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Gilbert Harmonic

Honorary Researcher
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hamonic[at]rocketmail.com

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EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Education

  • 1971, 1972- Bachelor’s and Master’s in Philosophy (Sorbonne, Paris)
  • 1973- Master’s in Ethnology
  • 1978- PhD in Social Anthropology (Sorbonne, Paris)

Professional Experience

  • 1975-1976- Recipient of a scholarship from the Indonesian Government, Universitas Hasanuddin de Makassar
  • Lecturer at the INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales—National Institute for Asian Languages and Civilizations) (1978-1982)
  • Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University (1985 and 1997)
  • Co-founder of the AFRASE (Association Française pour la Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-EstFrench Association for Research on Southeast Asia), 1984
  • Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore University, 1989
  • Expert on assignment at the Indonesian National Research Center (LIPI), Jakarta, 1989-1990
  • Expert on the International Committee (France, Holland, Indonesia) put together to advise the production of the screen version of the Bugis de la Galigo epic, created by Robert Wilson (2003)
  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Asian Research, Singapore, 2008
  • Participated in various radio programs on the station France-Culture ((“La Matinée des Autres”, “Les Chemins de la connaissance”, “Les Vivants et les Dieux”…) and in several exhibits at the Paris Musée de l’Homme. Research and fieldwork assignments
  • Member of theArchipelresearch group (CNRS/EHESS) entitled “Idéologies et réseaux du carrefour indonésien” (headed by Denys Lombard), 1977-1986
  • Member of the research group initially entitled DEVI, then LASEMA (CNRS), “Dynamique, Espaces et Variations en Insulinde” (headed by Christian Pelras), 1986-2005
  • Member of the (CNRS/EHE) research group entitled “Anthropologie comparée des religions” (headed by Marcel Detienne), 1988-1996
  • Head of the ministerial research program entitled “Mobilité des Hommes et Circulation des Biens dans les Pays en Développement.” Research conducted with Indonesian, Malaysian and Singaporean collaborators (1992-1994).
  • Head of the CNRS Action Concertée Incitativeentitled “Cultures Urbanistiques….” Comparative approach to “L’invention des Patrimoines Urbains en Asie du Sud-Est (Da Nang/Hoi An, Jakarta, Singapour),”1999-2001
  • Various fieldwork assignments in Indonesia (South Sulawesi, Java, Kalimantan, Riau), in Malaysia (Johor, Sarawak) and in Singapore

RESEARCH AREAS

  • Social and cultural anthropology
  • Ethnohistory of the pre-Islamic religions of Indonesia
  • Urban studies
  • Imaginary and history of mentalities in the Malayo-Indonesian world

CURRENT RESEARCH TOPICS

  • Conceptions of modernity in Southeast Asia: History of art and sociology of artistic productions in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines during the first half of the 20th century.
  • Process of transnational dissemination and circulation of ideas and cultural goods, along with the phenomena ofmétissageborn out of the contacts between Asian artists and artists from other continents.

TEACHING, ADMINISTRATIVE AND RESEARCH-RELATED RESPONSIBILITIES

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant at the INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales—National Institute of Asian Languages and Civilizations) (1978-1982).
  • Tutoring of several Indonesian academics (in collaboration with the Jakarta LIPI, Indonesian National Center for Scientific Research).

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Books

  • 1979- La Langue Bugis, Edition of the French translation of the Russian book by Ülo Sirk, Cahierd’Archipel, n° 10, 196 p.
  • 1987- Le Langage des Dieux, Cultes et Pouvoirs Pré-Islamiques en Pays Bugis, Célèbes-Sud, Indonésie, Ed. du CNRS, 273 + XVI photo plates.
  • 1993- Merantau. Les Migrations humaines dans l’Archipel des Détroits (Malaysia, Singapour, Indonésie), with UU. Hamidy, J. Massard, Mohd. Salleh Lamry and G. Smith. Report for the Ministry of Research and Technology. 213 p.
  • 1995- La Déesse Parole, Quatre figures de La Langue des Dieux ; with Marcel Detienne, Idées et Recherche, Flammarion, 119 p.
  • 2001- L’invention des patrimoines urbains en Asie du Sud-Est. Approche comparative : Da Nang/ Hoi An, Jakarta, Singapour. ACI–CNRS Report, with the participation of Beaufils T., Krowolski N. and Nguyen Tung. 180 p.

Articles

  • 1981- « The Maulud festival in Cikoang. About a shî’ite tarekat in Makassar country ». The III European Colloquium on Malay and Indonesian Studies, Napoli, Istituto Universitario Orientale, Dipartimento Di Studi Asiatici.
  • 1983- “Pengantar Studi Perbandingan Kosmogoni Sulawesi Selatan: Tentang Naskah Asal-usul Dewata2 Bugis yang Belum Pernah diterbitkan”, Citra Masyarakat Indonesia, Penerbit Sinar Harapan, Jakarta, pp. 13-40.
  • 1987- “Translations of Chinese Fiction into Makassarese”, in Literary Migrations : Traditional Chinese Fiction in Asia (17th-20th centuries) ; Cl. Salmon Ed. pp. 569-592.
  • 1989- « Les réseaux marchands bugis-makassar : grandeur et décadence du principe de la liberté des mers », in Marchands et hommes d’affaires asiatiques dans l’Océan Indien et la Mer de Chine, 13e-20e siècles, Denys Lombard and Jean Aubin Ed. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales,Paris, pp. 253-265.
  • 2003- « Kepercayaan dan upacara dari budaya bugis kuno : pujaan pendeta bissu dalam mitos La Galigo » in Nurhayati Rahman, Anil Hukman, Idwar Anwar (eds.), La Galigo Menehusuri jejak warisan sastra dunia, Pusat Studi La Galigo, Divisi Ilmu Sosial dan Humaniora, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar, pp. 485-498. (Beliefs and Rituals in Ancient Bugines Culture…)
  • 2005- « L’invention du patrimoine urbain à Singapour ; entre fantômes ancestraux et ville mondiale », journal Autrepart, n°33, IRD Editions, Armand Colin, pp. 157-170 + photos XV-XVI.
  • 2007- « L’Art Déco en Indonésie. Un imaginaire de la modernité », in Archipeln°73, pp. 59-109 including 17 iconographical plates.

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