Jun 28, 2022 Last Updated 4:52 AM, Jun 27, 2022

Java

Art and the city

Indonesian artists are using new media to rethink urban space

Herstory in art

Titarubi’s art challenges masculinity in Indonesian visual arts and beyond

West Java’s mini-fictions

Technology is opening up new possibilities for Sundanese literature

Dealing with social exclusion

Illegal squatters in Jakarta struggle for recognition of their homes and livelihoods

We are the blessed ones

Activists work to change men’s interpretations of Islam that justify their superiority at home

The winds of change

Men in Pekanbaru and Makassar are slowly changing their minds about domestic violence

Art for the people

Taring Padi takes stock of a more than a decade fighting the political establishment – with art as its weapon

The shadow of the Ayatollah

Indonesia’s Shi’i community is struggling to find the right balance between local traditions and its fascination with Iran

Love the mall, love the earth

Eco-friendly malls make environmentalism sleek and chic, but they might do more harm than good

Aquaculture in adversity

The true costs of prawn farming are starting to show in Java

Some people call me Robin Hood

ELISABETH KRAMER speaks to independent anti-corruption activist Arifin Wardiyanto about his ‘extremist’ approach to fighting corruption

Lovers of the Ahl al-Bayt

Indonesia’s Shi’a are moving ahead between local traditions and foreign orthodoxy

Playing with the past

Critics say it’s just a fad but some young upper middle-class Indonesians are rediscovering forgotten histories

Art for Allah’s sake

A unique pesantren, founded and led by an internationally recognised Indonesian calligrapher, attracts men and women from all over the archipelago

The spirit of Sudirman

A mural competition in Yogyakarta sees Indonesians reinterpreting their revolutionary past in the light of present concerns

Theatre of life

A new generation of Indonesian theatre activists is staging performances based on the everyday experiences of local communities

Resistance through memory

The victims of the Lapindo mudflow disaster continue to assert their rights to compensation

Stopping the flow

Lapindo Brantas’ involvement in the Surabaya Post has restricted the way journalists report on the mudflow

The triumph of jamu

European interest in Indonesian traditional healing has had its ups and downs, but in Java jamu reigns supreme, as it has for a long, long time

New leadership, new policies?

The Nahdlatul Ulama congress in Makassar arrests the slide away from liberal views but shows the organisation's vulnerability to outside political interference

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