Integrating Emotions into the studies on Marginality in Indonesia
An abundant variety of academic research has focused on enriching the discourse of marginality and social exclusion in the last decades. However, the crucial role of the emotions within their profound research agendas has so far been neglected. Psychology predominantly centers its research on the negative mental effects of social deprivation, social psychology aims at maladaptive strategies of coping with stress and the resilience of the marginalized, sociology focuses on the modeling of social networks leading to marginality, and social anthropology scrutinizes the relationship between a marginalizing center and a marginalized periphery on various societal levels. Consequently, this workshop is considered as a pioneering interdisciplinary and intercontinental project, integrating the emotions into the manifold ‘marginality genres’ and combining various disciplines of the humanities and sciences.
The workshop narrows its geographical focus to “emotion” and “marginality” in Indonesia for two reasons. Firstly, it is to reach a discursively coherent framework of presented talks and discussions. And secondly, the vast diversity of the country in terms of geography, demography, culture, ethnicity, and religion carries with it innumerous social inequalities. Ethnic or religious minorities and socio-economically deprived social groups seem to have no place in the imagined (ideal) “Indonesian society”, and are thus marginalized by the socio-political elites (sometimes) to the very margins of subsistence. Albeit this reality, these marginalizing processes are rarely an integral part of empirical studies focusing on the world’s largest archipelago. Furthermore, emotions are only peripherally included in these analyses.
Organisation: Thomas Stodulka, M.A. & Prof. Dr. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, FU Berlin
Cluster of Excellence 'Languages of Emotion'
Förderung aus Mitteln des Clusters 'Languages of Emotion' an der FU Berlin
Co-Organisatoren: Ferdiansyah Thajib, M.A. (KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, and Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta) Yustinus Trisubagya, M.A. (Center for History and Ethical Politics (PUSdEP), Universitas Sanata Dharma Yogyakarta)