25.04.2018: "The Anthropocene and Indigenous Ontologies in Southeast Asian Performing Arts"

25.04.2018: "The Anthropocene and Indigenous Ontologies in Southeast Asian Performing Arts"

erstellt am 17. April 2018

Guest lecture by Made Mantle Hood (Universiti Putra Malaysia)

 

ABSTRACT: Environmental researchers have proclaimed the current epoch the Anthropocene, an age in which human activity is a significant factor with direct impact upon the earth’s evolution. Anthropology, Asian Studies and more recently ethnomusicology disciplines have begun to assess the Anthropocene’s influence on cultural, social and political attitudes towards human being’s relationship with the natural world. In Southeast Asia, studies have focused on a reassessment of indigenous Southeast Asian ontological systems that emphasize an animate ecology where humans, animals, plants, mountains, and even bodies of water possess agency. However, this agency is waning in many countries of Southeast Asia that are experiencing rapid and unequal economic development and mass migration of rural residents to urban centers. In this seminar, I examine changing beliefs and attitudes among performing artists who are increasingly aware of environmental issues on an island straining under the weight of modernity. Mythical creatures and local legends in Balinese performing arts are viewed from the perspective of music ecology. As with sustainability models surrounding research in ecological systems, belief systems are not so much preserved, unchanging habitats but rather dynamic systems that contend with changing environmental conditions. Palpable factors in Bali's case include its rapid embrace of commercialization, consumerism, media privatization that tend to distance performing artists from sensing their own local 'terroir'. 

  

Here is the link to our facebook event: Anthropocene and Indigenous Ontologies

 

 

 



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