Talking Indonesia: 20 years of military reform

Talking Indonesia: 20 years of military reform, 07/06/2018, Indonesia at Melbourne

The military has always played a prominent role in the Indonesian nation. Under the New Order, it was elevated to the dual role (dwifungsi) of maintaining law and order and participating in governance but was also guilty of gross human rights abuses. After the fall of the New Order in 1998, the military was forced to undergo extensive reforms, which included the withdrawal of the military from civilian and governmental affairs. However, 20 years after the beginning of post-Suharto reforms, the military has yet to acknowledge or come to terms with its role in some of the darkest moments in Indonesian history, such as the anti-communist killings of 1965-66.

Over recent years, analysts have noticed the military’s growing influence over political and civilian affairs. The popularity of former military leaders like Prabowo Subianto has also led many to comment that there seems to be a nostalgia for a more militaristic style of leadership among the public. Are we witnessing the return of the military in Indonesian politics? How has the military been able to maintain its centrality in Indonesian society over the decades?

I explore these issues with historian Dr Jess Melvin, Postdoctoral Associate at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney. Dr Melvin was previously Henry Hart Rice Faculty Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Genocide Studies at Yale University. Dr Melvin’s first book “The Army and the Indonesian Genocide: Mechanics of Mass Murder”, was published in early 2018 by Routledge.

The Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Charlotte Setijadi  from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Jemma Purdey  from Monash University, and Dr Dirk Tomsa  from La Trobe University.

Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen via your favourite podcasting app.

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10th Engaging with Vietnam : an interdisciplinary dialogue conference

10th Engaging with Vietnam : an interdisciplinary dialogue conference

Dichotomies in Knowledge Production: Vietnam through the Multiple Lenses of ‘Self-and-Other’

15-21 December 2018, Ho Chi Minh City & Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam
Part 1: 15-16 December, Ho Chi Minh City
Part 2: 17 December, HCMC – Nha Trang City, Khanh Hoa (by express train)

Part 3: 17-21 December, Khanh Hoa Province

Co-organizers: University of Hawaii at Manoa – USA, University of Social Sciences and Humanities – Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City

2018 marks a milestone for Engaging With Vietnam – its 10th anniversary. We would like to invite you to the 10th Engaging With Vietnam Conference to experience another stimulating and enriching gathering that will take place all the way from Ho Chi Minh City to Khanh Hoa, a coastal province in Central Vietnam. A ride on an express train between the two cities promises a pleasant trip with amazing scenery that will stimulate both reflections and conversations. We are very delighted to have this opportunity to continue to tour Vietnam with the 10th conference participants. The conference venue in Khanh Hoa is right by the beach. How wonderful to engage in meaningful and rigorous academic sessions while being refreshed with ocean breezes and blue water!

To continue its interdisciplinary engagement, this 10th conference focuses in particular on dichotomies, the dichotomization of knowledge, and the discursive constructions of dichotomies in Vietnam-related knowledge production and scholarship. Dichotomies and dichotomization often come in the form of ‘Self and Other’ and/or in pairs of contrasts, such as ‘global – local’, ‘traditional – modern’, ‘Western values – Asian values’, ‘Vietnamese women – foreign women’, ‘nationalism – cosmopolitanism’, ‘developed – underdeveloped/developing’, ‘urban – rural’, ‘privileged – disadvantaged’, ‘active – passive’, ‘critical thinking – passive and rote learning’, ‘Global North – Global South’, and ‘Vietnam – ASEAN’, etc.

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CFP :  AAS Annual Conference, 21-24 March 2019, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado

On behalf of the Program Committee for the Association for Asian Studies, I am pleased to issue the Call for Proposals for the AAS Annual Conference to be held March 21-24, 2019 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

We are pleased to invite colleagues in Asian studies to submit proposals for Organized Panels, Roundtables, and Workshop sessions, in addition to Individual Papers proposals for the committees consideration. The program committee seeks sessions that will engage panelists and audiences in the consideration of ideas, information, and interpretations that will advance knowledge about Asian regions and, by extension, will enrich teaching about Asia at all levels. AAS Membership is not a requirement for the submission of a proposal or participation.

We have updated our Call for Proposals related webpages to try and make this process as simple and clear as possible. Please see the three-step guide below to start your submission process. The deadline for submission of all proposals and Late Developing Countries (LDC) travel grant requests is Wednesday, August 1 at 5pm Eastern Time. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the AAS electronic submission application. We will not accept proposals submitted via email. This proposal submission application will be available for submissions beginning Tuesday, May 29 through Wednesday, August 1, 2018. After the submission deadline, your proposal will be forwarded to the appropriate program committee members for review. You will find detailed instructions via the sections listed in the right hand column on this screen.

