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Bernard Arps

Bernard Arps

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Bernard Arps is a professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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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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Els Bogaerts

Els Bogaerts

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Els Bogaerts is an experienced lecturer and researcher, and coordinator of academic programmes on Indonesian culture. She performs classical Javanese dance, and has given talks on Indonesian performing arts at the main fora in the Netherlands.

2018-2019 Fellow: New Directions in the Study of Javanese Literature

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Herman Tieken

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Herman is a professor in the Kern Institute at Leiden University.