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Ten Years After: Reformasi & New Social Movements in Indonesia, 1998-2008

U.C. Berkeley / UCLA Joint Conference on Southeast Asian Studies

Friday, April 25, 2008
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
U.C. Berkeley campus
Berkeley, CA 94720

In May 1998, following months of protests, and triggered by the outbreak of rioting in Indonesia’s major cities, the authoritarian New Order regime of President Suharto collapsed after more than thirty years in power. Since these tumultuous events took place, Indonesia has experienced profound change at many levels in society, often at a rapid pace.  As the tenth anniversary of the fall of the New Order approaches, the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA will hold a joint conference that will examine the new forces for change that have emerged in Indonesia over this past decade and the transformations that have occurred, while also reflecting upon the New Order and its legacies.

This is a two-day conference, Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26, 2008.

UC Berkeley and ULCA Joint Conference on Southeast Asian Studies

For registration, hotel and transportation information, please see the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley website:

FRIDAY, April 25
Location: IEAS Conference Room, sixth floor, 2223 Fulton St., Berkeley CA

9:00 ­ 9:15 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:15 ­ 10:50 a.m.
PANEL I: Social Movements, Labor and NGOs in Contemporary Indonesia

“NGOs, Unions and the Indonesian Labor Movement, 1998-2008” - Michele Ford, University of Sydney
“The Prince as the Merchant: The Rise of the NGO Industry in the Post-Suharto Era” - Benny Subianto, Institute for Multiparty Democracy
“New Order Hangover: Frameworks for Struggle and Political Power in Contemporary Indonesian Social Movements” - Vincent Boudreau, City College of New York

Discussant: Nancy Lee Peluso (UC Berkeley)

11:10 ­ 12:45 p.m.
PANEL II: Rural Communities and Social Change

“Rise of the Farmers: Democratization and Agricultural Politics in Indonesia” - Erick Danzer, University of Wisconsin
"Can We Get Hak Ulayat?": Land and Community in Pasir and Nunukan” - Laurens Bakker, Radboud University Nijmegen
“Claiming the Grounds for Reform: Agrarian and Environmental Movements in Indonesia” - Suraya Afiff, University of Indonesia (presenter); Nancy Peluso, UC Berkeley; Noer Fauzi, UC Berkeley

Discussant: Annette Clear (UC Santa Cruz)

1:45 ­ 3:20 p.m.
PANEL III: Urban Movements, Politics and Change

“Racialized Dispossession and Entangled Justice in Medan” - Yen-ling Tsai, UC Santa Cruz
“The Use of Disasters: NGOs, Political Parties and Fires in Contemporary Jakarta” - Jérôme Tadié, Institut de recherches pour le developpement
“A Neighborhood Fight in Semarang: Land, Development and the Law” - Jamie Davidson, National University of Singapore

Discussant: Ria Hutabarat (UC Berkeley)

5:00 p.m.
Location: MLK Jr. Student Union, Stephens Room, Sproul Plaza

with guest speakers:
NURSYAHBANI KATJASUNGKANA (legislator, DPR-RI; founder, Women’s Legal Aid Bureau/LBH-APIK) and HILMAR FARID (Indonesian Institute for Social History)

8:00 p.m. ­ 10:00 p.m.
FILM SCREENING: New Documentaries on Indonesia
Location: 102 Moffitt Library

8:00 p.m.: “Promised Paradise” (2006), directed by Leonard Retel Helmrich
9:00 p.m.: “The Year of Living Vicariously” [“Ada Apa Dengan Indonesia?”] (2005), directed by Amir Muhammad

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, U.C. Berkeley Center for Southeast Asia Studies

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