Golong Gilig Institute of Javanese Diaspora Studies is a research-based organization to elevate interdisciplinary research and link that research with community engagement, cultural heritage preservation, and education. Initiated in the Nijmegen-the Netherlands in 2015, thus officially established in the following year of 2016 in Yogyakarta-Indonesia, we collaborate with researchers, historian, bureaucrats, artists, and young people with diverse academic backgrounds.
Ours is the only one diaspora studies center in the Indonesian hemisphere for research on people of Javanese descendants either living within the archipelago of Indonesia or around the globe such as mainly dwelling in the Netherlands, Suriname, French-New Caledonia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Saudi Arabian, USA, Hong Kong and little is known living in Cocos Island, Madagascar, South Africa, Caribbean and many more. 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. To put in the nutshell, 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 Javanese people carries the meaning of post-colonialism discourse after hundred years being colonialized by the Dutch. 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, the Golong Gilig collaborates, mainly, with the Cultural Board of Yogyakarta Government supported by the Yogyakarta Sultanate. Along with the governmental and royal palace, the Golong Gilig is inching closer to putting a main agenda of embracing Javanese diaspora from all over the world to ‘the home’.