Bart Barendregt is an associate professor at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. Bart has an interest in popular and digital culture, and has published on Southeast Asian performance, new and mobile media, and (Islamic) pop music.
Bart is currently working on a book dealing with Islamist boy band music and the mixing of religion, youth culture and politics among Malaysian and Indonesian student activists. He is editor of Sonic Modernities in the Malay World (Brill, 2014), and co-editor of Green Consumption: The Global Rise of Eco-Chic (Bloomsbury, 2013) and the volume Recollecting Resonance (Brill, 2013). The latter book was recently translated into Indonesian and published as Merenungkan Gema: Perjumpaan Musikal Indonesia-Belanda (2016).
As a senior researcher and main coordinator Bart was until recently affiliated to the Articulation of Modernity Project. This four-year project, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), focuses on societal change through the prism of popular music. It emphasizes the appeal of modernity rather than that of the nation-state, thus offering a new way of studying Southeast Asia that foregrounds the movement of people, music, ideas, and technologies among the region’s cosmopolitan centres.
Bart is currently engaged in the ARC Discovery project Revitalising the Musical Arts of Indonesia’s Lampung Province (with Margaret Kartomi, Monash University, Melbourne and Rina Martiara, ISI Yogyakarta). This ethnographic project aims to document how and to what extent one indigenous group in the post-Suharto era of regional autonomy in Indonesia is improving its status through affirmative political action based on its traditional musical arts, philosophy and Islamic beliefs.
Bart is presently also working on Resonating Pasts (with Wayne Modest and Anette Hofman). This project investigates the potential of the sound archive, and its possible role in rewriting colonial histories. In a strategic move to grant acoustic collections the status of resonating (museum) objects and potential sources of history, the project explores how focusing on sound archives in (ethnographic) museums can push beyond the over-determined place that the visual so far has generally held in museum exhibits.
- ISIM Review ‘The Sound of Islam: Southeast Asian Boy Bands’ (2008)
- VPRO Radio: ‘Gladde jongens zingen "Allah akbar"’ (01/04/2015)
Bart currently acts as a co-promoter for the following projects:
- Zane Kripe; 'Future Making Practices of Southeast Asian Geeks'
- Nuraini Juliastuti; ‘Remixing Regimes: the politics of Indonesian participatory pop’
- Lusvita Nuzuliyant'; ‘Veiled Passion: Muslim fangirls of Korean pop culture in Indonesia'
- Nuril Huda; ‘Projecting Islam on Screen’
- Mubarika Dyah Fitri Nugraheni; ‘Javanese Hip-hop in a Global Context: Constructing creativity and community through digital sensibilities’
- Muhammad Zamzam Fauzanafi; ‘The Citizens (De)Facing The Dynasty: Digital Citizenship and Anti Corruption Campaigns Against Banten Political Dynasty’
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