Local History as a Counter-Hegemonic Discourse In The Social Sciences: George Town Festival (GTF) and the Forgotten Malay Narrative

Abdulrauf, Muttaqa Yushau and Merican, Prof. Dr. Ahmad Murad (2015) Local History as a Counter-Hegemonic Discourse In The Social Sciences: George Town Festival (GTF) and the Forgotten Malay Narrative. In: Conference Proceedings of Social Sciences Postgraduate International Seminar (SSPIS). School of Social Sciences, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, pp. 524-534. ISBN 978-967-11473-2-0

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    Abstract

    The influence of Eurocentric historiography in the social science has inevitably conditioned the representations of local histories of the post-colonial societies. This conditioning is manifested significantly at academic, policy and popular platforms. Thus, the George Town Festival (GTF) in Pulau Pinnang which started in the year 2010 in Penang-Malaysia fits perfectly into the discourse of misrepresentation of history. GTF traditionally brought together different Ethnic Nationalities including Peranakans, Hokkiens and Indian Muslims. Their Historical and heritage landscape in pulau pinnang has continued to be celebrated, alas!!! This has been without recourse to the history of earliest founding community who had built Tanjong and its proximities, before 1786. It must be remembered and be reminded that the history of Pulau Pinang did not start from 1786. Our main contention lies in interrogating the forgotten Malay narrative in the GTF, and its overall consequence on Malaysian Historiography in the social sciences. Under what epistemological assumption did the knowledge production about non-western societies’ did takes place? What are the alternative responses to the Eurocentric perspective? What role could a local history play as a counter-hegemonic response to the Eurocentric historiography in the social sciences? What is the forgotten Malay narrative in the GTF?

    Item Type: Book Section
    Subjects: H Social Sciences
    Divisions: Pusat Pengajian Sains Kemasyarakatan (School of Social Sciences) > Social Sciences Postgraduate International Seminar (SSPIS)
    Depositing User: ASM Ab Shukor Mustapa
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2017 09:43
    Last Modified: 24 Nov 2017 09:43
    URI: http://eprints.usm.my/id/eprint/37632

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