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FX Harsono: NAMA
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

FX Harsono: NAMA

  • 529 West 20th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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Tyler Rollins Fine Art is pleased to present NAMA, a solo exhibition of new works by FX Harsono, one of Indonesia’s most revered contemporary artists, taking place at our gallery in New York from April 25 – June 7, 2019. The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception on Thursday, April 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm; the artist will be in attendance.

Harsono has been a central figure of the Indonesian art scene for over 40 years. In 1975, he was among a group of young artists who founded Indonesia’s Gerakan Seni Rupa Baru (New Art Movement), which emphasized an experimental, conceptual approach, the use of everyday materials, and engagement with social and political issues. Over the course of recent decades that have seen enormous transformations in Indonesia, Harsono has continuously explored the role of the artist in society, in particular his relationship to history. During Indonesia’s dictatorial Suharto regime (1967-98), his installation and performance works were powerfully eloquent acts of protest against an oppressive state apparatus. The fall of the regime in 1998, which triggered rioting and widespread violence, mainly against Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese minority, prompted an introspective turn in Harsono’s artistic practice. He embarked on an ongoing investigation of his own family history and the position of minorities in society, especially his own Chinese Indonesian community. The recovery of buried or repressed histories, cultures, and identities – and the part that the artist can play in this process – have remained a significant preoccupation. Through looking into his own past, Harsono has touched on concerns that resonate globally, foregrounding fundamental issues that are central to the formation of group and personal identities in our rapidly changing world.

The current exhibition, NAMA (“names” in Indonesian), focuses on Chinese Indonesian personal names and their function as both markers of identity and symbols of remembrance. During the Suharto period, Chinese culture was suppressed in Indonesia, and Chinese Indonesians were required to change their names to more typical Indonesian ones. This attempt at the erasure of identity through legalized oppression harkened back to the more violent hostilities against the Chinese Indonesian community in the late 1940s, when many thousands were massacred during the unrest of the national independence movement. The exhibition centers on a video in which Chinese names are recited as a litany and then replaced with Indonesian names. “The chanting of prayers invites us to contemplate, without anger or revenge, the forced act of changing one’s name, which resulted in the Chinese being uprooted from their traditions,” Harsono explains. Other works explore the physical forms that names can take, as seen in memorial inscriptions, written signatures, official documents, and even embroidery. A large wall installation functions as a memorial monument to the massacre victims, its delicately embossed paper panels symbolizing fragility and vulnerability. A series of paper collages and light boxes incorporating texts and images pay tribute to individuals, both victims and survivors, commemorating the specificity of personal tragedies alongside the collective loss, and bringing light to a past that had long been consigned to darkness.

In recognition of his decades long “commitment to art and to freedom of expression in art,” Harsono was awarded the Joseph Balestier Award for the Freedom of Art in 2015, presented by the US embassy in Singapore, and in 2014 he was given the Prince Klaus Award honoring his “crucial role in Indonesia’s contemporary art scene for forty years.” His work has been shown in over 100 exhibitions around the world, including the seminal Traditions/Tensions: Contemporary Art in Asia at Asia Society in New York (1996), and the first Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia (1993). The Singapore Art Museum mounted a major mid-career retrospective, FX Harsono: Testimonies, in 2010. He presented his first solo show in the United States, Writing in the Rain, at Tyler Rollins Fine Art in 2012; and in 2018 the main video from that exhibition was featured in a month-long screening in New York City’s Times Square. In 2017 his work was included in two major survey exhibitions:SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo; and After Darkness: Southeast Asian Art in the Wake of History at Asia Society in New York.

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  • Tyler Rollins Fine Art

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Islamist Agenda in Indonesia Beyond 2019
May
16
12:00 PM12:00

Islamist Agenda in Indonesia Beyond 2019

  • The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street, Mulberry Conference Room (Room 3072), 3rd Floor New York City, NY 10012 United States of America (map)
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A fragile alliance of Islamist groups known as the "212 Movement" that first emerged in 2016 has managed to sustain its mobilizing power by using Prabowo, the rival of incumbent candidate Joko Widodo, as a rallying point during the campaign leading up to the April 17 election. Now that Prabowo is the presumed loser, what will happen to the Islamists? Is a Jokowi win really a victory for pluralist democracy?

