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 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
 

More News

  • The launch of the David Hanan Collection of Indonesian Films on 3 March at Monash University, offered a rare opportunity to celebrate decades of study and dedication to Indonesian Film and culture and to experience some rare footage of a gone-by-era. David Hanan has a long history of association with Monash University. After teaching literature at Monash ... Read more
  • Seminar 1: Screening of Lempad of Bali Wednesday 9th April, 6 for 6.30pm, Theatre HB36, Monash Caulfield campus In this, the first in the Herb Feith Foundation series of seminars on Indonesia for 2014, we will be screening John Darling’s film Lempad of Bali. All welcome! Click here to see the flyer   Read More... Read more
  • The Foundation is pleased to announce a grant to the Indonesian Resources and Information Program (IRIP), publishers of Inside Indonesia, to begin an extensive digitisation of the print editions of the magazine, 1983-2007.  Inside Indonesia has been published online as a web-based magazine only since 2007. Inside Indonesia was established in Melbourne by the Indonesian Resources and Information Program ... Read more
  • The inaugural issue of the International Journal of Indonesian Studies (IJIS) is now available! Find it online by open access and to submit papers and find out more visit the IJIS website. Papers Author(s) Title Gin Gin Gustine Designing and implementing a critical literacy-based approach in an Indonesian EFL secondary school Eko NM Saputro Indonesia’s Response towards East Asian Financial Regionalism Monica Ella Harendita Why Resist? A ... Read more
  • Now available to access for free online, the book in the Herb Feith Translation Series ‘Translating accounts of the 1965-66 mass violence in Indonesia’, Truth Will Out: Indonesian accounts of the 1965-66 mass violence.  To read the book please visit Monash University Publishing. Read More... Read more
  • Film maker and John Darling Fellow, Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni’s feature-length documentary, Denok and Gareng, has received a glowing review in the online magazine The Hollywood Reporter. To read the review and find out more about the film follow this link, http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/denok-gareng-luang-prabang-review-664013. Read More... Read more
  • Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia, His Excellency Professor Dr Boediono today delivered an oration on education, innovation and the importance of the Indonesia-Australia relationship at Monash University, as part of his official visit to Australia. Read more Read More... Read more
  • Professor Ed Aspinall’s Memorial Lecture, ‘Democracy in Indonesia Revisited’, held at Monash Caulfield, 1 October 2013, is now available for viewing on YouTube. Watch the Memorial Lecture Read More... Read more
  • The Foundation is please to announce a recent grant to the Clearing House for Archival records on Timor (CHART) Inc. to begin an extensive digitisation of the Human Rights Office collection of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA, now ACFID). The collection, recording the work of Pat Walsh and associates from 1979-2000, is among the highest-ranking Timor ... Read more
  • Herb Feith Foundation Board members Djin Siauw and Charles Coppel featured recently in the Jakarta Post , in an article about Djin’s father Siauw Giok Tjhan, Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese community and their position before, during and after the 30 September 1965 and the mass killings and imprisonments of 1965-66. Harry Bhaskara, ‘Siauw turns ‘New Order’  prison term into shining ... Read more