Research projects and media engagement
The following research, publications, media coverage, events and podcasts are work on Indonesia undertaken by team members of the Herb Feith Centre.
Publications on Indonesia View
N.J. Long, A. Hunter, N.S. Appleton, S.G. Davies, et al., ‘The research imagination during COVID-19: Rethinking norms of group size and authorship in anthropological and anthropology-adjacent collaborations’, Anthropological Forum, 32(4), 351-370, DOI: 10.1080/00664677.2023.2169250.
M. Winarnita, S. Davies & N. Herriman, ‘Fashion, thresholds, and borders: Indonesia’s policewomen and the matter of skin and clothes’, M/C Journal, 25(4). DOI: 10.5204/mcj.2934.
N. Long, L. Tunafai & S. Davies, et al., ‘“The most difficult time of my life” or “COVID’s gift to me”? Differential experiences of COVID-19 funerary restrictions in Aotearoa New Zealand’, Mortality, 27, 476-492. DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2022.2049527.
E. Holroyd, N. Long & S. Davies, ‘Community healthcare workers’ experiences during and after COVID-19 lockdown: A qualitative study from Aotearoa New Zealand’, Health and Social Care in the Community. DOI: 10.1111/hsc.13720.
N. Long, N.S. Appleton & S. Davies, et al., ‘Pathways and obstacles to social recovery following the elimination of SARS-CoV-2 from Aotearoa New Zealand: A qualitative cross-sectional study’, Journal of Public Health, 44(4), e548-e556. DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdab394.
J. Millie & U.A. Matin, 'Islamic particularity and academic freedom: Public institutions and doctrinal difference contemporary Indonesia', Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 53(3), 441-458.
J. Millie & D. Syarif, ‘The public politics of supplication in a time of disaster’, Indonesia, 113, 111-124.
J. Millie & N. Hosen, 'Freedom from consumption: The reformist critique of consumptive Islam in Indonesia', Asian Studies Review. DOI: 10.1080/10357823.2022.2110859.
S.G. Davies, ‘Queer Southeast Asia: Afterword’, in Queer Southeast Asia, edited by S. Tang & H.J. Wijaya. Routledge: London.
H. Manns, M. Ewing, S. Davies & J. Kruk, ‘Invigorating Indonesian studies in Australia through collaborative, online education practices’, Melbourne Asia Review, https://melbourneasiareview.edu.au/invigorating-indonesian-studies-in-australia-through-collaborative-online-education-practices.
Najmah, Kusnan & S. Davies, ‘From COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy to vaccine acceptance in South Sumatra, Indonesia’, National University of Singapore. https://ari.nus.edu.sg/20331-117.
S. Davies, ‘For Indonesia's transgender community, faith can be a source of discrimination – but also tolerance and solace’, The Conversation, 7 December. https://theconversation.com/for-indonesias-transgender-community-faith-can-be-a-source-of-discrimination-but-also-tolerance-and-solace-193063.
S. Davies, ‘The toxic masculinity of Indonesia’s police was on full display in Malang’, Indonesia at Melbourne, 12 October, University of Melbourne. https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/the-toxic-masculinity-of-indonesias-police-was-on-full-display-in-malang.
N. Martin-Anatias & S. Davies, ‘“Do you have children?”’: How common greetings in Asian communities can feel loaded with stigma for women’, The Conversation, 17 October. https://theconversation.com/do-you-have-children-how-common-greetings-in-asian-communities-can-feel-loaded-with-stigma-for-women-192015.
S. Davies, & C. Christine, ‘Indonesia’s new capital’, 27 September, Australian Outlook, Australian Institute of International Affairs. https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/indonesias-new-capital.
Najmah, Z. Maulidinda & S. Davies, ‘HIV: Perception, Resilience and Prevention’, HIV booklet: collaboration between Public Health Faculty Sriwijaya University, South Sumatra Provincial Health Office, Intan Maharani Foundation and Monash University. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A-PPuHrIgOhCY8rBSAoj4YNjgrHpM88W/view.
E. Holroyd & S. Davies, et al., ‘Community healthcare workers were left feeling isolated and under-appreciated during the pandemic’, The Conversation, 2 May. https://theconversation.com/community-healthcare-workers-were-left-feeling-isolated-and-under-appreciated-during-the-pandemic-180323#comment_2785088.
