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Rachmi Diyah Larasati

Rachmi Diyah Larasati PhD

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Barbara Barker Dance Center 205 Barker 500 - 21st Ave So

Narrative

Drawing on historiography using critical ethnography and the theorization of dancing my scholarly work expands prevailing conceptualizations of the moving, dancing body. I seek to elucidate, among other things, the dual-edged allure and potentiality of dance: frequently deployed as a tool of state power to enact the erasure of historical violence, it simultaneously provides access to mobility and a certain space for the negotiation of identity and female citizenship.

My first book, The Dance that Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post Genocide Indonesia (March 1, 2013, Univ of MN Press), juxtaposes analysis of government-enforced cultural policy with memories of my years as an Indonesian state dancer; one who, unbeknownst to the authorities, came from a family of accused communists. In the brief period from late 1965 to early 1966, approximately 1 million Indonesians––including a large percentage of the country’s left-leaning musicians, dancers, and artists––were killed, arrested, or disappeared as then-general Suharto took control of the nation, implanting his “New Order“ regime, which would rule for the next thirty years. Looking back on the New Order from the context of the present, I expose the highly complex relationships between artistic traditions, local dancing bodies, and the Indonesian state since 1965. I interrogate the ways in which female dancers have been dealt with by the state: vilified, punished, and made to disappear, then replaced with new, idealized, state-aligned bodies. In my analysis, dancing bodies seeking to challenge prevailing paradigms of historical memory must constantly navigate the paradox of speaking through the aestheticized, ideological language of the politically and economically dominant in order to mobilize the interests of the local or the suppressed.

In my current scholarship, I expand the scope of my work on the effects of Politics of the "international" and globalization to examine local aesthetic engagement with the contemporary paradigms of international law arising from the specific political and ethical concerns of the Neoliberal. Here, I explore the ways in which questions of aesthetic consumption (the rights and obligations to practice, preserve, and protect arts as “intangible“ aesthetic “property“) negate, reproduce, and potentially reformulate the ideas of diaspora, nationalism, multiculturalism, and cultural translation. In the process I engage the ever-more critical issue of the growing limitations on the rights and “ownership“ claimed by participants and cultural inheritors with regard to local dance forms.

I am currently writing my second book (Dancing in the Forest: Modern Machine and Audio Politics of Land Narrative). My forthcoming writing in 2016 includes: From Che to Guantanamera: Decolonizing the Corporeality of the Displaced (Series: Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Questions); The Rethinking of Remembering, Who Lays Claim to Speech in the Wake of Catastrophe, and Is It Important? in Surviving Genocide: Politics of Representation (Routledge/ Max Planck); The Dancing Goddess: Ecological Memory, Technique and the Inquiry of Value in Globalized Space. (Smithsonian, Washington DC).

Focusing on dancing and the specific site that capture the idea of displacement through dispossession, this research bridges my interest to look at the community of color of the US and former colonized spaces.

Through the medium of dance practice and choreography, I employ the performative context of the stage to further explore and express the political, historical and theoretical issues that I engage with in my writing. In this sense, projects and performances such as Dancing the Violent Body of Sound (Univ of Minnesota, May 2009), Culture of War Borders (UCR, 2011) or Tembok Mari Bicara (Talk to the Wall Yogyakarta 2008, with guest dancer/choreographer Setyastuti) are produced in conversation with my written work. This dialogic relationship between theory and practice has grown out of, and consistently informed, my approach to the fields of dance studies, ethnography and historiography, and critical theory. I work to engage with, and call attention to, the particular problematic of dance as ensnared in local and global political economies of aesthetics, driven by broader networks of alliances, Feminist and Transnationalism, Capitalist mode of production and inquiry of power structures and desire.


Specialties

  • Memory of Violence and Creative Project in Post Conflict/ War Zone (Asia)
  • Performing Arts in Global Politics & Culture
  • Dancing Body, Tourism & Female Citizenship
  • Genocide/ Massacres Cultural Reconstruction
  • Politics of Human Rights and Creative Arts
  • Dancing Body in Islam of Southeas Asia
  • The Aesthetics of Indigenous : Land, Forest and Capitalism

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Dance History & Theory, University California Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2006.
  • M.A.: Dance, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2000.
  • Non-degree Objective: Intercultural Performance and Exchange Program, UCLA/ World Arts & Cultures, Los Angeles, CA, 1998.
  • M.A. summa cum laude: Dance & Performing Arts Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 1997.
  • BA: Dance Studies & Anthropology, Institut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of the Arts), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 1991.

