The Jakarta Post
The statue of Multatuli, the pen name of Eduard Douwes Dekker, a Dutch writer famous for his novel 'Max Havelaar', which critiques Dutch colonial policy. (Shutterstock/Luisa Puccini)
A symposium on Max Havelaar, a novel written by Dutch author Douwes Dekker, is to be held as a part of the Multatuli Art Festival held by the Lebak regency administration in Banten on Sept. 11 and 12. Douwes Dekker, whose pen name was Multatuli, had chosen Lebak as the setting of the story.
The organizer issued a call for academics who wish to participate in the symposium, asking them to send abstracts on the theme “Rereading Max Havelaar”. According to a press release, the abstracts should be received by the organizers no later than June 15.
The Multatuli Art Festival is to announce which abstracts it has chosen by June 22 and the writers are to send the articles no later than Aug. 10.
The articles should be written in journal style or as popular scientific essays. They should be from 10 to 15 pages long, formatted in a 12-point Times New Roman font, have a 1.5 line spacing and margins of 3-3-3-3. The writers should attach bibliographies and necessary footnotes, as well as biographies of themselves that do not exceed 200 words on the last page.
Writers can submit their papers via this link: bit.ly/FSM2019Simposium.
Selected writers are to receive cash prizes, certificates, two books describing the proceedings, accommodations, refreshments and free entry into the symposium.
The symposium is to present academics such as Oxford University historian Peter Carey and Brawijaya University literature expert Yusri Fajar. Talks are to cover the themes that arise in the novel, such as the power relations between colonial officials and members of the local elite, political, cultural and social construction, and national and cultural identity.
People interested in attending the symposium can register through this link: bit.ly/pesertasimposiumFSM2019.
Further information on the festival can be found through its website or on social media at “Festival Seni Multatuli” on Facebook and @festivalsenimultatuli on Instagram. (gis/mut)