Nava Nuraniyah has been an analyst at the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) since 2015, and her research interests include the role of Islam in politics as well as the evolution of extremism in South East Asia, including the role of women. Before joining IPAC, she worked as a researcher on terrorism and radicalization in Indonesia at the Centre of Excellence for National Security, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore.

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HOSTED BY:

  • NYSEAN

  • Race to Istana

  • Wagner's Office of International Programs

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Australia Festival: Attractor
May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Australia Festival: Attractor

Indonesia’s tour-de-force music duo Senyawa and Melbourne’s choreographic luminaries Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek join forces with two of Australia’s leading dance companies, Lucy Guerin Inc and Dancenorth to create Attractor. Senyawa reinterprets the Javanese tradition of entering a trance through dance and music as a powerful, secular, present-day ritual. Dancers are propelled into wild abandonment and ecstatic release, creating a visceral experience for the audience, as unrehearsed volunteers join the company on stage, to dissolve the demarcations between professionals and amateurs.

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Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppetry) Performance: Lakon Babat Alas Mertani
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppetry) Performance: Lakon Babat Alas Mertani

“Lakon Babat Alas Mertani”

Led by the Dalang/puppeteer Darsono Hadiraharjo, the Yale Community Gamelan Ensemble and students of Culture and Performing Arts of Central Java, Music 233, have collaborated to present a wayang kulit performance. The performance will also include guest musicians Anne Stebinger and Phil Acimovic, and guest speaker Professor Michael R. Dove.

Dalang Darsono Hadiraharjo has chosen a lakon (plot structure) which specifically addresses the issues of deforestation and the environmental issues so pressing in Indonesia today. Javanese wayang performance has a multifaceted role in Java; embodying artistic and spiritual practices and values, providing entertainment and engaging society with current events through critical social commentary.  With F&ES students of the Yale Community Gamelan, Darsono intends to create an artistic and educational wayang performance. 

Darsono has identified three scenes to bring in dialogue and conversations about environmental issues, creating opportunities for F&ES/ gamelan members to share their research. Peter Ludwig will be sharing his stories and research on Javanese gamelan instruments and resources for the craftsmanship of these instruments during the gara gara scene. This will most likely be delivered as a dialogue between Punakawan characters (comedic, but also descendants of gods) and Peter. Another scene will involve a research topic by Andy Lee, who will focus on the issues of deforestation and its impact on feline species in Southeast Asian regions. Guest speaker, Professor Michael Dove will address some of the issues surrounding deforestation in Indonesia and its effect on the society, communities, history and environmental policies through the voice of Yudhistra who advises Bima in the lakon to stop getting rid of the forest.

Hosted by: 

  • Yale Council On Southeast Asia Studies

  • MacMillan Center

  • Yale Department of Music

  • Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

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Central Javanese Gamelan Music Concert
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

Central Javanese Gamelan Music Concert

The Yale Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble is proud to present the Central Javanese Gamelan Music Concert. Directed by Maho Ishiguro, this event is in collaboration with the Yale Community Gamelan Ensemble and students of the Yale Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble course, Music 232. 

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Hosted by: 

  • Yale Council On Southeast Asia Studies

  • MacMillan Center

  • Yale Department of Music

  • Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

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Indonesia’s Presidential Election and Political Islam
Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

Indonesia’s Presidential Election and Political Islam

  • 420 West 118th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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Please join Sidney Jones, the executive director of the Jakarta-based Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), for a timely conversation about Indonesia’s presidential election - which will take place on April 17 - and the role of religion in the politics of the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. Margaret Scott, one of NYSEAN’s founders and a journalist who writes about Indonesia, will moderate the conversation.

Before setting up IPAC, Jones worked from 2002 to 2013 with the International Crisis Group, first as Southeast Asia project director, then from 2007 as senior adviser to the Asia program. Before joining Crisis Group, she worked for the Ford Foundation in Jakarta and New York (1977-84); Amnesty International in London as the Indonesia-Philippines-Pacific researcher (1985-88); and Human Rights Watch in New York as the Asia director (1989-2002). She holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She lived in Shiraz, Iran for one year as a university student, 1971-72, and studied Arabic in Cairo and Tunisia. She received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the New School in New York.

