Herb Feith Memorial Lecture 2018, ‘Protecting Indonesia’s migrant workers’

The 2018 Herb Feith Memorial Lecture is presented in collaboration with

Indonesia Council’s Keynote Lecture

Biennial ASAA conference, University of Sydney

3 July 2018

Anis Hidayah

‘Protecting Indonesia’s Migrant Workers’


In mid-March 2018, another Indonesian migrant worker, Zaini Misrin, was executed in Saudi Arabia. Zaini’s case exposes the reality that Indonesians working abroad remain vulnerable because the framework of protections is still weak. For most Indonesians migrant workers, this work is a choice of last resort. For most women who do so, their migration abroad is a consequence of the feminization of poverty.

The vulnerability of Indonesian migrant workers is the result of a non-protective migration policy. The adoption of Law No. 18/2017 on the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers late last year, after a process that began almost seven years earlier, marks an important milestone. It substantially reduces the dominant role of private agents that causes migrant workers to experience debt bondage due to the high costs of migration. This law is expected to improve future protection. Civil society groups, including Migrant CARE have played a significant role in encouraging the protection for migrant workers for several decades. This paper will describe the work of Desbumi (Desa Peduli Buruh Migran) a Migrant CARE program working in cooperation with local government, to facilitate better and easier access to protection for migrant workers.


Anis Hidayah is Head of Research Division Migrant CARE. She is alumnus of the Law Faculty of Jember University and holds a Masters Degree in Law from Gadjah Mada University. She began to advocate for migrant workers in the 1990s upon joining Solidaritas Perempuan Jawa Timur. Together with several activists she helped establish Migrant CARE in 2004. Anis has received several awards, including Human Rights Watch for Extraordinary Activism 2011 and Yap Thian Hien Award 2014.


Dialita Concert ‘Lagu untuk Anakku: Songs of Survivors’: Video

Herb Feith Foundation was proud to sponsor

Dialita Choir
‘Lagu Untuk Anakku: Songs of Survivors’
Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta
13 December 2017

You can watch the concert in full here



Kopernik X Navicula: Seminar and Concert, University of Melbourne, 28 November


Seminar: Leila Chudori in conversation with Intan Paramaditha, 9 November 2017

‘Sea of Memories’
Leila Chudori in conversation with Intan Paramaditha
Indonesia Forum, University of Melbourne
9 November 2017, 6pm


Herb Feith Professor, Ariel Heryanto Lecture: Historiografi Indonesia Rasis

Professor Ariel Heryanto delivered this lecture at Universitas Indonesia, in July 2017. The English language version of the lecture will be published in 2018.




Film screening: Solo, Solitude, ACMI, 10 October 2017

Herb Feith Foundation in collaboration with Monash Anthropology is proud to present

Solo, Solitude (Istirahatlah Kata-Kata)
ACMI, Federation Square
10 October, 6pm
Followed by Q&A with the film’s director Yosep Anggi Noen and Wayhu Susilo



Memorial Lecture 2017, 18 October, 6pm: ‘Normalising Chinese Indonesians’, Ass. Prof. Charles Coppel

You are invited to attend the 2017 Herb Feith Memorial Lecture

‘Normalising Chinese Indonesians’

Associate Professor, Charles Coppel, University of Melbourne

18 October 2017

6pm for
6.30 – 8.30pm

RSVP essential as light supper served

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Indonesia has a very large population comprising hundreds of ethnic groups. The ethnic Chinese are one of the largest, but their numbers are much smaller than is commonly believed. Historically, they have been treated differently from other ethnic groups, especially during the three decades of President Suharto’s New Order regime. Since 1998 formal discrimination against them has been repealed. Have the Chinese been ‘normalised’? What does the experience of Ahok in the recent Jakarta gubernatorial election say about this?

Charles Coppel is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at The University of Melbourne. He has been researching the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia for more than half a century. His publications include Indonesian Chinese in Crisis (1983), Studying Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia (2002), and the edited volume Violent Conflicts in Indonesia (2006). His contribution to the field was recognised in the festschrift edited by Tim Lindsey and Helen Pausacker, Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting (2005) and his contribution to Indonesian nation-building by a NABIL Foundation Award (2009).





