❤ The Charnel-House . Besides studying Soviet history, reading Walter Benjamin was what got me hooked on all this commie crap. It was probably “On the Concept of History” that first did it. Enigmatic, baffling, simple yet sophisticated — these were my initial impressions of it. The rest is history, or a storm blowing in… Continue reading Walter Benjamin’s writings in German and in English
The question of ‘where’s your home’ is very political for me. Or, I just made that up and actually I’m just that pretentious. But to have and recognise or decide where my home is, it’s not an easy task. Administratively speaking, I have three houses where I reside back and forth. First, it’s in small…… Continue reading Kyoto, for All Places that I’ve Visited
Pak N was quite and often blinked his eyes more than normal statistic. For twelve years he remained silence about what happened to his mind and bodies. “It ached at first time,” he said. “But when the second kick hit me, I no longer felt anything.” During the martial law in Aceh, he had considerably…… Continue reading A Perfidy at Meunasah
Last September my paper was accepted on Jurnal Perempua n conference. It didn’t get presented though, perhaps because the numbers of people in the cofenference was huuuuugggeeee, I literally shivered when attending the conference so I just sat like a little nice lamb and snuggled to snack table. Damn hungry introvert.Credits given to Harits ‘Jenggot’…… Continue reading In Searching of Feminist Technology: Challenge in 21st Century Feminism
Apa yang tidak akan manusia lakukan untuk sebuah ilmu pengetahuan, khususnya ketika ilmu itu berhasil dikodifikasi menjadi gumpalan dan runutan kertas bernama buku? Tidak ada. Sejak kemunculannya, teks tertulis (harafiah) entah dengan simbol/huruf di dinding-dinding gua, tablet (ala Nabi Musa ataupun Samsung Galaxy), dan khususnya ‘buku’ menjadi sebuah kemagisan dan kekuasaan tersendiri sepanjang sejarah. Ia…… Continue reading Bercermin Pada Brauer: Kegilaan dan Kemelekan
Penulis : Bina Agarwal Judul : A Field of One’s Own gender and land rights in South Asia Publikasi : Cambridge University Press, 1994 Prolog Ulasan ini saya ajukan sebagai salah satu bahan diskusi di kelas Perempuan Sajogyo Institute bertajuk Gender dan Hak Atas Tanah. Ulasan ini sayangnya memiliki keterbatasan fatal; kedetilan. Tidak mudah…… Continue reading “Aku hanya butuh tanah, yang lain cuma omong kosong”: Menyoal Kepemilikan dan Kontrol Perempuan atas Tanah
“How do you see 1965 issue?” someone asked. I found my heartbeat rising. My breath shortened. “Well… I think…” it was a very neat and well-measured answer. Human rights, violence, state responsibility and so on. But really, what do I know when perhaps it was my grandfather who swept all those commies? He was in…… Continue reading Seeing Pram’s face on a palm oil tree.