Current and Ongoing Projects 

Herb Feith Translation and Publications Series

The Herb Feith Translation Series seeks high-quality non-fiction manuscripts and facilitates their translation from Indonesian to English, and also their publication as free e-books and print-on-demand books in conjunction with Monash University Publishing. The Foundation will provide funds for both the translation and to assist with costs of publication.

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1.  Importance of the text to scholarship and teaching about Indonesia;
2.  Significance of the genre and how well it is represented in existing translations;
3.  Qualifications of the translator;
4.  Probability of successful completion;
5.  Probability of classroom use.

Please send expressions of interest to

Mini-series: Translating accounts of the 1965-66 mass violence in Indonesia

Baskara T. Wardaya SJ, Truth Will Out: Indonesian Accounts of the 1965 Mass Violence, Monash University Publishing, Clayton, Vic., 2013. Trs. Jennifer Lindsay.

Putu Oka Sukanta (ed.), Breaking the Silence: Survivors Speak about 1965-66 Violence in Indonesia, Monash University Publishing, Clayton, Vic., 2014. Trs. Jennifer Lindsay.

Mery Kolimon and Lilya Wetangterah et al. (eds.), Forbidden memories: Women victims and survivors of the tragedy of ’65 in the East Nusa Tenggara, Monash University Publishing, Clayton Vic., 2015, Trs: Jennifer Lindsay.

Putu Oka Sukanta (ed.), Cahaya mata sang Pewaris: Kisah Nyata Anka-Cucu Korban Tragedi ‘65’, Ultimus, Bandung, 2016.

Hersri Setiawan, Memories of Buru Island, Monash University Publishing, Clayton. Vic., Trs: Jennifer Lindsay, *forthcoming, 2019.

Mini-series: Healing and reconciliation after conflict

Koalisi Keadilan dan Pengungkapan Kebenaran (KKPK), Year of Truth Report, Asia Justice and Rights, Jakarta, 2015. Trs. Elly Kent.

Jacky Manuputty, Zairin Salampessy, Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadi (eds), Basudara Stories of Peace from Maluku, Monash University Publishing, 2016. Trs: Hilreza Syaranamual.

Galuh Wandita and Isabelinha Pinto, Stolen: A journey home in photographs and memories, Asia Justice and Rights, Jakarta, 2016.

Birgit Bräuchler (ed), Dimensi Budaya Perdamaian dalam Desentralisasi dan Rekonsiliasi di Indonesia [The Cultural Dimension of Peace. Decentralization and Reconciliation in Indonesia] Ombak Publishing, Yogyakarta. Trs. Santi Budiman *forthcoming, 2018

Ahmad Suaedy [Wahid Institute]. (ed.), Religion and contestation of public space: Islamism, conflict and democracy, Monash University Publishing, Clayton Vic., 2017. Trs. Becca Lunnon. *forthcoming

Mini-series: Australia-Indonesia exchange

Ann McCarthy and Ailsa Thomson Zainuddin (eds), Bridges of friendship: Reflections on Indonesia’s early independence and Australia’s Volunteer Graduate Scheme. Includes writings from Betty Feith and Kurnianingrat Ali Sastroamijoyo. Monash University Publishing, Clayton Vic., 2017.

Antje Missbach and Jemma Purdey (eds), Linking people: Hubungan dan kerjasama antara masyarakat Australia dan Indonesia, KPG Publishing, Jakarta, 2017. Trs. Lily Yulianti Farid.

Mini-series: Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese

Tiong Djin Siauw, Siauw Giok Tjhan: bicultural leader in emerging Indonesia. Monash University Publishing, Clayton Vic., 2017.

John Darling Fellowships

The John Darling Fellowship supported by the Herb Feith Foundation commenced in 2013. The fellowship is designed to train young Indonesian filmmakers in Australia so that their film making skills, commercial knowledge and archiving are significantly improved.

Every two years, two English-speaking Indonesian filmmakers with university qualifications, or the equivalent of 3 years’ experience working in the film industry, who are proficient in English (both spoken and written) will be sponsored to participate in an intensive post graduate filmmaking course in an Australian university.

In 2013 and 2015 Fellows were enrolled in a unit called ‘Thinking with a Video Camera’,  run at the Australian National University in Canberra.  In addition, the sponsored students attended sessions encompassing film distribution, marketing and archiving and screened their films at a Herb Feith Foundation event.

The inaugural recipients of Fellowships for 2013 were Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni and Chairun Nissa. In 2015 the Fellows were Ima Puspita Sari  and Kiki Febriyanti.

Following the cancellation of the course previously undertaken by JD Fellows at ANU, in 2017 the two John Darling Fellows undertook a unit in the Monash School of Media, Film and Journalism at the Caulfield campus with its brand new state-of-the-art facilities. The course ‘Video-making as Research’  was attended by our 2017 JD Fellows Dery Prananda and Kartika Pratiwi.

