Category: Indonesia

Asian languages, Asian studies, Indonesia

Emeritus Professor Merle Calvin Ricklefs 1943-2019

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Obituary: Merle Ricklefs Merle Ricklefs, who passed away in Melbourne on 29 December 2019, was the pre-eminent scholar of Javanese Islam of his generation and, more broadly, one of the leading historians of Indonesia.  He also played a significant leadership role in Asian Studies in Australia as well as the development of Aboriginal tertiary education […]

Indonesia, South Asia Studies

Muslims versus Muslims in the 2019 Indonesian Presidential Election

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Indonesia is set to hold its presidential election on April 19, 2019. The occasion is the most important democratic event for the people as they will choose a candidate to lead the country until 2024. The excitement of welcoming this democratic exercise can be felt throughout the country. The candidates include the incumbent President Joko […]

Indonesia

Disturbing the troubling silence

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It must be galling for Indonesian historians to see outsiders like Canadian Geoffrey Robinson poaching in their paddock with splendid success. Many locals fear to hunt themselves.  If they beat the undergrowth too vigorously to flush out the events of 1965, they’re likely to be accused of fomenting strife or being painted as sympathisers of […]

China, Indonesia

Academic interest in Indonesia’s economy accelerates in China

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The Social Sciences Academic Press, the publishing arm of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, has published two annual yearbooks in Chinese with analyses of Indonesia’s economy. The December 2017 issue appeared with the title Indonesia Economic Development Report and the December 2018 issue with the revised title Indonesia Economic and Social […]

Disability, Indonesia

Indonesia needs to revise its inclusive education act

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Indonesia has been exerting its utmost efforts in implementing inclusive education. To date, the implementation of inclusive education in the country is governed in Permendiknas No. 70/2009 on Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities and Outstanding Intelligence and/or Talent Potential. While, since the publication of the act, inclusive education in Indonesia has witnessed crucial developments, […]

Indonesia, Southeast Asia

Help! What would Gus have done?

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They’re idealists working out of the center of Javanese arts, culture and education. They want to promote harmony, but are bumping into difficulties with the acceptance philosophy of their guru. The fourth President of Indonesia, the late Abdurrahman Wahid, was better known as Gus Dur. So his followers have dubbed themselves Gusdurians. Asian Currents teased […]