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René T.A. Lysloff 

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An Associate Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) and came to UCR in the fall of 1996 after teaching two years at the University of Pittsburgh. Before that, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Grinnell College (1992-93) and also taught at Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Presently, he is finishing a book on shadow theater and music in rural Central Java based on past fieldwork in Java (1979-80, 1986-87, and 1994), to be published through KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies). When he returned to Java in 1998, specifically the region of Banyumas (western Central Java), he pursued his research on rural performing arts and Indonesian modernization. His most recently completed project is translating a contemporary Indonesian novel (in three volumes) by Ahmad Tohari entitled Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk [A Dancer of Paruk Village]. The novel explores the lives of a rural dancing girl and her childhood sweetheart as they experience the tumultuous changes in Indonesia from 1946 to 1971. The English translation, titled The Dancer, is published as a single volume through the Lontar Foundation ( Jakarta) and distributed worldwide.1


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