6 February │Gravensteen Lecture │John Sidel (LSE)

Professor John Sidel (LSE) will deliver the lecture, 'From Bohemia to Balintawak, Baku to Bandung, Guangzhou and Dahomey to Dien Bien Phu: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia'. Gravensteen, Rm. 11, 3-5pm. All are welcome.

Date & Time   
6 February 2015 

Gravensteen, Room 11 
Pieterskerkhof 6 
2311 SR Leiden 

Reception to follow at the Faculty Club Brasserie

From Bohemia to Balintawak, Baku to Bandung, Guangzhou and Dahomey to Dien Bien Phu: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia

Official, popular, and scholarly understandings of Southeast Asian history have produced narratives of ‘nationalist revolution’ in the region, in particular in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Benedict Anderson’s classic Imagined Communities, moreover, has provided a template for understanding these revolutions as the culminations of colonial state-led processes leading to the rise of nationalist consciousness, organizing, and mobilization. This lecture, by contrast, presents a complementary and partially contrary picture of these revolutions as produced in considerable measure by developments and trends lying beyond the rise of nationalist imaginings and activism. Drawing on diverse strands of scholarship, the lecture suggests that these revolutions were enabled by forms of cosmopolitan consciousness and connectedness, transnational mobilizing structures and modes of revolutionary brotherhood, and international conflicts and conjunctures. This ‘de-nationalized’, ‘transnationalized’, and ‘internationalized’ account suggests the basis for an alternative understanding of the three great revolutions of modern Southeast Asian history.

Chair: Dr. Adriaan Bedner (Van Vollen Institute, Law)
Disscussant: Prof. dr. Henk Schulte Nordholt (KITLV)

Speaker Bio

John T. Sidel is the Sir Patrick Gillam Professor of International and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is the author of Capital, Coercion, and Crime: Bossism in the Philippines (Stanford University Press, 1999); (with Eva-Lotta Hedman) Philippine Politics and Society in the Twentieth Century: Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Trajectories (Routledge, 2000); Riots, Pogroms, Jihad: Religious Violence in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, 2006); and The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment (East-West Center, 2007). After many years, he is still working on a book-length manuscript titled “Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia,” which he hopes to complete in the months ahead.

The Gravensteen Lectures is a joint initiative started by LGI and AMT. This new series will bring out leading international scholars at the forefront of thinking through historic, contemporary, and emergent transcultural and international connections and their impacts. First Fridays, Gravensteen, 3:00-5:00pm. For the full schedule of speakers and more information about the series, click here.

Last Modified: 26-01-2015