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

  • 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 will deliver 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 Dinner will be served.  Registration by 26 June is essential for catering purposes. Paper ticket is not necessary for entry. Abstract Indonesian art history has an odd relationship with general Read more

More News

  • 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
  • Herb Feith Seminar Series 2014 Ahmad Suaedy (Abdurrahman Wahid Institute at Universitas Indonesia) ‘The role of volunteers and deepening democracy in the 2014 Presidential election’   Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6pm for 6.30pm-8pm (Light refreshments will be served) Venue: Theatre HB36, Monash University, Caulfield campus RSVP: Monday 24 November 2014   See the seminar flyer here Read more
  • An audio recording of Sidney Jones’ Herb Feith Memorial Lecture 2014 is now available on Youtube. ‘Lessons Learned from Indonesia’s Conflicts: Aceh, Poso and Papua’ Three conflicts which the Indonesian government has tried to solve offer some sobering lessons for the country’s next president. A peace agreement in Aceh stopped an insurgency but the former rebels proved to Read more
  • ‘Indonesia after the elections: New directions or more of the same?’ Sidney Jones, Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict, Jakarta Tuesday,19 August 2014 Level 10, 114 William Street, Melbourne 5:30 for 6.00 pm start RSVP: 14 August* Peter McMullin & Cornwall Stodart in partnership with the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria invite you to attend this very special event. Entry by Read more
  • Sidney Jones is the Director of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC), which she founded in 2013 on the principle that accurate analysis is a critical first step toward preventing violent conflict. From 2002 to 2013, Jones worked with the International Crisis Group, first as Southeast Asia project director, then from 2007 as Read more
  • The Herb Feith Foundation is pleased to announce that the Indonesian translation of Jemma Purdey’s biography of Herb Feith has been published in Indonesian translation. Translated by Santi Budiman and given the title, Dari Wina ke Yogyakarta: Kisah Hidup Herb Feith, the book was published by Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia, May 2014. Buy the book online Media: Tempo.co         Read more
  • The Herb Feith Foundation has committed itself to supporting this visionary program—initiated by Sara to honour John’s memory—which aims to develop better understanding between Indonesians and Australians through the popular medium of film: By encouraging young and emerging Indonesian and Australian filmmakers to make documentary and ethnographic films about each other’s country; By making these films available Read more
  • This year’s first Herb Feith Foundation seminar, held on Wednesday 9 April 2014, was focused on the Australian filmmaker John Darling (1946-2011). It was well attended, with more than sixty people in the audience. John’s wife Sara Darling spoke about how John came to live for two decades in Bali, about his meeting in Ubud with Read more
  • AIBC VIC: Indonesian Election Update Details: Where: Morgans at 401 – Melbourne Date: Tue Apr 15,2014 -Tue Apr 15,2014 Time: 5:30 pm -7:00 pm Show Location map   Event description: AIBC-Victoria invites members and guests to a special event discussing the Indonesian Election including the latest Election Polling for the Indonesian Election from Roy Morgan Research and a panel discussion comprising: Mr Alan Oxley is a long-serving Read more