The City and the Sea

The City and the Sea

14 Mar 2019, 13:00 - 14:00

The Cross-Cultural Hub
Language:
English

Indonesia has extremes of urban and rural identities - Jakarta is one of the worlds megacities, yet many islands and regions remain lightly populated. Is there a 'city' identity, different to the lives of people in other areas? Do the people in the countryside feel affected by rising sea levels and climate change? Sheila Rooswitha Putri - whose work focuses on life in the city of Jakarta, giving depth and complexity to the lives there and exploding clichés by creating sympathetic portraits of mongrel dogs and thieves - discusses this with Agustinus Wibowo, a travel writer whose work unpicks the narratives of identity behind the enmity of different ethnic groups.

Contributors

  • Sheila Rooswitha Putri

    Speaker

    Sheila Rooswitha Putri was born and raised in Jakarta. The Story of Lala, Sheila’s debut title in 2008, is a collection of stories about her daily...

  • Agustinus Wibowo

    Speaker

    Agustinus Wibowo is a prominent travel writer. A descendant of Chinese immigrants, the question of identity dominated his earlier life and shaped his...

  • Malachy Tallack

    Speaker

    Malachy Tallack is from Shetland, and lives in Glasgow. His first book, Sixty Degrees North, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and was shortlisted...

  • Katherine Demopoulos

    Speaker

    Katherine Demopoulos is a writer and editor working on fiction, economics and all things Indonesia. She spent six happy years as a journalist in this...

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