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Gender, Violence and Power in Indonesia: Across Time and Space

Panel Discussion
CEU Vienna Campus
Thursday, September 16, 2021, 11:00 am

Book Discussion: Gender, Violence and Power in Indonesia: Across Time and Space, edited by Katharine McGregor, Ana Dragojlovic, and Hannah Loney

This book uses an interdisciplinary approach to chart how various forms of violence – domestic, military, legal and political – are not separate instances of violence, but rather embedded in structural inequalities brought about by colonialism, occupation and state violence. The book explores both case studies of individuals and of groups to examine experiences of violence within the context of gender and structures of power in modern Indonesian history and Indonesia-related diasporas. It argues that gendered violence is particularly important to consider in this region because of its complex history of armed conflict and authoritarian rule, the diversity of people that have been affected by violence, as well as the complexity of the religious and cultural communities involved. The book focuses in particular on textual narratives of violence, visualisations of violence, commemorations of violence and the politics of care.

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm Vienna time (7.00pm-8.00pm Melbourne time)


  • Chair and Introduction: Hannah Loney
  • Kate McGregor: “Living with the Enemy: Sexual Violence during the Japanese Occupation of the Netherlands East Indies"
  • Ken Setiawan (and Monika Winarnita): “Commemorating Gendered Violence Two Decades On: Chinese Indonesian Women’s Voices in the Diaspora”
  • Ana Dragojlovic: “Caring for the Un-Speakable: Coercive Pedagogies, Shame, and the Structural Violence Continuum in Indisch Intergenerational Memory Work”
  • Discussion and Questions.



Meeting ID: 970 9133 6995 Passcode: 215426