Publications

  • The Dance that Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post-Genocide Indonesia. Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, University of Minnesota Press, Author, March 1 2013. Link Download · Image
  • "The Rethinking of Remembering: Who Lays Claim to Speech in the Wake of Catastrophe?". Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Editor: Fazil Moradi, Ralph Buchenhorst, Maria Six-Hohenbalken, Roudledge, Author, 2017. Link
  • From "Che to Guantanamera: Decolonizing the Corporeality of the Displaced" : Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Rowman & Littlefield International, Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Questions). Link
  • The Dancing Goddess: Ecological Memory, Technique, and the Inquiry of Value in Globalized Space: Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Smithsonian, Performing Indonesia, 2016. Link
  • Theorizing the Archive: Corporealness, Decolonization of Thinking and Tactics, and Playfulness of Memory" in Kerja Arsip & Pengarsipan Seni Budaya di Indonesia : Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Farah Wardan & Yoshi Fajar Kresno Murti , IVAA, 2014.
  • Membaca Tubuh, Gerak, dan Pola Jejak Langkah dalam Bernegara Kita [ [in Reading Body, Movement, Governmentality and its pattern : Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Gus Durian, Gus Durian , Sunday, December 14 , 2014. Link
  • Crossing the Seas of Southeast Asia: Indigenous, Islam, Diasporic and Performances of Women’s Igal: Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Editor: Anthony Shay, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE, 2014. Link
  • "Ranah Tubuh Dalam Pemetaan Gerakan Perempuan": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Etnohistori ISSN 2303-, Etnohistori, Edisi Geneologi Gerakan Dan Studi Perempuan Indonesia , 2013. Link
  • "Desiring the Stage: The Interplay of Mobility and Resistance": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Palgrave, Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations. Ed. Patricia Ybarra & Lara Nielsen, 253-265, 2012. Link Image
  • "Eat, Pray, Love Mimic: Female Citizenship and Otherness": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Gita Rajan and Jigna Desai., London and New York: Routledge, Transnational Feminism and Global Advocacy in South Asia, 97-105, 2012. Link Image
  • "Eat, Pray, Love Mimic: Female Citizenship and Otherness": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, The Journal of South Asian Popular Culture, 8, No. 1 87-93, April 2010. Link Image
  • Indonesian Dancing Bodies: Massacres and Restrategizing the Post Colonial State: Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, UP Dilliman, ASJ (Asian Studies Journal), 45: 1-2 10, 2009. Link
  • The Catalyst: Human, Replica and Aesthetic Remembering: Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Editor: Binyam Sisay Mendisu, Codesria, Critical Global Humanities, 2014 (forthcoming).

Research Activities

  • Performing Phantom, Female Combatant and Shariah Law: Study of Creative Aesthetic in Violence Zone, Fall 2012 - TBA
  • The (In-) Visibility of Female Dancing Body: National Tourism and Global Space.
  • Corporeality and Embodiment of Abandon: Inquiry on Access , 2013 Fall - current

Outreach Activities

  • Critical Global Humanities: Cultural Critique and Historiography, A Madrasah: Workshop and Lecture at LISAFA: Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Sunan Kaliiaga, Yogyakarta, March 22, 2014 - March 23, 2014
  • Public Education (Indonesia): A semester of reading group and lecture: Etnohistori: http://etnohistori.org/kegiatan/membaca-bersama-rachmi-diyah-larasati-etnohistori, 8 February 2014 - 28 June 2014
  • Ethnography School: Method and Theory/ Sajogyo Institute: Workshop on Research Method, July 2014 - September 2014
  • Ethnography: Research Method, Writing and Theory: Indonesian Newspaper [Kompas research Department and Sajogyo Institute, December 17 - February 2015
  • Short Course on Decolonialization on Humanities: Graduate School UIN Yogyakarta & AIFIS, July 25 - July 29

Awards

  • Grant in Aid, July 1, 2015 - January 15, 2017
  • Institute for Advanced Studies: Abundance & Scarcity University Symposium Award, January 2011 - June 2014
  • United States Institute of Peace with Leslie Dwyer (George Mason University), Fall 2012 - 2013
  • U of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid, Spring 2009 - summer 2011
  • University Symposium, IAS University of Minnesota (Collaborative Film Project), Spring 2009 - Spring 2010
  • Travel fund, Office of International Program, March 2008, May 2009
  • Faculty Residential Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, 2008 - 2009
  • University Symposium, Institute for Advanced Studies, Fall 2008
  • University of Minnesota Mcknight Travel Award, March 2008
  • International Fellowship- Ford Foundation, Fall 2001 - Fall 2006
  • American Association of University Women, Home Country Project, Summer 2004
  • Asia Fellows Award, 2002
  • International Fellowship: American Association of University Women, Fall 2001

Courses Taught

  • Theatre 8116 (Graduate Course: History and Theory of Western Theatre)
  • DNCE 5500 - (Graduate Course) Dance and Citizenship, Land Migration and Diaspora
  • Dance 3495, Dance 5495 - Dance & Global Tourism
  • Dance 3402 - Dance History II
  • Dance 3487 - "ETHNIC DANCE" Traditions in American Society
  • Dance 3487 - Dance and Citizenship: Land, Migration and Diaspora
  • Dance 3401 - Dance History I
  • DNCE 1401 - Introduction to Dance
Alternative Output Formats Alternative Output Formats
Boy with Beads. Boy selling beads. Laotian Art.Laotian art. Finding shade in Bhagsu.Finding shade in Bhagsu.