Kawi International Summer School 2014
4-29 August, 2014
Old Javanese - known in Bali as Kawi, the language of poets - artfully integrated lexemes, poetic meters and figures of speech from the world of Sanskrit into an Austronesian linguistic base. It played a crucial role in the artistic, ritual and sociopolitical life of pre-modern Java and Bali and spread its influence over a large area of the Malay-Indonesian archipelago. However, Kawi is not merely of historical interest; today it is a distinct linguistic code within Balinese and Javanese that is crucial for understanding how ethical and aesthetic ideals and the dynamics of ritual practice are shaped by the textual and oral traditions of Kawi.
The aim of this course is to provide the tools needed for reading works of the prose (parwa) and verse (kakawin) forms of literature as well as didactic and documentary works. Students from disciplines ranging from art history and comparative religion to linguistics and comparative literature, as well as those focusing on some aspect of Indonesian society will benefit from this course. To attend the course no prior experience is required.
for further information on the Kawi course and on the Myanma course please link to:
Dr. Lany Probojo
Institute of Ethnology
Albert-Ueberle-Strasse 3-5, Room 111
D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel. +049 - (0) 6221-54 3034