International Journal of Indonesian Studies

ISSN 2203-4692

Special Issue: Southeast Asian Noir

Scene from Gagak Item (Tan’s Film, 1939)


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The International Journal of Indonesian Studies proudly presents its latest addition to the scholarship on Indonesia, with our guest editors Eric Wilson (Faculty of Law, Monash University) and Christopher A. Woodrich (Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada). The articles in this issue stem from the conference ‘All Lows, No Highs: A Comparative Study of Indonesian and Malaysian Crime Fiction’. (continue reading –>)

IJIS Special Issue: Southeast Asian Noir

  1. INTRODUCTION: Crime, Magic and Politics DO Mix: In Defence of Eka Kurniawan and Southeast Asian Noir Eric Wilson pp.1-17
  2. Twixt Night and Dark: Colonialism, Trauma and Noir’s Hidden Transcript Eric Wilson pp.18-49
  3. Sang Nyai: Modern Ghost and Indonesian Femme Fatale Dag Yngvesson pp.50-65
  4. Translating a Tiger: Indonesian ‘Crime Fiction’ in International Literary Circuits Meghan Downes pp.66-75
  5. Pushing the Envelope: A Three-Way Balance between Story, Statement and Provocation Nadia Mohamad Hatta @ Nadia Khan pp.76-82
  6. Children, Violence, and Problems of Ratiocination in Indonesian Horror Movies Suma Riella Rusdiarti pp.83-92
  7. A Fictional Detective’s Exploration of the Swirling Maelstrom of Indonesia in the Early 1940s: Patjar Koening and the Mysterious Death of Moh. Hoesni Thamrin William Bradley Horton pp.93-108
  8. Bandits, Vigilantes, and the Rabble: Criminals in Dutch East Indies Cinema Christopher A. Woodrich pp.109-122
  9. Nationalism Discourse in Es Ito’s Negara Kelima Mundi Rahayu pp.123-133
  10. At the Crossroad of Genre and Gender: The Absence of Female Investigators in Indonesian Crime Films Evi Eliyanah pp.134-152
  11. Crime Fiction as Social Critique: Rozlan Mohd Noor’s Challenge to the Dominant Rhetoric Susan Mary Philip pp.153-162


IJIS 4: 2017

International Journal of Indonesian Studies

ISSN 2203-4692

Volume 1, Issue 4.  2017.

“Portraiture of GUNRETNO” (Dewi Candraningrum: acrylic on 60x70cm canvas)

Gunretno lahir dalam tradisi Sedulur Sikep masyarakat adat Samin. Sebagai ketua JMPPK, Gunretno menarasikan pentingnya merawat ibu bhumi, yang kerap ia sebut sebagai ibu pertiwi. (continue reading –>)


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The International Journal of Indonesian Studies proudly presents the fourth issue of new scholarship from emerging Indonesian intellectuals and researchers and their global collaborators. In response to a number of challenges posed by the Open Access Movement, IJIS 4 has responded with an innovative strategy to ensure timely publication of important research articles, as well as essays, pertaining to a range of significant topics in contemporary Indonesian Studies. (continue reading –>)

Special Acknowledgements:

Stuart Robson
Matthew Piscioneri
Dewi Candraningrum
George Quinn
Julian Millie
Nicholas Metherall
Harry Aveling
Aris Huang

