May 29, 2022 Last Updated 7:57 AM, May 27, 2022

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Book review: Beyond the pale

A major research project on Dutch extreme violence in the Indonesian war of Independence, 1945–1949

Essay: Hey Holland, you’re welcome!

Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch came at a price – Indonesians are still waiting for them to acknowledge it

Merchants and entrepreneurs

Jews in Sumatra in the colonial period

Exhibited as losers

A new artwork holds up a mirror to physical anthropology and its baseless racial categorisations

Kartini in her own words

An essential resource for Indonesian history scholars and students, Kartini's works are now available by open access

A complex relationship

1965 collaborators and victims living side by side silently negotiate between past and present

Mapping the 1965-66 killings in East Java

In the first of a series of articles we present recent work by demographers and genocide scholars at Michigan State University's Asian Studies Centre on the 1965-1966 killings. Their analysis takes the form of a collection of infographics tracing population numbers across East Java at this time.

A temple to populist nationalism

Sukarno’s gravesite is very popular but there is much irony in the way his memory is celebrated

Review: Landscape of the soul

An exhibition of wall-hangings and mixed-media depicts the experiences of European Dutch and Eurasian people in Indonesia during the Japanese Occupation, the Revolution and after

Review: The killing season

More than 50 years on, mis-truths about the 1965-66 killings and what motivated them prevail in Indonesia. Geoffrey Robinson's and other books and films on the issue, based on archival research and analysis, continue to be of utmost importance to counter this movement against the truth.

The red thread

A recently uncovered report reveals how anti-communist paranoia stoked abductions of pro-democracy activists in the last days of the New Order

Sport, politics and the 1962 Asian Games

Jakarta’s 1962 Asian Games were a symbol of Sukarno’s postcolonial nation-building

Pencak Silat: Traditional martial art and modern sport

An interview with Ian Wilson, by Andy Fuller

Remembering the gang rapes of May 1998

The stories of Seno Gumira Ajidarma have helped to counter the denial of a national trauma

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A controversial regulation governing the call to prayer sparks a campaign aimed at taking down the Religious Affairs Minister

Essay: Hey Holland, you’re welcome!

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Indonesia’s independence from the Dutch came at a price – Indonesians are still waiting for them to acknowledge it

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