On 22 July, Indonesia's national election commission announced Joko Widodo as the winner of the 2014 presidential election. He defeated former army general Prabowo Subianto by a slim margin of about 8.4 million votes. The Perth USAsia Centre is proud to host an expert panel to discuss the result of the election and the outlook for politics and foreign policy in Southeast Asia's largest democracy.
Expert panellists include:
Winthrop Professor Krishna Sen, The University of Western Australia
Winthrop Professor Krishna Sen, an internationally recognised scholar of contemporary Indonesian and media studies commenced her appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia in January 2009. She has held teaching and research positions at Murdoch and Curtin Universities, and was the Executive Director for Humanities and Creative Arts at the Australian Research Council in Canberra, just prior to taking up her position at UWA. Krishna is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities (FAHA), a Member of the Hawke Research Institute Advisory Board, and President and Chair of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH). She serves on the editorial boards of several national and international journals.
Associate Professor David Bourchier, The University of Western Australia
David Bourchier's main interest is in the politics of Indonesia and Southeast Asia. He has taught courses on Asian politics and Indonesian language at Flinders University, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Murdoch University. Since 1998 he has been at UWA where he has taught in courses including Contemporary Indonesia , Identity and Politics in Asia and Democratisation in Asia as well as Intermediate, Advanced and Specialist level Indonesian.
David has written on many aspects of Indonesian society and politics, with publications on law, labour, ideology, human rights and the military. Recent publications include "Habibie's Interregnum: Reformasi, Elections, Regionalism and the Struggle for Power" in Chris Manning and Peter van Diermen (eds) Indonesia in Transition: Social Aspects of Reformasi and Crisis (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2000: 15-38); "Conservative Political Ideology In Indonesia: A Fourth Wave?" in Lloyd Grayson and Luke Shannon (eds) Indonesia Today: Challenges of History (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2001); and, together with Hamish McDonald, Desmond Ball, James Dunn, Gerry van Klinken, Douglas Kammen and Richard Tanter, Masters of Terror: Indonesia's Military and Violence in East Timor in 1999 (Canberra Papers on Strategy and Defence No.145, Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, 2002). He has also recently completed a major textbook on Indonesian politics, with Vedi Hadiz, titled Indonesian Society and Politics: A Reader (Routledge-Curzon, London and New York, 2003).
Professor Vedi Hadiz, Murdoch University
Vedi Hadiz is a Professor of Asian Societies and Politics at Murdoch University and is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. He received his PhD at Murdoch University in 1996 where he was a Research Fellow. In 2000, he became an Associate Professor in Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He is currently conducting research on State, Class and Islamic Populism.
His most recent book is Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective (Stanford University Press 2010). He is also the author of Workers and the State in New Order Indonesia (Routledge 1997), and (with Richard Robison) Reorganising Power in Indonesia: The Politics of Oligarchy in an Age of Markets (Routledge Curzon 2004), as well as editor or co-editor of several books, including Empire and Neoliberalism in Asia (Routledge 2006). My articles have appeared in journals such as Development and Change, Journal of Development Studies, Pacific Review, Pacific Affairs, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Democratization, Critical Asian Studies, Indonesia, New Political Economy, and Historical Materialism.
The panel will be moderated by Gordon Flake, CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre.
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