IJIS 4_2017

  1. Investment and Imagined Identities of Biliterate Indonesian Lecturers: An Exploratory Case Study Amirullah Abduh & Martin Andrew pp.1-13
  2. The Socio-Legal Construction of Ahmadiyah as a Religious Minority by Local and National Government Policy: Restrictions before the Law, a Challenge for Religious Freedom in NTB, Indonesia Catherine Koerner & Widodo Dwi Putro pp.14-30
  3. Changes in Muslim Divorce Mediation in Indonesia: A Case Study of the Yogyakarta Religious Court Rita Pranawati pp.31-52
  4. The Moon Dies in Northern Bekasi: Development, Impoverishment and the Irony of the Paddy Granary Khaerul Umam Noer pp.53-65
  5. Javanese Traditional Healing as Practiced by the Wong Pinter in Temanggung Central Java Sartini, Supartiningsih and Luwiyanto pp.66-89
  6. Forest in the Imagination of Meto People: Study of Relations between Women and the Forest Ebenhaizer I. Nuban Timo & Irene Ludji pp.90-107
  7. Review:  Almost Noir: Eka Kurniawan’s Vengeance is mine, all others pay cash Eric Wilson pp.108-121     
  8. Protecting Environment and Securing Power: Female Leaders’ Political Initiative in the Age of Climate Change in Indonesia and Japan Kurniawati Hastuti Dewi  pp.122-160
  9. Poetics in Indonesian-Malay Theatre: Mendu in Indonesia’s Northern Riau Islands  with Special Reference to Ladun and Nasib Song Lyrics Karen Kartomi Thomas  pp.161-180
  10. Gender Role Ideology and Practices of the Community in As’adiyah Islamic Primary     Schools Wajo, South Sulawesi, Indonesia Siti Azisah pp.181-192
  11. It’s [not] just the English: Issues in the pre-departure academic orientation of                  international Masters and research students Matthew Piscioneri, Citra Amelia &               Wulan Fauzanna pp.193-212


An Indonesian Translation of “An Australian Conference of the Birds” pp.213-227

                                         Edited and Introduced by Professor Harry Aveling. 

Alfi Kurnianingsih
Eviliana Polsri
Bintang Alvita Wahyuningtyas
Fasrudin Arief Budiman
Fathi Mustaqim
Filmon Leonard Warouw
Irene Debby Carolina Rindorindo
Lukman Tanjung
Marike Ivone Onsu
Mia Medyana Bonaedy
Penni Patmawati Rusman
Rany Anjany Subachrum





IJIS 3 presents an engagingly diverse range of papers and essays in a wide range of unique fields of scholarship in contemporary Indonesian studies. In this issue, we have encouraged publication of a number of collaborative papers between Indonesian and non-Indonesian scholars. As well, there are several excellent essays by non-Indonesian scholars that successfully complement the essays and papers by the Indonesian scholars to whom  IJIS is devoted.ijis3-cover2

Perempuan-perempuan Surokonto Wetan

(The Women of Surokonto Wetan)

Artist: Dewi Candraningrum

IJIS 3 presents research papers from the fields of  linguistics, anthropology, legal studies, education, journalism and neo-natal health studies. The essays cover the work of revered poet W.S Rendra, the socio-political and historical conditions underlying the emergence of English teaching in Indonesia, the second part of an examination of Wahid’s FIQH paradigm, and a critical discussion of the influence of Walter Benjamin on Benedict Anderson’s influential treatise on nationalism that has had substantial impact on Indonesian discourses.

Once again, the Editors thank all of our contributors and the reviewers, especially,

Nasya Bahfen

Made Hery Santosa

Ribut Wahyudi

Richard Curtis

David Mitchell

Graeme MacRae

PLEASE NOTE: IJIS 3 contents can be accessed in one of two ways

  1. CLICK on the following title to access the FULL journal (continuous papers): INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDONESIAN STUDIES SPRING 2016
  2. CLICK on the paper/essay title below that you wish to read from the Journal’s list of contents



From the Editor Yacinta Kurniasih
Religious Ceremonies in Balinese Society: A Case Study of a Cremation Ritual in Tabanan Anom Rajendra & Nicholas Temple   
Re-inventing Tabloid Journalism in Indonesia

Originally published in the Jurnal Ilmu Komunikasi (JIK). Re-published in English in IJIS with the kind permission of JIK’s Editors.