Hosted by: 

  • NYSEAN

  • Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University

  • NYU Wagner's Office of International Programs

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On Rising Fear, Anxiety, and Producing the “Other” in Indonesia
Apr
13
8:30 AM08:30

On Rising Fear, Anxiety, and Producing the “Other” in Indonesia

The Northeastern Conference (NEC) on Indonesia is an initiative of the Yale Indonesia Forum (YIF) and the Cornell Indonesia Student Association (CIA). The 19th Northeastern Conference in New Haven is organized by the Yale Indonesia Forum and funded by the Council on Southeast Asia Studies (CSEAS) at Yale University.

The Yale Indonesia Forum (YIF) seeks to address the issues of rising fear and anxiety, marginalization, and otherization in Indonesia from diverse disciplinary and methodological perspectives. How have categories of proper Indonesianness been historically constructed, and whom have they excluded? What are the historic and contemporary sources of societal anxiety in Indonesia? What new opportunities for and challenges to mutual understanding have emerged since the rise of human rights discourses? Are there clear victim-perpetrator binaries when it comes to otherization, and in what ways do targets of marginalization stake their claims to belonging? Can we predict what social categories will be the next targets?

Theme

In the throes of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election campaign of 2017, mass opposition arose against then-governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, for his alleged blasphemy against the Quran. Ahok’s subsequent election loss and arrest carried uncomfortable echoes of the past. The animosity directed towards the Christian and ethnically Chinese governor sparked fears that Indonesia’s ethnic and social tensions were dangerously resurgent.  Indeed, the creation of a distinct “Other” against whom to direct societal anxieties has taken various forms in Indonesia, including the portrayal of the ethnic Chinese as unscrupulous opportunists, the depiction of communism as the source of all social ills, and more recently, the panic over LGBT populations being a supposed source of moral decay. 

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Hosted by: 

  • Yale Indonesia Forum

  • Cornell Indonesia Student Association

  • Yale Council On Southeast Asia Studies

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Religious Pluralism in Indonesia
Apr
12
to Apr 13

Religious Pluralism in Indonesia

The last twenty years have seen Indonesia navigate the rocky waters of post-authoritarian democratic rule, a.k.a. reformasi. This conference seeks to address the state of religious pluralism in the post-Suharto era (1965-1998) with case-studies from across the religious spectrum. Is the Pancasila framework working? Who’s driving the movement for inclusivist practices? And conversely, who is leading exclusivism? What is the relationship between “civil society groups” and the state? How have minorities fared so far? What challenges are they facing? These are some of the questions panelists will be attempting to answer, so to offer a multi-disciplinary perspective on the issue of religious pluralism in Indonesia. Although focused on Indonesia’s own particular realities, this workshop will be of interest to the wider scholarly community at Cornell, as we’ll touch upon issues at the core of the question of how state, citizens and organized civil society interact on the field of religious in/tolerance.

For more information, click here

Hosted by: 

  • Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies's Southeast Asia Program

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Indonesian Speaker Series: Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Gita Wirjawan
Apr
9
2:00 PM14:00

Indonesian Speaker Series: Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Gita Wirjawan

  • Lerner Building, Columbia University (map)
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The Indonesian Speakers Series provides opportunities for Indonesian students and the wider community to engage with inspiring leaders. For this event, we will welcome the current Indonesian Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, and the former Indonesian Minister of Trade, Gita Wirjawan. 

About our Speakers:

Sri Mulyani Indrawati

Sri Mulyani Indrawati is an Indonesian economist who has been Minister of Finance of Indonesia since 2016; previously she served in the same post from 2005 to 2010. In June 2010 she was appointed as Managing Director of the World Bank Group and resigned as Minister of Finance.

Gita Wirjawan

Gita Irawan Wirjawan is an Indonesian entrepreneur, investment banker and philanthropist. Previously he served as Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Kabinet Indonesia Bersatu II. He is the founder of Ancora Group and Ancora Foundation.

