Special Seminar by Ms. Wiwik Dharmiasih and Dr. Micah Fisher “The Future Guardians of Heritage: Multigenerational Photovoices on the Management of Bali’s World Heritage Site”

Date &Time: 14:30-16:00, Thursday 20th February 2020
Place: Small Meeting Room 2 (Room no. 331), on the 3nd floor of Inamori
Foundation Memorial building, CSEAS

Title: The Future Guardians of Heritage: Multigenerational Photovoices
on the Management of Bali’s World Heritage Site

Ms. Wiwik Dharmiasih and Dr. Micah Fisher

Across Indonesia, rural places are undergoing a profound generational
transition, one which will have impacts on landscapes and economies of
the future. Indeed, changes to rural ways of life have gained
international attention, resulting in broader policy discussions about
how to plan for the future. In 2012 Bali’s subak system, considered
increasingly threatened by development, was inscribed as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site. Such designation was envisioned as a way to protect and
empower local traditional agricultural institutions that manage water
management systems, and also sought to temper the changes onset by a
rapidly expanding tourism industry. Designation however, has created new
challenges to future management of Bali’s agrarian landscapes, further
driving a wedge among local communities about the future character of
these regions. This presentation reflects on methodological engagement
of introducing photovoices at one of the iconic places of the World
Heritage Site, in the village of Jatiluwih. Participants included ten
local farmers and residents ranging from ages 15 – 70. Told from the
photographs and stories of these local villagers, this presentation
presents new ways for reorienting perspectives about rural change and
the future of managing the World Heritage Site.

About the Speakers:
Wiwik Dharmiasih is a lecturer at the Department of International
Relations, Universitas Udayana in Bali, Indonesia. Her research focuses
on key themes in contemporary international relations such as political
geography, conflict transformation, and community-based natural resource
management. She provided social and legal analysis for the World
Heritage nomination of the Balinese subak irrigation system. Her
research has since worked to facilitate local institutions to find
avenues for expressing their interests in the management of the World
Heritage property in Bali. She is currently active in supporting youth
involvement in the management of Bali’s Cultural Landscape and has
worked with local youth groups to introduce the Photovoice methodology.
She is also a research associate at Udayana University’s Subak Research

Dr. Micah Fisher is an affiliate faculty at the Matsunaga Center for
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawaii and
serves as a faculty at the Department of Forestry at Hasanuddin
University in Indonesia. His research focuses on human-environment
relations, hazards and vulnerability, and governance participation and
engaged methodologies. His dissertation work examined rapidly changing
landscapes, land rights recognition for indigenous communities, and
rural transitions in Indonesia. He also serves as the Chief Editor of
Forest and Society.

Moderator/Organizer: Iqra Anugrah, CSEAS, Kyoto University