Glimpses of BIARI
Over the past 3 years, the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), a collaboration between Brown University and Santander Universities overseen by Brown's Office of International Affairs, have hosted participants and visiting speakers from over seventy countries. In 2011, the presenters included Professors Chinua Achebe and Glenn Loury, both faculty members from Brown University, and Professor Diyah Larasati of the University of Minnesota. These three short video pieces, shot and edited by Lindsay Richardson, offer glimpses of their BIARI presentations.
Diyah Larasati: Gandrung, Memory and the female form of east Java.
Professor Diyah Larasati is Assistant Professor of Theatre, Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota, and continues to engage in debates over politics, memory and narratives of violence both within her native Indonesia, and also in the larger circuits of international engagement and globalized culture. Professor Larasati attended BIARI in 2010 as a participant in the Institute on Critical Global Humanities, and returned to the Institute in 2011 as a presenter. In her 2011 presentation, she explored ways of re-thinking the concepts of marginality, cosmopolitanism and mobility, both as social phenomena and as terms of political discourse, through the context of the experience of Indonesian women and traditional practices. In the spirit of the Institute, which explored new forms of humanistic expression and argument, she also performed a dance that she has choreographed, inspired by questions of body, archive, transmission and regulation. The dance, shown here, is conceived in the spirit of the Indonesian dance form of Gandrung, and addresses questions of narrative and memory and the female form of east Java. Its short title is “walking in transient.”