Bernard Arps is a professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. His research centres on Indonesia and the Malay world, with a core interest in Java and its diasporas. He teaches about Southeast Asia. He has particular interests in the theory and methods of philology (conceived as the artefact-focused study of worldmaking); the theory and methods of Area Studies; narrativity in culture; Islam; audio media and audioscapes; and the relevance of the past in and for the present.
2018-2019: IIAS Fellow in Research Group New Directions in the Study of Javanese Literature
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