2016 ARC Discovery Project: “Revitalisation and Sustainability of the Musical Arts of the Indigenous People of Lampung in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia”

CI: Prof Margaret Kartomi; A/Prof Bart Barendregt; Dr Rina Martiara

This project seeks to explore how a stigmatised Indigenous population recovers its self-confidence and socio-economic status. This ethnographic project aims to document how and to what extent one Indigenous group in the post-Suharto era of regional autonomy in Indonesia is improving its status through affirmative political action based on its traditional musical arts, philosophy and Islamic beliefs. Using a novel ethnomusicological methodology, it plans to delineate the stylistic identity of their traditional, new and popular musical arts and youth culture, and theorise about the changing meanings of culture and Islam among this marginalised people.