Recipients of 2019-2020 AIFIS/CAORC Fellowships

Ryan Crewe, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Colorado, Denver, “The Seed of all Discord: The Spice Wars in Global History, 1520-1670.”

David Hanks, Ph.D., (Candidate) Department of Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, “Eat, Pray, Love, Speak: The Commodification of Language Education for Tourism in Bali.”

Claire-Marie Hefner, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Religion – Islamic Studies, Florida State University, “Gendered Exemplarity: Women Teachers and Ethical Modeling in Indonesian Islamic Boarding Schools.”

Joseph Klein, Ph.D., (Candidate) Department of Anthropology – Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, “Circuits of Credit and Debt in the Indonesian Live Coral Trade.”

Erica Larson, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Hanover College, “Inheriting a Religious and Corrupt Nation: Ethical Dilemmas of Indonesian Youth.”

Brian MacHarg, Ph.D., Director of Academic Civic Engagement, Department of Academic Affairs – Education/Civic Engagament, Appalachian State University, “From Student Mobilization to Service-Learning: Kuliah Kerja Nyata in Indonesian Higher Education.”

Antonius Wiriadjaja, Visiting Lecturer as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Department of Film/TV – Animation, Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Yogyakarta, “Shadows of the Future: How New Technologies Can Integrate With Traditional Javanese Shadow Puppetry.”

Tyler Yamin, Ph.D., (Candidate) Herb Alpert School of Music – Ethnomusicology, UCLA,“Listening to the Gibbons in the Anthropocene: The Politics and Poetics of Endangered Species Conservation.”

AAS Photo Competition

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is inaugurating its first annual photography competition. In an attempt to acknowledge the ever increasing role of photography and media in contemporary research practices, AAS is looking for a broad range of photographic submissions, looking at how photography is used in research and education. Winning photos from the submissions will be:

  • Featured in a 2020 Calendar as a thank you gift for donors

  • Published in an online gallery for the membership to view

  • Featured on our website

Visit the AAS website for more information.


Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian Studies

The Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Southeast Asian Studies at the rank of assistant professor beginning in fall 2020. The Department seeks candidates whose research focuses on moving image studies, media studies, sound studies, digital culture, visual culture, or related fields of Southeast Asia, defined as the region including Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, East Timor, and Indonesia. Click here for more information on the position and application procedures.


Rising Voices in Southeast Asian Studies

The Southeast Asia Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is seeking paper proposals from up-and-coming scholars to join a “Rising Voices” panel on the topic of “New Dimensions of Migration in Southeast Asia.” We seek to recruit early career scholars from Southeast Asian countries to form a panel for eventual inclusion in the 2020 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts from March 19-22, 2020. SEAC will provide partial financial assistance for presenters to attend the meetings. For more information visit the AAS website.


Toward a Musical History of the Indonesian Archipelago

Post-doctoral fellowship in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Davis, focusing on Indonesian music

Open date: June 1, 2019 

Last review date: September 1, 2019 

Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled. 

Final date: December 31, 2019 

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled. 


 The Department of Music at the University of California Davis invites applications for a full-time post-doctoral position in ethnomusicology. The appointment will be for one year with a potential start date of 1/1/2020. 

The position is funded through the Henry Luce Foundation. The project, “Toward a music history of the Indonesian archipelago,” has two overall goals: (1) to consolidate and corroborate existing evidence about the musics of the Indonesia archipelago, and (2) to mine a hitherto underutilized resource: documentation, in assorted media, from Christian missions that took root in many parts of the East Indies in the colonial era. 

 The post-doctoral scholar(s) will (1) identify, procure, and examine mission archival data for information about musics in the Indonesian archipelago together with the project’s principal investigators, Anna Maria Busse Berger and Henry Spiller; (2) help organize and participate in one of two international conferences, to be held in Davis (October 2020 and October 2021) that will invite scholars to share research related to Christian missionaries’ musical activities in Indonesia; (3) pursue the post-doctoral scholar’s own research. 

For a complete description of the position and information on application download the official announcement.