To RSVP for Sri Mulyani's event, click here. [4PM-6PM]

To RSVP for Gita Wirjawan's event, click here. [2PM-4PM]

Hosted by: 

  • Permias NYC

  • NYU Indonesian Student Association

  • KJRI New York

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Democracy for Sale: Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia
Mar
25
12:00 PM12:00

Democracy for Sale: Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia

  • The Puck Building Mulberry Conference Room (map)
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Edward Aspinall and Ward Berenschot discuss their new book on Indonesia, which delves into the ways in which Indonesia's elections, and its political system writ large, have become dominated by clientelism - meaning that politicians exchange material benefits, such as cash, jobs, goods, and contracts, for political support. Based on years of fieldwork, they provide new insights into how this form of politics has become so dominant in Indonesia, and what is distinctive about the Indonesian version of clientelism. 

The Authors

Edward Aspinall is a researcher at the Australian National University in Canberra. He has authored or edited over a dozen books on Indonesian and Southeast Asian politics, including Opposing Suharto (2005) and Islam and Rebellion (2009). 

Ward Berenschot is a researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) where he specialises in local democracy, clientelism and identity politics in India and Indonesia. He is the author of Riot Politics (2011). 

Hosted by Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner, NYSEAN, and Race to Istana.

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Disinformation Crisis and Southeast Asian Elections: Behind the Scenes of Fake News Production and Fact-Check Interventions
Mar
5
5:00 PM17:00

Disinformation Crisis and Southeast Asian Elections: Behind the Scenes of Fake News Production and Fact-Check Interventions

  • Columbia University International Affairs Building Rm. 918 (map)
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This talk explores the everyday digital labor of fake news production and the fact-check interventions that attempt to combat the disinformation crisis particularly in Southeast Asia. Drawing from the study "Architects of Networked Disinformation" which focused on the work arrangements and moral justifications of disinformation producers in the Philippines, the focus of the talk is to move beyond naming and shaming exceptional villain influencers to identify the vulnerabilities in both political and media ecosystems that make political trolling a lucrative sideline gig for elite strategists as well as precarious creative workers. The talk also identifies current challenges facing election integrity interventions and country-specific legislation against fake news in light of forthcoming elections in Indonesia and the Philippines. I reflect on Facebook's new investments supporting fact-check partners and content moderators in the region, which on one hand offer possibilities for culturally appropriate local response but on the other hand create incentive structures that once again target low-hanging fruits and not the real masterminds of fake news.

About the Speaker:

Jonathan Corpus Ong (PhD, Cambridge) is Associate Professor of Global Digital Media in the Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Television and New Media. He is co-author of the public report "Architects of Networked Disinformation: Behind the Scenes of Troll Accounts and Fake News Production in the Philippines", funded by the British Council. He is currently project leader of "Reality Check"–an election integrity project that promotes voter literacy around disinformation for the May 2019 Philippine midterm elections.  

Moderated by:

Sheila Coronel, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism, Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia Journalism School.

Pizza will be provided!

Hosted by NYSEAN, Columbia Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia Journalism School, and Southeast Asian Students Initiative at Columbia University.

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Islam, Identity and Populism in Indonesia
Feb
19
12:00 PM12:00

Islam, Identity and Populism in Indonesia

Andreas Harsono, Researcher at Human Rights Watch, will discuss the role of Islam, identity, and populism in the 2019 presidential campaign season in Indonesia. This discussion will also preview his upcoming book, “Race, Islam, and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia.”

Andreas Harsono is a long-time Indonesian media freedom advocate, who helped establish the Alliance of Independent Journalists, the Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information, and the Pantau Foundation, as well as the South East Asia Press Alliance (Bangkok), and since 2008 has been a researcher for Human Rights Watch covering Indonesia.

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Hosted by Center for Global Affairs,Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, Masters program in International Relations, Wagner's Office of International Programs, NYSEAN, and Race to Istana.


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THE RAID: REDEMPTION | NYAFF Winter Showcase
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

THE RAID: REDEMPTION | NYAFF Winter Showcase

Gareth Evans and Iko Uwais followed their breakthrough Merantau with this turbocharged action opus. A monolithic slum building run by deadly criminals becomes a gauntlet of survival for a S.W.A.T. team on a mission to apprehend its drug lord overseer. After a series of daunting setbacks, the team find themselves trapped with no option other than to fight their way out. The Raid raised Asian cinema's action bar with its frenetic pace, non-stop bone-crunching battles, and innovative silat-based choreography all set against the gritty backdrop of a Jakarta ghetto and its formidable and colorful underworld denizens.

