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.


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.

Indonesia Initiative visitors 2020

Dr Ignatius Praptoraharjo (Gambit)

Dr Ignatius Praptoraharjo (Gambit)
Dr Ignatius Praptoraharjo (Gambit)

Dr Ignatius Praptoraharjo (Gambit) is a research consultant at the Center for Health Policy and Management at Gadjah Mada University. He completed his doctorate 2010 at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has been a recipient of the UIC-AIDS International Training and Research Program Scholarship from the US National Institute of Health. Dr Gambit is one of Indonesia’s leading epidemiologists and experts in the field of HIV. Dr Gambit draws on rigorous social scientific techniques – including anthropological methods – to address the social determinants of health. He draws on these skills in his work in the field of HIV, with an extensive track-record working with LGBT and other at-risk populations. His research bridges scholarly and policy domains, and appears in leading global journals in his field, including The Lancet and The Journal of AIDS and Clinical Research.

Dr Ignatius Praptoraharjo will be hosted by Dr Benjamin Hegarty from School of Social and Political Sciences. He will visit the University of Melbourne for three weeks from 1 March – 21 March 2020.

During his visit, he will deliver:

  • Gender, Sexuality, Health: Shifting Dynamics in Contemporary Indonesia Workshop (4 March 2020)
  • LGBT Inclusion and Access Talking Indonesia Podcast (26 March 2020)
  • Equality Through Inclusion: Evaluation of Empowerment Programs for LGBT Communities in Indonesia Seminar (11 March 2020)
  • Guest lectures (Week 2) – Two guest lectures for Dr Ken Setiawan (Asia Institute)
  • Graduate interaction (Week 2) – Methods workshop for PhD

Dr Randy Wirasta Nandyatama

Dr Randy Wirasta Nandyatama
Dr Randy Wirasta Nandyatama

Dr Randy Wirasta Nandyatama is an assistant professor in the Department of International Relations, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and an MSc in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. From 2013 to 2015, he was the director of the ASEAN Studies Center at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Gadjah Mada University. He has now returned to the ASEAN Studies Center as a senior researcher and taken up a new role as the director of the Academic Innovation Unit at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Gadjah Mada University. His recent publications are: “Institutionalising Human Rights in ASEAN: The Peril of Doxic Subordination” (book chapter in 50 Years of Amity and Enmity: The Politics of ASEAN Cooperation, Gadjah Mada University Press, 2018) and "Conclusion: The Future of Human Rights in ASEAN" (book chapter in The Evolution of the ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism: Institutional and Thematic Issues Within, ASEAN Studies Center, 2019).

Dr Randy Wirasta Nandyatama will be hosted by Professor Andrew Rosser and Dr Ken Setiawan from Asia Institute and Dr Kate McDonald from School of Social and Political Sciences. He will visit the University of Melbourne for three weeks from 7 –28 September 2020.

During her visit, he will deliver:

  • Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia workshop convened by Professor Andrew Rosser
  • Three public events, ie. one public lecture and one seminar hosted by the Asia Institute and the School of Social and Political Sciences, as well as an event for Indonesian graduate students at the University of Melbourne (TBA)
  • Guest lectures in Human Rights in Southeast Asia (ASIA90001) and/or Indonesian Politics and Society (ASIA20005), coordinated by Dr Ken Setiawan
  • Research collaboration on Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia with Professor Andrew Rosser, Dr Kate MacDonald and Dr Ken Setiawan

Dr Helly Minarti

Dr Helly Minarti
Dr Helly Minarti

Dr Helly Minarti is a specialist on performance and dance studies in Indonesia, with a particular focus on women, archives, and curatorship. She received her PhD in dance studies from the University of Roehampton (London, UK). Dr Minarti has worked as Head of Arts for the British Council Indonesia (2001-03) and was peer-voted to be Head of Programme of the Jakarta Arts Council (2013-2017). She co-curated the Asia-Europe Dance Forum (2004), the first of the Asia Windows series for Asian Art Theater, Gwangju (2015), and three editions of the Indonesian Dance Festival (2014-2018). Her current curatorial project is Jejak ć—…Tabi Exchange: Wandering Contemporary Asian Performance (2018, 2020). She has been involved in various exchange arts projects, invited to various forums/conferences and conducted research fellowships in Asia, Europe, and the US. Working as independent curator/scholar, she now also lectures at the newly established postgraduate studies program at Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta.

Dr Helly Minarti will be hosted by Dr Wulan Dirgantoro from School of Culture and Communication. She will visit the University of Melbourne for three weeks from 5 – 25 October 2020.

During his visit, she will deliver:

  • Research seminar at Asia Institute on gender and performing arts in Indonesia, focusing on the works of two female choreographers: Hoerijah Adam (1936-1971) and Gusmiati Suid (1941-2001) both from Minangkabau, West Sumatra
  • Guest lecture for Modern Southeast Asia subject
  • Joint-seminar with Dr Wulan Dirgantoro (SCC) on historical violence and embodied memory in the choreography of Gusmiati Suid titled Api Dalam Sekam (Fire in the Chaff), created in 1998
  • Working with Professor Rachel Fensham (Digital Studio) on digital dance archive utilising the multi-forms of archives left by choreographer Gusmiati Suid

Previous visitors

The initiative commenced in 2014. Previous visitors have included:

  • Dr Oki Rahadianto Sutopo, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Diah Kusumaningrum, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Vishnu Juwono, Universitas Indonesia (FIA UI)
  • Dr Amalinda Savirani, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Dr Wawan Masudi, Universitas Gadjah Mada
  • Dr Pudentia Maria Purenti Sri Sunarti, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Gea O.F. Parikesit, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Mr Solahuddin, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Manneke Budiman, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Evi Fitriani, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Abdul Wahid, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Budi Hernawan, University of Indonesia
  • Professor Melani Budianta, University of Indonesia
  • Professor Bambang Purwanto, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Dr Dewi Jayanti, Udayana University
  • Dr Eka Srimulyani, State Institute for Islamic Studies, Banda Aceh
  • Dr Najib Azca, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
  • Nyoman Darma Putra, Udayana University
  • Dr Agung Hujatnika, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)
  • Dr Herlambang P. Wiratraman, Airlangga University.
  • Dr Inaya Rakhmani, University of Indonesia
  • Dr Poppy S. Winanti, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)

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.