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What are so great about culture, arts, science, and technology?

August 21, 2010

Qusthan Abqary Indonesian art and cultural situations tend to become more and more libertarian since the fall of authoritarian New Order regime in 1998. One Indonesian prominent writer, Taufik Ismail, calls this phenomenon as Gerakan Syahwat Merdeka (GSM / Free Lust Movements) which refers to some writers, artists, and cultural workers who are directly connected and actively engage with Utan Kayu Community and Salihara Community. Younger generation could be confuse whether art, literature, and cultural works should be as free as possible ...

Meritocracy of Science and Culture?

August 14, 2010

Qusthan Abqary Many Indonesian intellectuals who were born in the midst of 20th century and backward, in certain sense, agree that culture could not be separated with the (social) science(s). Notonegoro, Soedjatmoko, Daoed Joesoef, Kahrudin Yunus, Hidayat Nataatmadja, Mubyarto, Sutan Takdir Alisjahbana are some social scientists who seriously develop their intellectual work hand in hand with the cultural issues. Yet we almost never hear if there are any Indonesian natural scientists that did the same things, apart from their personal activity ...