Rachmi Diyah Larasati


Dr.Rachmi Diyah Larasati is an Associate Professor of cultural theory and historiography in the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance at the University of Minnesota. She is also a faculty advisor and affiliate of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, and an affiliate faculty in the feminist studies (GWSS) and Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media departments.  Her book, The Dance that Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post-Genocide Indonesia (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) theorized global corporeal commodification through genocide. Her book models the examination of embodied memory and ethnographic writing. Since then, she has published articles focusing on decolonialization and feminist third world tactics of transnationalism. Her new book project, Dancing in the Forest: Modern Machine and Audio Politics of Land Narrative, interrogates the aesthetic encounter between indigenous voices and capitalist noise within neoliberal space. As a scholar and dancer, Dr. Larasati draws on historiography, critical ethnography, and auto-ethnography to challenge conceptualizations of the moving, dancing body.


Claiming the Forgotten Dance Technique

My paper engages with the study of the aesthetic as an embodied form and offers a critique of the study of value and commodification that emerges in the global spatial imaginary of development by investigating the possibility of creative economy and its materialization through travel and tourism. I think through this duality by investigating how the archive of the aesthetic functions as a remembering and decolonizing act, specifically how indigenous politics of claim operate in light of national and global cooptation of ‘indigeneity,’ capitalistic value-creation, and neoliberal inclusion while continuously struggling for land, water and forest use within the paradigm of citizenship.

Talk Date: April 28, 10:00-11:30 Panel IV (Closed) Reading Violence, Creative Visions, Transnational Histories

Venue: University Senate Chamber


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