Panji and cultural patterns in Southeast Asia (2)

Full panel title
Panji and cultural patterns in Southeast Asia (2)

Lydia Kieven (University of Bonn)

Date & Time
Thursday 17 August, 15:15 – 16:45

Room 10


The prince and the press. Panji tales in Malay language newspapers in Colonial Indonesia
Joachim Nieß (Goethe University Frankfurt)

Following the long walk of Panji and Sekartaji
Lydia Kieven (University of Bonn)

Journey of Panji into the 21st century
Marianna Lis (Independent scholar)

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?