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Culture Seminar: Histories


Admission requirements

BA Indonesian Studies or equivalent


The Culture Seminar on Histories surveys the main trends in the recent historiography of Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia. The pre-modern, colonial and post-colonial periods are discussed in detail using authoritative texts. The aim is to provide an insight into the state-of-the-art of Southeast Asian and Indonesian history. Special attention is given to Indonesian-language historiography.

Students give critical comments on the assigned literature and write an essay of ca. 6000 words on one of the topics discussed during the seminar. An oral presentation is given at the last meeting of the seminar.

Course objectives

To gain a thorough understanding of the current discourse on Southeast Asian history, in particular with regard to Indonesia. This includes critical analysis and reporting of surveys of literature.



Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • essay (6000 words) – 70% of the course assessment

  • performance in class, including presentations – 30%


Not applicable

Reading list

Readings will be made available at the beginning of the course.


Registration through uSis mandatory
Exchange and Study Abroad students, please consult the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Dr. J.T. Lindblad