 Diyah Hayu Rahmitasari
Code-switching and English Language Variations among Indonesian Facebookers Billy Nathan Setiawan      
Structuralism in Eastern Indonesia: An Origin for a Theory in the Social Sciences Yancey Orr & Raymond I. Orr 
“Au ume ma au ena”: my house and my mother: An investigation of environmental health and the traditional use of the ume kbubu in relation to maternal and neonatal mortality conditions in South Central Timor  Nicholas Metherall, Jauhari Effendi, Geoff Dews, Sandra Frans, Willhelmus Mella, Jimmy Pello, Claudya Dhaja, Ananias Besh 
 Living adat Law, Indigenous Peoples and the State Law: A Complex Map of  Legal Pluralism in Indonesia Mirza Satria Buana
The Impact of Information Communication and Technology on Students’  Academic Performance: Evidence from Indonesian EFL Classrooms Arzal  


Poetic Reaction to Political Excess: W.S. Rendra, Peacock and People’s Poet Moira Neagle   
The Socio-Political Factors of the Emergence of Teaching English in Postcolonial Indonesia Dewi Candraningrum
The FIQH Paradigm and the Moderate Theory of Secularization: Abdurrahman Wahid on Islam, Democracy and the Republic of Indonesia: Safeur Rochmat
The Influence of Walter Benjamin on Benedict Anderson: Anthony Taylor   


To cite material from IJIS 3, we recommend the citation refer to the complete Journal’s pagination and be taken from this source:


Eg. According to Rajendra and Temple (2016), “[a] cremation in Balinese language is called “pelebon” or “ngaben” (pelebon=cremation, ngaben=great effort)” (p. 6).

Rajendra, A. and Temple, N. (2016). Religious Ceremonies in Balinese Society: A Case Study of a Cremation Ritual in Tabanan, International Journal of Indonesian Studies 1(3), 5-22.





IJIS Autumn 2015

Click here: International Journal of Indonesian Studies Autumn 2015


The IJIS AUTUMN 2015 issue  presents a variety of subjects in the field of contemporary Indonesian Studies: political history, linguistics, Islam and democracy, gay issues, the environment, education, intellectual property securitization, consumerism and literary and translation studies. We are particularly proud to present the study of the ‘gay Indonesian migrant’, as we feel it is an important, rare and encouraging contribution to a marginalized discourse in contemporary Indonesian studies. And, congratulations to all contributors for whom English may well be their second, third and sometimes even fourth language. We are again very appreciative of the artistic contribution made by Dewi Candraningrum:

When I painted Joko Widodo

Joko Widodo

Contents: International Journal of Indonesian Studies Autumn 2015

 From the Editor Yacinta Kurniasih IJIS2 Contents_Editorial


Indonesia’s Foreign Politics 1955-1965: Between decolonisation and beacon politics Haryo Kunto Wibisono,S.AP,M.AP Indonesia’s foreign politics 1955-1965

Homosexuality in Indonesia: Banality, Prohibition, and Migration Wisnu Adihartono Homosexuality in Indonesia

The Fiqh Paradigm and the Religious Justification for the Secular State: The Traditionalist Muslims and the Dutch Colonial Rulers Saefur Rochmat The Fiqh paradigm and the religious justification

Politeness: Front Counter Staff in “XMini Market Mitha Dwi Djayanti & Ribut Wahyudi Politeness strategies

Indonesian and Translation: National Identity in the Global Border Contests Elisabet Titik Murtisari Indonesian and translation

Instructional Leadership Practices of the Excellent School Principals in Aceh, Indonesia: Managing the Instructional Program Syarwan Ahmad & Maznah Hussain Instructional leadership practices

Diffusing Consumerism in Indonesia: A study on the Yogyakarta Consumer Institute (YCI) Abdul Rohman Diffusing consumerism in Indonesia

Promoting Intellectual Property Securitization for Financing Creative Industry in Indonesia: Challenges and Solutions Mas Rahmah, S.H., M.H., LL.M Promoting intellectual property securitization