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Fellowship Applications

****Deadline is May 31 for the AIFIS CAORC fellowship program***

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) invites applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are US citizens and wish to pursue their research activities in Indonesia. We are offering a grant of US$6,000 for each scholar to conduct research projects in any field of contemporary and traditional Indonesian Studies, with preference given to applications focusing on science and technology, broadly understood; food security, literature, arts and humanities as well as Islamic Studies and/or Indonesia-United States Relations. These grants can be applied toward travel, accommodation and support of research activities in Indonesia.

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 2019. 

Final announcement will be made by or on June 28, 2019.

Funding for this program is provided by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State through a grant from the Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC).Please read attached for more information on application and eligibility. Applications will be submitted online on the CAORC website. For questions regarding these applications, please contact Rebakah Minarchek at or

Past AIFIS Fellow Tiffanesah Williams conducting her research in Indonesia

Past AIFIS Fellow Tiffanesah Williams conducting her research in Indonesia

Recipients of 2018-2019 AIFIS/CAORC Fellowships

AIFIS is pleased to announce of recent recipients for our CAORC sponsored fellowships:

Russel Barlow, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Documentation, Description, and Analysis of the Suwawa Language

Michelle Bonati, State University of New York, Plattsburgh, Amplifying Children’s Voices within Arts-Based-Service-Learning: Emerging Inclusive Education Practices in Indonesia

Aldo Foe, University of Illinois, Chicago, Nagara and the Masjid: Mosque Construction and the Political Economy of Islamization in Early Modern Period Indonesia

Patricia Hardwick, Hofstra University, Indonesian Tales, Transnational Histories: Inscribing Riau Mak Yong Narratives

Michael Miller, Cornell University, Bread, Rice, Sago: Religious Division and Cohesion in Eastern Indonesia, 1880-1941

Emily O’Dell, Yale University, Intersections of Gender and Spirituality in the Shadow Puppet Performances of Pak Prubo

Jessica Peng, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Archipelagic “Potentials:” Infrastructure, Education, and Labor in Indonesia

Ann Marie Thornburg, Notre Dame University, Vectors and Victims: Confronting Vulnerability and Valuing Life in Bali’s Human-Dog Communities

Political Discussions in Yogyakarta

AIFIS recently sponsored two events featuring eight different visiting political scholars from the United States. Meeting with students and faculty at both Gadjah Mada University and Pondok Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) Al-Munawwir, the visitors facilitated discussions on democracy, Islam and gender identity in contemporary Indonesia.

The visiting scholars at Pondok Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) Al-Munawwir in Yogyakarta. The visitors helped lead discussions on Moderate Islam, Islam in Politics, and Islam & Gender.

The visiting scholars at Pondok Pesantren (Islamic Boarding School) Al-Munawwir in Yogyakarta. The visitors helped lead discussions on Moderate Islam, Islam in Politics, and Islam & Gender.

A roundtable discussion at Gadjah Mada University focusing on the state of Democracy in Indonesia today.

A roundtable discussion at Gadjah Mada University focusing on the state of Democracy in Indonesia today.

Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories

The Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre at Monash University is hosting a conference October 1-3, 2019, Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories. The conference will include keynote speakers Dr. Karen Strassler, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, and Dr. Hilmar Farid, Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia. The conference is open to individual and group proposals until May 15. For more information click here.


Short Course: Indonesian Islam and Religious Pluralism

The ICRS (Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies) is offering a short course on Indonesian Islam and Religious Pluralism. With visits in Bali, Yogyakarta, and Manado, the course will include visits to religious sites in all destinations, and is lead by an internationally recognized faculty. ICRS is providing different packages for different budgets and interests. Course fees are all inclusive, and include airfare, transportation, study materials, and lodging. Contact ICRS directly if interested:

Program Assistant: Ida Fitri +62-857-4322-8661, or

Program Coordinator: Dicky Sofjan +62-812-1095-55, or


Recipients of the 2018-2019 AIFIS/Luce Foundation Fellowships

AIFIS is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2018-2019 Henry Luce Foundation Fellows:

