Edward became involved in things Indonesian when he spent a year in Malang, East Java, as a teenager in 1983 (his father was working on an Australian government aid project). Later he studied Indonesian at high school and university. He wrote his PhD on the democratic movement which overthrew the Suharto regime (this was published as a book - Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance and Regime Change in Indonesia - in 2005). Now he researches Indonesian politics at the Australian National University, currently with a focus on the conflict and the peace process in Aceh.
Michele became interested in Indonesia when she was studying Engineering and Industrial Relations at the UNSW. In 1990, she took an Indonesian language summer course on a whim, and it changed her life. She now has an Indonesian husband, a PhD in Indonesian labour relations (published as Workers and Intellectuals: NGOs, Trade Unions and the Indonesian Labour Movement) and a house in Tanjung Pinang, the capital city of the Riau Islands. When she is not working on Inside Indonesia, she teaches about Indonesia, social activism and human rights at the University of Sydney or continues her research on labour.
Other Members of the Editing Team
Emma Baulch has been reading Inside Indonesia since the late-1980s, when she majored in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. From the early-1990s, she occasionally contributed (her own) and reviewed (others’) articles for the magazine and in 2003 edited a print edition on the aftermath of the first Bali bomb. She is a writer and researcher with an interest in Indonesian media, particularly the music and advertising industries. Presently she is a post doctoral fellow at the ANU, where she is researching the Indonesian pop music industry. She lives in Bali.
Siobhan Campbell began learning Indonesian as a high school student in 1990. After a first visit to Bali & Sulawesi in 1992 she caught the bug and continued studying Indonesian at UNSW in Sydney. Her involvement with Inside Indonesia began in 1997 as an undergraduate student, when she would take clippings of the political cartoons from the major Indonesian dailies, photocopy them and send them by post to the then editors in Brisbane for inclusion in the magazine. This illustrious start launched Siobhan into a career working as an “Indonesianist” including a stint as a translator/interpreter with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor and as a liaison officer with the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney. Siobhan is now doing her PhD at the University of Sydney.
Thushara Dibley grew up in Yogyakarta and has maintained her links with Indonesia ever since. A major in Indonesian Studies led to an interest in Timor Leste, where she volunteered for a year with a small NGO. She has since started a PhD in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney, where she is researching the relationship between local and international NGOs doing peacebuilding work in Timor Leste and Aceh. She has been involved in various capacities with Inside Indonesia since 2007, and now serves on the IRIP board as well as on the editorial committee.
Nikki Edwards is an honours graduate in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. Although she studied Indonesian by distance education in high school she did not become passionate about Indonesia until first travelling alone there in 2005. At university, weekly readings from Inside Indonesia proved to be some of the most exciting and easily accessible texts assigned within the undergraduate study program. In 2009 Nikki wrote an honours thesis about Indonesia’s movement towards sustainable agriculture, and took part in the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program.
Keith Foulcher retired in 2006 after more than 30 years teaching Indonesian language and literature studies at Monash, Flinders and Sydney universities. During that time he found himself (at times) a reluctant participant in Indonesian literary politics because of his interest in oppositional writers and their work during the New Order years. He is now an Honorary Associate of the Department of Indonesian Studies at Sydney University, with time for extra curricula interests like helping out with the editing of Inside Indonesia.
Virginia Hooker first visited Indonesia in 1969 for research into traditional Malay manuscripts from the 19th century Riau-Lingga sultanate. Since then she has moved ever closer to the present day and currently researches social change, values and Islam in contemporary Indonesia, particularly West Sumatra. Her most recent publication, co-edited with Greg Fealy, is Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A Contemporary Sourcebook (Singapore 2006). She retired as Professor of Indonesian and Malay, Faculty of Asian Studies, ANU in January 2007 and is now a Visiting Fellow in the Dept of Political and Social Change. She has been a subscriber to Inside Indonesia since it began.
Dave McRae became interested in Indonesia when he studied Indonesian as a high school student in Sydney in the early 90s. He previously guest-edited two editions of Inside Indonesia: edition 79 – "Islamic Law: What would it mean for Indonesia?" - and edition 72 - "Give press freedom a chance". David wrote his PhD at the Australian National University on the Poso conflict in Central Sulawesi, and has worked for the International Crisis Group and the World Bank in Jakarta and Makassar.
