Decolonising Indonesia, Past and Present

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In the pursuit of an “authentically Indonesian” nation-state, for decades Indonesians have denied the civil rights of fellow citizens for allegedly being less authentically Indonesian. A key to the longstanding efficacy of such exclusionary ethno-nationalism is the failure to recognise the trans-national solidarity that helped give birth to independent Indonesia.

Ariel Heryanto (2018) Decolonising Indonesia, Past and Present, Asian Studies Review, 42 (4): 607-625, DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2018.1516733

keywords Cold War, colonial, ethnonationalism, identity, Indonesia, Indonesia Calling, Left, trans-national

The Intimacies of Cultural and Area Studies

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Heryanto, Ariel (2013) “The Intimacies of Cultural and Area Studies”, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 16 (3): 303–316.

keywords: Area Studies, Cold War, Cultural Studies, knowledge, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Inter-Asia, internationalisation, post-Marxian

Great and Misplaced Expectations

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Despite the great expectations of many (including this author soon after the film’s release), TAOK has not caused a major public controversy in Indonesia. Even as the film becomes more widely available to broader segments of the population, I doubt it will radically alter political life in Indonesia or radically shift perspectives on Indonesia’s violent past.

Heryanto, Ariel (2014) “Great and Misplaced Expectations”, Critical Asian Studies, 46 (1): 162-166.

keywords: Critical Asian Studies, criticism, impacts, justice, The Act of Killing, truth

New Tradition in a Modernity-Deficit Postcolony

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Heryanto, Ariel (2012) “New Tradition in a Modernity-Deficit Postcolony“, ACCESS Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural and Policy Studies, 31(2): 15-26.

keywords: ACCESS, crony capitalism, modernity, Nano Riantiarno, New Theatre, postcolony, Putu Wijaya, Rendra, tradition

Can There be Southeast Asians in Southeast Asian Studies?

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“It is Southeast Asia’s middle-class intelligentsia that pose a thorny situation for some Southeast Asianists outside Southeast Asia. They cannot be totally silenced and made mere objects of analysis, for they are neither purely ‘one of us’ (Southeast Asianists in Western centers of Southeast Asian studies) and subjected to the pressure of Western academic ethics, traditions, and industry, nor are they completely separable and distinguishable from ‘us.’”

Heryanto, Ariel (2002) “Can There be Southeast Asians in Southeast Asian Studies?”, Moussons, 5: 3-30.

keywords: agency, difference, mother tongue, Moussons, national, orientalism, positions, representation, Southeast Asians, Southeast Asian Studies

Industrialization of the Media in Democratizing Indonesia

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This chapter discusses why for a long time the idea of journalists as industrial employees has been denied or misrecognized by many and often opposing camps; and why such recognition has now become practically unavoidable. It also briefly examines a similar and related phenomenon with reference to other urban sections of the middle-class intelligentsia in today’s turbulent Indonesia.

Heryanto, Ariel and Adi, Stanley Y. (2001) “Industrialization of the Media in Democratizing Indonesia”, Contemporary Southeast Asia, 23(2/August): 327-355.

keywords: Contemporary Southeast Asia, democratization, Indonesia, industrialization, internet, Jakarta-Jakarta literacy, media, post-colonial, Tempo

Asians Studying Asians

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“What is Asian Studies anyway?” Is it an intellectual exercise that finds its definition primarily in its devotion to the specific object of study, rather than its inclinations towards particular set of approaches, methodologies, or strategies of learning that distinguish it from other and more conventional academic disciplines?”

“Who are Asians, or better who qualify as Asians, on what basis, for how long, and where? . . . How long a period of absence [from Asia] would disqualify her/him? Can s/he re-claim her/his eligibility by repatriation, and for how long does her/his return have last before such requalification can take effect?”

Heryanto, Ariel (2000) “Asians Studying Asians”, SEAS Bulletin, 2 (Oct): 4-7.

keywords: Asianness, Cold War, colonial, history, intelligentsia, positions, SEAS Bulletin social space, subjecthood

Where Communism Never Dies

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“The New Order was only one dominant author of the phantasmal narrative. The scars of the victims of the anti-Communist witchhunts and of the past leftist and populist politics are still there in the everyday lives of the diverse population. The authorial New Order is dead, but the long-haunting questions and memories of the 1965 violence live on.”

Heryanto, Ariel (1999) “Where Communism Never Dies”, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 2 (2): 147-177.

keywords: Communism, hyperobedience, New Order, popular culture, postcolonial, simulacra, state violence