Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Komedie Stamboel reviewed in

A very fine Indonesian-language review of my book The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891-1903, was just published on the website of C2O, a progressive library, cinametheque and cafe in Surabaya.

The reviewer, who is anonymous, also cites my article on Yap Gwan Thay which appeared in an edited collection titled Sadur: Sejarah Terjemahan di Indonesia dan Malaysia (KPG, 2010). This piece has yet to see print in English, as far as I am aware.

The Indonesian-language translation of The Komedie Stamboel has been delayed by factors beyond my direct control, but it is good to see that the book is being read and discussed in Indonesia.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Asian Performing Arts Forum

I am in the process of setting up a new forum called the Asian Performing Arts Forum ( This is envisaged as a site for researchers of Asian theatre, dance and music to discuss recent research and dialogue with representatives of commuities of interest. The plan is to have monthly meetings in an academic year on a specific theme, leading to a June symposium.

I will be working together with my colleagues Avanthi Meduri at Roehampton (a researcher of bharatanatyam) and Ashley Thorpe at Reading (who researchers Chinese opera).

The hope is to raise awareness in London and around the UK of important issues in the field of Asian performing arts, as well as generate new research collaborations and synergies between 'the industry' and academia.

Have a look at for further info.