Laura first visited Indonesia as a teenager, travelling from Jakarta to Flores and back. Since then, she has studied various aspects of Indonesian culture and society, concentrating on the ethnography of Bali, Indonesian performance, and youth and popular cultures. In addition to her research, she has worked in Indonesia as an editor for the Lontar Foundation, Equinox Publishing and Latitudes magazine. She is currently based at Royal Holloway, University of London and is working on a biography of John Coast.
Nick's interest in Indonesia was sparked by the texts on his undergraduate anthropology course, and cemented by a visit to the Riau Islands in 2004. He continued to work in Riau for his MPhil and PhD, where he investigated the links between regional autonomy and Malay identity through such prisms as neighbourhood interactions, history-telling, entrepreneurship, notions of 'achievement' and relations with the 'spirit world'. He is now starting a major new research project on democratisation. He is based at the University of Cambridge where he is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer in Social Anthropology, and a Research Fellow of St Catharine's College.
Blair grew up in New Zealand and Canada, and first went to Indonesia as a volunteer, spending a year in Papua in 1994 as a mathematics instructor. He has kept coming back ever since, doing street outreach on AIDS prevention as an NGO volunteer in Yogyakarta, writing a masters degree on Indonesian languages, and working on a documentary film on Orang Rimba in the jungle in Jambi. These experiences led to a switch to anthropology, and Blair wrote a PhD at the ANU on migration and social change in Buton. Since 2006 he has been based in Jakarta, researching conflict and democratisation in Indonesia. Blair first became involved with Inside Indonesia in 2004, guest-editing a special edition entitled 'From Mataram to Merauke'.
Jen Robinson is an Australian lawyer and Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. Jen was first exposed to Indonesian at her South Coast NSW high school and after her first trip to Indonesia in 1996 she was hooked. But it was not until her year in Indonesia on the ACICIS program in 2002, and a meeting with Gerry van Klinken with his copy of Inside Indonesia that Jen decided to go to West Papua to work with Elsham on human rights cases and a major political prisoner trial. Seven years later, Jen edited a special edition about West Papua. She hopes to ensure that Papua receives more coverage in the future.
Yatun was born and raised in the Netherlands but spent three childhood years in Bandung, after which she has visited Indonesia almost every year to catch up with family and friends and since 1997 for research. She has published on urban youth cultures, student activism and heritage movements in Indonesia, and has taught Indonesian history at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Yatun first came into contact with Inside Indonesia when Gerry van Klinken invited her to write an article in 1999 - and she has been a huge II fan ever since.
Mila grew up in Ubud, Bali. After graduating from university in Sydney, she moved back to Bali. She was an assistant editor for Latitudes magazine before moving to Makassar in 2006 to work for the Eastern Indonesia Knowledge Exchange (BaKTI), a multi-donor program and now independent foundation focused on knowledge-based development in the 12 provinces of eastern Indonesia. At BaKTI she works in the Communications unit. She joined the Inside Indonesia team in 2009.
Dirk was born and raised in Germany. After visiting Indonesia as a backpacker, he decided to move to Australia and pursue a postgraduate degree in Indonesian Studies. A political scientist by background, he wrote his PhD about the Golkar Party at the University of Melbourne and now works as a lecturer in the Politics and International Relations Program at La Trobe University in Melbourne. He visits Indonesia regularly to conduct research on parties, elections and local politics, and, whenever he finds a bit of spare time, to explore what’s left of the country’s magnificent natural heritage.
Gerry van Klinken
Gerry van Klinken and his partner Helene became avid readers of the magazine when they were living in Salatiga, Central Java in the late 1980s. After both submitting pieces and being thrilled when they were published, Gerry found himself editing the magazine in 1996. After moving to a guest editor system in 2002 he continued to be actively involved in the magazine, first as coordinating editor, and later as a member of the editing committee. Helene and Gerry's own memories of Indonesia include high adventure, back-packing around the archipelago and being shipwrecked at night on a coral reef in a traditional sailing boat! They both want the magazine to be a 'bridge between people, to challenge stereotypes, to highlight movements and individuals who we think symbolise a better tomorrow.'