Welcome to Herb Feith Foundation

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    The Herb Feith Foundation was established in 2003 to commemorate the life and work of Herb Feith (1930-2001), volunteer, scholar, teacher and peace activist.

    • As a volunteer graduate in Indonesia in the early 1950s, Herb inspired the formation of the Volunteer Graduate Scheme that later broadened into what is now Australian Volunteers International.
    • Herb was a distinguished scholar of Indonesian politics, and his 1962 book The Decline of Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia remains the definitive study of Indonesia in the 1950s.
    • Herb’s teaching on Indonesia, Third World politics and peace studies inspired generations of students in Australia and Indonesia. He taught at Monash University from 1962 until he retired in 1990. He then returned to Indonesia as a volunteer again to teach at the Gadjah Mada University Centre for Security and Peace Studies.
    • Internationally known as a compassionate and intensely moral person, Herb championed important causes involving democracy, human rights and conflict resolution.

    Set up by the Council of Monash University, the mission of the Foundation is to promote and support work of the kind to which Herb Feith devoted his life. It therefore aims to support the newly created Herb Feith Chair for the Study of Indonesia and other international educational activities in such fields as peace studies, human rights and conflict resolution. It also sponsors the Herb Feith Memorial Lectures.


Latest News

  • The Herb Feith Foundation is pleased to annouce the launch of the Inside Indonesia Digital Archive in collaboration with the National Library of Australia and supported by the Herb Feith Foundation and the Australia Indonesia Institute. The archive contains 90 editions of the magazine currently only available in hardcopy form – editions 1 (1983) to 89 (2007) Read more
  • The Herb Feith Foundation is very pleased to congratulate the recipient of the Herb Feith PhD scholarship, Sunaryo, upon the successful completion of his higher degree. Sunaryo is a highly respected academic in Indonesia who is a lecturer in Paramadina University and chair of a number of NGOs. Sunaryo undertook his doctorate at the Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Driyarkara Read more
  • The Herb Feith Foundation is proud to announce the launch of 3 books in its translation series published with Monash University Publishing, Translating Accounts of the 1965-66 Mass Violence in Indonesia Co-ordinated by Dr Kate McGregor and Dr Jemma Purdey Until recently there have been very few accounts available in Indonesian or English of the mass violence as told by Read more

More News

  • Pat Walsh’s new book Stormy With a Chance of Friend Rice: Twelve Months in Jakarta (KPG; Jakarta, 2015) is a collection of short stories, reflections, anecdotes ranging from the light to the more serious written over the course of twelve months when Pat was editing English version of the Chega! report. The book will be launched by novelist Read more
  • The Herb Feith Foundation is pleased to sponsor a series of panels at UWRF 2015 on ‘1965’, bringing together writers and activists including Putu Oka Sukanta, Ayu Utami, Mery Kolimon, Baskara Wardaya and a group from Taman 65 in Bali, among others. For the full program visit http://www.ubudwritersfestival.com/ HFF sponsored panels include: 1965, Bearing Witness 1965, Writing on 1965, Bali Watch the short film ‘Lifting Read more
  • Date: Thursday 20 August 2015 Time: 6.30pm-8.30pm Venue: Theatre HB40 (Basement), H Building, Monash University Caulfield campus Download Seminar Flyer Supported by the Herb Feith Foundation, the fellowship was established in the memory of Australian documentary film maker John Darling to support the new generation of Indonesian documentary film makers. The 2015 John Darling Fellows are Kiki Febriyanti (Jakarta) and Ima Read more
  • Watch video of Joshua’s conversation with ABC’s Jason Di Rosso, 11 August 2015, 1pm-2.30pm, Melbourne University, The Open Stage, Swanston Street, Melbourne University. Award winning documentary film maker, Joshua Oppenheimer (The Act of Killing / The Look of Silence) appeared in Melbourne at two exclusive events sponsored by the Herb Feith Foundation, Indonesia Forum at Melbourne Read more
  • The John Darling Fellowship Committee and The Herb Feith Foundation wish to announce the two recipients, selected from a very competitive field, for the fellowship in 2015. They are Kiki Febriyanti (from Jakarta) and Ima Puspita Sari (from Yogyakarta). Both have expressed how grateful they are to have this wonderful opportunity. See below for more information Read more
  • Towards Reconciliation: Indonesia and East Timor 40 Years On 4 June 2015, University of Melbourne This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Indonesian invasion of East Timor. To reflect on this anniversary the Indonesia Forum and the Asian History Hub (both at the University of Melbourne) and the Herb Feith Foundation hosted a panel discussion and a lecture Read more
  • The Museum of Indonesian Arts  announces its new exhibition JUST BALI … but more than the (tourist) eye can see An exhibition of some of the familiar arts of Bali as well as some rarely seen, truly beautiful pieces at the Exhibition Gallery Sally Walker Building (ad) Deakin University Waterfront Campus (enter off Western Beach Road or Cunningham Street) Geelong (Mel 401 G-H Read more
  • Professor Adrian Vickers delivered the 2015 Herb Feith Memorial Lecture, The Problem with Indonesian Art History Date: 3 July 2015 Time: 6pm – 8.30pm Venue: H116, Ground Floor, H Building, Monash University Caulfield campus Listen to Adrian’s Lecture Watch Adrian’s  Lecture View Adrian’s Slideshow Abstract Indonesian art history has an odd relationship with general history writing. Like mainstream history, narratives of art history serve nationalist purposes. Modernism Read more
  • The ICOC (Indonesia Council Open Conference) is a multi-disciplinary conference which provides a forum for the presentation of new and innovative work on Indonesia with particular emphasis on encouraging engagement between newer Indonesianists and established scholars. It attracts participants from all over Australia and many other parts of the world. Thursday 2nd & Friday 3rd July Read more
  • The John Darling Fellowship is again being supported by the Herb Feith Foundation in 2015. The Fellowship is designed to offer training opportunities in Australia for young emerging Indonesian documentary filmmakers to assist with the development of their filmmaking skills, commercial knowledge and awareness of archival issues. Two young English-speaking Indonesian filmmakers with university qualifications, or the Read more