If you have any questions regarding panel participation or proposal submissions that are not answered in this Call for Proposals or the FAQ’s, please contact the AAS secretariat at

We look forward to an exciting and intellectually stimulating conference in the mile high city of Denver that reflects the dynamism of Asian studies and the AAS.

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CFP : Vietnam Update 2018

CFP : Vietnam Update 2018, 12-13 November, Australian National University

The Vietnam Update in 2018 will be held from 12-13 November at the Australian National University. Conference Themes: Environment Society and Culture International Relations International Trade and Investment

Proposals for this Update should be no longer than 300 words, with final papers to be no longer than 8,000 words (including references). Priority will be given to papers based on original, unpublished research focusing on Vietnam and its relationships with regional neighbours and institutions across the four themes outlined above. The Update is expected to result in a publication of the papers. Proposals for papers are accepted on the understanding the Update organisers will have first right of refusal for papers accepted for presentation at the conference. Proposals must be submitted to Elizabeth St George (, Conference convenor, by 20 June 2018. Final papers must be submitted by 30 October 2018.


CFP : Global Labor Migration: Past and Present

CFP : Global Labor Migration: Past and Present, 20-22 June 2019, The International Institute for Social History,  Amsterdam


Labor migration is a vast, global, and highly fluid phenomenon in the 21st century, capturing public attention and driving political controversy.  There are more labor migrants working in areas beyond their birth country or region than ever before.  Although scattered across the social ladder, migrant workers have always clustered, at least initially, in the bottom rungs of the working class.  Even as cross-border or inter-regional movement may beckon as a source of hope and new opportunity, the experience for the migrants and their families is often fraught with peril.  Labor migrants are vulnerable: they are exploited more easily by recruiters and employers, and are less likely to benefit from union representation.  They often face arrest or deportation when attempting to fight for their rights, and are bound to special documents that limit their ability to change jobs.  Moreover, as recent history reminds us, host-country fears directed towards labor migrants can also spark larger political movements characterized by nativist, racist, or even outright fascist tendencies.  Clearly, there is a need to combat fear with understanding and to reach for improved global regulations and standards to protect the rights and welfare of migrants alongside those of host country working people.

Because today global labor migration is shaping the lives of millions, and because it is receiving unprecedented attention by scholars, the newly-formed Global Labor Migration Network (GLMN) is currently planning for a Global Labor Migration Summit to take place in Amsterdam in summer 2019.  Involving scholars and activists from diverse parts of the globe and drawing on a wide variety of disciplines–including history, sociology, anthropology, ethnic studies, women and gender studies, public health, law and public policy–this project will bring international attention to one of the world’s most pressing issues, generate scholarly dialogue and new research agendas, and propose policies that can improve conditions for migrants.  The conference will also include a range of presentation formats: brief papers, roundtables, and open conversations.

Our keynote speakers for the conference have been announced! They are Donna Gabaccia of the University of Toronto and Bridget Anderson of the University of Bristol.

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CFP : Archaeology, Heritage, and Nationalism in Southeast Asia

CFP : Archaeology, Heritage, and Nationalism in Southeast Asia

Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies – A SEAC / AAS Initiative with support from the journal, TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia

Submission Deadline: 15 June 2018

The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars to join a “Rising Voices” panel on the broad topic of “Archaeology, Heritage, and Nationalism in Southeast Asia.” We seek to recruit early career scholars from Southeast Asian countries in order to form a panel for eventual inclusion in the 2019 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, to be held in Denver, CO from March 21-24, 2019.

The panel will be chaired by Dr. Nam C. Kim, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Once paper presenters have been selected, the chair, along with Dr. Oona Paredes, Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore, will assist the panelists in preparing a panel abstract, facilitate revision of individual paper proposals, and offer mentoring and networking support to the panel participants, as needed.

With financial support from the AAS and the journal TRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia, SEAC will be able to offer modest travel support to certain members of the panel with demonstrated need in traveling to the conference from Southeast Asia. It is hoped that participation in the panel will also enable scholars to obtain funding from other sources, including the individual country groups at AAS, as well as their home institutions, to stay for the whole conference. Once the panel is formed, the organizers will also make every effort to help panelists seek additional funding on the basis of demonstrated need. Upon completion of the conference, authors will be encouraged to submit their papers to TRaNS for potential publication, subject to peer-review.

