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Jamal: Sundanese Aesthetic Revisited

News | Monday, 27 June 2011 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawe Setiawan

Jamaludin (photograph: Hawe Setiawan/SC)

Jamaludin, a Bandung-based scholar, has successfully defended his doctoral thesis concerning Sundanese aesthetic. Undertaking his research at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) over the past four years, he presented his findings in a public defence at ITB campus in Bandung on Thursday morning, 23 June 2011.

Jamaludin, which is also known as novelist and columnist, wrote a dissertation entitled Makna Simbolik Estetika Sunda: Kajian Wadah Makanan Pokok di Masyarakat Baduy ‘The Symbolic Meanings of Sundanese Aesthetic: A Study of Staple Food Containers in Baduy Community’.

In one of his findings he states that several traditional Sundanese staple food containers could be seen as extension of human body. He also coined the notion of siga, sarupaning, and waas as representations of traditional aesthetic.

Jamaludin teaches interior design at National Institute of Technology (ITENAS), one of well-known universities in Bandung. He also writes a book on furniture design

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