Join the Ballard Institute for our sixth Summer 2020 Online Puppet Forum Series event on Facebook Live! These forums, hosted by Ballard Institute director and puppet historian John Bell, will consist of discussions with notable scholars and practitioners around the world about the past, present, and future of puppetry and puppetry studies.
On July 9 at 4 p.m. ET, in a forum entitled “Woman Behind the Shadows: My Journey with Puppets and Tradition in Bali and Beyond,” Professor Jennifer Goodlander of Indiana University will speak with John Bell about her research on traditional and contemporary puppetry in Bali, including the roles of women in the form, and how puppetry in helps define cultural and national identity in Southeast Asia.
Jennifer Goodlander is an Associate Professor at Indiana University in the Department of Comparative Literature, where she teaches classes on Indonesian and global theater, literature, and other arts. Jennifer has published numerous articles and two books: Women in the Shadows: Gender, Puppets, and the Power of Tradition in Bali (Ohio University Press, 2016), and Puppets and Cities: Articulating Identities in Southeast Asia (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018). Her current research looks at transnational Southeast Asian identities as expressed in performance, literature, and art. Jennifer is also the current President for the Association of Asian Performance.