Martin-Anatias, N., Long, N., Davies, S. et al. ‘Lockdown Ibuism: Experiences of Indonesian Migrant Mothers during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Aotearoa New Zealand.’ Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. Issue 45.
Najmah, Khodijah, S., Davies, S., et al. 'Believe it or not, it's Covid-19': Family Perceptions of Covid-19 in Palembang, Indonesia. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific. Issue 45.
Najmah, Davies, S. “What’s behind Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in Indonesia?” New Mandela.
Najmah, Davies, S. “Endless stigma of HIV and COVID-19.” Inside Indonesia.
Najmah, Kusnan, Davies, S. “COVID-19 denial in Indonesia.” Inside Indonesia.
Davies, S. What’s Driving Indonesia’s Moral Turn?, New Mandela.
Davies, S. Najmah. ‘Working together: Exploring grass-roots initiatives to mitigate Covid-19 in Indonesia.’ SEAC LSE.
Davies, S. For the Love of Languages. The Lens.
Davies, S. G., Oetomo, D., Hendri. Menolak Pseudosains Homofobik, Tirto.
Davies, S & Martin., N. 'Opinions Should Never Be Dressed Up as Scientific Fact: Indonesian Media and Disinformation'. The Jakarta Globe.
Davies, S & Najmah. ‘Im/moral healthcare: HIV and universal health coverage in Indonesia,’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters, 28(2): 1-18.
Hendri Yulius, Sharyn Davies, Dede Oetomo, 'Rejecting homophobic pseudoscience', The Jakarta Post.
Martin, N. & Davies S. Menuju Semangat Penelitian yang ‘Sehat’ dan Bertanggung Jawab, Detik.
Najmah, Indah Purnama Sari, Tri Novia Kumalasari, Sharyn Graham Davies, & Sari Andajani. (2020). Factors influencing HIV knowledge among women of childbearing age in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 20(1), 150-159.
Najmah, Davies, S., Yeni. ‘COVID and HIV in Indonesia: Predictive modelling, empowering women, and Covid-19 in South Sumatra, Indonesia.’ ASEAN Journal of Community Engagement. ASEAN Journal of Community Engagement, 4(1). Available at: https://doi.org/
Najmah, Andajani, S. Davies, S. ‘Perceptions of and barriers to HIV testing of women in Indonesia,’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters. 28(2): 1-14.
Najmah, Sari Andajani, Sharyn Graham Davies. ‘From Drawings to Puppet Shows: Creating a Collective Space for HIV-Positive Women. Advances in Health Sciences Research, volume 25, DOI https://doi.org/10.2991/ahsr.k.200612.033
Amanda, P., Tieken, S., Davies, S. G., and Kusumaningrum, S. The Juvenile Courts and Children’s Rights: Good Intentions, Flawed Execution. In M. Couch (Ed), The Politics of Court Reform (pp. 265-286). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Davies, S. & Hidaya, I. (eds), Sexual Contestations, special edition of Inside Indonesia. 14 articles.
Davies, S & Anantasari, A. Gender-Sensitive Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia. GNS Science International Consultancy Report. STiRRRD. 98 pages.
Davies, S ‘Citizenship Re-centred: Gender and Sexual Diversity in Indonesia’ In Weiringa, S. (Ed), The Sage Handbook of Global Sexualities. London: Sage. 978-1-5264-2412-9
Davies, S. Islamic Identity and Sexuality in Indonesia. In Ratuva, S. (Ed), The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity. London, Palgrave.
Davies, S. Islam, Sexuality, and Gender Identity. Oxford Encyclopedia of LGBT Politics and Policy/Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Gary Mucciaroni (ed). https://doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1255
Davies, S. Waria. The Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. New York: Gale Cengage.
Davies, S. The lesser of two evils: New Zealand will find it hard to work with whoever wins the upcoming Indonesian election. The Asia Media Centre.
Davies, S. I chose freely to wear a veil, just as many Muslim women do. Stuff, The Dominion Post and the Christchurch Press. https://www.reddit.com/r/newzealand/comments/b91n0t/i_chose_freely_to_wear_a_veil_just_as_many_muslim/
Najmah, Davies, S. G. & Andajani, S., ‘Getting married to a suspected bisexual man: a silent mode of HIV transmission among married women in Indonesia. Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. 10, 7, p. 976-980 5 p.
Yulius, H. and Davies, S. G. The Unfulfilled Promise of Democracy: Lesbian and Gay Activism and Indonesia. In M. Ford & T. Dibley (Eds.). Activists in Transition (pp. 252-285). Cornell: Cornell University Press.
