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OtherMalaysia Public Lecture Series: “Remembering Our Other Half – India” by Dr Farish Noor
Sat 14 Feb, 4.30pm to 6pm
The Annexe Gallery
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One of Malaysia’s most incisive historians, Dr Farish Noor continues his OtherMalaysia Public Lecture Series with another thought-provoking installment.
This lecture will focus on OtherMalaysia’s concern to re-activate our collective memory of the past and to locate our own culture and history in a wider context.
The blight of postcolonial national histories is the tendency to accept nation-state boundaries as a given and to write national histories that remain confined within fixed political-territorial limits. So there remains the tendency to see India (and South Asia) as something distinct and alien to Malaysia.
A closer look at the history of South and Southeast Asia, however, reveals a longer period of trans-oceanic contact and exchange where Indians, Malays, Sumatrans and Javanese were part of a greater trans-oceanic civilisation where both South and Southeast Asia were connected via the routes of the Indian Ocean.
This is a call for an appreciation of our collective past, and to re-think our concepts of national identity today.
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This talk will be followed by Amir Muhammad’s book launch of MALAYSIAN POLITICIANS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS VOL.2 at 6pm.