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Mar 25, 2024

Decolonising memory

Removal of the Rhodes Statue 'Rhodes Must Fall' / Desmond Bowles CC @wikicommons

By KATE MCGREGOR & ANA DRAGOJLOVIC

Mar 25, 2024

Mendekolonisasi memori

Removal of the Rhodes Statue 'Rhodes Must Fall' / Desmond Bowles CC @wikicommons

By KATE MCGREGOR & ANA DRAGOJLOVIC

Mar 25, 2024

Review: Decolonising heteropatriarchal silencing

Indisch zwijgen, Sven Peetoom and Juliette Dominicus, Mei Oele

A documentary draws new attention to intergenerational grief and decolonial healing

By ANA DRAGOJLOVIC & ASTRID KERCHMAN

Mar 25, 2024

Interview Muhammad Fadli: A history of the Banda Islands

Locals commemorate the Banda Island massacre / Mhd Fadli

By MUHAMMAD FADLI & KATHARINE MCGREGOR

Mar 25, 2024

Beyond decolonisation?

Museum of the Batavian Society for Arts and Sciences in Batavia, ca. 1930 / KITLV, inv. nr. A344.38.520

The National Museum of Indonesia is perpetuating colonial narratives and needs to actively engage with younger generations

By SADIAH BOONSTRA

Mar 25, 2024

Colonial nostalgia in an Indonesian night market

Stalls at the Tong-Tong Night Market in Malang/Grace Leksana

Despite more critical attention being paid to Indonesia’s colonial past there is also evidence of nostalgia

By GRACE LEKSANA

Mar 25, 2024

Working with colonial objects in the Rijksmuseum

Portraits of former Governor Generals in the Rijksmuseum Storage Depot/ Author

When an artist applies a critical lens to museum collections, colonial objects are framed in new ways

By TIMOTEUS ANGGAWAN KUSNO

Mar 25, 2024

Bekerja dengan artefak kolonial di Rijksmuseum

Portraits of former Governor Generals in the Rijksmuseum Storage Depot/ Author

Dengan menggunakan lensa kritis, seniman dapat melihat artefak kolonial dengan sudut pandang yang baru saat meneliti koleksi museum

By TIMOTEUS ANGGAWAN KUSNO

Mar 25, 2024

Dutch memory of slavery

Caption: National Slavery Monument, Amsterdam / Wikimedia commons

There is increasing public recognition of slavery in Dutch history but silences remain

By NANCY JOUWE

Mar 25, 2024

‘Our Colonial Inheritance’ at the Wereldmuseum

Still from the film Prologue of a nation by Bibi Fadlalla in the exhibition 'Our Colonial Inheritance'/ Bibi Fadlalla reproduced with permission Amsterdam Wereweldmuseum

Some Dutch museums are taking more critical approaches to colonial history

By SUSIE PROTSCHKY

Mar 25, 2024

Decolonising Dutch cultural memory

The njai and the babu have been iconic figures of nostalgia in Dutch cultural memory but a recently published novel challenges such remembrance

By PAMELA PATTYNAMA

Mar 25, 2024

Mendekolonisasi memori budaya Belanda

Nyai dan babu kerap muncul sebagai tokoh ikonis dalam memori budaya Belanda. Namun sebuah novel yang diterbitkan baru-baru ini berupaya menantang memori tersebut.

By PAMELA PATTYNAMA

Mar 25, 2024

Colonial industrial heritage and memory

Museum Goedang Ransoem Sawahlunto / Ministry of Education and Culture /CC wikimedia

A UNESCO-listed colonial mining town in West Sumatra raises complex questions about framing Indonesia’s industrial heritage

By KATHARINE MCGREGOR

Mar 25, 2024

Warisan industri kolonial dan kenangan di baliknya

Museum Goedang Ransoem Sawahlunto / Ministry of Education and Culture /CC wikimedia

Sebuah kota pertambangan kolonial di Sumatra Barat yang masuk dalam daftar UNESCO menimbulkan sejumlah pertanyaan kompleks tentang cara Indonesia memandang warisan industri.

By KATHARINE MCGREGOR

Apr 11, 2024

Indonesians call for climate action through music

Concert perfromance in Malang /Hibatul Hakim

Self-education and lived experience of the impacts of climate change, are driving...

By JULIA WINTERFLOOD

Apr 05, 2024

Book review: Clive of Indonesia

Clive Williams in Jakarta, 1976 / Tuti Kakialatu/TEMPO

By DUNCAN GRAHAM

Apr 04, 2024

The Jokowi-Luhut alliance

President Joko Widodo with Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (21 June 2023) /Instagram/luhut.pandjaitan

A business alliance forged in 2008 between Joko Widodo and Luhut Pandjaitan...

By JEREMY MULHOLLAND

Mar 19, 2024

Making music together

The front gate of Earhouse / Earhouse

At Earhouse Songwriting Club music is not only about the performer or...

By ARYA ADYUTA

Mar 07, 2024

An EV-fix for mining

Weda Bay nickel camp site at Tanjung Ulie cape on Halmahera island / Muhammad ECTOR Prasetyo CC Wikimedia

Nickel’s ‘green development’ boost to resource nationalism

By LIAN SINCLAIR & TRISSIA WIJAYA

Feb 20, 2024

Essay: Local tradition in a global religious community in modern day Java

/Leo Barry

Ghosts and spirits often come up in conversation but attitudes are changing

By LEO BARRY

Feb 08, 2024

Review: Netflix’s ‘Cigarette Girl’ promotes Big Tobacco interests in Indonesia

The Netflix series has a star-studded cast and was adapted for the screen and directed by leading filmmakers Kamala Andini and Ifa Isfansyah

Netflix’s series Gadis Kretek (Cigarette Girl) romanticises an industry that kills around...

By MARINA WELKER

Feb 06, 2024

Book review: I am that unicorn

By HELEN PAUSACKER

Feb 01, 2024

Essay: A movement to remember

#BerkainBersama sees young people wearing the traditional prints in their own unique ways /Ghina Tsabitah

This essay is the first in a new series featuring the writing...

By GHINA TSABITAH

Jan 23, 2024

Obituary: Soni Farid Maulana (1962-2022)

Soni Farid Maulana (1962-2022) will be remembered as a literary figure from West Java, especially as a poet, who straddled the worlds of press journalism and of Indonesian letters / Ian Campbell

By IAN CAMPBELL

Dec 19, 2023

Book review: Systemic Silencing

Dewi Candraningrum in front of her painting featuring women survivors of enforced military prostitution in Indonesia during the Japanese Occupation

By JORIEN VAN BEUKERING

Dec 06, 2023

Apakah Prabowo “fit and proper”?

Prabowo Subianto /Antara Foto

Dari tiga pria yang mencoba menjadi presiden berikutnya Indonesia, satu orang menonjol...

By PAT WALSH

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