ISS Visiting Scholar: Mindawati Perangin-angin
Reverend Dr. Mindawati Perangin-angin joined the Institute for Signifying Scriptures (ISS) as the institute’s first visiting scholar. Originally born in Medan, North Sumatra Province, Indonesia, Dr. Perangin-angin received her Masters in Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary, New York, and later earned a Masters in Philosophy and a Ph.D. in Religion from Drew University, Madison, New Jersey.
Dr. Perangin-angin, who was in residence at CGU from September 19 to October 12 2005, is head of the ecumenical bureau of the Karo Batak Protestant Church of Indonesia. Her current research traces the histories of religion in Indonesia, and the cultural developments that surrounded the arrival of "new" religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity. Her work focuses specifically on the histories and orientations of the Karonese ethnic community in how they engage sacred texts.
"Dr. Perangin-angin's work on the interpretive traditions and orientations of the Karonese ethnic community of Indonesia fits perfectly with the international scope and research goals of the ISS, an institute which seeks to understand how different peoples engage sacred texts," says Vincent L. Wimbush, professor of religion and director of ISS.