Biography

Rangga joined the Faculty of Law as a Jardine Scholar in Michaelmas 2018 to read the DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies under the supervision of Dr Marina Kurkchiyan.

The focus of his doctoral project is on “cultural heritage” as a legal construct in the Indonesian context. His thesis explores the process through which official heritage is created, the uses that its variegated forms are intended to serve, as well as the conflicting and converging interests of their creators.

Rangga holds an LLB from Universitas Gadjah Mada, where he has been Non–Civil-Service Lecturer since 2013; an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Groningen; and an MPhil in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge, where his studies were also fully funded by the Jardine Foundation.

Since 2020, Rangga has been on extended fieldwork in Indonesia, where he originally sought to conduct ethnographic work with Indigenous adat communities to explore the tension between the state’s motivation in heritage-making and grassroots aspirations. Sheltering from Indonesia’s interminable COVID waves, he now conducts data collection from home, juggling thesis writing with taking care of his immunocompromised parents and one gargantuan cat.

Publications

Recent additions

  • R A Dachlan, 'Indonesia's Implementation of Inventory Obligation under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention: Problems in the Online Inventories' (2015) 22 International Journal of Cultural Property 131
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0940739115000041
    Article 12 of the Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003, provides that the States Parties are under obligation at the national level to draw up one or more inventories of the intangible cultural heritage present in their respective territories. Indonesia has been a State Party to the Convention since 2007, but until now, no specific law on intangible cultural heritage has been enacted. In 2010, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, jointly with UNESCO, published the Practical Handbook for Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia. With the legal vacuum, the Handbook became a source for guidelines on the implementation of the inventory obligation in Indonesia; it provides that there shall be a manual inventory and an online inventory. However, in practice, there are two web sites functioning as online inventories, and the contents of the two web sites do not seem to reflect one of the Convention’s purposes, which is awareness. This article scrutinizes the contents of the publicly accessible online inventories and finds that the absence of statutory regulation has resulted in difficulties for those inventories to fulfill the purpose of awareness as mandated by the Convention.

Journal Article (1)

R A Dachlan, 'Indonesia's Implementation of Inventory Obligation under UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention: Problems in the Online Inventories' (2015) 22 International Journal of Cultural Property 131
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0940739115000041
Article 12 of the Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, 2003, provides that the States Parties are under obligation at the national level to draw up one or more inventories of the intangible cultural heritage present in their respective territories. Indonesia has been a State Party to the Convention since 2007, but until now, no specific law on intangible cultural heritage has been enacted. In 2010, the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, jointly with UNESCO, published the Practical Handbook for Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Indonesia. With the legal vacuum, the Handbook became a source for guidelines on the implementation of the inventory obligation in Indonesia; it provides that there shall be a manual inventory and an online inventory. However, in practice, there are two web sites functioning as online inventories, and the contents of the two web sites do not seem to reflect one of the Convention’s purposes, which is awareness. This article scrutinizes the contents of the publicly accessible online inventories and finds that the absence of statutory regulation has resulted in difficulties for those inventories to fulfill the purpose of awareness as mandated by the Convention.

Research projects