ICOC Keynote Lecture: Telling stories, sharing lives

ICOC Keynote: ‘Telling stories and sharing lives: Fostering connections between Australians and Indonesians’

The following is an edited extract of Dr Jemma Purdey’s Keynote Lecture at the Indonesia Council Open Conference, Flinders University, 3 July 2017.

Read abridged version



Seminar: Pat Walsh, ‘Growing flowers in a prison: Timor-Leste’s new hub of post-conflict best practice’

Herb Feith Foundation Seminar Series 2017

‘Growing flowers in a prison: Timor-Leste’s new hub of post-conflict best practice’ , Pat Walsh

Download and read Pat’s talk here.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017, 6pm-7.30pm
AVI, 88 Kerr Street, Fitzroy

A decade on from the tabling of the monumental Chega! report, the Timor-Leste government is building a centre of memory to ensure the lessons of its traumatic history are remembered and passed on to future generations. The initiative is a regional first and model of what the UN calls the Fourth Stage of sustainable reconciliation best practice. The new Centre will also work with Indonesia on the two countries’ shared history.
Pat Walsh served on the Timor-Leste Working Group established by Prime Minister Rui de Araujo to design the new centre.
Pat Walsh and Aniceto Guterres, chair of CAVR


Presentations of the work of the 2017 Herb Feith Foundation John Darling Fellows

Young Indonesian Filmmakers and Human Rights Issues on Screen: Presentations of the work of the 2017 Herb Feith Foundation John Darling Fellows


Indonesia Forum and Herb Feith present:

Young Indonesian Filmmakers and Human Rights Issues on Screen: Presentations of the work of the 2017 Herb Feith Foundation John Darling Fellows

Date and Time: Thursday 13 July 2017, 6pm-8.30pm

Venue: Old Arts Building Room 224 (South Theatre), The University of Melbourne, Parkville.

The John Darling Fellowship was first offered in 2013 and again in 2015. The fellowship is designed to train emerging Indonesian documentary filmmakers in Australia so that their film making skills, commercial knowledge and awareness of archiving principles are enhanced. The fellow will undertake an intensive unit in ‘Video-making as Research’ at Monash University, School of Film and Journalism.

The Fellowships are named in honour of Australian-born filmmaker, John Darling (1946-2011). In 1969, Darling began living and researching in Bali for some 20 years. Beginning in 1978 he directed, produced and researched nine documentary films about Indonesia that have been screened internationally. They include Lempad of Bali about a 116-year-old Master-Artist with Lorne Blair, the 3 part Bali Triptych series on Balinese culture, Bali Hash and Below the Wind. After the 2002 Bali bombings, he co-produced with his wife Sara, The Healing of Bali. Darling also wrote books and poetry on Bali.

2017 Fellows:

Kartika Pratiwi was born in Malang, Indonesia and graduated from a Master Program in Cultural Studies. She has been an independent researcher with an interest in narrative discourse on the 1965 genocide in Indonesia, Chinese-Indonesian issues and digital storytelling. Since 2008, she has been part of kotakhitam Forum – an independent organization, dedicated to research; workshops and documentary movie production for social and political changes. During that time, she has been involved in documentary film productions including Api Kartini (2012); and several video archives on Indonesian political history and collective memory. With kotakhitam Forum, she regularly runs Seroean Sedjarah, History on Screen, and RePLAY project to facilitate history teachers and youth to use popular media as a learning tools in schools.  Since 2015, she has worked for EngageMedia, a non-profit organisation to provide strategies for the effective use of video distribution, connecting video makers, journalists, and activists.

Dery Prananda began learning to make films in 2005. He has recently completed his final project at Institut Seni Indonesia, Surakarta. His documentary films include those advocating environmental, social and human rights issues in collaboration with several institutions. In 2014 he made The Years Of Blur, a documentary about the murder of Udin, a journalist from Yogyakarta. In 2016, he made a documentary entitled Blessing From the Sea that took place in Lamalera, East Nusa Tenggara. His sort fiction film Amelis, was winner of Best Film and Best Fiction Film in the ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival 2016.