The Faculty of Arts Indonesia Initiative is a visiting scholar program which aims to further enhance teaching and research relationships with colleagues in Indonesia. The initiative, led by Associate Professor Kate McGregor, Dr Edwin Jurriens and Professor Thomas Reuter will fund three to four visiting scholars per year from Indonesian universities and will provide opportunities for increased engagement. The initiative commenced in 2014.
2017 Indonesia Initiative visitors
Dr Poppy S. Winanti
Dr Poppy S. Winanti, is a lecturer at the International Relations Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). She obtained her PhD from University of Glasgow in 2011. Her PhD thesis focused on developing countries' compliance and noncompliance with the TRIPs Agreement. She teaches Global Political Economy, Natural Resources and Conflict Management, and Politics of International Trade. Her recent publications include "The 'Bandung Spirit' and Solidarist Internationalism" in Australian Journal of International Affairs, co-authored with Heloise Weber (2016); 'Policy Coordination and Consultation in Indonesia' in Strategic Review, co-authored with Raymond Saner (2015); 'Value Chain Governance in Export Commodities: the Case of Indonesia' co-authored with Riza Noer Arfani (2014); and Corporate Power in Global Economic Institutions: the Case Studies of the MAI and the TRIPs Agreement (2012). She has served as Director of the Center for World Trade Studies (CWTS) UGM (April 2015 - January 2016) and Head of International Relations Department, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UGM (January - December 2016).
Please note: Dr Poppy Winanti will be hosted by Dr Rachael Diprose from the School of Social and Political Science. She will visit The University of Melbourne for three weeks from 19 March - 8 April 2017.
During her visit she will deliver:
- A public lecture on "Transnational influence and 'vernacularization' of global norms in resource governance at the sub-national level in Indonesia" which will be held on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 at 5.30pm. Location to be confirmed
- An Indonesia Forum public seminar on "Meeting the Challenge of the Resource Curse: The Sub-national Experience of Managing Non-Renewable Resources in Bojonegoro, Indonesia" which will be held on Monday, 3 April 2017 in Asia Institute Seminar Room. Time to be confirmed
- A graduate workshop on "The Resource Curse and Conflict Management." Time and location to be confirmed
Dr Inaya Rakhmani
Dr Inaya Rakhmani is Lecturer in the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia and the Head of Communication Research Centre in the University. She is also an associate at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Australia and a member of the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI). She has a particular interest in the cultural political economy of knowledge, information, and entertainment as well as the role of media in processes of democratisation and is the author of Mainstreaming Islam in Indonesia: Television, Identity and the Middle Class (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).
Please note: Dr Inaya Rakhmani will be hosted by Professor Vedi Hadiz, Asia Institute. Dr Inaya will visit The University of Melbourne for three weeks from 4 - 25 August 2017.
During her visit she will deliver:
- A public lecture on 'The Effects of Knowledge Commodification: The Case of Social Research in Indonesian State Universities.' Time and location to be confirmed
- A public lecture on 'Open Policies and Closed Bureaucracies: Academic Insularity in Post-authoritarian Indonesia.' Time and location to be confirmed
- A guest lecture in 'Indonesian Politics and Society', Asia Institute. Guest lecture in Master of Global Media Communication course, School of Media and Communications
Dr Herlambang P. Wiratraman
Dr Herlambang P. Wiratraman is a lecturer and the Executive Director of Centre of Human Rights Law Studies, Faculty of Law, Airlangga University. His research interests include human rights, constitutional law, law and society, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and academic freedom. He completed his Master of Arts on Human Rights and Social Development at Mahidol University, Thailand and PhD at Van Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden Law School, the Netherlands in 2014. He was a visiting professor at Graduate Studies of International Development, Nagoya University and at Vietnam National University Law School. He is the Chairperson of Indonesian Association of Legal Philosophy (AFHI, 2013-2014). He also actively involved in the Indonesian Lecturers Association for Human Rights (SEPAHAM Indonesia).
