Looking at Indonesia's grassroots neighbourhood associations helps us understand the perils of aligning civil society with elite interests.
On the many meanings of Hari Kartini, Indonesia's annual celebration of its most famous colonial-era feminist thinker.
An in-depth investigation into the land deals behind the downfall of one of Indonesia's most senior judges.
Foreign correspondent and historian Frank Palmos reflects on his first translating job in Java in 1961.
The global success of a motorbike gang with roots in the Netherlands’ Indonesian community is indicative of the socioeconomic marginalisation of many Indonesian migrants.
When you’re accused of blasphemy, displays of humility and oligarchic pedigree may be the best defence.
A supposed announcement of his candidacy actually reemphasises how ambivalent Prabowo is about fighting Jokowi again.
A new book on West Sumatran 'angkot' reveals the complex tensions between tradition and modernity in contemporary Minangkabau society
SOEs are expected to do ever more for Jokowi's infrastructure push, but politics dictates they forgo revenue to offer subsidised goods. Who ends up with the bill?
Documentation, Restoration, and Repatriation? Reflections on a dance film screening for the ‘Bali 1928’ project
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.