The Australia-Netherlands Research Collaboration (ANRC)

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Successful applications from the ANRC 2009 Workshop funding round

Growing Up in Indonesia: Experience and Diversity in Youth Transitions will be held from 28 to 30 September 2009 in Canberra. The academic leaders are Prof Kathryn Robinson from The Australian National University, Prof Patricia Spyer from Leiden University and Dr Pujo Semedi Hargo Yuwono from Gadjah Mada University. The workshop summary is as follows:
The workshop will explore young people’s experience of growing up in the world’s most populous Muslim-dominant country, bringing together established and junior scholars from Australia, Indonesia and The Netherlands in the emerging field of Indonesian youth studies. The participants will be mainly drawn from two, multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects on youth in Indonesia, one based in the Netherlands and the other in Australia. The contributions will be the result of long-term, ‘youth-centred’ fieldwork focusing on youth identities and political participation; the negotiation of education-to-work transitions; and young people’s engagement with changing life-styles and globalized culture.

Indonesian urban kampongs: targets of state policy or abandoned zones: an anthropological-historical enquiry into the state, social inequality, and urban space will be held 19 to 22 January 2010 in Surabaya. The academic leaders are Dr Freek Colombijn from VU University Amsterdam, Dr Joost Coté from Deakin University and Mr Purnawan Basundoro from Universitas Airlangga. The workshop summary is as follows:
The focus of this workshop is the urban kampong (neighbourhood) as a historically constructed, key social unit of urban Indonesia and a continuing policy target. The urban kampong is primarily a colonial hybrid construct: developing from pre-modern antecedents but fundamentally a product of ‘modernity’. Throughout the past hundred years, the kampong has been the target of government intervention while, concurrently, developing a life of its own. The aim of this workshop is to analyse how processes of conceptualizing the kampong by inhabitants and the state have interfered and interacted with each other. These conceptualizations are real when their consequences are real.

Melanesian languages on the edge of Asia: past, present and future will be held from 8 to 13 February 2010 in Manokwari. The academic leaders are Prof Nicholas Evans from The Australian National University, Dr Marian Klamer from Leiden University and Dr Wayan Arka from Universitas Udayana. The workshop summary is as follows:
This workshop will focus on the most linguistically diverse part of the world – Melanesia – which straddles countries of Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Melanesia contains around a fifth of the world's 6,000 languages in under 3% of its land area and less than 0.2% of its population. These languages are astonishingly diverse, barely known to science, and face the threat of extinction without trace in the coming century unless concerted international efforts are made to meet the huge challenge of documenting them. At the same time, the theoretical recognition of cultural and linguistic rights of minority groups in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea faces enormous practical difficulties if it is to be realised, as national governments have indicated they wish, as education programs that allow children to receive part of their schooling in their mother-tongue.

Studying 'spaces of non-existence': Methodological concerns will be held 22 to 23 March 2010 in Perth. The academic leaders are Dr Ian Wilson from Murdoch University, Dr Barak Kalir from University of Amsterdam and Mr Luky Djani from Indonesia Corruption Watch. The workshop summary is as follows:
Anthropologists, criminologists and other social researchers have been increasingly drawn in recent years to the study of ‘spaces of non-existence’, i.e. spaces of invisibility, exclusion, repression, exploitation, and violence. Yet the methodological, ethical, legal and practical challenges of conducting research in such spaces are rarely discussed in a systematic fashion. This workshop seeks to document and analyse the experiences of fieldworkers in such sites, in order: first, to produce a methodological textbook for students of ‘spaces of nonexistence’, and second, to promote a greater understanding and sensitivity among political and social actors for the role and importance of ethnographic research in the collection and analysis of data on charges social phenomena which receive none or very one-dimensional attention (namely, law enforcement) from the relevant authorities.

Cultural Performance in post-New Order Indonesia: New structures, scenes, meanings will be held from 28 to 30 June 2010 in Yogyakarta. The academic leaders are Prof Barbara Hatley from University of Tasmania, Dr Bart Barendregt from Leiden University and Dr Stanislaus Sunardi from Sanata Dharma University. The workshop summary is as follows:
This project focuses on contemporary cultural performances in Indonesia – theatre and music, film, digital and video arts – produced in new formats, venues and arts events. Such performances emphasise local, grassroots identity and community, while also connecting through new electronic media with dispersed virtual audiences and international cultural flows. The workshop will explore expressions of the local and global and understandings of ‘community’ in varied performance formats and sites in different regions of Indonesia. It will assess how performances reflect post-Suharto political changes, and how they are shaped by transnational cultural flows and concern for creating community amidst the fluidity of modern life. One outcome of the workshop will be enhanced knowledge of how identity is understood and conveyed in different regions of Indonesia, and in what ways, ‘Indonesian-ness’ is expressed. Another will be highlighting Indonesia’s participation in international performance networks and cultural flows.

Indigenous peoples and natural resource management: Towards new forms of governance will be held from 13 to 15 July 2010 in Denpasar. The academic leaders are Dr Gerard Persoon from Leiden University, Dr Carol Warren from Murdoch University and Prof Sulistyowati Irianto from University of Indonesia. The workshop summary is as follows:
This workshop concerns research in the Philippines and Indonesia on indigenous peoples and resource management in contexts of legal pluralism and emergent environmental governance regimes. Following from the globalization of the indigenous peoples’ movement and granting of collective rights under new international conventions, complex legal systems are appearing with overlapping and often contrasting governance structures. The workshop will focus on this situation from a multidisciplinary perspective, considering social, cultural, legal and environmental aspects of indigenous rights and resource governance. It will examine case studies from the two countries and consider the role of academic research in policy formulation and implementation.

Congratulations to these workshop leaders.