Academic Committee Leiden 2013 Conference
The academic committee of the Leiden 2013 Conference is made up of Remco Breuker, Bart Barendregt (Leiden), Peter Keppy (for KITLV), Nicole Constable, Neepa Majumdar and Andrew Weintraub (Pittsburgh).
Remco Breuker is a Professor of Korean Studies at Leiden University. He has published extensively on Korean and Northeast Asian history and is a frequent commentator in the print media, on TV and on the radio about Korean affairs. He is the author of Forging the Truth: Creative Deception and National Identity in Medieval Korea (East Asian History 35, 2008) and Establishing a Pluralist Society in Medieval Korea, 918-1170: History, Ideology and Identity in the Koryŏ Dynasty (Brill, 2010). He has also published several translations of modern South Korean literature into Dutch. Breuker is the founder of Leiden Initiative on Northern Korea, a platform that seeks to study northern and North Korea in its historical and linguistic context.
Bart Barendregt lectures on Southeast Asian culture and society, popular and digital culture, and media anthropology. He has published and made films on Southeast Asian performing arts, new and mobile media and popular music. Since 1992 Barendregt has conducted fieldwork in Java, Sumatra, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Peter Keppy is a senior researcher and coordinator of the project Articulating Modernity. The Making of Popular Music in 20th Century Southeast Asia and the Rise of New Audiences, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). The project is hosted by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in cooperation with Leiden University and NIOD. His projected book is provisionally entitled: Southeast Asia in the age of jazz. Locating popular culture in the colonial Philippines and Indonesia.
Nicole Constable is a sociocultural anthropologist whose interests include transnationalism, migration and mobilities; the commodification of intimacy; gender and reproductive labor; ethnographic writing and power.
Her geographical areas of specialization are Hong Kong, China, the Philippines and Indonesia. She has conducted fieldwork in Hong Kong on constructions of Hakka Chinese Christian identity, on resistance and discipline among Filipina and Indonesian domestic workers, and among migrant parents. Recent publications have focused on cross-border marriages, internet ethnography, the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act, religion and labor protests among migrant workers.
She is currently working on a new book project entitled, Born Out of Place: Migrant Mothers, Babies, Law and Reproductive Labor in Hong Kong, about Filipina and Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong who become mothers, and the legal and personal struggles they face regarding migrant work, intimate relationships, and parenthood.
Neepa Majumdar is Associate Professor of English and Film Studies. Her research interests include star studies, film sound, South Asian early cinema, documentary film, and questions of film history and historiography.
Her book Wanted Cultured Ladies Only: Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s to 1950s (University of Illinois Press, 2009) won an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Best First Book Award of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Her essays have appeared in The Canadian Journal of Film Studies, South Asian Popular Culture, and Post Script, as well as collections such as The Continuum Companion to Sound in Film and Visual Media (ed. Graeme Harper, 2009), Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (ed. R. L. Rutsky and Jeffrey Gieger, 2005), and Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music, (ed. Arthur Knight and Pamela Wojcik, 2001).
Andrew N. Weintraub is Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in ethnomusicology and popular music and directs the University Gamelan program. He is the author of Power Plays (2004) and Dangdut Stories (2010), editor of Islam and Popular Culture in Indonesia and Malaysia (2011), and co-editor of Music and Cultural Rights (2008). Weintraub is the founder and lead singer of the Dangdut Cowboys, a Pittsburgh-based band that plays Indonesian popular music.