Herb Feith Professor Announced


The Faculty of Arts is delighted to announce the appointment of Monash alumnus, Professor Ariel Heryanto, as the University’s new Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia.

The Herb Feith Chair was established to honour the life and work of Professor Herb Feith, a distinguished scholar of Indonesian politics at Monash University who inspired generations of students in Australia and Indonesia and was internationally known for championing important causes involving democracy,  human rights and conflict resolution.

Professor Heryanto brings a formidable scholarly reputation to this position, being regarded as one of the world’s most influential analysts of contemporary popular culture and of radical political movements in Indonesia since the 1980s.

His focus on the politics of everyday life and relationships between language, media and popular culture have revolutionised the field of Indonesian Studies by connecting insights from anthropology, political science and cultural studies.

He has also been a key figure in defining the field of Area Studies more generally, and is currently working closely with Professor Koichi Iwabuchi at the Monash Asia Institute to reconceptualise Asian Studies to provide more emphasis on the cultural flows that shape modern Asian societies. Professor  Heryanto’s appointment also adds to the already strong cohort of scholars working on aspects of Indonesia at Monash.

As well as his highly-acclaimed academic publications, over the past 30 years he has published more than 600 opinion columns for the Indonesian major print media on culture, arts, language, politics, law, ideology, gender, religion, history, education, nationalism, racism, and social classes, as well  as reviews of books, films and theatre performances.

Professor Heryanto will join Monash in early 2017. He is currently Professor in the School of Culture, History and Language at the Australian National University. Prior to his ANU appointment, he held positions at the University of Melbourne and the National University of Singapore.

He has two degreees in Education from Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana  in Indonesia, an MA in Asian Studies from University of Michigan and a PhD in cultural anthropology from Monash University.