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Summer Program
October 6, 2016 to October 19, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts, Oral History, Local History



Saujana heritage or cultural landscape heritage is the inextricable unity between nature and manmade heritage in space and time, or the variety of interactive manifestation between manmade heritage and natural environment. The interaction of nature and culture has become a new perspective in global discourse of sciences especially those which concern with heritage conservation started in the end of the 80’s. However, in the Indonesian higher education as well as the discourse on the saujana has not well developed. Whereas in fact, Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke is a mosaic of one of the world’s largest diversity of saujana that needs interdisciplinary developed.

In 2014, Yogyakarta was declared by the World Craft Council as the World Batik City. And Imogiri Saujana Heritage in Bantul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Province, is an area that has a strong relation with the history of Yogyakarta Sultanate. Imogiri also is known with its long history traditional hand writing batik product. With its special history and batik product, in 2011 Imogiri was set by the provincial government as a Heritage Area (Governor Decree No. 186, 2011).

The area of Imogiri has rich of natural and cultural potentials associated with the existence of the traditional batik. There are fertile soil and rural atmosphere as well as everyday community life of traditional villages which performs the value and variety of interactive manifestation between manmade heritage and natural environment called saujana. The batik activity of the community has developed since hundreds of years ago, and to date remains ongoing. This batik activity in Imogiri also shows the strong batik activity in Yogyakarta. It has been rooted in the Imogiri community life, so batik and Imogiri cannot be separated.

The interaction between the landscape and community culture over space and time units is mirrored in the physical features of the Imogiri area, including the traditional architecture of the houses, and unique community cultural traditions (agriculture activity in traditional way, traditional batik making, daily life of the people, beliefs, and arts) that are inherited from generation to generation. The rich potencies of the landscape and culture of Imogiri, and also the strong unity of them, make this area an outstanding cultural landscape heritage.

The outstanding of Imogiri cultural landscape, especially the batik activity and hand writing batik products, has prompted the idea of batik lovers and cultural landscape conservationists to make Imogiri as a living museum for batik (batik eco-museum). According to Ohara (1998), eco-museum are:

1) heritage conservation: nature, culture, and local traditional industry;

2) community participation in the management and operational for their future;

3) the basic activity of the museum: collection, preservation, study, exhibition, and education.

In line with the idea of Imogiri batik eco-museum and the event of Jogja International Batik Biennale 2016 that will be held on October 12-16, the International Summer Course on Imogiri Saujana Heritage will be relevant to be conducted. This summer course for faculty staff and students from Gadjah Mada University as well as other universities in Indonesia and foreign universities aims to give scientific and practical respons to Imogiri cultural landscape conservation. This activity is also expected to give inputs for policies, planning and design guidelines of Imogiri batik eco-museum, knowledge and experience to the participants, and of course tighten the collaboration among universities.


The objective of the International Summer Course on Imogiri Saujana Heritage in a specific theme is emphasized on enhancing participants’ knowledge and understanding on saujana heritage conservation, and implementing concepts and techniques of saujana heritage conservation in planning and design of the local outstanding (batik center and cultural landscape heritage) as an eco-museum. This program also aims to give a contribution to the development of Imogiri Cultural

Landscape Heritage as the World Center of Excellence of Batik. In detail, the objectives of the International Summer Course on Imogiri Saujana Heritage are:

1) To give participants a comprehension on conservation and management of Imogiri saujana

heritage, including its social and cultural systems, physical and environmental settings,

traditional building and village architecture, and batik activity system.

2) To give participants knowledge and understanding about a living museum, its role in

Imogiri cultural landscape heritage conservation, and the position of the Imogiri area in

the world.

3) To enhance participant skill in implementing concepts, methods, conservation process

and landscape management in the actual case, including inventory, documentation,

analysis, and formulation of conservation guidelines on local batik culture.

4) To give participants experience directly in the field to do planning and design of

Imogiri area as a living museum.


1) Plan and design of Imogiri batik eco-museum which will be given to the related


2) Pioneer the collaboration for summer course program continuously in the future.

3) Contribution to Yogyakarta Special Province to make Imogiri Saujana Heritage as the

World Center of Excellence of Batik.


The program is organized for 14 days (October 6-19, 2016) in the City of Yogyakarta and Imogiri Village, in the same time with the Jogja International Batik Biennale 2016 (October 12-16, 2016), so that some of the summer course activities will be integrated in the Jogja International Batik Biennale 2016


Contact Info: 


Department of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada

Jl. Grafika 2, Sekip Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Telp. 62 274 544910. Fax: 62 274 580852

Contact Person: Yeny Paulina Leibo

Registration to the Organizing Committee not later than August 31, 2016

Confirmation of participation by September 5, 2016

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