Please note: Dr Herlambang Wiratraman will be hosted by Dr Ken Setiawan from Asia Institute. He will visit The University of Melbourne for three weeks from 13 August - 2 September 2017.
During his visit he will deliver:
- A public lecture on "Press Freedom, Law and Politics in the Jokowi Presidency." Time and venue to be confirmed.
Dr Agung Hujatnika
Dr Agung Hujatnika is a Lecturer in the Visual Art Study Program, Faculty of Art and Design, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). He obtained his doctorate on the subject of art curatorship from Bandung Institute of Technology in 2012. He worked as Chief Curator at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space, Bandung for twelve years. He was also a curator-in-residence in Australia (Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra, 2002), Japan (Nanjo and Associates, Tokyo, 2004; Arts Initiative Tokyo, 2011) and Vietnam (San Art, 2014).
He has curated many major national and international exhibitions, including Exquisite Corpse at the Bandung Pavilion for the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2012); Not a Dead End for the Jogja Biennale - Equator #2, Yogyakarta (2013); Concept Context Contestation at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, Bangkok (2013); Passion Possession at Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong (2014); A.D. Pirous' solo exhibition, Verses of the Universe at the University of Malaya Gallery, Malaysia (2015), and Indonesian Pavilion at Venice Biennale (upcoming, 2017), among many others.
Dr Hujatnika has involved in several international research projects, including Ambitious Alignments (research leader, Getty Foundation and University of Sydney, 2013- 2015), and Shaping Indonesian Contemporary Arts - Role of the Institutions (Partner Investigator, Australian Research Council, 2014-2017). His publications include: 'The Contemporary Turn, Indonesian Art of the 80s', in Lenzi, I. (ed.), Negotiating Home, History and Nations, Singapore Art Museum (2011); 'Indonesian Contemporary Art in the International Arena - Representation and its Changes', in Belting, H. dan Birken, J., (ed.), Global Studies, Mapping Contemporary Art and Culture, Hantje Cantz, Ostfildern (2012) and the book Kurasi dan Kuasa, on curatorship and power relations in the Indonesian art world, published by the Jakarta Arts Council in 2015.
Please note: Dr Hujatnika will be hosted by Dr Edwin Jurriens, Asia Institute. He will visit The University of Melbourne for three weeks from 19 November to 9 December 2017.
During his visit he will deliver:
- A public lecture for the Faculty of Arts
- A graduate seminar for students of the Asia Institute, The School of Culture and Communication, Grimwade Centre, Melbourne School of Design and the Victorian College of the Arts
- Public talk and/or exhibition contributions for Multicultural Arts Victoria
Every year a call for nominations of visiting scholars by current University of Melbourne staff will be made across the Faculty of Arts. The nomination deadline will be set some time in July or August. The Indonesia Initiative welcomes proposals for Indonesia scholars with strong research profiles based at an Indonesian university to visit the Faculty of Arts for three weeks during teaching time.
For all inquiries please email Associate Professor Kate McGregor.
The initiative commenced in 2014. Previous visitors have included:
- Dr Manneke Budiman, University of Indonesia
- Dr Evi Fitriani, University of Indonesia
- Dr Abdul Wahid, Gadjah Mada University
- Dr Budi Hernawan, University of Indonesia
- Professor Melani Budianta - The University of Indonesia
- Professor Bambang Purwanto - Gadjah Mada University
- Dr Dewi Jayanti - Udayana University
- Dr Eka Srimulyani - State Institute for Islamic Studies, Banda Aceh
- Dr Najib Azca - Gadjah Mada University
- Nyoman Darma Putra - Udayana University
Some of the outcomes so far of the initiative include a new in country intensive subject taught by Asia Institute staff at Udayana University to a mixed class of Australian and Indonesian students and ongoing teaching and research collaborations with staff at Gajah Mada University and the University of Indonesia.