The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network

Julia Martínez’s and Adrian Vickers book, The Pearl Frontier: Indonesian Labor and Indigenous Encounters in Australia’s Northern Trading Network (University of Hawai‘i Press) offers a new way of imagining Australian historical connections with Indonesia. Julia Martinez and Adrian Vickers will discuss the the book at 5.30pm on Thursday 8 October 2015 in Sydney, followed by Read more …

1965 and the Indonesian Coup: Fifty Years On

In October 1965 an abortive coup took place in Jakarta, involving the murder of six army generals. Suppressed by General Suharto and portrayed as a communist grab for power, these events triggered a dramatic transformation of Indonesia’s politics and Southeast Asia’s strategic configuration. The Indonesian Communist Party was destroyed, a developmentalist military government came to power and Indonesia Read more …

Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 2014 thesis prize

Vannessa Hearman was a joint winner of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) 2014 thesis prize for the best PhD thesis in Australia in the field of Asian Studies. Her thesis in history at the University of Melbourne was entitled ‘Dismantling the “Fortress”: East Java and the Long Transition to Suharto’s New Order Regime Read more …

Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-colonial Indonesia

Susie Protschky is the editor of the soon to be released volume Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late-colonial Indonesia (Amsterdam University Press). The essays in this volume examine, from a historical perspective, how contested notions of modernity, civilization, and being governed were envisioned through photography in early twentieth-century Indonesia, a period when the Dutch Read more …