Matthew Teismann will speak at the 33 Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (SAHANZ). The conference will take place July 5-7 at the University of Melbourne. This year’s theme is GOLD. Teismann will present his field work ‘Architecture Without Origins’ in Indonesia for the plenary session ‘The Opposite of El Dorado: The Cultural Logic of Urbacide.’
This paper is based on Teismann’s fieldwork in Jakarta, Medan, Bawömataluo, and other villages in South Nias in 2014, archival research, and interviews with experts on Bawömataluo and faculty at Universitas Indonesia whose work focuses on the interaction of architecture with socioeconomic politics. Furthermore, it is informed by the few other scholars who have written on South Nias and the omo sebua. Building on Jerome Feldman’s work on the history of the omo sebua, this research moves beyond the frontier of knowledge by indicating the potential role of architecture as the embodiment of sustainable social identity.