Performing songs and staging theatre performances: working through the trauma of the 1965/66 Indonesian mass killings

Dyah Pitaloka, Hans Pols

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In the aftermath of an attempted military coup in Jakarta on the night of 30 September 1965, more than half a million people were killed in widespread army-orchestrated massacres while a further million communists, communist sympathisers, and supporters of left-wing causes were sent to prisons and detained under testing circumstances and, at times, tortured.1 Survivors, their descendants, and family members and descendants of those who perished suffered decades of social marginalization, discrimination, and harassment as ‘marked’ individuals. In the meantime, Suharto, who took power after the 1965/66 massacres and established a military dictatorship, continuously vilified the Indonesian Communist Party (Partai….

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguages of Trauma
Subtitle of host publicationHistory, Memory, and Media
EditorsPeter Leese, Julia Barbara Kohne, Jason Crouthamel
Place of PublicationToronto Canada
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781487539405
ISBN (Print)9781487508968
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

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