Pesantren Literature as a Form of Ideological Discourse Countering Communism: The Representation of Communist Figures in Ahmad Tohari’s Kubah Muhammad Taufiqurrohman Pesantren Literature as a form of ideological discourse countering Communism

The Role of Community Solid Waste Management in Achieving a Sustainable Final Disposal Site, Yogyakarta Widodo Brontowiyono The Role of Community Solid Waste Management


UIN Jakarta: Islam and the West, Democracy and Education Usep Abdul Matin UIN ESSAY


When I sell Jamu

Dewi Candraningrum “When I Sell Jamu”
Solo, Central Java, Indonesia


Dewi Candraningrum: “This sketch was made in Solo where I lived using charcoal on paper. Morning is a space where village streets becoming a meeting-point where Javanese women and her children enjoyed drinking Jamu. This October we experienced a usurping heat which could reach more than 38 degree Celsius. Bottles kept in tenggok (basket) being carried on her back, a beautiful Jamu seller will pronounce: Jamu! Jamu! Jamu! And little girls’ hands would run after and waved their hands—fluid herbal medicines with no preservatives or additional color that went hundred years ago in Java Island. The famous Borobudur temple indicated this on the number of relief carvings narrating the cultural orderings of how Javanese culture shaped by plants, herbs, and spices. The music of cardamom, galangal, ginger, turmeric, and bitter Papaya leaves are what made Jamu so famous. It is a remedy that enhances senses. It is also a narrative of Javanese woman with Jarik and Lendang. Selling Jamu on the street is exclusively administered by women. “When I sell Jamu”, as indicated by the title, is a story of woman selling Jamu”.

About the author:

Dewi Candraningrum started painting and sketching after her long assistance to her autistic son (Ivan Ufuq Isfahan) who also is painting. She considered herself as learner in sketching and painting. She is at present teaching at Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta and on the Board of Editors for Jurnal Perempuan.

Recorded webinars and webcasts

Past [recorded] conferences and webcasts:

Name of the presenter Presentation title Time in the track Video Link
Ms Rasita Purba Gender Equity in processes of grassroots participatory politics in Indonesia 00:00 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1MsaIsQ5tk
Dr. Craig Thorburn Lessons from the Aceh Peace Process 28:06 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd_Pnu3cz4g
See information section of the video Creating Spaces: Dialogue on a Curriculum for Global Engagement in Higher Education See information section of the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Llwnlf4K0hQ
See information section of the video Assessment as Learning for Global Citizenship: Dilemmas and Opportunities Across Disciplines See information section of the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-nbPJt_G0c
Dr Agnieszka Sobocinska Beers and Bombs: Tourism to Bali as International History 00:00 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBvHsMMVy14
Professor Marko Pavlyshyn Why One Might Still Want to do Histories of National Literatures 00:00  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htC2sn6j33A
Professor Mervyn Frost  Mervyn Frost – Ethics, Foul Play and International Relations: Understanding Asymmetric Warfare 00:00 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gexwEZUvj_s

Concluded webinars and webcasts without recording:

Monday 7 October, 7:30-9:00 pm, Professor Christopher Brownings, “Holocaust History and Testimony: The Survivor as Witness”



Online Interactive Seminars (OIS): information and registration

Original re-elaboration by Alberto Nicotra

Thanks to the support of the International Journal for Indonesian studies, this initiative engages a wide audience between Australia and Indonesia. In an attempt to strengthen the relationship between the two countries, the OIS favors the free exchange of ideas and promotes a philosophy of a borderless tertiary education.


Attend our online events and please, ask questions.


Upcoming events – broadcasts:

15 November – “UN Sustainable Development Goals Forum”


Broacasting Channels

Link to the channel Registration to upcoming events Features
Webcast channel Public Unlimited places available, video wihout slideshow, chat through twitter to ask questions
Webinar Channel Alberto.Nicotra@monash.edu.au Limited places, includes slideshow, incorporates chat and voice options to ask questions