Tickets are between $5 and $15. 

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MERANTAU | NYAFF Winter Showcase
Feb
10
3:30 PM15:30

MERANTAU | NYAFF Winter Showcase

Watch Merantau, a story about martial arts prodigy Yuda who embarks on his merantau, a traditional rite of passage, in which he must leave his village to experience the big bad city. Living on the streets of Jakarta, he rescues a struggling brother and sister from the clutches of ruthless criminals, an intervention that escalates to a final deadly showdown. Director Gareth Evans discovered action star Iko Uwais (The Raid) while shooting a documentary on silat, Indonesia's indigenous martial art. Combining a literal "hero's journey" with old school exploitation movie trappings, ground-breaking action, and a little profundity for good measure, Merantau rekindled Indonesian action cinema.

Tickets range from $5 to $15.

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Reflections on Brokering Authority: 12 Years In and Still Muddling Through in Indonesia
Dec
4
12:00 PM12:00

Reflections on Brokering Authority: 12 Years In and Still Muddling Through in Indonesia

  • 34 Hillhouse Avenue New Haven, CT, 06511 United States (map)
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Steve Rhee works on securing access for rural communities to land and forest resources from the foundation's Jakarta office. His grant making supports efforts to increase the well-being of poor Indonesians in fragile rural areas. His work promotes policies that give poor and marginalized groups more control over natural resources. 

Before joining the Ford Foundation in 2009, Steve's development work focused on international natural resource management. He has held research and policy posts at several institutions, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the U.S. Department of State. In these roles, he collaborated with a range of stakeholders from villagers in Indonesian Borneo to senior government officials in Washington, DC. He has lived in Indonesia since 1996, working on community-based natural resource management issues. He has also worked in mainland Southeast Asia, Timor-Leste and Nepal.

Steve has had several transformational learning opportunities, including serving in the Peace Corps, the Fulbright-Hays Research Abroad Program, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. He received his PhD and Masters’ degrees from Yale University, where his training focused on governance, institutions and trade related to sustainable development.

Recognizing his commitment to evidence-based policy, AAAS selected Steve as one of 40 Science & Technology Policy Fellow alumni demonstrating “exemplary dedication to applying science to serve society.”

Hosted by Southeast Asia Studies at Yale.

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Lunch with Professor Mari Pangestu
Nov
13
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch with Professor Mari Pangestu

  • 1280 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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Professor Mari Pangestu served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011, and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 until October 2014. As Minister of Trade she led all the international trade negotiations and cooperation for Indonesia. As Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, apart from the tourism portfolio, she was in charge of developing a strategy for the Creative Economy in Indonesia.

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DOC NYC Film Festival: GRIT
Nov
11
5:15 PM17:15

DOC NYC Film Festival: GRIT

  • 260 West 23rd Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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In 2006 a rush of molten mud exploded in East Java, Indonesia, flooding 16 villages and displacing more than 60,000 people; 12 years later the hot sludge is still flowing. GRIT profiles one girl’s awakening to activism as her family campaigns against the corporation responsible for the man-made catastrophe. Cynthia Wade and Sasha Friedlander spent six years capturing the unworldly reality of East Java’s ecological disaster with breathtaking cinematography and a patient eye for the youth coming of age amid the mudflow.

Purchase tickets here.

Hosted by DOC NYC.

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Conversation With Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Governor of the Yogyakarta Special Region
Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Conversation With Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, Governor of the Yogyakarta Special Region

  • 725 Park Avenue New York, NY, 10021 United States (map)
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Join Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, sultan of Yogyakarta and governor of the modern Yogyakarta Special Region in Indonesia and Rachel Cooper, director, global performing arts and cultural initiatives for a conversation on the occasion of the performance Music and Dance of Yogyakarta.

Please note that the evening performance Music and Dance of Yogyakarta is sold out, but Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X’s talk is free and open to the public.

Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X is the Sultan of the historic Yogyakarta Sultanate in Indonesia and is currently also the Governor of the modern Yogyakarta Special Region (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta). Hamengkubuwono X succeeded his father, Hamengkubuwono IX as the Sultan of Yogyakarta when Hamengkubuwono IX died in 1988. Hamengkubuwono X was democratically elected as the Governor in 1998 and in 2012 the national legislature of Indonesia formally enshrined in law the convention that the Sultan inherits the position of governor.

