Rachmi Diyah Larasati PhD

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Gender, Women And Sexuality Studies
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My first book, The Dance that Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post Genocide Indonesia (March 1, 2013, Univ of MN Press), theorized global corporeal commodification through genocide. In the brief period from late 1965 to early 1966, approximately 1 million Indonesians––including a large percentage of the country’s left-leaning musicians, dancers, and artists––were killed, arrested, or disappeared as then-general Suharto took control of the nation, implanting his “New Order“ regime, which would rule for the next thirty years. Looking back on the New Order from the context of the present, I expose the highly complex relationships between artistic traditions, local dancing bodies, and the Indonesian state since 1965. I interrogate the ways in which female dancers have been dealt with by the state: vilified, punished, and made to disappear, then replaced with new, idealized, state-aligned bodies. In my analysis, dancing bodies seeking to challenge prevailing paradigms of historical memory must constantly navigate the paradox of speaking through the aestheticized, ideological language of the politically and economically dominant in order to mobilize the interests of the local or the suppressed.

In my current scholarship, through the lens of transnational feminism, I expand the scope of my work on the effects of the politics of the "international" and globalization to examine "local" aesthetic engagement with the contemporary paradigms of international law arising from the specific political and ethical concerns of the Neoliberal. Here, I explore the ways in which questions of aesthetic consumption (the rights and obligations to practice, preserve, and protect arts as “intangible“ aesthetic “property“) negate, reproduce, and potentially reformulate the ideas of citizenship, nationalism, multiculturalism, cultural translation and the embodiment of the memory of violence with attention to the gender politics that mediate between the local and global. In the process I engage the ever-more critical issue of the growing limitations on the rights and “ownership“ claimed by participants and cultural inheritors with regard to aesthetic practice and gender politics.

I am currently writing my second book (Dancing in the Forest: Modern Machines and Audio Politics of Land Narrative). Focusing on the aesthetic, and the specific site that captures the idea of displacement through machines of dispossession, this research bridges my interests to look at communities of color in the US and former colonized spaces. Through the study of value, I work to engage with, and call attention to, the particular problematic of local and global political economies of aesthetics driven by broader networks of alliances, Feminism and Transnationalism, Capitalistic modes of production and inquiries into power structures and desire.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D: Dance History & Theory, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA, 2006.
  • M.A.: Dance, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 2000.
  • Non-degree Objective: Intercultural Performance and Exchange Program, UCLA/World Arts & Cultures, Los Angeles, CA, 1998.
  • M.A. summa cum laude: Dance & Performing Arts Studies, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 1997.
  • B.A.: Dance Studies & Anthropology, Institut Seni Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of the Arts), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 1991.


  • Study of Archive, Memory of Violence
  • Creative Projects in Post-Conflict/War Zones (Asia)
  • Performing Arts in Global Politics & Culture
  • Dancing Body, Tourism & Female Citizenship
  • Genocide/Massacre Cultural Reconstruction
  • Politics of Human Rights and Creative Arts
  • Dancing Body in Southeast Asian Islam
  • Aesthetics of Traditional/Indigenous Space and Embodiment
Courses Taught
  • Theatre 8116 - History and Theory of Western Theatre (Graduate Course)
  • Dance 5500 - Dance and Citizenship: Land Migration and Diaspora (Graduate Course)
  • Dance 3495, Dance 5495 - Dance & Global Tourism
  • Dance 3402 - Dance History II
  • Dance 3487 - "Ethnic Dance" Traditions in American Society
  • Dance 3487 - Dance and Citizenship: Land, Migration and Diaspora
  • Dance 3401 - Dance History I
  • Dance 1401 - Introduction to Dance
Research & Professional Activities


  • Performing Phantoms, Female Combatants and Shariah Law: Study of Creative Aesthetics in a Violence Zone, Fall 2012 - TBA
  • The (In-)Visibility of Female Dancing Bodies: National Tourism and Global Space
  • Corporeality and the Embodiment of Abandonment: Inquiry on Access, Fall 2013 - Present


  • Ethnography: Research Methods, Writing and Theory: Kompas Research Department [Indonesian Newspaper] and Sajogyo Institute, December 17, 2014 - February 2015
  • Ethnography School: Method and Theory, Sajogyo Institute: Workshop on Research Methods, July 2014 - September 2014
  • Critical Global Humanities: Cultural Critique and Historiography, A Madrasah: Workshop and Lecture at LISAFA: Universitas Islam Negeri, Sunan Kaliiaga, Yogyakarta, March 22, 2014 - March 23, 2014
  • Public Education (Indonesia): A semester of reading group and lecture: Etnohistori: http://etnohistori.org/kegiatan/membaca-bersama-rachmi-diyah-larasati-etnohistori, 8 February 2014 - 28 June 2014
  • Short Course on Decolonialization in the Humanities: Graduate School, UIN Yogyakarta & AIFIS, July 25 - July 29
  • Oemah Larasati: Cultural & Education Center in Indonesia: Public Education and Cultural event, Summer 2019


