Among his friends, Melanita Pranaya Budianta (51) was known as a simple, humble, and always wanted to ask. "A lot of things I do not know beyond the knowledge that I have learned. Lot of reality in an entirely different field of theory," said Melani, who met on Thursday (02/02/2006) in his office.
Di hacked the end of his scientific speech Limits: Changes in the inaugural Humanities Professors at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Indonesia (FIB-UI) last weekend, Melani acknowledged limitations, which is actually the first step the development of science.
"My journey to be a great teacher begins by teaching a fatal failure experience," he recalls.
When only two semesters a student of English Literature Faculty of UI in the 1970s, he helped the Ursuline nuns to volunteer to fill the free time children's village in Tanah Abang numbers. There he met Ahyar, street children are agile, cunning, but unruly.
One afternoon when friends compete to give bouquets to Ahyar Melani, Ahyar come up with a piece of paper filled with rows of words without rules, sweat-stained. Ahyar proudly exhibiting his work. His friends laughed, but Melani confused.
"Maybe because of the new Indonesian college composition, I can not attach it works. Ahyar When asked why, I lectured. Ahyar, which might be all night writing his masterpiece in the light of a candle with a pencil loans, fell silent. Then go away and never come back."
Melani For now, Ahyar is "the other", which he could not reach. "It is a point of weakness and at the same time my conscience. Limitations he always reminds me, strike me that the arrogance of the prestigious science began to beat me. He reminds me of a great teacher should always be a little teacher ..."
How "the other" that affect your thinking?
Where I teach that there is also a kid named Dini. He was eight years old. He is most often come to read and learn while carrying his sister. One day in the month of fasting, when all had gone home and I was packing up my books, Dini said, "Aunt Sister what the heck? Christians or the Chinese?"
I'm confused. Miscategorized it, but I do not know how ngomongnya. However, the question continues to proceed in me. After becoming a doctor, a friend
See List of ActivistsActivist ask me about what the dissertation. I said, "Stephen Crane". The headline in The Representation of Meaning otherness. He asked what good it is for our society. Time inaugural, I asked him what he used to have answered the question.
If I had to answer the question Dini now, I would say, "It does not matter I am Christian or China or both; does not matter you are different tribes, languages, or with my skin color, does not matter we are the same or different religions. Humans meaning not because it all , but because the hearts and deeds. "
I do not know whether such a sermon romantic enough to stop suspicion. But, I imagine the smile tugging at his lips Early relief.
Is your ethnicity did influence the birth of the anxiety?
I think there is influence. My father was a nationalist, Chairman of the Catholic Party, active in social activities. Process to know that I was born as the Chinese gained from the environment. When I proceed to be a racist. This I realized later. I am a nationalist, but I was rejected because it kechinaan. I so hate China. There is self-hatred, without realizing it. Though fathers have taught us not to blame, not hurt, being told I do not hate China. It is a historical process.
As a kid I did not like when people talk in Chinese, especially if it aloud in public. My friends in elementary school no one believed in my house in Indonesian language, not speak Chinese, because they speak Javanese at home. I only realized this after reading literary works, such as Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Breaking the Boundaries
Identity, for quite a long time, seems to be serious in life Melani. Cards when they want to take care of the family, village officials in South Jakarta asked why her husband, poet Eka Budianta, do not complete the papers with letters rename, K-1 and so on, which apply to residents of descent.
Melani said, all of that is not needed because her husband never change the name. When the officer did not believe not only because of her husband's face and appearance, but because his ID card in the 1980s was no sign of space between the numbers of ID card numbers, Melani "struggling" to trace the empty spaces.
Identity seems to be easy to use for "meliyankan" and creating dichotomies ...
Huntington confirmed that dichotomies in the Clash of Civilization. Now we come to reinforce and internalize it. We shouted anti-Western. What is the West?
Edward Said scientists have long warned that the West and the East is only imagination. However, we continue to get stuck in a binary opposition that is constantly being discovered is that invaded and colonized. We continue to criticize patriarchy, but we find continuously is that patriarchal ways.
Dichotomous relationship is a relationship of mutual defeat. Whereas "the other" was actually a challenge to measure how well we can find the meaning of the differences and find common ground as a man with a conscience.
The humanities and culture work to break down the dichotomies. Like Jakoeb Soemardjo, critics with Javanese cultural backgrounds who live in London and researching literature and art Sunda. Or the classic children's story Si Doel Anak Datoek work Madjoindo Djakarta (1934), which is able to associate themselves with other cultures to light, no load.
What about multiculturalism?
Multiculturalism is one way of peace, but in fact we are still struggling with identity. Multiculturalism was initiated by friends of cultural studies is that cross boundaries, not primordial.
Work culture and humanities unfold scientific boundaries enclose our perspective so that we can develop a cross-disciplinary approach that continues to enrich each other. Multidimensional crisis illustrate that a multidisciplinary approach is a necessity.
How do you break down the boundary wall view 'tree of science'?
Way of thinking that looks monodisiplin faculty of management is actually very heavy. If you want to develop something still determined by the tree of knowledge. Though the development of science now has cross-border science.
In my opening FIB cultural studies, go to the Department of Literature. Text examines the way we study the problem of outside (literary) the same right. That's why I can easily plunge into the study of culture, literature and politics of reviewing literature and culture.
I berstrategi by utilizing the existing space. I invited my sister, Yunita, the discipline of ethnography farm to farm in the FIB cultural lectures. Person
Professor of Anthropology at the University of Indonesia (1962-1999)Anthropologists talk in literature, no problem, each hook.
How do you break down the ivory tower college and
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Was entirely inadvertent trip that connects my search with
See List of ActivistsActivistme. I entered it as an "accident" of history. May incident in 1998 is a historical event which then produce something productive. All topics related to the interests and concerns me, not something beyond me.
Now if we want to learn the culture of street children, the children were invited to come speak to the class. Talk to patients how medical culture affects his life. Writers entered the campus and interact with students. We're thinking about the programs that could be taken public in the lane without a degree.
Melani was the fifth of seven children. Her husband, Eka Budianta, is the first child of nine children, the son of teachers of Malang. The second person is confronted by a back to back literature at the Faculty of Letters, University of Indonesia.
Of small Melani already love literature. He entered the faculty of arts at the high school despite entering the majors certainly natural. Against her parents, but then give freedom of choice after the failure of his brother in medical school because of the desires of the parents. That's older brother who taught both writing and reflecting Melani themselves by making a diary.
"In fact, after graduating from high school asked my mother to be able to directly learn shorthand secretary working so very hard for the family economy. To please my mother learning shorthand, although I never take the GED," he recalls. Science aptitude and fondness for the decline in children's literature eldest, Citra, a doctor, who is also the writer and connoisseur of literature.
You finally earned a great teacher ...
Actually I was a little hesitant to take care of my professorial. I feel burdened because the myth is so powerful. Professor was like a club. I do not deserve it feels to be a professor before writing the book completely intact. The problem is, life as an academic and activism very time-consuming. I even chased constantly writing debt. I can not say "no" to the preface for help made. I most like the preface to the translation book The God of Small Things.
I became like a genre writer "foreword". Now because many do not have the time, I was asked to write a lot of comments on the back of the book to be published. Genre changed so short comment he-he-he ... (Maria Hartiningsih and Ninuk M Pambudy, Reuters, February 5, 2006) e-ti/ht-rh-ws