The Poetics of Pusat in the Malay World and Beyond
by Dr Azhar Ibrahim
The word 'pusat' is rich in meaning and significance in this region. It could mean 'navel' in human physiology, or a middle or central position, or even an office or organisation. From past to present, 'pusat' represents an interesting notion of space, sacrality and ideological claims. This talk surveys the multiplicity of meanings that cross history, socio-politics, culture and mythologies to offer a view of how power, place and emotion have become central in our imagination.
An outreach programme organised by the Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore in collaboration with the exhibition 'Suriani Suratman - Pusat: Conversations with my mama Saerah'.
Supported by Arts House Limited. Held at The Arts House.