This talk, featuring Jennifer L. Gaynor from the Baldy Center at the University at Buffalo School of Law, looks at the protest movement against land reclamation in Bali, Indonesia, which initially began with the resistance of coastal communities whose livelihoods were threatened by a proposed development project. The protest movement spread quickly among Balinese and their supporters, partly due to Indonesians’ extensive use of social media, and as a result of international exposure (Bali is a major tourist destination). Yet the movement's spread has also relied on water’s importance in Hindu-Balinese society and religion. Referred to as the “religion of water” (agama tirta), water’s sacred character has given the Balinese a unique moral position in ethical and legal arguments with developers and the state, as well as inspired people to stage creative forms of resistance and to join mass mobilizations. Refreshments will be served.
This talk is part of ninth annual Southeast Asia Week (March 9-13).
Sponsors and partners: Office of Equity and Campus Diversity, Geography and Planning Department, Cornell University Southeast Asia Program
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