Andajani-Sutjahjo, S., Bennett, L., and Davies, S. ‘Silent Strategies: The Legacy of Sexual Violence among Chinese Indonesians.’ Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, 42 (August).
Bennett, L., Davies, S., and Hidayana, I. Sexualitias di Indonesia (translation of Sex and Sexualities in Indonesia). Jakarta: Yayasan Obor.
Davies, S. The Anthropological Study of Bisexuality. In Hilary Callan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell. London.
Davies, S. Gender and Sexual Plurality in Indonesia: Past and Present. In R. Hefner (Ed), Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia (pp. 281-311). London: Routledge.
Davies, S. Diversitas Gender di Indonesia: Sexualitas, Islam dan Diri Quer (translation of Gender Diversity in Indonesia), Jakarta: Yayasan Obor.
Davies, S. ‘Bissu’, World Religion and Spirituality Project.
Davies, S. ‘The Transcendent Bissu.’ AEON.
Davies, S. ‘Threats to Diversity in Indonesia’ Asia Media Centre, https://www.asiamediacentre.org.nz/opinion/threats-on-diversity-in-indonesia-sharyn-davies/
Davies, S. ‘Turning the rising tide of anti-LGBT sentiment in Indonesia’, East Asia Forum,
Davies, S. ‘Celebrating Diversity in Indonesia?’ Asia Media Centre. https://www.asiamediacentre.org.nz/
Davies, S. ‘Skins of Morality: Bio-borders, Ephemeral Citizenship and Policing Women in Indonesia’, Asian Studies Review, 42(1), 69-88.
Platt, M., Davies, S., and Bennett, L. R. ‘Introduction. Contestations of Gender, Sexuality and Morality in Contemporary Indonesia.’ Asian Studies Review, 42(1), 1-15.
Towner, N., & Davies, S. ‘Surfing Tourism and Community in Indonesia’, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, doi.org/10.1080/14766825.2018.1457036.
Davies, S., McGregor, J., Giddings, L. S., and Pringle, J. ‘Rationalising Pay Inequity: Women Engineers, Pervasive Patriarchy and the Neoliberal Mystique in New Zealand’, Journal of Gender Studies, 27(6), 323-336.
Hartono, H., Davies, S. , and MacRae, G. ‘You Can’t Avoid Sex and Cigarettes: How Indonesian Muslim mothers teach their children to read Billboards’. Pacific Journalism Review, 23(2), 146-163.
Listiorini, D. & Davies, S. Online Dating Apps Blocked. Inside Indonesia, April.
Najmah, Davies, S. & Andajani, S. ‘HIV-Positive Mothers left behind’, Inside Indonesia. July.
Davies, S. ‘Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Panic’, East Asia Forum, 8(2): 8-11.
Davies, S. What we can learn from an Indonesian ethnicity that recognizes five genders. The Conversation, Invited contribution. This has been translated for GAYa Nusantara.
Davies, S. Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Panic, East Asia Forum, April-June, 8(2), pp. 8-11.
Davies, S. 'Indonesian ‘Tolerance’ Under Strain as Anti-LGBT Furore Grows'. Asian Currents (March) Invited contribution. This has been translated for GAYA Nusantara.
Davies, S., Meliala, A., and Buttle, J. ‘Gangnam Style versus Eye of the Tiger: People, Police and Procedural Justice in Indonesia.’ Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy, 26(4), 1-21.
Davies, S. & Robson, J., ‘Juvenile (In)justice: Children in Conflict with the Law in Indonesia.’ Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law, 17(1), 119-147.
Davies, S., Stone, L. M., and Buttle, J. ‘Covering Cops: Critical reporting of Indonesian police corruption’, Pacific Journalism Review, 22(1), 185-201.
Andajani, S., Lubis, D., and Davies, S., ‘Police Raids on LGBT and the Moral Agenda: A Media Analysis’ (Razia Terhadap LGBT Sebagai Agenda Moralitas Palsu: Kajian Pemberitaan Media di Indonesia), Jurnal Perempuan, 20(4), 97-107.
Bennett, L. & Davies, S. (eds.) Sex and Sexualities in Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Diversity, Representations and Health, London: Routledge.
Buttle, J. W., Davies, S., and Meliala, A. ‘A Cultural Constraints Theory of Police Corruption: Understanding the Persistence of Police Corruption in Contemporary Indonesia.’ Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 49(3), 437-454.