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CFP : Forest and Society

CFP : Special Section @ The economies, ecologies and politics of social forestry in Indonesia: Current issues and emerging trends

After decades of advocacy for a greater role of local communities in the management of natural resources, social forestry has become a central policy commitment of the Indonesian government. At the national level, President Joko Widodo’s administration has committed to expanding social forestry areas to 12.7 million hectares to local community management by 2019. Such policy commitments emerged in response to the growing pressure from land conflicts, and a long struggle by advocacy groups to support recognition of rights and agrarian reform. These regulatory changes also represent major policy breakthroughs for more progressive governance strategies in support of social justice, equitable development practices, and better natural resource management. However, studies on the implementation of social forestry policy in the past remain inconclusive. Furthermore, the policy application is proceeding rapidly faster than the evaluative opportunity that research can provide.

The numerous social forestry permits being signed across Indonesia provide a timely area of inquiry. Evidence-based studies are still lacking on the processes and effects of the current policy imperative. Can social forestry achieve its promise of alleviating poverty, empowering communities and improving forest governance? And if so, in what ways? Additionally, few studies are available on the role of social forestry in responding to the broader and more contemporary issues such as climate change mitigation and adaptation, forest landscape and peatland restoration, global demands for sustainable value chains, timber legality, green economy, and upcoming initiatives on ASEAN economic integration.

Forest and Society is therefore initiating the first of its series on emerging trends of social forestry across Southeast Asia by examining dynamics taking place in Indonesia. The primary aim is to take stock of evidence on the rapid implementation of social forestry permits across Indonesia and to promote knowledge on the realities, achievements, challenges and pathways to sustainable strategies for the future. We invite authors from academics, researchers, students, concerned citizens, policy makers and forestry practitioners to contribute original research, on a range of methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed), to improve our collective understanding of social forestry in Indonesia. We invite paper submissions on politics, ecology, economy and culture. We also welcome research approaches at various scales, including review articles that take on a macro perspective or rich contextual studies of site-specific experiences, as well as comparative approaches across sites.

Submission Guidelines

Tentative publication schedule:

  • Submission     : May 2018 – August 2018
  • Peer Review    : Since submitted until October 2018
  • Publishing       : November 2018

For further information, read the full instruction for authors as well as the template: here, or submit your paper via the journal’s online submission site: here 

Please contact for any queries at

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Forest and society, vol. 2, n° 1, 2018

Forest and society, vol. 2, n° 1, 2018

Revue en libre accès

Table of contents

Regular research articles

  • Transforming forest landscape conflicts: the promises and perils of global forest management initiatives such as REDD+ by Seth Kane, Ahmad Dhiaulhaq, Lok Mani Sapkota, David Gritten
  • Rubber plantation labor and labor movements as rubber prices decrease in southern Thailand by Uraiwan Tongkaemkaew, Bénédicte Chambon
  • From voluntary private to mandatory state governance in Indonesian forest certification: Reclaiming authority by bureaucracies by Agung Wibowo, Lukas Giessen
  • India in international climate governance: Through soft power from REDD to REDD+ policy in favor of relative gains by Swati Negi, Lukas Giessen
  • From SEZs to Thailand 4.0: Geopolitics of borderlands in the Thai state’s vision by Phianphachong Intarat
  • Landslide susceptibility map using certainty factor for hazard mitigation in mountainous areas of Ujung-loe watershed in South Sulawesi by Andang Suryana Soma, Tetsuya Kubota
  • A synthesis of the implementation ambivalence of REDD+ in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia by Divine Odame Appiah, Stephanie Esinu Adjoa Gbeddy

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CFP : Pratu

CFP : Pratu : Journal of Buddhist and Hindu Art, Architecture and Archaeology of Ancient to Premodern Southeast Asia

Pratu: Journal of Buddhist and Hindu Art, Architecture and Archaeology of Ancient to Premodern Southeast Asia is the initiative of a group of research students in the Department of History of Art and Archaeology at SOAS University of London in collaboration with departmental mentors. The journal is funded by the Alphawood Foundation, under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Art Academic Programme (SAAAP). The student editorial group works closely with an advisory group formed of members of SAAAP’s Research & Publications Committee.

Pratu is conceived as a site for emerging scholars to publish new research on the ancient to premodern Buddhist and Hindu visual and material culture of Southeast Asia. The journal’s remit adheres to that of SAAAP itself, covering ‘study of the built environment, sculpture, painting, illustrated texts, textiles and other tangible or visual representations, along with the written word related to these, and archaeological, museum and cultural heritage’.

