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R. Diyah Larasati

Visiting Scholar organizes conference on "Arts, Violence and the State"

In 2006-07, Dr. R. Diyah Larasati continued her Visiting Scholar affiliation with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, pursuing research on "Citizenship of Women in post-1965 Indonesia," in cooperation with Professor Lucy Burns of the Department of World Arts and Cultures, with support from a generous gift to the Center from Dr. Robert Lemelson.  She organized a conference entitled "Arts, Violence, and the State: A Symposium on Southeast Asia and Beyond," held at UCLA on February 24, 2007.    Her past research has included Indonesian Female Performers, Cultural Policy, Memory -Genocide and Performing Arts in South East Asia focusing on the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand and  Indonesia. 

Diyah Larasati is a dancer and scholar from the Republic of Indonesia.  She is on the faculty of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in Yogyakarta (Graduate and undergraduate program in Arts), visiting professor at the Graduate Program of the School of the Arts, Surakarta, and member of the Ministry of Culture and National Education of Indonesia. After the May 2006 earthquake leveled much of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, she took a leading role in fundraising for earthquake relief and reconstruction.

In 2004-05, Ms. Larasati taught Intermediate Indonesian language in UCLA's Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, and in 2005-06 she taught Javanese language to students in UCLA's Linguistics Department.  In 2001-02, she was awarded an Asian Scholarship from the Ford Foundation.  She conducted research, performance and teaching in Cambodia while she worked closely with the Indonesian Embassy and Cambodian government in Phnom Penh.  Funded by the Asian Cultural Council/ Rockefeller Brothers and Fund, she received her Master’s Degree in dance from UCLA in 2000.  She received her Ph.D. from U.C. Riverside in 2007.  She has published widely in Indonesian language in the areas of Performing Arts Studies and Cultural Policy. 

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