Golong Gilig is a research-based organization to elevate an interdisciplinary research and link that research with community engagement, cultural heritage preservation, development, and education. Initiated in the city of Nijmegen in the Netherlands in 2015, Golong Gilig Institute of Nusantara and Diaspora Studies had been officially established in the following year of 2016 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The term “Nusantara” itself is chosen to emphasize our philosophy that this Institute shall be an ocean that connects different islands in the archipelago which shares common ground and values. Since the ancient time, the ocean has significantly become the bridge that circulates ideas and goods from the delta of Nile River to the Strait of Malacca. The diaspora identity itself would not even be possible without the role that the ocean plays. Drawing inspiration from the nature of the ocean that connects the islands and helps to create the diaspora community, we believe that there is no territorial or even political border in the context of Nusantara: historical, cultural, and even spiritual ties surpass narrow definitions that defined and separated us. Through strengthening our local identity, embracing traditional values in global context, we try to pursue the creation of new narration from this ocean of knowledge that will lead us to the Renaissance of Nusantara.

Ours is the only one diaspora studies centre in the Indonesian hemisphere for a research on Nusantara diaspora. In our first step, as located in the centre of Javanese cultures in the city of Yogyakarta, we collaborate with diverse researchers to produce knowledge on Javanese diaspora, before going further on the broader issue of Nusantara diaspora. To say that diaspora studies is an academic field raised in the late twentieth century to learn scattered ethnic groups for some reasons, which are often termed diaspora peoples; ergo literally associates with a dispersed people. In addition, diaspora studies is a new interdisciplinary area that has emerged in humanities and cultural sciences dealing with the study of migration and its social, political, economic impact.

The usage of the term diaspora in the context of Nusantara diaspora carries the meaning of post-colonialism discourse after hundred years being colonialized by the Dutch, British and Portuguese. In contemporary thought, the concept of diaspora involves an understanding of the shifting relations between homelands and host nation form. Apropos of this following issue, the Institute’s working understanding of the concept includes individuals and groups of diaspora, with a history of migration, whose attachment to host countries is expressed through hybrid-culture in nurturing the ancestral culture.

To support an exciting plan for the exploration and dissemination of these and other issues at various levels of diaspora and Nusantara studies, Golong Gilig collaborates mainly with the Cultural Board of Yogyakarta Special Province Government. To put in the nutshell, Golong Gilig is inching closer to putting the main agenda of “Reviving the Nusantara Renaissance”



Yogyakarta City, Indonesia

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