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Ben Arps

Professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture

Name
Prof.dr. B. Arps
Telephone
+31 71 527 2222
E-mail
b.arps@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Ben Arps is a Professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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Fields of interest

Ben Arps works at the interface of the humanities and humanistic social sciences. What fascinates him most is worldmaking by means of language, performance, and media, especially in encounters between religious and intellectual traditions. He has particular interests in the theory and methods of philology (conceived as the artefact-focused study of worldmaking); the theory and methods of Area Studies; narrativity in culture; Islam; audio media and audioscapes; and the relevance of the past in and for the present.

Geographically and culturally, his research centres on Indonesia and the Malay world, with a core interest in Java and its diasporas. He teaches about Southeast Asia.

Brief bio

Ben Arps is attached to the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS), where he teaches primarily in the BA programme in South and Southeast Asian Studies, and the MA programmes in Asian Studies. Before coming to Leiden in 1993 he lectured in Indonesian and Javanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1988–1993). In Leiden he was chair of the former Department of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania in 1995, 1999/2000, 2003–2006, and 2008. He has been Fellow-in-Residence at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2001/02), a Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Asian Studies and the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (2005), the Netherlands Visiting Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan (2006/07), a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Religion and Globalization in Asia cluster of the Asia Research Institute (ARI) and an Isaac Manasseh Meyer Fellow in the Department of Malay Studies, both at the National University of Singapore (2011/12), and a Visiting Professor at Universitas Sebelas Maret in Surakarta, Indonesia (2017).

Supervision

Ben Arps is interested in supervising MA theses and doctoral theses on aspects of worldmaking by means of languages, performance, and media in Southeast Asia. For the doctoral and MA theses he has supervised see here.

Key publications

Authored books and major articles

More information on Ben Arps’ publications is available on Academia and his personal website.

[In press.] “Drona’s betrayal and Bima’s brutality: javanaiserie in Malay culture.” [To appear in a volume on the Ramayana and Mahabharata in Malay and Javanese literature, ed. by Willem van der Molen and Ding Choo Ming. Singapore: ISEAS.]

2016. Tall Tree, Nest of the Wind: The Javanese Shadow-Play Dewa Ruci Performed by Ki Anom Soeroto. A Study in Performance Philology. Singapore: NUS Press. [x + 634 pp.]

2016. “Flat puppets on an empty screen, stories in the round: imagining space in wayang kulit and the worlds beyond.” Wacana: Journal of the Humanities of Indonesia [Brill] 17(3):438–472.

2011. “The lettuce song and its trajectory: the vagaries of a pop song in three eras.” In: Proceeding seminar internasional (musik) vokal, Festival Kesenian Indonesia (FKI) VII (Voice of the Archipelago Festival) Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Surakarta, pp. 28–42. Surakarta: Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Surakarta, Departemen Pendidikan Nasional.

2009. “Osing Kids and the Banners of Blambangan: ethnolinguistic identity and the regional past as ambient themes in an East Javanese town.” Wacana: Jurnal Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya 11(1):1–38.

2000 (co-authored with Els Bogaerts, Willem van der Molen, Ignatius Supriyanto, and Jan van den Veerdonk, with the collaboration of Betty Litamahuputty). Hedendaags Javaans: een leerboek. [Contemporary Javanese: a coursebook.] Leiden: Opleiding Talen en Culturen van Zuidoost-Azië en Oceanië, Universiteit Leiden. Semaian, 20. [xxvii + 581 pp.]

2000 (introd. and trans.). “Déwa Rutji: avontuur en wijsheid in een Javaans verhaal.” [Dewa Ruci: adventure and wisdom in a Javanese story.] In: Harry Poeze (ed.), Oosterse omzwervingen: klassieke teksten over Indonesië uit Oost en West [Eastern peregrinations: classical texts about Indonesia from East and West], pp. 81–119, 215–216. Leiden: KITLV Uitgeverij.

1999. “How a Javanese gentleman put his library in order.” Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 155(3):416–469. [Special issue of Bijdragen entitled Encompassing knowledge: indigenous encyclopedias from ninth-century Java to twentieth-century Riau, edited by Tony Day and Will Derks.]