Davies, S. Beautiful Virgins: The Hard Road to Becoming an Indonesian Policewoman. Asian Currents (April).
Davies, S. Surveilling Sexuality in Indonesia. In L. Bennett & S. G. Davies (Eds.), Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity and Representations (pp. 30-61). London, Routledge.
Davies, S. ‘Performing Selves: The Trope of Authenticity and Robert Wilson's Stage Production of I La Galigo.’ Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 46(3), 417-443.
Davies, S. & Bennett, L. (2015). Sexuality, Continuity and Change in the Reformasi era. In L. Bennett & S. G. Davies (Eds.), Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity and Representations (pp. 1-25). London: Routledge.
Davies, S., Buttle, J. W., and Meliala, A. ‘If You Lose Your Goat: Public Perceptions of Police in Indonesia.’ Journal of Social Science Research, 6(2), 22-41.
Davies, S. & Hartono, H. ‘The Pretty Imperative: Handcuffing Policewomen in Indonesia.’ Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, issue 37.
Davies, S., Stone, L., and Buttle, J. ‘A Disinterested Press: Reporting Police in a Provincial Indonesian newspaper’, Media Asia, 42(1 and 2), 1-14.
In the Media View
Brut (7 June)
Sharyn Davies is interview by French media organisation Brut on gender diversity in Indonesia: https://fb.watch/5_RCCLaw76/
Rfi (4 June)
Sharyn Davies is quoted by French newspaper RFI about Covid in Indonesia: https://www.rfi.fr/fr/asie-pacifique/20210604-en-indon%C3%A9sie-le-vaccin-sinovac-se-heurte-au-sentiment-anti-chinois?ref=tw
BBC (11 April)
Sharyn Davies is quoted by the BBC in "Asia's isle of five separate genders."
AIDRAN (24 June)
Sharyn Davies presents on the ‘Impact of coronavirus pandemic on people with disabilities’ at the Indonesia Project’s global webinar series, 24 June. https://aidran.org/impact-of-coronavirus-pandemic-on-people-with-disabilities-is-discussed-at-the-indonesia-projects-global-webinar-series-24-june-2020/
ABC News (27 March) "Professor Ariel Heryanto, Indonesian academician in Australia who continues to strive for friendship between the two countries" [Profesor Ariel Heryanto, Akademisi Asal Indonesia di Australia yang Terus Upayakan Persahabatan Dua Negara]
Author: Sastra Wijaya
Warnasulsel (22 June)
"Three International Speakers Participate in the Launching of the 2020 Lontaraq Virtual Literacy Festival"
Australia awards in Indonesia
Herb Feith Centre successfully sponsors Najmah for an Australian Indonesia DFAT award: https://www.australiaawardsindonesia.org/content/450/15/list-of-recipients-of-the-alumni-grant-scheme-ags-2020-round-2?sub=true&fbclid=IwAR14c1gNqthbpbhTWK9eh3Ld4XYQ4ujGWIJQEaqPjIB1mlJr-RoFj2jsfrs
Jakarta Post (24 November) "The rise and fall of Ahok: In search of Chinese-Indonesians’ identity"
Author: Harry Bhaskara
UNAIR News (13 November) "UNAIR delegation upholds the other side of the Chinese community in the 2019 Monash Herb Feith Centre Conference" [Delegasi UNAIR Angkat Sisi Lain Masyarakat Tionghoa dalam Monash Herb Feith Center Conference 2019]
Author: Nabila Amelia
BUSET (3 November) "Explores Chinese ethnic identity" [Mengupas Identitas Etnis Tionghoa]
Pressreader (1 November) "Kabar"
Author: Lily Wibisono
Kompas (31 October) "Revisiting Indonesian nationalism and unity" [Meninjau Kembali Nasionalisme dan Persatuan Indonesia]
Author: Harry Bhaskara
OZIP (23 October) "Note from the 2019 Chinese conference: Not just a matter of racism and nationalism" [Catatan dari Chinese Conference 2019: Bukan sekadar masalah rasial dan nasionalisme]
Author: Pratiwi Utami
ABC News (4 October) "Director General of Culture Hilmar Farid discuss Ahok and Indonesian Chinese politicians in Melbourne" [Dirjen Kebudayaan Hilmar Farid Bahas Ahok dan Politisi Tionghoa Indonesia di Melbourne]
Author: Sastra Wijaya
The Conversation (19 September)
"How a populist morality movement is blocking a law against sexual violence in Indonesia: analysis."
