This site brings together the publications of Dr. Sara Niner about people & politics in Timor-Leste.

29 September, 2010

Ubud Readers and Writers Festival

http://ubudwritersfestival.com/writer/sara-niner

Dr. Sara Niner is an Endeavour Fellow and Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University, Australia. She is the editor of To Resist is to Win: the Autobiography of Xanana Gusmão with selected letters and speeches (Aurora Books, Melbourne, 2000) and author of Xanana: Leader of the Struggle for Independent Timor-Leste (Australian Scholarly Publishing, Melbourne, 2009).


Along with academic pursuits she has worked in solidarity with the East Timorese community in Melbourne since 1991 and as a volunteer and consultant in Timor-Leste since 2000. She is currently living in Dili, Timor-Leste, researching and writing about contemporary society there and enjoying tropical living. Dr. Niner hopes to soon concentrate on writing a crime fiction novel based on recent Timorese political history.

Festival Appearances

Other People's Lives 8 Oct 15:45 Neka Museum

Timor L'Este in Words 9 Oct 16:30 Citibank Lounge

19 September, 2010

Convite/Invite ba Lecture Publico ba Dr. Sara Niner: OINSA BARLAKE MUDA IHA TIMOR LESTE? Is barlake changing in Timor-Leste?

Konvite: ema hotu-hotu bemvindo
Invite: Everyone welcome
Lecture Publico ba Dr. Sara Niner, Monash University
OINSA BARLAKE MUDA IHA TIMOR LESTE?
Is barlake changing in Timor-Leste?
Haksesuk depois ba panel Timor Oan
Followed by discussion from Timorese panel.
Favour ida foti planu ba parte no troka
Please bring your ideas for input and exchange.
Sesta-Feira 24 Septembro 11.00am
Peace Centre
Universidade Timor-Leste (UNTL)
Kaikoli Campus
(Next to Obrigado Barraks)
Summario
Hadiak balun ba situasaun ida ne’e, ba maioria feto sira tem ke halo liu husi pratika sira hanesan barlake. Investigasaun ida oinsa barlake muda no oinsa nia afeta ba feto sira nia moris no sira nia familia bele asiste iha hetan solusaun ba impaktu negativu balun. Ho rasaun ida ne’e, ohin loron iha mudansa signifikante iha Timor Leste. Barlake mos sai hanesan objektu de atake ida ba feto activista sira tamba nia afeta feto sira nia moris. Ohin loron, kritisismu sentral maka, barlake sai tiha ona nu’udar “noeiva nia folin” deit,  ne’ebe halo ita hare hanesan feto no nia fertilidade selu tiha ona no trata feto hanesan produtu ida. Investigasaun ida oinsa barlake muda no oinsa nia afeta ba feto sira nia moris no sira nia familia bele asiste iha hetan solusaun ba impaktu negativu balun.
Any significant improvements to the lives of the majority of women In Timor-Leste must be made through an engagement with indigenous customary practices like barlake. Yet the complexity and variability of barlake systems is little documented and research about its everyday impact on women’s lives is sorely inadequate for this purpose. There are significant changes to barlake in Timor-Leste today. Barlake has also come under attack from the modern women’s movement because of the way it affects the lives of women. The main criticism today is that an uneven exchange of goods, favoring the bride’s family, encourages the perception that women and their fertility are being bought and subsequently treated as a commodity. An investigation of how practices are changing and the effects on the lives of men and women may assist in finding solutions to some of these negative impacts.