Gender, Violence and Power in Indonesia
Across Time and Space
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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Gendered Violence in the Making of Modern Indonesia, Katharine McGregor and Hannah Loney 1. Narrating Intimate Violence in Public Texts: Women’s Writings in the West Sumatran Newspaper Soenting Melajoe, Bronwyn Anne Beech Jones 2. Living with the Enemy: Sexual Violence during the Japanese Occupation of the Netherlands East Indies, Katharine McGregor 3. Home at the Front: Violence Against Indonesian Women and Children in Dutch Military Barracks during the Indonesian National Revolution, Susie Protschky 4. The Sexual and Visual Dynamics of Torture: Analysing Atrocity Photographs from Indonesian-Occupied East Timor, Hannah Loney and Annie Pohlman 5. Memory on Stage: Affect, Gender and the Performative in 1965–66 Survivor Testimonies, Wulan Digantoro and Barbara Hatley 6. Commemorating Gendered Violence Two Decades On: Chinese Indonesian Women’s Voices in the Diaspora, Monika Winarnita and Ken Setiawan 7. Caring for the Un-Speakable: Coercive Pedagogies, Shame, and the Structural Violence Continuum in Indisch Intergenerational Memory Work, Ana Dragojlovic 8. The Politics of Care: A Case Study of Domestic Violence in Aceh, Balawyn Jones 9. Gendered Violence, Gendered Care: Nonintervention, Silence Work and the Politics of HIV in Aceh, Annemarie Samuels Afterword, Ana Dragojlovic
Katharine McGregor is an Associate Professor in Southeast Asian history based in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has written mostly about memory, violence, history making and women’s activism in Indonesia. Her recent books include The Indonesian Genocide of 1965: Causes, Dynamics and Legacies (2018), co-edited with Annie Pohlman and Jess Melvin. She is currently writing a book on transnational activism for Indonesian survivors of enforced military prostitution during the Japanese Occupation of the Netherlands East Indies as an outcome of her 2013–2018 ARC Future Fellowship.
Ana Dragojlovic is Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of Melbourne. She is working at the intersection of feminist, queer, postcolonial and affect theory with a primary focus on gender and mobility; violence, memory, and trauma. She is the author of Beyond Bali: Subaltern Citizens and Post-Colonial Intimacy (Amsterdam University Press, 2016) and co-author of Bodies and Suffering: Emotions and Relations of Care (Routledge, 2017, with Alex Broom).
Hannah Loney is a Gilbert Postdoctoral Career Development Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include women’s history, twentieth-century Southeast Asian and Pacific history, transnational political activism, histories of violence, oral history, and human rights. Hannah’s book, In Women’s Words: Violence and Everyday Life during the Indonesian Occupation of East Timor, 1975–1999, was published in 2018 by Sussex Academic Press.