The Future of Historical Justice in Southeast Asia
Monday 29 June, 10-11am (AEST) via Zoom
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Milah was 13 when she was sent to prison for 14 years, for dancing to a song associated with communism /Anne-Cecile Esteve for AJAR

Chair: Kate McGregor (University of Melbourne)
Presenters: Rachel Hughes (University of Melbourne), Lia Kent (Visiting Fellow, Australian National University), Ken Setiawan (University of Melbourne), Lisandro Claudio (University of California)

From cases of colonial violence reaching back more than a century such as the Philippine American War or the Aceh War through to contemporary cases of state violence which took place in the larger context of the Cold War and the dominance of military regimes, people in the region of Southeast Asia continue to deal with the legacies of violence. In the last twenty years there have been extraordinary efforts from within these societies, particularly in Cambodia and East Timor, to demand and sometimes receive forms of historical justice such as legal redress or state recognition or apologies for cases of past violence. Yet there is also a sense that that many cases of violence have either been inadequately addressed or deliberately ignored by state authorities in the context also of fears about claims for justice for more recent cases of state violence. This panel brings together leading experts on the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and East Timor to consider whether the process of achieving or implementing historical justice across the region is complete or considered complete and by whom and why or why not. What future might historical justice have in this region based on contemporary trends?

Kate McGregor is a historian of Indonesia. Kate is a co-founder of the Historical Justice and Memory Network. The network under the name Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory is now being run by Columbia University.

Rachel Hughes is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Melbourne. Her research examines questions of memory, justice and geopolitics, with particular reference to post-1979 Cambodia.

Lia Kent is a Fellow in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Her research agenda is shaped by topics in critical peacebuilding, transitional justice and memory studies, and has a geographic focus on the Asia-Pacific.

Ken Setiawan is a Lecturer in Asian and Indonesian Studies at the Asia Institute. She is also an Associate of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) at Melbourne Law School.

Lisandro Claudio is Assistant Professor in the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.