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The University of Melbourne’s Indonesia Forum in collaboration with the Herb Feith Foundation presents

Sea of Memories: in conversation with Leila S. Chudori

Thursday, 9 November 2017

5.30 - 7.30 PM

Arts West Research Lounge

Join Indonesian writer and academic Intan Paramaditha as she engages in a dialogue with Leila S. Chudori, one of Indonesia’s most senior journalists and respected writers. Together they will discuss Chudori’s first novel, the multiple award-winning Pulang (Home) on Indonesian exiles, and the recent publication of Laut Bercerita (The Sea Speaks His Name), on the loss felt by families and friends of disappeared activists. Chudori will reflect on the literary representation of the legacy of historical violence. In addition, their conversation will also touch upon broader themes including the position of women in Indonesian literature, especially in a context of rising conservatism and the persecution of minorities.

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Leila S. Chudori is one of Indonesia’s most prominent and outspoken female authors. She is a senior editor at Tempo magazine, where she is responsible for the column on language and film reviews. Her first novel Pulang (Home) won the Khatulistiwa Literary Award of Indonesia. It has been translated into English, French, Dutch, German and Italian.

Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian author and a lecturer in media and film studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research and fiction explore the relationship between gender and sexuality, culture, and politics. Her new novel is Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu (The Wandering: Choose Your Own Red-Shoes Adventures). Her translated short story collection will be published by Brow Books in early 2018.

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