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February 02, 2011

Friday at Noon: James Hoesterey 2/4/11

Center for Southeast Asian Studies Public Lecture Series
In 2010-2011 celebrating 50 years as a center and more than a century of academic engagement with Southeast Asia at the University of Michigan
Free and open to the public
Friday,February 4
1636 SSWB/International Institute
12:00-1:30pm 1080 South University Avenue
James Hoesterey
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Islamic Studies, Lake Forest College

Shaming the State: Pop preachers, Psikologi Islami, and the Anti-Pornography Campaign in Indonesia

The anti-pornography bill – eventually passed into law in 2008 – was one of the most divisive pieces of legislation in post-authoritarian Indonesia. Opponents of the bill bemoaned the Islamization of Indonesia, whereas those in favor lamented the degradation of national morality. From his public pulpit, celebrity TV preacher cum pop psychologist Abdullah Gymnastiar admonished politicians for not having any shame. During television programs, congressional testimonies, and public rallies to support the anti-pornography legislation, Gymnastiar summoned government officials to heal the Indonesian state through an Islamic Psychology – or Psikologi Islami -- that depends on shame as a productive social and moral force. In this paper I explore how the burgeoning industry of Psikologi Islami invokes a politics of affect that redefines the moral and religious commitments of state officials and citizen-believers.

Posted by katemw at February 2, 2011 01:45 PM


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