Bart Barendregt is an anthropologist at the Leiden Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. As a senior researcher and main coordinator, he is affiliated to the Articulation of Modernity Project, a four-year project funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). This project looks at societal change through the prism of popular music, emphasizing the appeal of modernity rather than that of the nation-state, thus offering a new way of studying South-East Asian culture and history. Bart has an interest in popular and digital culture, and has published on and made films on Southeast Asian performing arts, new and mobile media, and (Islamic) pop music. He is currently working on a book dealing with Islamic boy band music and the mixing of religion, youth culture and politics that has become so popular among Malaysian and Indonesian student activists.
- Diverse Digital Worlds (2012)
- Sonic discourses on Muslim Malay Modernity: the Arqam Sound (2011)
- Tropical Spa Cultures, Eco-chic, and the Complexities of New Asianism (PDF) (2011)
- New Modes of Communication: Web Representations and Blogs: Indonesia (2011)
- Sex, Cannibals and the Language of Cool: Indonesian tales of the Phone and Modernity (2008)