The member institutions of AIFIS donate to the AIFIS library at the Jakarta Center one copy of all available books on Indonesia that have been published by the publications division of their universities over the past sixty years. Since the modern study of Indonesia in the United States in the various Area Studies programs goes back to just after World War II, with roughly ten universities involved (Cornell and Yale being the oldest from the 1950s, with others being established after that time), this implies a collection of hundreds of books and journals which are becoming available to American and Indonesian researchers there. No such collection has previously existed in Jakarta or anywhere else in Indonesia. The common space around this library—which is housed prominently in our AIFIS office—fosters an environment of study and an atmosphere of collegiality and intellectual exchange at the center.
The diverse collection of books and journals already in our library and reading room currently include full runs of Cornell Modern Indonesia Project and Cornell Southeast Asia Program publications on Indonesia and of the journal Indonesia (volume 1 [April 1966] to volume 95 [April 2013]), together with various volumes on Indonesia published by Cornell University Press, the University of Hawaii, Ohio University and UC Berkeley. Other consortium members are in the process of sending their universities’ publications to the AIFIS center in Jakarta.
Our library will continually expand each year by acquiring new publications as they are produced by the growing number of researchers who pass through and use the center itself. We are also collaborating with the Library of Congress representative in Jakarta, who is a member of our board, to expand further our collection of print offerings. A subscription to JSTOR—an electronic repository of millions of scholarly journals in the sciences, arts, and humanities, with excellent coverage of Indonesian Studies—complements these offerings.
Additionally, AIFIS provides web links and resources to contributions by members of the board, past fellows, and collaborating institutions. Please see below for links to different libraries and files that are a part of the AIFIS network.
Libraries and archives
Claire Holt Archives, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: Claire Holt was a founding member of the Cornell Modern Indonesia Project, and author of Continuities and Change: Art in Indonesia. NYPL holds a large collection of albums compiled by Claire Holt made during her research.
Claire Holt Archives, Cornell University: Claire Holt's research archive is divided between Cornell University and the NYPL. The Cornell Papers collection maintains Holt's research notes, letters, and other documents pertaining to her work in Indonesia.
The Echols (Southeast Asia) Collection: In 1977 the Southeast Asia Collection at Cornell University was named in honor of John M. Echols, professor of linguistics and literature in the Southeast Asia Program, who devoted three decades to its development. Today, the Echols Collection is widely regarded as the foremost collection of materials on Southeast Asia in the United States.
The Lontar Foundation: Located in Jakarta, The Lontar Foundation is dedicated to bringing Indonesian drama, literature, and poetry to an English speaking audience.
Rumah Seni Cemeti (Cemeti Art House): The Cemeti Art House is one of the oldest and most influential arts organization in Java. Located in Yogyakarta, Central Java, Cemeti offers important resources and information about the development of contemporary art in Indonesia.
Blogs and websites
Aural Archipelago: Aural Archipelago was created by ethnomusicologist Palmer Keen. Keen travels around the islands of Indonesia documenting a vast range of music. Aural Archipelago offers a great range of music and video clips documenting the music of Indonesia.
BASAbali: BASAbali, or Bahasa Bali, is a web resource offering information and tutorials on learning Balinese language. The site offers dictionaries, tutorials, and other resources.
Brent Luvaas: Brent Luvaas is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Drexel University. His work focuses on social media, photography, and fashion in Indonesia.
Brian Arnold: A former AIFIS Fellow, Brian Arnold maintains two blogs about Indonesia. Fotografi di Indonesia is a blog he kept for research notes while developing his book Identity Crisis: Questions on Public and Private Life in Contemporary Javanese Photography. Brian also maintains a Tumblr dedicated to Indonesian literature.
Gamelan Notation: This is the most comprehensive source for notation of Central Javanese gamelan known on the web.
Indonesia Etc: This site is maintained by author Elizabeth Pisani, and offers interesting feeds and articles about Indonesian culture and history.Indonesian Visual Art Archive (IVAA): Located in Yogyakarta, IVAA is dedicated to documenting and supporting the development of contemporary art from Java.
Literary Indonesia: A blog dedicated to bring highlights from significant pieces of literature either about Indonesia or by prominent Indonesian writers.
Neliti: This site connects to over 500 different libraries and archives around the world, providing a large resource for information about Indonesia, both in English and Bahasa Indonesia.
New York Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN): NYSEAN is a consortium of universities in the New York area dedicated to providing information and resources for studies in Southeast Asia. NYSEAN sponsors lectures on Indonesia and Southeast Asia around New York City.
Talking Indonesia: Based at the University of Melbourne in Australia, Talking Indonesia is an English language podcast that explores contemporary political and social issues in Indonesia. Talking Indonesia features interviews and discussions with some of the leading scholars on Indonesia working today.
Thomas Pepinsky: Tom Pepinsky is an Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and former AIFIS President. Pepinksy blogs about a variety of governmental and political issues, and has a particular interest in Indonesia and Malaysia. He is also the author of Economic Crises and the Breakdown of Authoritarian Regimes: Indonesia and Malaysia in Comparative Perspective.
AIFIS video files
USINDO-AIFIS Joint Open Forum : New Trends in Indonesian Studies in the United States: Opportunities and Challenges , with : Prof. Thomas B. Pepinsky, President of The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), Monday, May 20, 2013, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, @america, Pacific Place Mall 3rd Floor #325, Jakarta
USINDO-AIFIS Jakarta Open Forum “The Origins of the Indonesian Nation: The Indonesian Revolution, 1945-1949″ (Part 1). On August 15, 2013 USINDO and AIFIS (the American Institute for Indonesia Studies) hosted Cornell Professor Eric Tagliacozzo in Jakarta as part of USINDO’s Scholars Open Forum Series.
USINDO-AIFIS Jakarta Open Forum “The Origins of the Indonesian Nation: The Indonesian Revolution, 1945-1949″ (Part 2). On August 15, 2013 USINDO and AIFIS (the American Institute for Indonesia Studies) hosted Cornell Professor Eric Tagliacozzo in Jakarta as part of USINDO’s Scholars Open Forum Series.
Telaah Wacana Ekonomi Kerakyatan, Rizal Ramli PhD, (opening speech by Dr.M Gunawan Alif), October 12, 2013 Auditorium USBI, Mulia Business Park, Pancoran-Jakarta Selatan