U.S. Fellows:

Darin Self, Cornell University, Government/Competing for Power: Identifying Institutional Influence in Authoritarian Regime

Andrew Weintraub, University of Pittsburgh, Music/Critical dimensions of music to collective memory of 1965-66 

Francesca Pase, University of Georgia, Education/Navigating the Emotional Landscape of the Indonesian Early Childhood Classroom 

Galen Stolee, Harvard University, Anthropology/The Mediators: Truth and Regulation in the Indonesian News Industry 

Maho Ishiguro, Wesleyan University, Music/Srimpi Moncar: Analysis of the Chinese-ness through the lens of Javanese Aesthetics 

Wendy Erb, Columbia University, Calls for Conservation: Bioacoustic Monitoring of Endangered Apes to Support Protection of a Threatened Bornean Landscape 

Brent Luvaas, Drexel University, Project: Insta-nesia: Street Photography, Social Media, and the Indonesian Urban Imagination 

Indonesian Fellows:

Ika Nurhayani, Brawijaya University, Dayak Desa: A Dialect of Sanggau or a Separate Language?

 Desi Adhariani, University of Indonesia, Eco Innovation of Indonesian Palm Oil Companies: Cost and Benefit Analysis

Silvester Pramadi Tjiptopradonggo, Indonesian Art Institute of Surakarta, The Dynamics of Surakarta Style Javanese Dance Outside the Keraton during the Decades from the 1940s to 2000s 

Theresia Indira Shanti, Atma Jaya University, The Implementation of Mental Health Service among University and College Campuses 

Benny Baskara, Halu Oleo University in Sulawesi, Religious Ecological View of the Bajo people in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia

 George Tawakkal, Brawijaya University, Malang, Meaning of Democracy and Vote Buying

 Achmad Munjid, Gadjah Mada University, Interfaith Relations among Indonesian Diaspora in the U.S.

 Desiree Simandjuntak, Small-scale tuna fishery governance and market access in Toli-Toli, Sulawesi

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University of Delaware

AIFIS is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Peter Cole and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Delaware. The collaboration enlists students and universities from both the United States and Indonesia. Below are a few abstracts from their proposal, and the complete document can be downloaded here.

One of the major problems facing Indonesia, and much of the developing world, is the rapid loss of cultural and linguistic diversity.  The problem is especially acute in East Indonesia, a region known for its diversity of languages, both Austronesian and Papuan, where the inroads of contemporary Indonesia on local cultures are well known.

The program involves training in language documentation in Kupang (one week), three weeks gathering stories, personal narratives, conversations, songs and other examples of the language spoken in a village in East Indonesia, and an additional week in Kupang preparing the data for archiving.  The first year of the program is now complete, and the data from the first year have been submitted for archiving to Paradisec (, an archive located in Australia that specializes in the languages and cultures of the Pacific.  The American/Indonesian teams are now reviewing the results of the first year of the program and are preparing to recruit participants for the second year.

Students working with local participants in Kupang

Students working with local participants in Kupang

Students working with local participants in Kupang

Students working with local participants in Kupang

Call for Papers: Education, Conflict Histories, and Social Cohesion Building in Indonesia

As part of a joint project titled "Education, Conflict Histories, and Social Cohension-Builing in Indonesia," the Centre for Research on Pace and Development (CRPD) at KU Leuven (Prof. Arnim Langer), the Institute of Political Studies at Heidelberg (Prof. Aurel Croissant), and the Department of Politics and Government at Gadjah Mada University (Dr. Mada Sukmajati), welcome abstracts from junior and senior Indonesian researchers concerning the way in which Indonesia has been dealing with the legacies and histories of conflict, and how a more peaceful and socially cohesive future can be achieved.  The current call aims to particularly bring together scholarship on the role of formal and informal education in fostering conflict and division as well as reconciliation, ethnic and religious tolerance and inter-group understanding in Indonesia.

For the complete abstract and contact information, click here.