the country in terms of geography, demography, culture, ethnicity, and religion, which carries with it innumerous social inequalities.

Ethnic or religious minorities and socio-economically deprived social groups seem to have no place in the imagined (ideal) Indonesian society, and are thus marginalized by socio-political elites (sometimes) to the very margins of subsistence.

Given the fact, that the research agendas in the social sciences, interdisciplinary emotion research, the anthropology of emotion and cross-cultural psychology are almost exclusively dominated by Western scholars, this workshop aims at initiating a dialogue with our Indonesian colleagues. It is expected that this collaboration will enrich the knowledge on emotions and marginality and open up new ways in interdisciplinary and intercultural research.


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Wednesday July 28, 2010

Panel 1: Coping with exclusion and center-periphery transitions

  • What makes a good life? Emic concepts of wellbeing and illbeing among the Dayak Benuaq in East Kalimantan - Michaela Haug, Universität zu Köln
    (comment: Karin Klenke, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)

  • Grievance, memory and forgetting: Modes of exclusion in Nias and Java - Andrew Beatty, Brunel University London
    (comment: Martin Rössler, Universität zu Köln)

Panel 2: Perspectives of perpetrators and victims in post-conflict societies

  • Social psychological responses to intergroup transgressions: Perpetrator and victim perspectives - Rupert Brown, University of Sussex
    (comment: Christian von Scheve, Freie Universität Berlin)

  • Incentive talk: The emotional process of remembering and forgetting in post-conflict East Timor - Victoria Kumala Sakti, Freie Universität Berlin

  • When trauma came to Halmahera: Technologies of subjectivity and the reinvention of spirits in post-conflict Maluku - Nils Bubandt, Aarhus University
    (comment: Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Freie Universität Berlin)

  • Incentive talk: Voices from the margins: Women’s stories in coping with traumatic experiences of the violent conflict in Poso - Yustinus Trisubagya, Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta

  • Film screening and discussion: Shadows and illuminations
    (Robert Lemelson; 2009)

Thursday July 29, 2010

Panel 3: Emotional movements: In defiance of socio-economic marginalities

  • Street wisdom: Empathy and emotional economies on the streets of Java - Thomas Stodulka, Freie Universität Berlin(comment: Martin Ramstedt, Max-Planck-Institut Halle/Saale)

  • Incentive talk: Cross-cultural friendship and social space in Yogyakarta - Eric A. Heuser, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

  • Feeling marginalized in Indonesia: A case study on former political prisoners in Yogyakarta - Baskara T. Wardaya, Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta
    (comment: Lioba Lenhart, Gulu University)

  • Incentive talk: Remembering the dark: The historical marginalization of Japanese occupation’s war victims in Indonesia - Boryano Rickum, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

Panel 4: Gender, sexualities, and the creation of emotional identities

  • The role of emotion in coping with marginality: Javanese women’s experiences - Christina Siwi Handayani, Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta(comment: Judith Schlehe, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)

  • Incentive talk: Analyzing Indonesian lesbi’ans’ offline and online experiences through marginality - Mechthild von Vacano, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt

  • The feeling of belonging - Tom Boellstorff, University of California Irvine(comment: Susanne Schröter, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)

  • Incentive talk: Being Indonesian gay muslim from the perspective of emotion work - Ferdiansyah Thajib, KUNCI (Cultural Studies Center Yogyakarta)

Friday July 30, 2010

Working groups

  • Film and discussion: B.A.T.A.M. (Dalzell, Eriksson, Lindquist; 2005)
  • Working groups: Coping with marginality and stigma; Coping with collective violence and trauma