Creating further connections

JD Fellow alumni have made contributions toward establishing the very successful ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition, an initiative of the Australia Indonesia Centre. The winner of the ReelOzInd! competition in 2016 is one of the JD Fellows in 2017. ReelOzInd! will run again in 2017 with the continuing support from the JD Fellowship Alumni.

The Herb Feith Foundation has long hoped to complement its JD Fellowship program bringing Indonesian film makers to Australia with a program enabling Australian students to study and practise film making in Indonesia. This goal was realised through a collaboration with the Australian Consortium for ‘In-country’ Indonesian studies (ACICIS) commencing 2018 and to run over three years. We will be providing JD Fellowship funding support for the new ACICIS Creative Arts and Design Practicum Program (CADPP) 2018-2020. In 2018 the inaugural Australian John Darling Fellow was Bobbi-Lea Dionysius. Bobbi-Lea completed her internship at EngageMedia in Yogyakarta.

Sara Darling meets the inaugural John Darling Fellows, Jakarta, 15 January 2013



Graduation ceremony, Australian Embassy, Jakarta, 27 June 2013
Graduation ceremony, Australian Embassy, Jakarta, 27 June 2013

Herb Feith Chair for the Study of Indonesia

Herb Feith Memorial Lecture 

To continue the annual high-profile public lecture in Melbourne.


Past Projects

Herb Feith Biography

BookCoverThe Foundation supported the completion of the first major biographical study of the late Herb Feith by Dr Jemma Purdey. The biography From Vienna to Yogyakarta: The life of Herb Feith was published by UNSW Press in June 2011.

The biography was published in Indonesian translation in May 2014, Dari Wina ke Yogyakarta: Kisah hidup Herb Feith, KPG, Jakarta, 2014.

Jemma Purdey and Nik Feith Tan at the launch of ‘From Vienna to Yogyakarta’, October 2011








Inside Indonesia Archive Digitisation Grant 


The Foundation seeks to support the online journal Inside Indonesia in its aims to increase international awareness of issues facing Indonesian people and promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the peoples of Indonesia and Australia.

In 2013, in commemoration of its 30th anniversary, the Herb Feith Foundation announced a grant to the Indonesian Resources and Information Program (IRIP), publishers of Inside Indonesia, to support the digitisation of the print editions of the magazine, 1983-2007.  Inside Indonesia has been published online as a web-based magazine only since 2007.

In collaboration with the National Library of Australia and with additional funding from the Australia Indonesia Institute the digital archive of 90 print editions of Inside Indonesia is now available for public access through the NLA catalogue.

Herb Feith Digitisation Grant for Timor Archives [Clearing House for Archival Records on Timor (CHART) Inc.]

The Grant will be used 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 archival collections still in private hands anywhere.


Clearing House for Archival Records on Timor (CHART) Inc. is an Australian organisation created to ensure long-term preservation and access to documentary records on East Timor history for the period 1974-1999.

Their principal work includes:

  • Locating archival materials about East Timor in public and private hands
  • Encouraging and assisting private collection owners to preserve their materials for long-term access
  • Digitising materials for easy access in Australia, Timor-Leste and elsewhere.

The digitisation project

The ultimate focus of the project is to make the digital copies available for East Timorese access through institutions in Timor Leste. The bulk of the grant will be used to train and pay assistants to conduct the scanning work. CHART hopes to engage, on a part-time basis, East Timorese students in Melbourne to do this work.

Smaller elements of the grant include equipment and software purchases as well as translation of key documents into Tetun and development of a Tetun-language version of the CHART website.

Herb Feith (second from right) with Jose Ramos-Horta and Australian Timor solidarity activists, c.1984. [Photo: Ian Bell]
Herb Feith (second from right) with Jose Ramos-Horta and Australian Timor solidarity activists, c.1984. [Photo: Ian Bell]







Herb Feith PhD Scholarship


The Foundation awarded the inaugural Herb Feith PhD scholarship to Sunaryo, a highly respected academic in Indonesia who is a lecturer in Paramadina University and chair of a number of NGOs.

Sunaryo completed his doctorate in September 2015 at the Sekolah Tinggi Filsafat Driyarkara (STFD) (Driyarkara School of Philosophy) (2012-2015). The supervisors of the PhD program are Franz Magnis-Suseno, Bernardinus Herry-Priyono and Karlina Supelli.

The title of Sunaryo’s thesis is, ‘Dispersing power concentration through Amartya Sen’s approach to freedom’.

View Sunaryo’s Letter of Appreciation and also a Letter of Appreciation to the Foundation from the Director of the STF Postgraduate Program.

Herb Feith Graduate Scholarship in Conflict Resolution at Gadjah Mada University

Offered in the past, it is hoped that further scholarships to Indonesian graduate students wishing to assist troubled areas of their homeland through access to professional training in conflict resolution may be funded again in the future.