Co-presented with Yale University, Wesleyan University, and the American Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation.

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The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66

In the keynote address, Prof. Geoffrey Robinson of UCLA, author of The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, will present material from this new book that explores the problem of mass violence through a close examination of the anti-leftist purge that gripped Indonesia in 1965–66, killing and imprisoning millions of alleged communists.

The conference has been organized by Ben Kiernan and Eve Zucker with support from the New York Southeast Asia Network; the Schell Center for International Human Rights, Yale Law School; the Council on Southeast Asia Studies at Yale; the Genocide Studies Program at Yale; and The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund at the MacMillan Center.

Event followed by a small reception.

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Business Forum on Trade, Tourism, and Investment in Indonesia
Nov
8
11:45 AM11:45

Business Forum on Trade, Tourism, and Investment in Indonesia

  • 300 West 44th Street New York, NY, 10036 United States (map)
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To foster greater economic partnership between Indonesia and the United States that provides mutual and beneficial economic opportunities for the two countries, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, Indonesian Investment Promotion Center New York, Bank Indonesia, Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Bank Negara Indonesia, and the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center Chicago will hold a Business Forum on Trade, Tourism, and Investment in Indonesia.

This forum focuses on opening discussions between United States’ investors and businessmen and Indonesian governmental and private sector representatives on business and investment opportunities in Indonesia. In this forum, we identify five main sectors in Indonesia that we believe have the potential to foster greater economic relations between the two countries. These include Tourism, Creative Economy, Infrastructure, the Food and Beverage Industry, and Manufacturing Industries.

The “Business Forum on Trade, Tourism, and Investment in Indonesia” will be held on November 8th, 2018 at the Intercontinental New York Times Square Hotel in New York City.

To RSVP and for more information, email economicny@gmail.com.

Hosted by Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York, Indonesian Investment Promotion Center New York, Bank Indonesia, Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Bank Negara Indonesia, and Indonesian Trade Promotion Center Chicago.

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The Massacres of 1965-66 in Indonesia: The Question of Responsibility
Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

The Massacres of 1965-66 in Indonesia: The Question of Responsibility

  • Columbia University International Affairs Building Rm. 918 (map)
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Long ignored or deliberately misrepresented, the mass killing of some 500,000 Indonesian communists and leftists in 1965-66 has recently become the focus of serious historical inquiry. Among those who have undertaken this work are historians John Roosa and Geoffrey Robinson. A central aspect of their work has been the problem of responsibility for the killings. In this forum, Roosa and Robinson explore that question from complementary perspectives; with Robinson addressing both the international and national dimensions of responsibility, and Roosa excavating the dynamics at the local level.  

Geoffrey Robinson is a Professor of History at UCLA where he teaches and writes about political violence, genocide, human rights, and mass incarceration. His books include: The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in BaliEast Timor 1999: Crimes against Humanity“If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die”: How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor; and most recently, The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66. Robinson worked for six years at Amnesty International, and in 1999 he served as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations in Dili, East Timor. He is currently co-editing a book of photographs and images related to the mass violence of 1965-66 in Indonesia.

John Roosa is an Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He is the author of a book examining the event that Suharto’s army used to justify the violent attack on the communist movement:Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement and Suharto’s Coup d’État. He has authored a number of articles about the massacres, such as “The State of Knowledge about an Open Secret,” and co-edited an Indonesian-language oral history book about the experience of the victims: Tahun yang Tak Pernah Berakhir. His presentation is drawn from the book manuscript he is currently finishing titled Buried Memories.     

