The Resurgence of Land Reform Policy and Agrarian Movements in Indonesia
Colloquium with Noer Fauzi Rachman, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California at Berkeley
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
This talk demonstrates how land reform policy returned to the national policy arena after the fall of Suharto’s authoritarian regime in 1998. It focuses on how an agrarian movement organization in West Java – in this case the Sundanese Peasant Union (SPP) – and its allies have conflicted, competed, and come together with the politics and practices of the National Land Agency (NLA) of the Indonesian government at multiple sites of struggle. In the process, these relations have rendered projects of both reform and anti-reform incomplete.
Noer Fauzi Rachman is a PhD Candidate at the University of California at Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM) – Society and Environment Division. He is finishing his dissertation on the resurgence of land reform policy and agrarian movements in Indonesia. During more than fifteen years working within Indonesia NGOs, among others as chairperson of Consortium for Agrarian Reform (KPA), Bandung, Indonesia, Rachman authored three books, fifteen book chapters, edited and co-edited eight books and five published training manuals, and authored and and co-authored nine journal articles – all in Bahasa Indonesia. Those works embrace several main themes such as agrarian questions, policy, and reform, decentralization, natural resource tenure, conflict and management, rural social movement, participatory training, and policy advocacy. Key current academic publications include “Claiming the Grounds for Reform: Agrarian and Environmental Movements in Indonesia” (Co-authored by Nancy Lee Peluso and Suraya Afiff). Journal of Agrarian Change, 2008, 8(2-3):377-408.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies