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Surya Suryadi


Dr. S. Suryadi
+31 71 527 2414

Surya Suryadi is a Lecturer at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies.

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PhD research

PhD defence: 16 December 2014

The Cultural Significance of the Regional Recording Industry in West Sumatra, Indonesia

Supervisor: Ben Arps

His research interests are in oral traditions and literacy, national and regional literary life in Indonesia, and ethnic cultural phenomena and media in Indonesia. His field research focuses on Sumatra. He has received grants from several national and international foundations to carry out research on to oral traditions and local culture in West Sumatra, namely from the Toyota Foundation (1992/93), the Ford Foundation (1994), and ATL (the Oral Tradition Association) (1995). He spent eight months (from February to August 1998) in Manila, the Philippines, for a course in Tagalog language at the University of the Philippines, Quezon City, under the sponsorship of the Toyota Foundation and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre, Tokyo.

Suryadi joined the VA|AVMI programme of CNWS Leiden University from 1 April 1999 until 1 December 2001 as a parttime research fellow. The result was published as “The ‘Talking Machines’ Comes to The Dutch East Indies’, with partly funding by Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO).

Current projects

“Locating, documenting and digitising: preserving the endangered manucripts of the legacy of the Sultanate of Buton, South-Eastern Sulawesi Province, Indonesia”, awarded by the Endangered Archives Programme, the British Library.
“Malay Letters as Legacies of the Local Kingdoms on the Island of Sumbawa, Indonesia”, awarded by Brill Fellowship Scaliger Institute, Leiden University Library


1998 - …
Lecturer of the Department of Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania, Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Lecturer of the Faculty of Letters, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia.

Lecturer of the Faculty of Letters, Universitas Bung Hatta, Padang, Indonesia and the Faculty of Letters, Universitas Andalas, Padang, Indonesia.

Key publications


Syair Lampung Karam: Sebuah dokumen pribumi tentang dahsyatnya letusan Krakatau 1883. Padang: Komunitas Penggiat Sastra Padang, 2010.
Syair Sunur: teks dan konteks ‘otobiografi’ seorang ulama Minangkabau abad ke-19. Padang: Yayasan Dokumentasi dan Informasi Kebudayaan Minangkabau & Citra Budaya Indonesia, 2004.
Naskah tradisi Basimalin: pengantar teks dan transliterasi. Jakarta: Program Penggalakan Sumber-sumber Tertulis Nusantara Fakultas Sastra Universitas Indonesia, 1998.
Dendang Pauah: cerita orang Lubuk Sikaping. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia, 1996 [2st ed.: 1996] [Seri tradisi lisan Nusantara].
Rebab Pesisir Selatan: cerita Zamzami dan Marlaini. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia, 1993 [Seri tradisi lisan Nusantara].


Semester 1 (September - December 2018)

Leiden campus:

  1. Indonesian 1
  2. Indonesian 2
  3. Modern media in South and Southeast Asia

Den Haag campus:

  1. Indonesian 2 (Upper-) Intermediate



Semester 2 (February - June 2019)

Leiden campus:

  1. Indonesian 2
  2. Indonesian 4
  3. Literatures of South and Southeast Asia
  4. Thesis & Methods classes (MA Asian Studies)

Den Haag campus:

  1. Indonesian 1 Beginners
  2. Indonesian 3 (Upper-) Intermediate



PhD supervision

Leiden University

  1. Shafa ‘Atussara Silahudin, Malay Singing in Pahang Riverine Villages: Identity and Practice, degree expected in 2018 (together with B. Arps)
  2. Sudarmoko, Literary Infrastructure in West Sumatra, degree expected in 2018 (together with B. Arps).

Please click here for the MA and BA theses Suryadi has supervised.


Ancillary activities

Reviewer for international journal Studia Islamika (http://journal.uinjkt.ac.id/index.php/studia-islamika/index).

Reviewer for international online journal Sage Open (https://journals.sagepub.com/home/sgo)

Reviewer for international journal Narrative Culture (https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/narrative/)


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS Indonesie

Work address

Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.12d



No relevant ancillary activities

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