1996. “The Song Guarding at Night: grounds for cogency in a Javanese incantation.” In: Stephen C. Headley (ed.), Towards an anthropology of prayer: Javanese ethnolinguistic studies, pp. 47–113. Aix-en-Provence: Publications de l’Université de Provence.

1994 (with W. van der Molen). “Introduction.” In: Bernard Arps and Willem van der Molen (eds.), Serat Lokapala kawi: an eighteenth-century manuscript of the Old Javanese Arjunawijaya by Mpu Tantular. A facsimile edition of manuscript Cod. Or. 2048 in the Library of Leiden University, pp. v–xlvi. Leiden: Indonesian Linguistics Development Project (ILDEP) in co-operation with Legatum Warnerianum in the Library of Leiden University. Manuscripta Indonesica, 3.

1992. Tembang in two traditions: performance and interpretation of Javanese literature. London: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. [xiii + 485 pp.]

1991. “Antara ‘nêmbang’ dan ‘maca’: dampak ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi modern pada pembacaan puisi Jawa tradisional di Yogyakarta.” [Between ‘singing’ and ‘reciting’: the impact of scholarship and modern technology on the performance of traditional Javanese poetry in Yogyakarta.] Seni Pertunjukan Indonesia: Jurnal Masyarakat Musikologi Indonesia 2(2):69–118.

Professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Indonesie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.04b

Contact

Professor of Indonesian and Javanese Language and Culture

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Indonesie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.04b

