Nien Yuan Cheng reflects on the film screening and lecture, "Gender, Crossdressing and Androgyny in Balinese Dance", conducted by ethnomusicologist Edward Herbst under the aegis of the Bali 1928 repatriation project.
Hamzah of Barus was the foremost Malay poet of the 16th century, whose work draws deeply from Sufi imagery and philosophy.
The MD3 saga lays bare not only the DPR's attempt to shield itself from public accountability, but the dysfunctionality of governance under Jokowi.
Welcoming the University of Sydney's Southeast Asian history bloggers to New Mandala.
Snapshots of the new socio-ecological dynamics in post-reconstruction Aceh.
What's behind a fresh panic about attacks on Islamic figures at the hands of "crazy people"?
Data suggest public opinion and civil society do influence judges. That's both good and bad for the quality of their decisions.
Indonesian law recognises both international human rights norms and 'religious values'. The latter are increasingly taking precedence.
A snapshot of the problems of Indonesia's education system from highland Papua.
Maritime historian Jeffrey Mellefont on why UNESCO has recognised the cultural significance of South Sulawesi boat-building.
Jihadists know how to take advantage of the unique space for mobilisation offered by the Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines triborder area. Governments are still catching up.
Details on a falling out between pro-Anies Baswedan political parties and the religious leaders behind the 212 movement.
Crackdowns on ‘fake news’ producers aren’t enough—Indonesian voters need better journalism and greater digital literacy.
An ethnic Chinese convert to hardline Islam stands out in Indonesia’s crowded Islamic preaching market.
In insisting that “animist” faiths be given a lower status than “religion”, Islamic leaders ignore how the false divide between them was constructed in the first place.
Jokowi moved quickly to shift a controversial armed forces chief into retirement. The 2019 elections were at the front of his mind.
Nasihat dari seorang wartawan Indonesia bagi kawan-kawannya yang meliput isu-isu Papua.
On the reunion of 2016’s anti-Ahok protests: the ‘awakening’ of Islamic identity means togetherness to some, and division to others.
How should we respond when heritage is damaged or destroyed?
This article explores the life and career of one of Java's great premodern leaders: the 16th-century queen of Jepara.
A team of expert Makassan boat-builders constructs a padewakang
A correlation between polling stations’ location in houses of worship and support for Anies throws up some interesting questions.
It’s past time for us to ditch simplistic ideas of “civil society” and its relationship with democracy in the region.
The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.