Panji and cultural patterns in Southeast Asia (1)

Full panel title
Panji and cultural patterns in Southeast Asia (1)

Lydia Kieven (University of Bonn)

Date & Time
Thursday 17 August, 13:30 – 15:00

Room 10


The Sweet-Talking Prince: Trust in Language in Java
Bernard Arps (Leiden University)

Some war-episodes in Hikayat Kuda Semirang
Gijs Koster

The Flourishing and Significance of The Panji Story during the Reign of King Chulalongkorn (1868-1910): A Golden Age of the Panji Theme in Thailand
Thaneerat Jatuthasri (Chulalongkorn University)

Mu’jizah Abdillah (National Agency for Development and Cultivation Language)

Panel abstract
While the Indic Ramayana has been well-known as a common thread of culture in Southeast Asia, there is another rich tradition – the Panji theme – which has been much neglected and less-known, both in academic work as well as in popular culture. The Panji theme originates in Java, with evidence of an early popularity in art and literature during the pre-islamic Majapahit period. It has spread over large parts of Mainland Southeast Asia, such as Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar. In recent time there is a revitalization and transformation of the Panji theme in Java and other parts of Southeast Asia. This panel is open to a broad range of aspects and fields related to the Panji theme: topics covered may be, e.g., Javanese and Malay literature, ancient Javanese art, local culture vice versa Indic culture, historical perspective (Majapahit policy in Java and beyond), visual and performing arts in historical perspective, revitalization forms as living cultural heritage, Panji in an area perspective of Southeast Asia (including the Malay world and Mainlaind SEA). Besides demonstrating the richness and the values of the Panji tradition in the past, the panel wants to look at non-traditional ways of transformation in present and future. A common thread is the question: In which way can and does the Panji heritage contribute to regional and transregional identities in „trans-Asian“ /ASEAN culture?