Contact

  • Arps B. (2016), Tall Tree, Nest of the Wind: The Javanese Shadow-Play Dewa Ruci Performed by Ki Anom Soeroto. A Study in Performance Philology. Singapore: NUS Press.book
  • Arps B. (2012), Ethno-religious heritage in Singapore and the quest, The Newsletter (62): 4–5.article in journal
  • Arps B. (2011), The lettuce song and its trajectory: the vagaries of a pop song in three eras. In: Proceeding seminar internasional (musik) vokal, Festival Kesenian Indonesia (FKI) VII (Voice of the Archipelago Festival) Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Surakarta. Surakarta: Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) Surakarta, Departemen Pendidikan Nasional. 28-42.conference paper
  • Arps B. (2010), Terwujudnya bahasa Using di Banyuwangi dan peranan media elektronik di dalamnya (selayang pandang, 1970–2009). In: Mikihiro Moriyama, Manneke Budiman (Eds.) Geliat bahasa selaras zaman: perubahan 
bahasa-bahasa di Indonesia pasca-Orde Baru. Jakarta: Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia. 225-248.book chapter
  • Arps B. (2009), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 164(1, 2/3, 4).editorship of journal
  • Arps B. (2009), Osing Kids and the Banners of Blambangan: ethnolinguistic identity and the regional past as ambient themes in an East Javanese town, Wacana. Jurnal Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya 11(1): 1-38.article in journal
  • Arps B. (2011), Dewa Ruci and the light that is Muhammad: the Islamization of a Buddhist text in the Yasadipuran version of the Book of Dewa Ruci. In: Pantheisme - manunggaling kawula lan Gusti dalam naskah Nusantara. Jakarta: National Library of the Republic of Indonesia (Perpustakaan Nasional RI). 1-39.conference paper
  • Arps B. (2007), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 163(1-4).editorship of journal
  • Arps B. (2006), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 162(1-4).editorship of journal
  • Arps B. (2006), Dance-floor politics in easternmost Java, IIAS Newsletter (Special Issue, The Asia-Pacific War 60 Years On: History and Memory) 40: 11-11.article in journal
  • Arps B. & Heeren K. van (2006), Ghosthunting and vulgar news: popular realities on recent Indonesian television. In: Schulte Nordholt Henk, Hoogenboom Ireen (Eds.) Indonesian transitions. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar. 289-325.book chapter
  • Arps B. (2005), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 161(1-4).editorship of journal
  • Spyer P.E. & Arps B. (2004), Modes of Address in Post-New Order Indonesia. Leiden University. [other]other
  • Arps B. (2004), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 160(2/3, 4).editorship of journal
  • Arps B. (2004), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 160(1).editorship of journal
  • Arps B. (2004), Conversation as a curiosity: performing autochthonous talk in the media of Banyuwangi (Java, Indonesia). In: s.n. (Ed.) Media Practice and Performance Across Cultures. Madison, WI: Media, Performance & Identity Research Circle. 1-12.conference paper
  • Arps B. (2003), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 159(1, 2/3,4).editorship of journal
  • Spyer P.E., Arps B. & Laksono P.M. (2003), Indonesian sound- and imagescapes. Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Universitas Gadjah Mada. [other]other
  • Arps B. (2003), Letters on air in Banyuwangi (and beyond): radio and phatic performance, Indonesia and the Malay World 31(91): 301-316.article in journal
  • Arps B. (2002), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 158(1, 2).editorship of journal
  • Arps B. (2002), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 158(3).editorship of journal
  • Spyer P.E., Arps B. & Jurriens E.C.M. (2002), Indonesian mediations: A position paper. In: Schulte Nordholt H., Abdullah I. (Eds.) Indonesia in search of transition. Yogyakarta, Indonesia: Pustaka Pelajar. 177-206.book chapter
  • Spyer P.E., Arps B., Jurriëns E.C.M., Heeren K. van & Sushartami W. (2002), Indonesian mediations: the re-imagining re-imaging of community(s) in transition---a position paper. In: Schulte Nordholt H., Irwan Abdullah (Eds.) Indonesia in search of transition. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar. 177-206.conference paper
  • Arps B. (2002), Javanese on the internet, Caraka, 'The Messenger': Newsletter for Javanists 37/38.article in journal
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (2002), Semaian, 22. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO.editorship of book
  • Arps B. (2002), The sound of space: how to hear mise en scene in audio wayang. In: Mràzek J. (Ed.) Puppet theater in contemporary Indonesia: new approaches to performance events. Ann Arbor: Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, The University. 315-332.book chapter
  • Arps B. (2001), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 157(2, 4).editorship of journal
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (2001), Semaian, 21. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO.editorship of book
  • Arps B. (2000), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 156(1,2,4).editorship of journal
  • Arps B. (2000), De kwestie van het Javaanse kerkgezang. In: Molen W. van der, Arps B. (Eds.) Woord en Schrift in de Oost: betekenis van zending en missie voor de studie van taal en literatuur in Zuidoost-Azië. Leiden: Opl. TCZOA, universiteit Leiden. 1-32.book chapter
