Staging modernity: the Semarang international colonial exhibition, 1914

Coté, Joost 2006, Staging modernity: the Semarang international colonial exhibition, 1914, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian affairs, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 1-44.

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Title Staging modernity: the Semarang international colonial exhibition, 1914
Author(s) Coté, Joost
Journal name Review of Indonesian and Malaysian affairs
Volume number 40
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 44
Publisher University of Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0815-7251
Summary The international exhibitions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are now generally seen as sites for the dissemination of an evolving discourse on modernity's primary theme: progress. These technological and cultural spectacles represented 'the self-congratulatory pride' of the bourgeoisie in their attainment of world power (Corbey 1994:60). The didactic function of international exhibitions lay embedded in their carefully arranged, itemised and annotated displays, as well as in the very architecture within which such displays were housed. It was a pedagogy palely echoed in every elementary classroom and school textbook of the newly created mass education systems of the day (Cote 2000a). The exhibitions were also modern in their embrace of the mass audience and their intentionally populist focus. An exhibition was intended to provide the visitor, already touched by a modern curiosity, with personal access to the wonders of modernity.
Language eng
Field of Research 200299 Cultural Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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