Category: Society

Dr Richard Chauvel writes that exposure of racism towards Papuans has prompted a shift in the discourse about the acceptance of Papuans in Indonesia.

What social changes are occurring along with improved levels of education and life expectancy among young Indonesians? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Ariane Utomo in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Lisa Cameron and Diana Contreras Suarez make the case for better policies for women’s empowerment and the national economy.

Revered journalist and writer Arswendo Atmowiloto was one of only a handful of people charged with blasphemy under the New Order. Dr Daniel Peterson reflects on his life and views on the problematic Blasphemy Law.

The global profile of Indonesian literature has grown rapidly over recent years. In Talking Indonesia, Dr Jemma Purdey chats to poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu, whose book, ‘Sergius Seeks Bacchus’, has just been released in Australia.

Ahmad Syarif Syechbubakr writes that most analyses of the recent Jakarta riots have ignored the social situation on the ground, which provided a fertile environment for the riots to escalate.

Volatile food prices make headlines during Ramadan, but poor households struggle with them year-round, writes Rachma Indah Nurbani.

Following their post on the recent International Women’s Day march, Dr Monika Winarnita and Gavin Height report on the Women’s March Jakarta, which saw even greater numbers turn out for action against sexual violence.

While former Muslim militants swap bullets for ballots in Central Sulawesi, a community in West Nusa Tenggara appears to be going the other way, write Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadie and Siswo Mulyartono.

Professor Vedi Hadiz offers his take on the Indonesian elections, writing that the long election season has rarely been about contests between outright reformers and outright reactionaries, or between outright secularists and outright Islamists.

Join Dr Dave McRae, Dr Jemma Purdey, Dr Charlotte Setijadi and Dr Dirk Tomsa as they celebrate the Talking Indonesia podcast’s 100th episode. The co-hosts revisit some of the major themes of the first 99 episodes, and look at how these issues will affect the 2019 elections.

Will Connolly, the 17-year-old who egged racist Australian Senator Fraser Anning, has been celebrated in Indonesia for defending Islam. But former Australian resident Iqbal Aji Daryono writes that this interpretation is too simplistic.