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.

2018 Indonesia Initiative visitors

Mr Solahuddin

Mr Solahuddin
Mr Solahuddin

Solahudin is Research Associate, Center for Terrorism and Social Conflict Studies, Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Indonesia and Co-Director, Institute for the Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC). His book on the Indonesian jihadi movement, translated as The Roots of Terrorism in Indonesia, is an Indonesian bestseller and has generated widespread discussion in that country among the media, academic and religious communities. He is also a former Secretary-General of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) from 2001 to 2003. His advocacy in cases of violence against journalists includes successfully acting as a mediator in the release of two Belgian journalists held hostage in Papua in 2001. He was also a member of the mediation team that negotiated the release of one of the Indonesian journalists held by the Free Aceh Movement in 2004.

Please note: Solahudin will be hosted by Dr Dave McRae from the Asia Institute. He will visit The University of Melbourne for three weeks from 13 February - 7 March 2018.

During his visit, he will deliver:

  • Indonesia Forum film screening and discussion on "Deradicalising Extremists" held on Thursday, 1 March 2018
  • A public lecture on "How Dangerous Are Indonesian ISIS Returnees and Deportees?" held on Tuesday, 6 March 2018
  • A guest lecture on ‘Conflict and Terrorism in Indonesia’, Asia Institute with the subtopics of:
    • History of Terrorism and Terrorist Organisations in Southeast Asia
    • Southeast Asian Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) in Iraq and Syria
    • Why People Joint Terrorist Group
  • A guest lecture in Development Research, Design and Assessment’ (DEVT90041) presenting 'Difficult Fieldwork' topic

Dr Gea O.F. Parikesit

Dr Gea O.F. Parikesit
Dr Gea O.F. Parikesit

Dr Gea O.F. Parikesit earned his degrees from Institut Teknologi Bandung (B.Eng in Engineering Physics) and Technische Universiteit Delft (M.Sc. In Applied Physics, Dr In Applied Physics). After two-year postdoctoral research at Technische Universiteit Delft, he joined the Faculty of Engineering in Universitas Gadjah Mada. Between 2003 and 2013, he applied optical measurement methods to study the dynamics of DNA molecules and microscopic flows inside lab-on-a-chip devices. Since 2013, he has been using his engineering skills and scientific curiosity to investigate unconventional topics and pursue unusual questions at the interactions of art and technologies, ranging from the shadow puppet movements in the ancient art of Wayang Kulit to the strange string vibrations in the Bundengan, an endangered musical instrument from Wonosobo.

Please note: Dr Gea O.F. Parikesit will be hosted by Dr Nicole Tse from The Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation. He will visit The University of Melbourne for three weeks from 4 - 22 June 2018.

During his visit, he will deliver:

  • A public lecture on "Quantitative dynamic analysis of cultural materials: from Wayang Kulit to Bundengan"
  • A graduate research co-supervision on the acoustical conservation of musical instruments
  • A graduate research co-supervision on the quantitative comparison between 3D imaging methods in materials conservation

Dr Pudentia Maria Purenti Sri Sunarti

Dr Pudentia Maria Purenti Sri Sunarti
Dr Pudentia Maria Purenti Sri Sunarti

Dr Pudentia, born in Muntilan, Magelang on 8 May 1956, is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Humanities (Fakultas Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya) of Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta. She has her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Universitas Indonesia, and her doctorate from Universiteit Leiden and The University of California Berkeley.

As the Chair of the Asosiasi Tradisi Lisan (Association for Oral Traditions), she is a champion of the preservation of the archipelago's oral traditions. She has also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Group for Indonesia and Malaysia under the Yudhoyono Presidency and on the expert panel for UNESCO's Memory of the World program

Please note: Dr Pudentia will be hosted by Dr Michael Ewing from Asia Institute. She will visit The University of Melbourne for three weeks from 12 - 30 June September 2018.

During her visit, she will deliver:


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.

Previous visitors

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
  • Dr Agung Hujatnika, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)
  • Dr Herlambang P. Wiratraman , Airlangga University.
  • Dr Inaya Rakhmani, Universitas 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.