In the beginning, nations emerged in various parts of the world as a form of new solidarity based on equality that resolves, instead of negates, ethnic, racial or religious differences. However, in many parts of the world, the history of national awakening or independence is often inseparable from racial violence, including in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Indonesia.

Heryanto, Ariel (2020) “Solidarity”, Kompas, 4/07/2020.
This piece is Kompas translation of the original in Indonesian, click here.

keywords: Bersiap, Black Lives Matter, Papua, Racism, Chinese

Tensions in Papua and hyper-nationalism in Indonesia

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The prevailing hyper-nationalism betrays the modern and cosmopolitan idea of nationhood, which inspired the Indonesian nationalist movement a century ago.

It was a nationalism that is inseparable from internationalism, and the idea of human equality and dignity, as already enshrined in the preamble of the Indonesian constitution.

Heryanto, Ariel (2002) “Tensions in Papua and hyper-nationalism in Indonesia”, The Conversation, 5/09/2019, <;.

keywords: anthem, colonial, fascism, native, New Order, NKRI,

Indonesian Culture, the Police and the Bali Bombing Suspect

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As French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu said, “cultures are those what goes without saying”. To ask why Amrozy and the police should smile is almost like asking why English speaking people always open an official letter with the greeting ‘Dear ….’, even if this is a letter of very serious complaint or protest.

Heryanto, Ariel (2002) “Indonesian Culture, the Police and the Bali Bombing Suspect”, Radio National ABC, 27//11/2002,

keywords: Amrozy, Bali bombing, Pierre Bourdieu, smile

The biggest hoax of all: the 30 September Movement

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There are two common misconceptions about hoaxes. First, although the word “hoax” is a relatively new term in the Indonesian lexicon, it would be wrong to assume that hoaxes have only become a problem over the past few years, with the rise of social media. Second, hoax news cannot be resolved or debunked simply by providing accurate information as an alternative, especially when nothing is done about the primary hoax.

Heryanto, Ariel (2018) “The biggest hoax of all: the 30 September Movement”, Indonesia at Melbourne, 16/01/2018,

keywords: Budi Pego, Communism, Gerwani, Jokowi, Marxism, PKI

George Junus Aditjondro: an uncompromising activist


Heryanto, Ariel (2016) “George Junus Aditjondro: an uncompromising activist”, Indonesia at Melbourne, 19/12/2016,

keywords: anti-corruption, obituary, Papua, public intellectual, Salatiga, Timor, UKSW

Ben Anderson: the one and only

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Heryanto, Ariel (2015) “Ben Anderson: the one and only”, Asian Currents (ASAA, Australia), 21/12/2015,

keywords: Area Studies, Asian Currents, Ben Anderson, ethics, language, New Mandala, politics

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