dr. T. (Tular) Sudarmadi

Tular SudarmadiTular Sudarmadi is a lecturer at Gadjah Mada University’s Department of Archaeology since 1994. He obtained undergraduate degree in archaeology from Gadjah Mada University (1989) and Master degree of Arts from the University of New England, Armidale, Australia (1999). Sudarmadi has been involved in numerous archaeological excavation and ethnoarchaeological projects in various parts of Indonesia: Flores, Central-Kalimantan, Yogyakarta, South Sumatera, Mollucas and other regions. Between 2009 and 2014 he was a Fellow at VU University Amsterdam, writing his PhD thesis in the framework of the Sites Bodies and Stories research project.

PhD research: The formation, representation and management of Indonesian cultural heritage (2009-2014)

Indonesian cultural heritage formation is an active and dynamic process. Still, cultural heritage is often wrongly perceived as being ancient, static and frozen in time. I'm interested in the way in which the Indonesian nation-state manages cultural heritage to support Indonesian national unity. I purpose to tackle the marginal cultural heritage management on the island of Flores, which make claims to rights and more autonomy under the nation state's cultural heritage hegemony. To focus on these issues, it seems reasonable to ask whether the Indonesian cultural heritage management was imbued by the colonial legacy of cultural heritage practices. Moreover, it is relevant to track the way in which Indonesian heritage is acquired, produced and communicated.

E-mail: t.sudarmadi@vu.nl