Indonesia

International engagement at the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts Indonesia Strategy focuses on:

  • Building strong partnerships with our partners.
  • Creating global experiences for our students.
  • Attracting, training and mentoring the next generation of scholars of Indonesia.
  • Producing and disseminating Indonesia focused knowledge.
  • Facilitating an expanded engagement with Indonesia by showcasing more Indonesian voices.

Welcome from the Deputy Associate Dean International (Indonesia)

Indonesia is of critical importance to both Australia and the University and the Faculty of Arts is delighted to announce that moving forward, Indonesia is one of just three priority countries for the Faculty. The Faculty’s Indonesia activities are coordinated through the Indonesia Strategic Engagement Group (ISEG), with representatives from each school in the Faculty.

Associate Professor Kate McGregor
Professor Katharine McGregor

Following the University’s ‘Engaging with Indonesia 2020-2024’ Strategy, the Faculty of Arts is committed to the strategy of promoting research and dialogue on topics of mutual concern to both countries, enhancing ‘cultural exchange and mutual understanding’ and producing ‘university graduates ready to engage in and with Indonesia.’

Key to our goal of creating graduates ready to engage with Indonesia is our leading Indonesian language program, in addition to providing global classroom experiences for our students.

Across the faculty our researchers including staff and postgraduate students are conducting research on a great range of topics.

We also share and provide platforms for sharing knowledge about Indonesia through a range of events. One key platform is our signature events, such as the annual Arief Budiman Lecture which commenced in 2021 and the Australia and Indonesia in conversation event.

Further to this staff across the Faculty of Arts staff, regularly share their expertise on Indonesia via the extremely popular Indonesia@Melbourne blog and the Indonesia@Melbourne Talking Indonesia Podcast Series. Since their inception in 2015 the blog has had over which has had over 1.5 million views and the podcast series over 540,000 listens.

I encourage you to get in touch if you want to connect with our researchers or be part of the exciting programs of engagement with Indonesia here in the Faculty of Arts.

Professor Katharine McGregor
Associate Dean International (Indonesia) 2021-2023

Teaching

Greater understanding of Indonesia is underpinned by language learning. For over 65 years, The University of Melbourne has proudly taught Indonesian and today hosts one of the leading Indonesian studies programs in the world based in the Asia Institute.

The Faculty boasts world class Indonesia experts across a range of schools who teach across politics, development, history, curatorship, media and gender studies. Our staff are highly engaged with Indonesia and have strong teaching, research and in-country expertise. They regularly give guest lectures to Indonesian audiences and teach into programs across Indonesian universities.

The Faculty offers innovative global classroom experiences at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, including joint masters degrees co-taught with Indonesian universities:

Joint masters degrees

Joint masters degrees co-taught with Indonesian universities in:

  • Social Policy (with UGM)
  • Public Policy and Development Studies (with UGM)
  • Public Policy and Management (with UI and UNHAS)

Overseas subjects

University of Melbourne Overseas Subjects (UMOS) include:

  • Indonesia Rising (with UI)
  • Analysing Indonesia (with Udayana University)
  • Cultural Tourism in Southeast Asia (with Udayana University)

Research

Across the Faculty of Arts there are over 15 staff engaged in researching Indonesia including those with expertise in Politics and Society, Language, History, Culture, Art, Media, and Religion. This is in addition to many postgraduate students researching topics related to Indonesia.

Faculty of Arts researchers, in collaboration with the Nossal Institute, also collaborate with multiple universities and research institutes through the Knowledge Sector Initiative in Indonesia (2015-2022).

Examples of staff research projects underway involving Indonesia include:

Engagement

The Faculty hosts important Indonesia focused engagement events that include both public lectures and workshops. We also share our research and that of our key Indonesian collaborators and thinkers online.

Engage with us online

Our online engagement has a strong focus on Indonesian voices and critically engages with Indonesian audiences. It includes:

Indonesia focussed researchers

Person Position Phone Email
Dr Annisa Beta Lecturer in Cultural Studies +61383446209
Mark Considine Vice-chancellor's Fellow +61383447290
Dr Rachael Diprose Senior Lecturer in Indonesian Studies +61383443757
Dr Wulan Dirgantoro Lecturer in Art History and Curatorship +61383445671
Dr Ana Dragojlovic Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies +61383446629
Associate Professor Michael Ewing Associate Professor In Indonesian Studies; Asian Studies Convenor +61383447557
Dr Paul Green Lecturer in Social and Cultural Anthropology +61383444281
Professor Vedi Hadiz Director, Asia Institute +61383444329
Dr Edwin Jurriens Senior Lecturer In Indonesian Studies; Indonesian Studies Convenor +61390357594
Associate Professor Kate MacDonald Research Fellow +61383443442
Professor Kate McGregor Professor in Southeast Asian History; Deputy Associate Dean (International – Indonesia) +61383443379
Professor John Murphy Professor in Political Science
Professor Andrew Rosser Deputy Director, Asia Institute; Professor of Southeast Asian Studies +61390355629
Dr Ken Setiawan Lecturer In Indonesian Studies and Asian Studies +61383440237
Professor Robyn Sloggett Director, Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation; Cripps Foundation Chair +61383446455
Dr Nicole Tse Senior Lecturer in Cultural Materials Conservation; Cultural Materials Conservation Discipline Chair +61383440354
Dr Justin Wejak Senior Tutor in Indonesian Studies +61383447184

Major Partners

Universitas Gajah Mada

Key collaborating faculties FISIPOL, FIB

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Universitas Indonesia

Key collaborating faculties FISIP, FIA, FIB

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In 2021 Professor Vedi Hadiz oversaw the creation of a new research partnership between AI and UI called the Asia Research Centre.

Universitas Airlangga

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More information

For more information about the Faculty of Arts international engagement strategy (Indonesia), please contact the Deputy Associate Dean International (Indonesia).

Deputy Associate Dean International (Indonesia)
Professor Katharine McGregor
Email
k.mcgregor@unimelb.edu.au
Phone
+61 3 8344 3379