A Guest Lecture: “Journey to Diponegoro’s Religion, Ritual, and Magic” 

Participants in the Guest Lecture “Journey to Diponegoro’s Religion, Ritual, and Magic”

Anthropology Study Program, Faculty of Cultural Studies (FCS) Universitas Brawijaya (UB) held a guest lecture that presents experts in their fields. In collaboration with the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), a guest lecture entitled “Journey to Diponegoro’s Religion, Ritual, and Magic” was held for public (5/6-7/2019).

Located in the Auditorium of Building A FCS UB, this activity invited Prof. Peter Carey, a historian who focuses on Indonesian history, especially history regarding Prince Diponegoro. The discussion in the guest lecture focused on Diponegoro’s journey centered on his spirituality in religious, ritual, and magic.

This activity was actually a series of lectures “Religion, Ritual and Magic”. Ary Budiyanto, M.A as the moderator and chief executive of the activity, who is also a lecturer in the subjects of Religion, Ritual, and Culture, hopes that scientific and artistic collaboration between Indonesian and American scholars, researchers, educators and artists can be done well.

The event was opened by the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Hamamah, M.Pd. Ph.D. on (6/5/2019). In this occasion, Peter conveyed about the Magic and Spirituality of Diponegoro. Then on the second day (7/5/2019), Peter Carey discussed the Case of Pangeran Diponegoro in the perspective of Ratu Adil (Savior) and Millenarian Beliefs that were connected with “Diponegoro” in the perspective of the Javanese Ratu Adil as a Sufi Muslim.

At the end of the guest lecture discussion, Peter invited anyone to fill the gaps in the history of the influence of Diponegoro’s Java war with more in-depth academic research as well as how to use value treasures, both from the Diponegoro story and from the magical or real world hero stories as media expression and produce creative and productive work.

This activity was closed by the Head of Arts and Cultural Anthropology Department, Hipolitus. K. Kewuel, M. Hum. followed by giving souvenirs from the Head of Anthropology Study Program, Manggala Ismanto, S.Ant., M.A. to the speaker. (PS.Antro/DT/MSH/PSIK FIB)