Pratu means ‘gateway’ or ‘entrance’ in several Southeast Asian languages. The salience of the term for our project lies in its etymological development, where the application of Khmer morphology to Tai terminology to name architectural structures of Indic fame betrays the complexity of the historical evolution of Southeast Asian Buddhist and Hindu traditions. The journal is a gateway: a space of access and transition that reflects our aim to facilitate new scholars’ first experiences with academic publishing as they move from student to early career researcher status. This includes Southeast Asian scholars who would like to reach a wider readership by publishing in English translation and benefitting from the peer-review process. In this way Pratu offers greater exposure to scholars and new research, and furthers the development of inter-institutional and international collaboration.

Call for Papers:

Pratu: Journal of Buddhist and Hindu Art, Architecture and Archaeology of Ancient to Premodern Southeast Asia, inaugural issue, January 2019.

Deadline: 30 June 2018

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CFP : Sustainable Transboundary Governance of the Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia

CFP : Sustainable Transboundary Governance of the Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia, 01-02/ 11/2018, Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore

Organisers : Michelle Miller, Jonathan Rigg , David Taylor

Submission deadline : 15 june 2018

Organised by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; supported by SSRC grant on Sustainable Governance of Transboundary Environmental Commons in Southeast Asia (MOE2016-SSRTG-068), and in collaboration with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.

Economic integration and resource interdependencies in a rapidly urbanising and increasingly middle class Southeast Asia are bringing to the political fore questions about how to sustainably govern common pool resources. As the development interests of Southeast Asian countries and their transnational partners, together with the political cultures that characterize ASEAN, come into growing tension with environmental agendas, the problem of transboundary environmental governance is being heightened by climatic instability and ever more frequent and costly disasters that cannot be neatly contained within nation-states, such as atmospheric pollution (regionally known as “haze”), wildfires, droughts and floods. These trends highlight both the shortcomings of existing transboundary environmental governance regimes and the “ASEAN way”, bringing attention to the need to forge more comprehensive and inclusive pathways to planning, managing and implementing policies for sustainable development within and beyond Southeast Asia.

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The Thai director who shows the future of cinema


« The Thai director who shows the future of cinema », 24/05/2018, BBC Culture

Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul encourages sleeping in the cinema and thinks virtual reality has major creative potential, writes Jessica Kiang.

It’s a strange thing to meet a stranger whose dreams you’ve dreamed. That’s what it feels like to find myself sitting across from Apichatpong Weerasethakul one afternoon in the thick-carpeted quiet of a Doha hotel. We are both at Qumra, a week-long industry event held annually in the Qatari capital, at which Apichatpong is one of 2018’s attending ‘masters’. It is easy to feel dislocated and rootless here: a few miles away the skeleton scaffolds of future World Cup stadiums rear up from shifting sands, and outside, the bright paving stones of the already immaculate souk are being scrubbed of the last few hours of history once again. Everything feels new and clean and spaciously empty, except this room, which I’m fanciful enough to imagine teeming with a shared lexicon of imagery and ideas. In here, there are talking baboons, sleeping soldiers, ghosts and goddesses, doctors swigging hooch from stashes hidden in prosthetic legs and dead sons turned into furry, red-eyed demons that, a delighted Apichatpong claims, are often likened to Chewbacca.

All of it is a means to the same greater end, Apichatpong’s ultimate science-fiction project: the perfect communion of minds, the lossless transfer of thought. There is no precious attachment to an ossified idea of cinema for its own sake. In fact, he imagines a distant future when we won’t even need a camera or any device, when « we will be able to share dreams by hooking up our brains in a real collective sleeping. » The shimmering, transcendent, sometimes soporific, defiantly cinematic experience of his exceptionally strange stories, unfolding in the cool, focused, companionable darkness of a cinema – that’s just the best we can do right now.

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Conferences of The Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh

Conferences of The Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh

We inform you of the transfer of the activities and data of the network Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh (HSEPP) to the Center for Khmer Studies.
As you know, the HSEPP network was created informally in 2008 in order to deal with a feeling of isolation within the discipline and a need for scientific exchange and debate around social science research in Cambodia. Today it counts 1200 members.
As we pass on the baton to CKS, we think it interesting to bring together in a booklet a history of the different conferences we have hosted over the past ten years.The khmer version is in annex .

