The ASILE Committee can confirm that the key note speaker for the 2018 ASILE conference will be Dr Pudentia Maria Purenti Sri Sunarti (MPSS), MA.
Dr Pudentia, born in Muntilan, Magelang on 8 May 1956, is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Humanities (Fakultas Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya) of Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta. She has her BA and MA from Universitas Indonesia, and her PhD from Universiteit Leiden and The University of California Berkeley.
As the Chair of the Asosiasi Tradisi Lisan (Association for Oral Traditions), she is a champion of the preservation of the archipelago's oral traditions. She has also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Group for Indonesia and Malaysia under the Yudhoyono Presidency and on the expert panel for UNESCO's Memory of the World program.
We express our thanks to Dr Pudentia for agreeing to join us in Melbourne for ASILE 2018.