Jennifer Goodlander, Associate Professor of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance and Director IU's Southeast Asian and ASEAN Studies Program, will discuss her most recently published book during a lecture that will examines puppets as objects and in performance that make culture come alive.
Puppetry in Southeast Asia is one of the oldest and most dynamic genres of performance. In Puppets and Cities: Articulating Identities in Southeast Asia Goodlander notes puppets in Southeast Asia, perform in many surprising ways--a revolution staged in a museum, Star Wars characters preserving tradition on Facebook, or giant animals parading down the street-
And while Bangkok, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, and other cities are expanding and rapidly changing, governments and citizens strive to balance progress with the need to articulate identities that resonate with the pre-colonial past and look towards the future. Performance brings people together, offers opportunities for economic growth, and bridges public and private spheres.
The lecture will be free and open to the public.