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Indonesian Foreign Policy: From Free and Active to Leadership in the Indo-Pacific
Oct
25
2:00 PM14:00

Indonesian Foreign Policy: From Free and Active to Leadership in the Indo-Pacific

  • Columbia University International Affairs Building Rm. 918 (map)
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For the past half-century Indonesia has pursued a foreign policy that is geared towards protecting the national interest through cooperation rather than confrontation, and through free/independent and active policy-making rather than alliances. Does such an approach to foreign policy still serve Indonesia well in dealing with the current regional and global dynamics? Joko Widodo introduced his vision to make Indonesia a Global Maritime Fulcrum soon after being sworn in as president in 2014, which three years later, in 2017, was further elaborated in the Indonesian Ocean Policy as a vision of “Indonesia as a sovereign, advanced, independent, strong maritime nation that is able to provide positive contribution for peace and security in the region as well as to the world”. Entering 2018, with Indo-Pacific being the geopolitical buzzword, Indonesia has proposed its own version of the Indo-Pacific vision. How have these latest developments shaped Indonesia’s current foreign policy?

Dr. Shafiah Muhibat is the Head of Department of International Relations, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia. She was recently a Senior Fellow at the Maritime Security Programme, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Singapore from January to December 2017. She has done and taken part in extensive research projects on politics and regional security in Southeast Asia and the Asia Pacific since 2000. She has special interest in issues of regional security in East Asia, maritime security, Indonesia’s foreign policy, and regional cooperation. In addition to her interest in security issues, in the recent years she has also looked into issues related to development cooperation. She was the Chief Editor of The Indonesian Quarterly, a quarterly academic journal published by CSIS, from 2013 to 2016. She was also a lecturer at two private universities in Jakarta from 2005 to 2009. She obtained a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hamburg.

Hosted by NYSEAN and Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

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“Alive in the Archive: Ambivalence, Assemblage, Animation" Lecture by Patricia Spyer
Oct
11
5:00 PM17:00

“Alive in the Archive: Ambivalence, Assemblage, Animation" Lecture by Patricia Spyer

  • Silver Center for Arts & Science Rm. 301 (map)
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In the uncertain early 2000s when violence between Muslims and Christians racked Maluku on Indonesia’s eastern outskirts, Pentecostal ministers launched an iconoclastic attack on the headhunter portraits and warlord statues of Seram Island’s culture museum. The presentation explores the clash between distinct regimes of revelation intrinsic to museum and pentecostalism alike as the juncture at which a contested past became animated, gaining purchase on the present. This caused a ‘crisis of faith’ for the museum director, and left broken statues in its wake. Specifically, The Graduate Institute Geneva's Dr. Patricia Spyer consider the constellation of desires, forces, materialities, and ontological instabilities.

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Hosted by NYU Center for Religion and Media.

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Ahmad Fuadi's The Land of Five Towers
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Ahmad Fuadi's The Land of Five Towers

  • 112 W 27th St Suite 600 New York, NY 10001 (map)
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Join the Asian American Writers' Workshop for a night of reading and film with visiting Indonesian writer Ahmad Fuadi, whose bestselling novel Negeri 5 Menara (The Land of Five Towers), an uplifting story of a young Muslim boy’s journey from country to city to enter Islamic boarding school, became the source of inspiration for one of Indonesia’s top box office successes. Ahmad will read from the novel, the first in his trilogy about Alif’s life, and we'll watch selections from the feature film. With the English version of his book available, we'll have a chance to explore how the book was adapted to the big screen, and how translation between languages relates to translation between form. Don’t miss this movie night and discussion about literature in Indonesia, with snacks!

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Indonesian Film Festival New York
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Indonesian Film Festival New York

  • 333 West 23rd Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)
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We are bringing five critically-acclaimed movies for you to enjoy, ranging from a biographical film about a woman who persisted through the hardship of polygamy to an action-packed thriller. Get ready to feel inspired, awed, and thrilled in the second iteration of Indonesian Film Festival New York, so be sure to get your tickets and celebrate the best artists and creators that Indonesia has to offer! We have Indonesian Meal Set and merchandise too so don’t miss them!

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Hosted by the Indonesian Film Festival and Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.

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Gamelan Dharma Swara Blessing Ceremony & Season Launch Reception
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Gamelan Dharma Swara Blessing Ceremony & Season Launch Reception

Join Gamelan Dharma Swara on Sunday, September 23 for two very special events to launch their 2018-2019 season.

