Understanding the Act of Killing Part II

Lecture by prof. Saskia Wieringa on Thursday 3 April

Organised by Studium Generale

Thu 3 April 2014 20:00 to 22:00

Venue Leeuwenborch (Hollandseweg 1), Room C 67

A gripping Oscar nominated film by Joshua Oppenheimer and complimentary lecture by Ben White in cooperation with Indonesian WUR students and Movie W, has opened the door to discuss the mass murders in Indonesia during 1965-7 in which over a million people were brutally slaughtered. Due to overwhelming response to this event, Studium Generale invites you to a follow-up lecture and discussion with Prof. Saskia Wieringa. She interviewed victims and perpetrators of these atrocities in Indonesia and has been in close consultation with the film’s maker, sharing her insights on the footage and what the documentary revealed. Why was the idea that the Communist party had to be destroyed to save the nation so powerful? What can be said about the psychological war behind the violence? Explore with the author of Sexual Politics in Indonesia, how the campaign which prompted massacres back then to this day remains an effective lie.