  • Kentrung: My Boat Stop at Cape Town: Dance/ Text/ Post Colonialism & Narrative, Fall 2019 - Fall 2019
  • Lament: National Portrait Gallery Canberra, Australia, Contemporary Indonesian-Australian artist Dadang Christanto performs a new work together with dancer and writer Diyah Larasati. This performance engages with ideas of memory and remembering, exploring the tension between persistence and stillness, June 3, 2018
  • Archive: Collaboration with Dadang Christanto, at the Smith Gallery, Melbourne, Australia, May 26, 2018
  • Wuku: A future prediction: An opening for Dadang Christanto's "wuku" painting exhibition at the Nancy Gallery, Australia, February 3, 2018
  • "Reclaiming the Aesthetic of Women: De-colonizing Land Ownership: Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Routledge, Cultural Studies, 2019. Link
  • "Gerakan Sosial: Kontestasi Tubuh di Ruang Publik dan Performativitas (Social Movements: Contestation of the Body and Performativity in Public Spaces)". Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Brigitta Isabella (Editor), Kelola, Author, 2018 .
  • Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and Hunger Called Theatre: Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Routledge, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Volume 20, 2018 - Issue 3 472-474, 2018.
  • "Tentang Gayatri C. Spivak: Dari Dekonstruksi Hingga "Megacity" (Thinking Gayatri C. Spivak: From Deconstruction to 'Megacity'": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Budiawan, Ombak, Hamparan Wacana, 173-188, 2018.
  • "The Rethinking of Remembering: Who Lays Claim to Speech in the Wake of Catastrophe?". Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Editor: Fazil Moradi, Ralph Buchenhorst, Maria Six-Hohenbalken, Roudledge, Author, 2017. Link
  • "From Che to Guantanamera: Decolonizing the Corporeality of the Displaced" : Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Rowman & Littlefield International, Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Questions), 2017. Link
  • "Tanz als Ausdruck nationaler Identität": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, das Leitthema des ifa im Jahr , Kulturen Des Wir, 2017. Link
  • "The Dancing Goddess: Ecological Memory, Technique, and the Inquiry of Value in Globalized Space": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Smithsonian, Performing Indonesia, 2016. Link
  • "Theorizing the Archive: Corporealness, Decolonization of Thinking and Tactics, and Playfulness of Memory" in Kerja Arsip & Pengarsipan Seni Budaya di Indonesia: Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Farah Wardan & Yoshi Fajar Kresno Murti, IVAA, 2014.
  • The Dance that Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post-Genocide Indonesia. Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, University of Minnesota Press, Author, March 1, 2013. Link Download · Image
  • Membaca Tubuh, Gerak, dan Pola Jejak Langkah dalam Bernegara Kita [Reading the Body, Movements, Governmentality and Its Patterns]: Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Gus Durian, Gus Durian , Sunday, December 14 , 2014. Link
  • "Crossing the Seas of Southeast Asia: Indigenous, Islam, Diasporic and Performances of Women’s Igal": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Editor: Anthony Shay, Oxford University Press, Oxford Handbooks Online, 2014. Link
  • "Ranah Tubuh Dalam Pemetaan Gerakan Perempuan": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Etnohistori ISSN 2303-, Etnohistori, Edisi Geneologi Gerakan Dan Studi Perempuan Indonesia , 2013. Link
  • "Desiring the Stage: The Interplay of Mobility and Resistance": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Palgrave, Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations. Ed. Patricia Ybarra & Lara Nielsen, 253-265, 2012. Link Image
  • "Eat, Pray, Love Mimic: Female Citizenship and Otherness": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, Gita Rajan and Jigna Desai., London and New York: Routledge, Transnational Feminism and Global Advocacy in South Asia, 97-105, 2012. Link Image
  • "Eat, Pray, Love Mimic: Female Citizenship and Otherness": Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, The Journal of South Asian Popular Culture, 8, No. 1 87-93, April 2010. Link Image
  • Indonesian Dancing Bodies: Massacres and Restrategizing the Post Colonial State: Larasati, Rachmi Diyah, UP Dilliman, ASJ (Asian Studies Journal), 45: 1-2 10, 2009. Link
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative, Fall 2019 - Fall 2020
  • Grant-in-Aid, University of Minnesota (U of M), July 1, 2015 - January 15, 2017
  • Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS): Abundance & Scarcity, University Symposium Award, January 2011 - June 2014
  • United States Institute of Peace, with Leslie Dwyer (George Mason University), Fall 2012 - 2013
  • Grant-in-Aid, U of M, Spring 2009 - Summer 2011
  • University Symposium, IAS, U of M (Collaborative Film Project), Spring 2009 - Spring 2010
  • Travel fund, Office of International Programs, U of M, March 2008, May 2009
  • Faculty Residential Fellow, IAS, U of M, 2008 - 2009
  • University Symposium, IAS, U of M, Fall 2008
  • Mcknight Travel Award, U of M, March 2008
  • International Fellowship, Ford Foundation, Fall 2001 - Fall 2006
  • Home Country Project, American Association of University Women, Summer 2004
  • Asia Fellows Award, 2002
  • International Fellowship, American Association of University Women, Fall 2001