INSTRUMENT BLESSING CEREMONY: 4PM -5:30PM

We're conducting a traditional Balinese Hindu blessing ceremony for our very own gamelan!This is a milestone moment for Gamelan Dharma Swara, who for the last 20 years performed and practiced on borrowed instruments from generous host institutions. It will be the first one conducted since the new gamelan made its journey from Bali to New York in 2017--a spiritual awakening of the instruments in their new home. Our ceremony will be officiated by Dharma Swara Artist in Residence I Gusti Nyoman Darta and invites audience participation.The ceremony will be followed by a music and dance performance by Gamelan Dharma Swara.

SEASON LAUNCH RECEPTION: 6PM-9PM

In the mood for a party?  We'll continue the festivities with a ticketed reception that will mark the official launch of our 2018-19 season.  Under the full moon and against the inspiring Manhattan Skyline, join us for an evening of food, drinks, music and mingling.

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Hosted by Gamelan Dharma Swara.

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NYU Indonesian Students Association: Indomie Night
Sep
20
4:00 PM16:00

NYU Indonesian Students Association: Indomie Night

  • NYU Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life Room 288 (map)
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Join NYU ISA's first event of the Fall 2018 semester where we will formally welcome you to the ISA and introduce the new e-board. The event will feature fun games and activities, as well as the delicious goodness of the globally renowned Indonesian treasure—Indomie.

Hosted by NYU Indonesian Students Association.

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Time Bomb by Nano Riantiarno
Jun
15
7:00 PM19:00

Time Bomb by Nano Riantiarno

This is a story about those who are marginalized. A story of those living under bridges and in foul sewers, who can only stare up at the moon and speculate on their fortunes, daydreaming about the luxurious lives stowed away behind bright shop windows. When the state comes to raze their small riverside town in order to develop the land, these villagers—forgotten, abused, oppressed—find their bodies and spirits in danger of being buried underneath the demolished rubble.

Born in Cirebon, Indonesia, in 1949, N. Riantiarno founded Teater Koma in Jakarta in 1977. His over-140 stage and television productions include The Cockroach Opera Trilogy; Sorry.Sorry.Sorry; Succession; Sampek Engtay; The Primadonna Opera; Burisrawa The Corporate Mogul; Semar Protests; Constipated Opera; The Republic of Bagong; The Republic of Togog; The Republic of Petruk; Metaphore of Love; and the Siejinkwie tetralogy. He is the author of the novels Evening Romance; Red Mirror; Clear Mirror; Love Mirror; and Primadonna.

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Hosted by Columbia University School of the Arts.

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Why Terrorists Quit
May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Why Terrorists Quit

Julie Chernov Hwang will talk about her new book, Why Terrorists Quit: the Disengagement of Indonesian Jihadists, which explores how some Indonesian Islamist extremists are disengaging from violence and reintegrating back into society. She will describe the psychological, relational, rational and emotional processes underpinning disengagement in Indonesia and their implications for effective counter-terrorism policy. 

Julie Chernov Hwang is an associate professor of political science and international relations in the Center for People, Politics and Markets at Goucher College. Her new research project examines pathways to entry into Southeast Asian Islamist extremist groups. 

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Hosted by NYSEAN.

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Democracy for Sale in Indonesia
May
1
12:00 PM12:00

Democracy for Sale in Indonesia

Based on a forthcoming book co-authored with Edward Aspinall (Cornell UP, fall 2018), Ward Berenschot will discuss the evolving character of election campaigns in Indonesia. While clientelistic vote mobilization - the exchange of personal favours for electoral support - dominates electoral strategies across much of the global south, Berenschot argues that Indonesia's 'patronage democracy' is distinctive because of the limited role of political parties. He will describe why politicians need to rely on non-party organisations as well as bureaucratic networks to build their campaign organization. This free-wheeling nature of election campaigns can help explain some of the salient features of Indonesia's democracy, such as the pervasiveness of vote buying, the electoral advantage of incumbents and the relative dominance of politicians with a bureaucratic background.

Ward Berenschot is a postdoc at KITLV Leiden (the Netherlands) researching local democracy, clientelism and identity politics in India and Indonesia. He is the author of Riot Politics: India’s Hindu-Muslim Violence and the Everyday Mediation of the State (Columbia University Press 2011) and Democracy for Sale: Elections, Clientelism and the State in Indonesia (Cornell University Press, fall 2018, with Edward Aspinall).

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Hosted by NYSEAN.


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