Filtering by: Indonesia
Boedi Widjaja: "Declaration of"
Sep
11
to Nov 7

Boedi Widjaja: "Declaration of"

Helwaser Gallery is pleased to present Declaration of, the first solo presentation in New York of works by artist Boedi Widjaja (b. 1975, Java, Indonesia). The exhibition presents recent and latest works from the artist’s Imaginary Homeland series (2015–ongoing) encompassing drawings, photography, and installation. For this exhibition, Widjaja focuses on press photographs taken during the Cold War of Indonesia’s founding figures, Sukarno and Suharto. Having left Indonesia at a young age, the artist’s perception of his former country is constructed mostly through images, and the imagined. Widjaja’s works re-examine these images, connecting them with ideas of embodiment, gaze and memory. 

The show is running from September 11th-November 7th, beginning with an opening reception on September 11th from 6-8PM.

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Top Down or Bottom Up? Politics and Society in Thailand and Indonesia
Nov
7
2:30 PM14:30

Top Down or Bottom Up? Politics and Society in Thailand and Indonesia

  • International Affairs Building, Columbia University, Room 918 (map)
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This panel discussion will look at the broad question of whether changes in society are happening as a result of political manipulation from the top; or because of substantive changes within culture, values and beliefs.

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Labor, Politics, and Democracy in Indonesia: Unions, Parties and Elections in the Last Decade
Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

Labor, Politics, and Democracy in Indonesia: Unions, Parties and Elections in the Last Decade

  • Mulberry Conference Room (Room 3072), The Puck Building (map)
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Indonesia’s political parties have made little attempt to define themselves by a commitment to particular policies, and have faced little sustained pressure from outside to do so. An important exception to this generalization is the organized labor movement. Drawing on case studies from five union-dense locations, this talk by Professor Michele Ford will examine unions’ engagement in the 2009, 2014 and 2019 electoral cycles, which we argue has been tremendously significant for Indonesia’s emerging democracy.

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Migrating Shadows: CU Music
Nov
23
1:00 PM13:00

Migrating Shadows: CU Music

Two Indonesian artists, one from Bali and one from Java, come together to create Migrating Shadows, a multimedia production centered around wayang, Indonesian shadow puppet theater. Gusti Sudarta (Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Denpasar) and Darsono Hadiraharjo (SEAP Visiting Critic) are joined by Christopher J. Miller, Kevin Ernste, and graduate student composers from Cornell's Department of Music. They will also present a program of excerpts from traditional wayang.

The event is free and open to the public; no ticket is required.

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IF WE WERE XYZ (Second Performance)
Oct
18
3:00 PM15:00

IF WE WERE XYZ (Second Performance)

Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo premieres a durational performance work IF WE WERE XYZ at Asia Society. In this new work, she explores dreams—both in the sense of the subconscious experiences we have while sleeping and the conscious aspirations we have when awake. Drawing upon Javanese mysticism, traditional beliefs, the artist’s own dreams documented in a self-devised sleep laboratory, and other sources, Suryodarmo’s intensive research process leads to a visceral and immediate three-hour performance.

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IF WE WERE XYZ (First Performance)
Oct
17
3:00 PM15:00

IF WE WERE XYZ (First Performance)

Indonesian artist Melati Suryodarmo premieres a durational performance work IF WE WERE XYZ at Asia Society. In this new work, she explores dreams—both in the sense of the subconscious experiences we have while sleeping and the conscious aspirations we have when awake. Drawing upon Javanese mysticism, traditional beliefs, the artist’s own dreams documented in a self-devised sleep laboratory, and other sources, Suryodarmo’s intensive research process leads to a visceral and immediate three-hour performance.

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Demonstration: Popular Music from Java - Keroncong
Oct
6
4:00 PM16:00

Demonstration: Popular Music from Java - Keroncong

  • Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (Level B1 Lobby) (map)
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Indonesian guest artists Danis Sugiyanto on violin and vocalist Endah Laras join the American keroncong band Rumput to demonstrate and discuss the traditional string band music of Indonesia and its connection to the arrival of Portuguese sailors and freed slaves to the archipelago in the sixteenth century.

These performances are part of “Performing Indonesia” and are presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Indonesia.

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Indonesian Film Festival NY 2019
Sep
6
to Sep 7

Indonesian Film Festival NY 2019

At the School for Visual Arts Theater in New York City, the Indonesian Film Forum will present their 3rd annual festival. With support from the Indonesian Consulate in New York, the festival aims to present some of the best of contemporary Indonesian cinema, presenting short films, documentaries, and feature length narratives.

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 “Like a Sales Promotion Girl”: Cigarettes, Communities, and Social Media Marketing in Indonesia
Aug
29
12:00 PM12:00

“Like a Sales Promotion Girl”: Cigarettes, Communities, and Social Media Marketing in Indonesia

In Indonesia, cigarette companies get around marketing restrictions by contracting vendors and inducing influential youth to do promotional work for them, sometimes for free. Philip Morris International’s subsidiary Sampoerna aggressively promotes its machine-rolled clove cigarette brand A Mild, the bestselling cigarette in Indonesia, through live music shows, photography competitions, art exhibits, and even camping trips. Based on participation in these events, as well as interviews with participants, influencers, DJs, MCs, Sales Promotion Girls, and event organizers, Marina Welker analyzes how Sampoerna cultivates community groups that perform face-to-face and social media labor to service and extend the A Mild brand, which it associates with values and aesthetics that are conventionally coded as transgressive, activist, and anti-capitalist.

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Indonesia’s Religions and Their Contested Narratives
Aug
14
12:00 PM12:00

Indonesia’s Religions and Their Contested Narratives

  • The Puck Building, Mulberry Conference Room (Room 3072) (map)
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This presentation examines the contested place of religion in political and local narratives in Indonesia. At times, state and regional policies appear to legalize discrimination towards some religious communities. These policies, however, are often at odds with local traditions and more modern efforts aimed maintaining religious pluralism. Based on fieldwork in Java, Sulawesi and Maluku, this presentation argues that local efforts aimed at promoting religious pluralism, both on the ground and online, function as a reservoir of inter-faith understanding that supports national government efforts to maintain peace between religious communities.

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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.

For more information, click here

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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.

For more information, click here.

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.

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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. 

For more information, click here

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. 

For more information and to register for the event, click here

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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.

For more information and to register, click here

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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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