The booklet is in open access :

Cet ouvrage clôture 10 ans d’activités du réseau des HSEPP dont la mission était aussi de rendre visible et accessible la recherche SHS au Cambodge.

Cet ouvrage rassemble les 82 résumés des conférences organisées par le réseau Human Sciences Encounters in Phnom Penh HSEPP Cambodge entre 2008 et 2017 et qui se décline selon six chapitres thématiques:

– L’histoire précédant les années 1970, qu’il s’agisse de la période angkorienne ou de l’époque coloniale
– Les conflits armés des années 1970-1980, et plus précisément la période du régime Khmer Rouge
– La religion, les arts, la culture et l’éducation
– Les problèmes de développement et de pauvreté
– La santé
– Les minorités « autochtones »

Le document est bilingue (anglais/ khmer)

The CKS will continue dissemination activities as part of our collaboration. You can contact them to this email address, and visit their web site

Thanking you for your interest in social sciences in Cambodia
With warm regards
Pascale Hancart Petitet, Um Vutha et Steven Prigent

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Philippine Political Science Journal, vol. 38, n° 3, 2017

Philippine Political Science Journal, vol. 38, n° 3, 2017

Table of contents


  • The Duterte Administration’s appeasement policy on China and the crisis in the Philippine–US alliance by Renato Cruz de Castro
  • Philippine agrarian change and rural society: dislocation, distribution, and pulitika by Soon Chuan Yean
  • The human rights enterprise: political sociology, state power, and social movements by Şerif Onur Bahçecik
  • Moral politics in the Philippines: inequality, democracy and the urban poor by Jonathan Beltran

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Asian Politics & Policy, vol. 10, n° 2, 2018

Asian Politics & Policy, vol. 10, n° 2, 2018

Special issue on the South China Sea Arbitral Award

Table of contents

Guest editor’s introduction

  • The South China Sea Arbitral Award: Evolving Post‐Arbitration Strategies, Implications and Challenges by Lowell Bautista

Original articles

  • ASEAN, the “South China Sea” Arbitral Award, and the Code of Conduct: New Challenges, New Approaches by Christopher B. Roberts
  • The South China Sea Arbitration: A Test for the Efficacy of Compulsory Mechanism of UNCLOS and Implications for Dispute Management in the Region by Nong Hong
  • Post‐SCS Arbitration Developments and Issues on Freedom of Navigation, Rights of Coastal States, and Environmental Protection in the “Area” by Lay Yong Mok, Amy Sheau Ye Aai, Sumathy Permal
  • The Philippines: Hedging in a Post‐Arbitration South China Sea? by Mary Fides A. Quintos
  • Mare Liberum: Aquino, Duterte, and The Philippines’ Evolving Lawfare Strategy in the South China Sea by Richard Javad Heydarian
  • Abandoned at Sea: The Tribunal Ruling and Indonesia’s Missing Archipelagic Foreign Policy by Evan A. Laksmana, Ristian A. Supriyanto
  • Sino‐Philippine Joint Development in the South China Sea: Is Political Will Enough? by Carlos Santamaria
  • Certain Historical Evidence (and Their Implications) Overlooked by the Arbitral Tribunal of the South China Sea Arbitration: Application of Article 121(3) on Spratly Islands by Tiff Yu-Ting Bowes-Lin

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Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol. 48, n° 2, 2018

Journal of Contemporary Asia, vol. 48, n° 2, 2018

Who Governs and How? Non-State Actors and Transnational Governance in Southeast Asia

Table of contents

Original articles

  • Who Governs and How? Non-State Actors and Transnational Governance in Southeast Asia by Shaun Breslin and Helen E. S. Nesadurai
  • New Constellations of Social Power: States and Transnational Private Governance of Palm Oil Sustainability in Southeast Asia by Helen E. S. Nesadurai
  • Building Governance from Scratch: Myanmar and the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative by Marco Bünte
  • Governing the Safety and Security of the Malacca Strait: The Nippon Foundation between States and Industry by Alice D. Ba
  • Governing Domestic Worker Migration in Southeast Asia: Public–Private Partnerships, Regulatory Grey Zones and the Household by Juanita Elias
  • Economic Governance Beyond State and Market: Islamic Capital Markets in Southeast Asia by Lena Rethel

Research articles

  • The Limits of Gender Quotas: Women’s Parliamentary Representation in Indonesia by Ben Hillman

Book review

  • Chris Baker and Pasuk Phongpaichit, A History of Ayutthaya: Siam in the Early Modern Period by Robert H. Taylor