Danau was born in Canada to an Indonesian father and Japanese mother, but grew up mainly in Indonesia among other places. She loves maintaining her links to Indonesia and was first introduced to Inside Indonesia after being invited to write an article based on her anthropological research on international schooling in Jakarta. Danau is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia and is writing a monograph based on her PhD on transnational young people who grow up in several countries and are popularly referred to as 'Third Culture Kids'.
Other Members of the Editing Team
Emma is a Senior Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology. She has been learning about, writing about, teaching about and living in Indonesia on and off for the past thirty years. She has a PhD in politics and is an expert of media and popular culture.
Alexandra is a lecturer in Interdisciplinary Design Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. She first went to Indonesia in 2000, when she began studying independent art and media initiatives in Yogyakarta as an ACICIS student. Since then she has been reading and contributing to Inside Indonesia. She lived in Yogyakarta as a Visual Arts Officer for the Australian Youth Ambassador for Development program and in Jakarta as part of the project 'Beyond the Factory Walls'. In 2008 she received the Kirk Robson Memorial Award for Leadership in Community Cultural Development for her work connecting artist communities in Java and Australia. In 2013 she completed her PhD on the visual culture of activist communities in Java, focusing on festivals since the end of the New Order.
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 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.
Andy is a researcher and writer currently based in Leiden, The Netherlands. His interests include urban studies, literature and sport. His PhD thesis (2010, University of Tasmania) was on the writings of Seno Gumira Ajidarma. His first book, Sastra dan Politik: Membaca Karya-Karya Seno Gumira Ajidarma was published by Insist Press in Yogyakarta in 2011. His book of translations of poems by Afrizal Malna, titled Anxiety Myths, was published by Lontar in 2013. He is currently researching the relationship between football and the city of Yogyakarta.
Virginia Hooker first visited Indonesia in 1969 to read 19th century Malay manuscripts from the Riau-Lingga islands which recorded local histories of the area. Since then she has moved ever closer to the present day and currently researches Islam in contemporary Indonesia, particularly Islam-themed art. Her publications include, Voices of Islam in Southeast Asia: A Contemporary Sourcebook (2006, 2007) co-edited with Greg Fealy, various articles in Inside Indonesia, and a photo essay in the New Mandala (July 2014). She retired as Professor of Indonesian and Malay, Faculty of Asian Studies, ANU in January 2007 and is now a Visiting Fellow in ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific.
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.'
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' (the results have since been published as Being Malay in Indonesia: Histories, Hopes and Citizenship in the Riau Archipelago). He currently works as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the London School of Economics.
Dave became interested in Indonesia when he studied Indonesian as a high school student in Sydney in the early 90s, and he has since researched conflict, politics, democratisation and human rights issues in Indonesia for well over a decade. He has 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". Dave is currently a senior research fellow at the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne and an associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society. He wrote his PhD on the Poso conflict in Central Sulawesi (published as A Few Poorly Organised Men: Interreligious Violence in Poso, Indonesia), and has previously worked for the Lowy Institute, the World Bank and the International Crisis Group.
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.
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'.
Yatun was born and raised in the Netherlands but spent three childhood years in Bandung, after which she has returned to Indonesia almost every year for family visits and later for research. For her PhD at the University of Amsterdam she did research on the Indonesian student movement. She has also published on youth cultures and heritage movements in Indonesia, and taught Indonesian History at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Currently she is a lecturer in Youth Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has been a huge fan of Inside Indonesia since first publishing an article for Inside Indonesia in 1999, and was delighted to join the team in 2010.
A product of Indonesian and Indonesianist families, Nik Tan is a lawyer and former DFAT officer, where he worked in the Indonesia branch. He has lived and worked in Indonesia and East Timor and is currently studying a Master of Laws at the University of Copenhagen. He works at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
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.