Jakarta, UIN News Online — UIN Jakarta and the French Embassy through Institut Francais Indonesia (IFI) holds evening lecture themed “Some Natural Disasters Through Indonesian Literature” by presenting Etienne Naveau as keynote speaker on Wednesday (08/29/2018) at IFI, the French Embassy, Jalan MH Thamrin Jakarta.

Also present in the event, UIN Jakarta’s Vice Rector for Student Affairs Prof Dr Yusran Razak MA, Director of Institut Francais Indonesia Marc Piton, and Indonesian poet Taufik Ismail.

Yusran in his remarks positively appreciated this event to further develop the knowledge of UIN Jakarta students, “During this time, natural disasters have always been associated with scientific and religious point of view, then at this evening’s event, the speaker will deliver his lecture from another point of view, namely literature,” said Yusran.

In line with Yusran, IFI Director Marc Piton said that this seminar is intended to explain and answering questions regarding natural occurrence such as the eruption of mount Krakatoa and Aceh Tsunami disaster were pictured in Indonesian literature, also what kind of information that are gained from the literatures.

Etienne Naveau in his presentation provides an overview of how cultural and religious mutations, especially natural events that caused trauma to the people of the Nusantara through the work of two authors, Kwee Tek Hoay and Taufiq Ismail.

In addition to the presentation from Etienne, the event was also filled with poetry readings entitled “Membaca Tanda-Tanda”, and read directly by Taufik Ismail himself.

Based on UIN News Online observation, the participants are very enthusiastic to follow the course of event. Several questions were asked by the participants to the speaker towards the end of the event. (usa)

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