  • Arps B. (2000), Déwa Rutji: avontuur en wijsheid in een Javaans verhaal. In: Poeze H. (Ed.) Oosterse omzwervingen: klassieke teksten over Indonesië uit Oost en West. Leiden: KITLV uitgeverij. 81/215-119/216.book chapter
  • Arps B., Bogaerts E.M., Molen W. van der, Supriyanto I., Veerdonk J.A.L.B. van den & Litamahuputty B.H.J. (2000), Hedendaags Javaans: een leerboek. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.book
  • Arps B. (2000), Indian influence on the Old Javanese linguistic tradition. In: Auroux S., Koerner E.F.K., Niederehe H.-J., Versteegh K. (Eds.) History of the language sciences: an international handbook on the evolution of the study of language from the beginnings to the present, vol.1. Berlin/New York: Walter de Bruyter. 186-190.book chapter
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (2000), Semaian, 19. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.editorship of book
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (2000), Semaian, 20. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.editorship of book
  • Arps B. (2000), The regulation of beauty: J. Kats and Javanese poetics. In: Smyth D. (Ed.) The canon in Southeast Asian literatures: literatures of Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Richmond: Curzon. 114-134.book chapter
  • Molen W. van der & Arps B. (Eds.) (2000), Woord en schrift in de Oost: de betekenis van zending en missie voor de studie van taal en literatuur in Zuidoost-Azië, Semaian 19. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.editorship of book
  • Arps B. (1999), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 155(1,2,4).editorship of journal
  • Arps B. (1999), How a Javanese gentleman put his library in order, Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde 155(3): 416-469.article in journal
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (1999), Semaian, 18. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.editorship of book
  • Arps B. (1998), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 154(1,3,4).editorship of journal
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (1998), Semaian, 17. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.editorship of book
  • Arps B. & Litamahuputty B.H.J. (1998), The teaching of Javanese worldwide, Caraka, 'The Messenger': Newsletter for Javanists 30: 1-13.article in journal
  • Arps B., Birks T., Bogaerts E.M., Loven K. & Jurriëns E.C.M. (1997), An introduction to VA/AVMI, Internet WWW-publicatie .article in journal
  • Arps B. (1997), Member of editorial staff Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 153(1 t/m 3).editorship of journal
  • Arps B. (1997), Audio discourse and its allure. Indonesian audio media and the theory of perfomance, Internet WWW-publicatie .article in journal
  • Arps B. (1997), Koning Salomo en het dwerghertje: taalpolitiek, taalonderwijs en de eerste grammatica's in het Javaans. In: Groeneboer C. (Ed.) Koloniale taalpolitiek in Oost en West: Nederlands Indië, Suriname, Nederlandse Antillen en Aruba. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Univers. Press. 85-105.book chapter
  • Arps B. (1996), Javanese language, literature and theatre. In: Kratz E.U. (Ed.) Southeast Asian languages and literatures: a bibliographical guide to Burmese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Javanese, Malay, Minangkabau, Thai and Vietnamese. London/New York: I.B. Taurus Publishers. 112-164.book chapter
  • Arps B. (1996), Joseph in Java. In: Kumar A., McGlynn J.H. (Eds.) Illuminations: the writing traditions of Indonesia. Jakarta/New York/Tokyo: Lontar/Weatherhill. 174-175.book chapter
  • Arps B. (1996), Recitation of Javanese texts. In: Kumar A. (Ed.) Illuminations: the writing traditions of Indonesia. Jakarta/New York/Tokyo: Lontas/Weatherhill. 168-169.book chapter
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (1996), Semaian, 15. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.editorship of book
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (1996), Semaian, 16. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.editorship of book
  • Arps B. (1996), Singing literature. In: Miksic J. (Ed.) Ancient history. Singapore: Archipelago Press. 130-131.book chapter
  • Arps B. (1996), The Song Guarding at Night: grounds for cogency in a Javanese incantation. In: Headly S.C. (Ed.) Vers une anthropologie de la prière: études ethnolinguistiques javanaises. Aix-en-Provence: Publications de l'Université de Provence. 47-113.book chapter
  • Arps B. (1996), To propagate morals through popular music: the Indonesian qasidah modéren. In: Sperl S., Shackle Ch. (Eds.) Qasida poetry in Islamic Asia and Africa. Leiden: Brill. 389-409.book chapter
  • Arps B. (1996), [Translations of Southeast Asian texts:] Javanese. In: Kratz E.U. (Ed.) Southeast Asian languages and literatures: a bibliographical guide to Burmese, Cambodian, Indonesian, Javanese, Malay, Minangkabau, Thai and Vietnamese. London/New York: I.B. Taurus Publishers. 419-429.book chapter
  • Arps B. (1995), Dewa Ruci: een Javaans schimmenspel. In: Janssen J., Arps B. (Eds.) Déwa Ruci: een Javaans schimmenspel. Hilversum: VPRO. 14-27.book chapter
  • Arps B. (1995), Inleiding op de wayangvoorstelling. In: Janssen J., Arps B. (Eds.) Déwa Ruci: een Javaans schimmenspel. Hilversum: VPRO. 9-13.book chapter
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (1995), Semaian 12. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.editorship of book
  • Arps B., Kok M.J., Molen W. van der & Stokhof W.A.L. (Eds.) (1995), Semaian 13. Leiden: Opleiding TCZOAO, Universiteit Leiden.editorship of book

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