10-14 January 2005 - Fourth TANAP Conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Embracing a Common Asian Past / Merangkul Persamaan Masa Lalu Asia

he Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, in cooperation with Leiden University's programme Towards A New Age of Partnership (TANAP), hosted the Fourth TANAP Conference from 10-14 January 2005. The conference has been sponsered by the Netherlands Royal Embassy in Jakarta, and by the Netherlands UNESCO Committee at The Hague.

After the successful TANAP conferences in Singapore (2001), Bangkok (2002) and Xiamen (2003), Yogyakarta has been selected as the next location. The Gadjah Mada University (UGM) of Yogyakarta supports one of the most important Departments of History in the Republic of Indonesia. It has attracted many historians from other academic institutions within and outside Indonesia.


TANAP Conference in Yogyakarta: speaking prof.dr. Charles Jeurgens. Behind the table (left to right) Dr Maarten Mulder, prof. dr. Leonard Blussé, Prof. Djoko Suryo, drs. Djoko Utoma M.A.

At the conference some 20 TANAP Ph.D. graduates presented their papers. They are all engaged in research on Monsoon Asia and South Africa in early modern time. As such, the conference served as a platform for the writing of comparative histories of early modern Monsoon Asia. The other goal of the conference was to promote the studying of the history of the Malay-Indonesian Archipelago and its place in wider context of Monsoon Asia. The conference served as a workshop for young Indonesian historians from other Indonesian academic institutions located in Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Bandung, Den Pasar, Makassar, Padang, Medan, and Ambon. The conference focussed on the importance of comparative Asian history for the history of Indonesia, and the great potential of the VOC archival deposits in Jakarta, The Hague, Cape Town, Chennai and Colombo as a primary source.

Prof. Dr. Bambang Purwanto
Jurusan Sejarah
Fakultas Ilmu Budaya UGM
Jl. Nusantara 1, Bulaksumur
Yogyakarta 55281
Phone +62-274-513096; fax +62-274-550451

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