Walking-to-think-with in Indonesia: beginning a new discourse in area studies?

Palmer, Jane (2014) Walking-to-think-with in Indonesia: beginning a new discourse in area studies? Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 48 (2). pp. 17-26. ISSN 0815-7251

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There is an emerging discourse on more-than-disciplinary experiential research that has the potential to bring about a new direction in Indonesian and Malaysian studies. Developments in the way that scholars engage with area studies in the future are likely to be driven in part by research that begins on the ground and outside disciplinary boundaries, and is written with a literary or poetic force that produces more complex and nuanced understandings. The idea of immersive ‘walking-to-think-with’ research is one potential trajectory for Indonesian and Malaysian studies, that encourages a more tentative, open and reflexive approach to discipline boundaries and the researcher’s relationship with ‘the field’. The author’s experience in learning the language, geography and history of one part of Indonesia through talking, walking and being present, is used to explain the potential for an embodied, seeing and feeling research practice in area studies beyond the purposivity and representational conventions of discipline-based research.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 05:03
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 05:45
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aceh, Indonesia, walking, autoethnography, transdisciplinarity, more-than-disciplinary
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200202 Asian Cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28141

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