The Conversation (17 June)
"What we can learn from an Indonesian ethnicity that recognizes five genders."
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Conference Presentations View
Sharyn Davies addressed the Victorian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association on language teaching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=2icfG1p7MZM&fbclid=IwAR27wrCJX6dSHnKGhplcXuzjKBHFFw5TtEvt97Kb3KbyMdDvZFjznlJx7r4#menu.
2nd conference of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (28 June - 1 July)
Sharyn Davies, ‘HIV and Marital Deception: The Complex Story of HIV Transmission Among Women in South Sumatra, Indonesia’, 2nd conference of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Campus Condorcet, Paris-Aubervilliers, France, Online.
AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies (July)
Sri Mulyani, Nelly Martin, Sharyn G. Davies, Juliana Wijaya, Elisabeth Wulandari and Simrandeep, ‘Indonesian Diasporic Experiences and Identity Formation’, AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies.
Sharyn Davies presented at the ‘Workshop on Faith in Immunity: Religion, COVID-19 Vaccines and Structures of Trust’, Singapore, 27-28 October. Sharyn Davies, ‘Woman, Islam and Science’, Keynote presentation (via Zoom) for the State Islamic University Raden Fatah. https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10218240980574303&set=a.4913956625106.
Delivering Education in a Geopolitically Insecure World (August)
Sharyn Davies spoke with Dr Carina Garland MP, Member for Chisholm, and Michael Phillips ‘Delivering Education in a Geopolitically Insecure World’, Seminar organised by Professor Sharon Pickering.
Sharyn Davies, ‘How is Science and Technology Implemented during Pandemic and towards Endemic COVID-19?’, University of Indraprasta, KIBAR ke-2 (Konferensi Internasional Berbahasa Indonesia Universitas Indraprasta PGRI). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SINHfzsQnU.
Australia-Indonesia Centre (September)
Sharyn Davies was a panellist for ‘Researchers Working Across Cultures’, hosted by the Australia-Indonesia Centre.
Museum Macam (October)
Sharyn Davies, Keynote speaker at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum Macam) event, ‘Present Continuous / Sekarang Seterusnya’, with leading Indonesian artists. The event was sponsored by Project 11.
Sharyn Davies, ‘Alone in a Crisis Workshop: New Zealand as a Case Study’, Seminar organised by Lara McKenzie, University of Western Australia.
Howard Manns, Michael Ewing and Sharyn Davies spoke on ‘Motivation of University Language Learners during the Pandemic: A Lens on Language Education at Tertiary Level in Australia’, LCNAU Conference, University of Melbourne.
International Conference on Social and Political Development Issues (ICONIDS) (26-27 October)
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran Jawa Timu. Sharyn Davies presents on the ‘Covid and Health in Indonesia’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vf2KuuvQ-k
Creative Entrepreneurship (7 October)
Sharyn Davies opens the Creative Entrepreneurship forum: https://www.monash.edu/arts/media-film-journalism/creative-directions-2020/creative-directions-2020-program
International La Galigo Festival
Sharyn Davies opens the International La Galigo Festival in Makassar, Indonesia.
The Crawford School, ANU
Sharyn Davies presents on the Covid-19 and Vulnerable People in Indonesia: https://www.covid19indonesia.net/events/covid-19-and-vulnerable-people
Talking Indonesia (22 April)
Sharyn Davies's research is discussed for the Talking Indonesia series, "Transgender women and public space", University of Melbourne: https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/talking-indonesia-transgender-women-and-public-space/
Gatty Lecture Rewind Podcast (8 December)
Sharyn Davies presents the Gatty Lecture on Immorality in Indonesia: https://gattyrewind.libsyn.com/episode-38-sharyn-davies-associate-professor-director-of-the-herb-feith-indonesian-engagement-centre-monash-university;
Talking Indonesia (16 July)
Sharyn Davies talks to Dirk Tomsa for the Talking Indonesia series, "Covid-19 and community engagement", University of Melbourne: https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/talking-indonesia-covid-19-and-community-engagement/
SSEAC Stories (14 May)
Sharyn Davies and Najmah talk about "COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS in Indonesia": https://open.spotify.com/episode/5xZzqvfLYK4pJTd1rb6SX7