Breaking Taboos in Asia: Indonesia in Focus Part II


Start Date.

24-10-2017

End Date.

24-10-2017

Time.

18:45- 20:00


In part two of the series Breaking Taboos in Asia: Indonesia in Focus, Asia House and the Bagri Foundation are delighted to present an evening with up-and-coming novelist Nuril Basri. Nuril will discuss his newly published novel, Not a Virgin, with reference to gender discrimination in Indonesia through his own experiences.

In this coming-of-age novel, four Indonesian high-school students embark on a journey of discovery  about sexuality. With characters ranging from cross-dressing hairdressers, drag queens, and rent boys to fanatic Muslims and low-life security personnel, the action of this tragicomedy illuminates the mind set and yearning of a new generation of Indonesia.

Basri will be in conversation with Dr Ben Murtagh, Senior Lecturer in Indonesian and Malay at the South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at SOAS.

Asia House’s two part-series Indonesia in Focus, explores what it means to be a literary labourer in contemporary Indonesia; one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and multilingual countries. The series is supported by the Bagri Foundation.


Nuril Basri

Nuril Basril was born in a small village in Tangerang. In 2017, he received a grant from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture to visit London as a writer-in-residence. Nuril experiments with genres and themes such as comedy, drama, horror and coming-of-age stories. Some of his works include My Favorite Goodbye (2016) Halo, Aku Dalam Novel (2009), Dosa (2012), Romantis (2015), Enak (2016) and Sunyi (2017).

 

Dr Ben Murtagh

Dr Ben Murtagh is Senior Lecturer of the Indonesian and Malay at the South East Asia Section, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at SOAS. Recently his research has focused on genders and sexualities in Indonesian cinema and literature, and his book, Genders and Sexualities in Indonesian Cinema: constructing gay, lesbi and waria identities on screen was published by Routledge in 2013.


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