About the Indonesia Studies Programme
The Indonesia Studies Programme at ISEAS promotes in-depth understanding of Indonesia through conferences, workshops, seminars, print and e-publications, and timely commentary in the international and local media. These serve as channels to inform scholars, policy-makers, journalists, the business community, diplomats and international organizations on pertinent developments in Indonesia today.
The programme is concerned with understanding the effects of political and economic reform in Indonesia following the end of the New Order era, especially with respect to the implementation of decentralization policies throughout the archipelagic nation. In addition, the programme is also paying special attention to the dynamics and implications of the Indonesian legislative and presidential elections in 2014.
The programme seeks to build and maintain institutional ties and scholarly exchange with academics, analysts, and centres involved in the study of contemporary Indonesia.
Please contact the Acting Coordinator, Ulla Fionna ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), for matters related to the Indonesia Studies Programme.
Current Researchers and Affiliates
- Aris Ananta
- Alexander Arifianto
- Evi Nurfidya Arifin
- Kathleen Azali
- Ulla Fionna
- Hui Yew-Foong
- Maxwell Lane
- Gwenael Njoto-Feillard
- Maxensius Tri Sambodo
- Leo Suryadinata
- Siwage Dharma Negara
- Deasy Simandjuntak
|Taufik Abdullah||Martin Panggabean||Agung Wicaksono|
|Sulfikar Amir||Anthony Reid||Ian Wilson|
|Raden Alpha Amirrachman||Reza Y Siregar||Nugroho Wisnumurti|
|Adiwan Aritenang||Iman Sugema||Bernhard Platzdasch|
|Chatib Basri||Rizal Sukma|
|Soedradjad Djiwandono||Priyambudi Sulistiyanto|
|Richard Z Leirissa||Eric Tagliacozzo|
|Audrey Kahin||Thee Kian Wie|
|George McTurnan Kahin||Ekawati S Wahyuni|
|Okamoto Masaaki||Donald Weatherbee|
Seminar on The Future of Net Activism in Indonesian Politics: Lessons from Kawal Pemilu.org
The seminar notes on the seminar "The Future of Net Activism in Indonesian Politics: Lessons from KawalPemilu.org," held in ISEAS on 14 October 2014, by by Mr Ainun Najib and Dr Rita Padawangi, can now be found at this link.
The seminar brought together Mr Ainun Najib (co-founder, KawalPemilu.org) and Dr Rita Padawangi (Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute), to investigate the origins of Kawal Pemilu’s net activism and its potential impact for the future of national politics and civil society. It considered the role of netizens, social media, and the internet; and discusses potential partnership that Kawal Pemilu’s organisers might form with other net activists to promote greater transparency and accountability in Indonesian politics.
Review of Indonesia Studies
The Review of Indonesia Studies is a premium publication that seeks to review the field of Indonesia studies and highlight emergent research on Indonesia. The publication will focus on contemporary Indonesia, especially research related to the political economy, domestic politics, and sociological trends of Indonesia. It will bring together some of the best scholarship on Indonesia from different hubs of Indonesia studies around the world and the region.
The Indonesian Elections 2014
This edited volume brings together original research to provide readers with a comprehensive account of the 2014 legislative and presidential elections. It offers crucial background information on the state of Indonesian politics leading to the elections, a thorough analysis of trends, institutions, and important actors associated with the campaign, and an interpretation of the outcomes, suggesting also their implications.
Re-mapping Indonesian Muslims’ Political Aspirations
This study asks the question of whether religious piety still seeks political expression in Indonesia. In doing so, it aims to understand the patterns and nuances of the actualisation of political Islamic aspirations among Indonesian Muslims. It investigates three main Muslim groups: the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, members and cadres of Muslim-based political parties, and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) members.
For upcoming seminars, please see the events page of the main ISEAS website.
Seminars over the past years:
- Ahmad Najib Burhani & Sumanto Al Qurtuby, “Islam and the 2014 Indonesian Elections,” 5 June 2014.
- Agung Wicaksono, “The Legacy of the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Administration: Leadership, Governance and International Relations,” 16 May 2014.
- Maxwell Lane, “Indonesia’s ‘Elektabilitas’ Election: The Politics of Emptiness,” 23 April 2014.
- Tony Day, "Wasted! Neoliberalization, Indonesia-style, and its Discontents as a Martial Arts Action Movie," 16 April 2014.
- Siti Zuhro & Sukardi Rinakit, “Campaigning for Victory: The Unfolding Drama of the 2014 Indonesian Legislative Election,” 3 April 2014.
