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Critical Histories of Activism: Indonesia’s New Order and its Legacies

Critical Histories of Activism: Indonesia’s New Order and its Legacies

This one-day conference, led by historian Jeffrey Hadler and political ecologist/sociologist Nancy Peluso of UC Berkeley, will examine forms of activism and protest that emerged in Indonesia during the “New Order” of President Soeharto (1967–1998).

Sunday, April 14, 2013
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
314 Royce Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The New Order began with the mass killing of members of the communist party and was marked by 30 years of Soeharto's repressive policies. Compradors and cronies thrived; critics were crushed. But beneath the state's violence and repressive actions towards large segments of the population, political and cultural activists developed techniques of action and expression that survived policing or thrived in its constant presence.  Some of these modes of action and activism lasted beyond the fall of Suharto but for others the new political era required different critical tactics. Nevertheless, many of the new communities and institutional forms born under the New Order live on in its wake. Fourteen participants will address the histories of cultural and political movements and organizations as they developed in the New Order, and explore the legacies of the New Order in contemporary Indonesian movements.

Conference Organizers:  Profs. Jeffrey Hadler and Nancy Peluso, University of California, Berkeley


8:00 AM Coffee and registration
8:15 Opening Remarks

-Asvi Warman Adam, The Indonesian Institute of Sciences
      Fifteen Years of Resistance Against the New Order Stigmatization
-Ayu Ratih, Indonesian Institute of Social History (ISSI)
     Ade Rostina Sitompul
-Tom Boellstorff, University of California, Irvine
      Gay and Lesbi Indonesians and the New Order: Notes on Emergence and the Possible
-Max Lane, Victoria University
      Degeneration and Re-generation of Radical Political Agency in Indonesia, 2002-2013
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30 - 12:15    ARTS

-James Edwards, UCLA
       Balancing the left with the right: Wayang, regime change, and the mystification and demystification of state violence in Indonesia
-Christina Sunardi, University of Washington-Seattle
      Resisting Through Remembering? Constructing and Contesting New Order Gender Ideology Through Music, Dance, and Memory in East Java
-Veronika Kusumaryati, Harvard University
       Experimental Filmmaking in the New Order Indonesia
-Katherine Bruhn, Ohio University
      Socially Engaged Art and Public Expression: The Legacy of Apotik Komik and Taring Padi
12:15 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:00    ENVIRONMENT

-Mia Siscawati, Sajogyo Institute
       A Social History of the Community Forestry Movement in the New Order Indonesia
  -Hatib Kadir, University of California, Santa Cruz
       “Nature Lover” Clubs under the New Order Indonesia
-Yew-Foong Hui, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
      Rogue State, Rogue Activists: Chinese Refugees and the Contest for Space
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:45   REFORM

 -Ahmad Najib Burhani, University of California, Santa Barbara
       From Opposition to Alliance: The LPPI and Its Mission to Eradicate Deviant Sects in Indonesia
-Stefanus Hendrianto, Loyola University, Chicago
       The Constitutional Court and Public Interest Litigation: The Struggle to Define Human Rights in Post-New Order Indonesia
Kosuke Mizuno, Kyoto University
     Strike as a Weapon for Workers and its Implementation after the Law No.2/2004 on Industrial Disputes Resolution
4:45 Closing Remarks
5:00 Conference End

The UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies is particularly grateful to Dr. Robert Lemelson for his commitment to funding the Indonesian Studies Program, now in its fifth year.  This Program not only supports conferences, and brings experts on Indonesia to UCLA, but it also provides Lemelson Fellowships to a cohort of UCLA graduate students to pursue research on Indonesia.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies