An online course by EFEO and the National Cheng Kung University on the archaeology and art history of Indonesia. Limited numbers, and deadline for registration is October 10.
Reconstructing the ancient history of Indonesia, the world’s fourth most population nation, is a complicated and fascinating task. The archipelago, located half way between China and India, Asia and Australia, has been a crossroads of people and cultures since the dawn of time. Indonesia counts thousands of islands, each with its culture and history. This course will focus on western Indonesia – mostly Java and Sumatra – from the Paleolithic period to the 10th c. and will present the archaeology of the Hindu-Buddhist period, from the first traces of pan-Asian interactions until the rise of the Mataram kingdom. While studying world-famous monuments as well as little-known sites, students will be introduced to the various disciplines pertaining to prehistoric and historical archaeology – history, epigraphy, architecture, cultural studies, art history – as well as to current debates.
The program given below may be adapted according to the interests and previous knowledge of the students. Homework will be limited to a few readings – a large part of the literature being either in Dutch or in Indonesian.