Indonesia at Melbourne website launched

July 15 / 162

Indonesia at Melbourne is a joint project of the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts, the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) in the Melbourne Law School, and the Indonesia Forum.
Indonesia at Melbourne is a joint project of the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts, the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) in the Melbourne Law School, and the Indonesia Forum.

 

A new platform for analysis, research and commentary on contemporary Indonesia by academics, experts and students affiliated with the University has been launched.

 

Indonesia at Melbourne is a joint project of the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts, the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS) in the Melbourne Law School, and the Indonesia Forum. The website is also supported as a University strategic initiative by the Chancellery Academic and International portfolio.

 

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Simon Evans, welcomed the launch of the website: “The relationship with Indonesia is one of Australia’s most important – and building public understanding of Indonesia is vital. Indonesia at Melbourne can help by drawing on a remarkable breadth of expertise in the University.” 

 

Professor Tim Lindsey, who co-founded the blog with Dr Dave McRae (Asia Institute) and Tim Mann (CILIS), said the University "now has a greater depth of expertise on Indonesia than it has for more many years, and it is diverse as well, spread across a wide range of Faculties and disciplines.

 

“This blog will include work from commentators beyond the University but one of its main aims is to showcase the University’s own in-house expertise on the complex and fast-changing society to our north." 

 

Professor Pookong Kee, Director of the Asia Institute said, “the Indonesia blog project is a fine example of cross-university collaboration in showcasing our multi-disciplinary expertise on a country of priority interest.”

 

The emphasis of Indonesia at Melbourne will be on politics but it will also cover law, anthropology, culture, history, economics, architecture and public health, reflecting the diversity of expertise on contemporary Indonesia at the University.

 

In featured stories, Richard Chauvel examines President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s recent announcements in Papua, Ken Setiawan reflects on the significance of the weekly Kamisan protests outside the Presidential Palace, and in the podcast Talking Indonesia, Dave McRae speaks to Evi Fitriani, from the University of Indonesia, about foreign policy under Jokowi.

 

Dr Edwin Jurriens, from the Asia Institute said, “This initiative demonstrates the commitment of the University to strengthen and promote its expertise in Indonesia-related studies. It not only showcases the work of some of the university’s finest scholars, but also offers a platform for dialogue with the academic community and other interested groups in Indonesia itself.”

 

Indonesia at Melbourne is edited by Tim Mann.  Professor Tim Lindsey, Director of CILIS, and Dr Dave McRae, from The Asia Institute, serve on the blog’s advisory board.

 

The site can be viewed at indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au, or please see Twitter or Facebook. Feedback is encouraged. Contributors are also welcome to contact Indonesia at Melbourne, indo-at-melb@unimelb.edu.au.

 

The project has received funding support from the Chancellery, the Faculty of Arts and Melbourne Law School.

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