Objects can in many ways be seen as having a life of their own. For some, the final stages of this life are spent in a museum. The essays in this collection explore some of the roles performed by objects from Southeast Asia at different stages in their lives, and the parts they play whether before, during or after acquisition by a museum. The contributors consider the relationship between the roles of objects within their originating culture and as part of a collection kept by the museum, whether in post-colonial Southeast Asia or in Europe. What emerges as key is the point of intersection between lives and cultures which the objects can represent, whether as sites of conflict, of negotiation or of connection.
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Introduction: Living Objects, Changing World - Fiona KERLOGUE
1. The Idea of 'Pusaka' as an Indigenous Form of Cultural Hertiage Preservation - Christina KREPS
2. Museums and the Transformation from Colonial to Post-colonial institutaions in Indonesia: A Case Study of the Indonesian National Museum, formerly the Batavia Museum - Katharine E MCGREGOR
3. Between Forgetting and Remembering: Singaporean History and the Singapore History Museum - Nicole TARULEVICZ
4. At Nias or from Nias? Museum displays, national images and local reality in a West Indonesian island - Laurens BAKKER
5. Jacques de Morgan (1857-1924) and Orang Asli material culture - Antonio J GUERREIRO
6. Sights of Reference: photography in the construction of an 'ethnographic' record - Sudeshna GUHA
7. Woven traditions, collectors and tourists: a field report from Savu, eastern Indonesia - Genevieve DUGGAN
8. Puppets and Control: The image of the string puppet in Southeast Asia - Poh Sim PLOWRIGHT
9. Wayang Kulit as Contact Zone - Matthew Issac COHEN
10. Ogoh-ogoh: a 'new tradition' in transformation - Laura NOSZLOPY
11. Collecting the modern city: material culture and people in Kunming, Southern China - Andy WEST
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Performing Objects: Museums, Material Culture and Performance in Southeast Asia
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Performing Objects: Museums, Material Culture and Performance in Southeast Asia