"Domiciles: Activist Spaces and
Archived Selves in Indonesia"
Doreen Lee, Assistant
Professor of Anthropology, Northeastern University
This talk draws upon material on activist spaces, interiors, and
spatial practices from my book manuscript "Pemuda Fever: Nationalism,
Youth, and Public culture in Urban Indonesia." I explore the
discourses and meanings of space among Indonesian activists in the
late nineties through the mid noughties, concentrating on specific
structures associated with youth culture and the student movement
that illuminate the changes to political expression and engagement
at the end of the New Order era. In using the term "domicile"
and its Indonesia equivalent "domisili", I theorize a
mode of spatial occupation that troubles the distinction between
exterior and interior spaces, public and private spheres, and middle
class and itinerant zones. Activist "homes" thus remain
fluid and hybrid spaces that form the spatial structures of extensive
political experimentation against order and hierarchy.
Doreen Lee is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Northeastern
University. She obtained her PhD from Cornell University in 2008
in Anthropology, with a concentration in Southeast Asian Studies.
She currently teaches and conducts research on publics, politics,
cities, art and technology. Her work has appeared in Indonesia journal,
History and Anthropology, and the Journal of Urban History.