- Jan Breman, “Colonial Profit from Unfree Labour: Priangan System of Forced Coffee Cultivation,” 2 April 2014.
- Burhanuddin Muhtadi, “The Indonesian Legislative Election 2014: How Parties Standing Against Each Other,” 28 March 2014.
- Masaaki Okamoto, Fumio Nagai, Kazuhiro Kagoya, Kenichi Nishimura & Yosuke Sunahara, “ISP Workshop: Quantitative Analysis of Local Governance in Southeast Asia: A Preliminary Report on Local Elite Surveys in Thailand, the Philippines, and Indonesia,” 14 February 2014.
- Volker Gottowik, “When Sacred Centre becomes Periphery: Challenges to Multi-religiosity on Lombok, Indonesia,” 28 November 2013.
- Aris Ananta, Evi Nurvidya & M Sairi Hasbullah, “Ethnic Mapping of Indonesia Based on the 2010 Population Census,” 19 November 2013.
- Agus Widjojo, “Reform of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in the Context of Indonesia’s Democratic Transition,” 21 October 2013.
- Richard Chauvel, “The West Papua Conflict in a Democratizing Indonesia,” 7 October 2013.
- Ulla Fionna, “The Waning Prospects of Islamist Parties in Indonesia,” 30 August 2013.
- Maxwell Lane, “Who will be President in 2014? Short and Long-term Trends in Indonesian Politics,” 5 July 2013.
- Donald Weatherbee, “Indonesia in ASEAN: A Crumbling Cornerstone?” 15 May 2013.
- Okamoto Masaaki, “Institutionalized Politics of Constant Change in Metropolitan Jakarta,” 20 Mar 2013.
- Maxwell Lane, “Indonesia: Decentralization and its Discontents,” 28 Jan 2013.
- Purwo Santoso, “Nurturing Asymmetrical Decentralization: Taking ‘Unity in Diversity’ Seriously for a Governable Indonesia,” 30 Nov 2012.
- Ikrar Nusa Bhakti, “Between Center and Periphery – Strategies and Tactics of the Jakarta Election 2012”, 27 Sept 2012.
- Yayan Ganda Hayat Mulyana, “Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Under the Yudhoyono Presidency,” 3 Aug 2012.
ISEAS has published research and analyses on Indonesia in various formats. Each edition of the bimonthly ISEAS Monitor and the annual Southeast Asian Affairs covers Indonesia. Scholarship and research on Indonesia regularly appear in the ISEAS journals Contemporary Southeast Asia, Journal of Southeast Asian Economies and SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia.
ISEAS Perspective Issues
Titles on Indonesia include the following:
Trends in Southeast Asia
China’s Engagement with Southeast Asia: Indonesia (29 December 2013)
ISEAS Publications has published a wide range of monographs edited volumes on Indonesia, including:
- Maxwell Lane, Decentralisation and its Discontents: An Essay on Class, Political Agency and National Perspective in Indonesian Politics (forthcoming)
- Hal Hill (eds.), Regional Dynamics in a Decentralized Indonesia (2014)
- Daniel Suryadarma, Gavin Jones (eds.), Education in Indonesia (2013)
- Donald Weatherbee, Indonesia in ASEAN: Vision and Reality (2013)
- Vedi Hadiz, Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective (2011)
- Chris Manning, Sudarno Sumarto (eds.), Employment, Living Standards and Poverty in Contemporary Indonesia (2011)
- Edward Aspinall, Marcus Mietzner (eds.), Problems of Democratisation in Indonesia: Elections, Institutions and Society (2010)
- Harold Crouch, Political Reform in Indonesia after Soeharto (2010)
- Taufik Abdullah, Indonesia: Towards Democracy (2009)
- Leo Suryadinata (ed.), Ethnic Chinese in Contemporary Indonesia (2008)
- Edward Aspinall, Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance and Regime Change in Indonesia (2008)
- Vedi R Hadiz, Daniel Dhakidae (eds.), Social Science and Power in Indonesia (2004)
- Terence Hull (ed.), People, Population, and Policy (2004)
- Freek Colombijn, J Thomas Lindblad (eds.), Roots of Violence in Indonesia (2002)
- Douglas E Ramage, J Kristiadi, Hadi Soesastro, Richard W Baker (eds.), Indonesia: The Challenge of Change (2000)
- Joan Hardjono, Colin Barlow (eds.), Indonesia Assessment 1995: Development in Eastern Indonesia (2000)
Some of these titles are available in PDF and hardcopies. For a more comprehensive list, please check our bookshop.
Photos by Erlin Goentoro (ayorek.org) and Josh Estey. Used with permission.