Saturday University with Jennifer Gaynor
Creating Land in Paradise: Protest, Rights, and Sacred Waters on Bali's South Coast
People from around the world flock to Bali for its unique culture, arts, and natural beauty. Bali's economy relies heavily on tourism. But the island isn't really that big. Developers have recently found a way to change that, and seek to make more land with a land-reclamation project in Bali's south. Critics in the anti-reklamasi protest movement draw from Balinese tradition in using a unique argument of a ‘religion of holy waters’ (agama tirta) to protect the sea.
About the Presenter:
Jennifer Gaynor is Assistant Professor of History at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is a scholar of maritime worlds, the social and cultural history of modern Indonesia and maritime Southeast Asia, and the intersections of history and anthropology. Her book, Intertidal History draws on Southeast Asian and early modern European sources to show the vital roles that maritime people played in histories that unfolded along and between the region’s littoral zones.
Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.