The Changing Identity and Sustainability of the Music-Cultures and Worldviews of the Riau Islands' Sea Nomads and Sedentary Malays

  • Kartomi, Margaret (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Mora, Manolete (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Benjamin, Geoffrey (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Chou, Cynthia (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This pioneering project investigates the diversity and changing identity of the music-culture of the Sea Nomad tribes living in remote islands untouched by modernisation vis-a-vis the music-culture of the Muslim Malays who live on accessible, rapidly industrialising islands in the Riau Archipelago. It develops a novel, across-the-arts analytical methodology that relates the syntax of the music, dance, theatre and popular commercial arts to the people's religious and gender ideologies, royal Malay heritage, and lifestyles, including the Sea Nomads' feelings of alienation at the ecological destruction of their environment and government's desire that they conform to sedentary living.
Effective start/end date3/01/1231/05/16


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$333,000.00