Illegal deforestation has serious implications for climate change and is particularly rampant in parts of Indonesia. However, a Californian nonprofit has devised a treetop surveillance system from recycled cell phones to monitor and combat illegal logging.
In the news
- A number of Indonesia’s major political parties are pushing for constitutional amendments which would end direct presidential elections and weaken key presidential powers. Many see this transfer of power to traditional elites in the Indonesian parliament as a setback for democracy in the country. (Straits Times)
- Jakarta would be few people’s idea of bike-friendly, but administrators are in the process of opening tens of kilometres of new bike lanes across the city in an attempt to ease congestion and promote exercise. (Coconuts)
- Last weekend saw a significant moment for soccer and women’s sport in Indonesia, with the opening round of matches being played in the 2019 Liga 1 Putri, the new national women’s league. (The Jakarta Post)
- Vol. 137 of Inside Indonesia is a special edition focusing on drugs and drug use in the country, from broader legal, political and public health perspectives to those examining the daily realities of drug users in Indonesia. (Inside Indonesia)
- Posko Palu, a documentary which looks at the experiences and resilience of children in South Sulawesi in the wake of the devastating tsunami, has received both ReelOzInd’s Best Documentary award and the Jim Schiller Prize for Best Collaboration between Australian and Indonesian Filmmakers. (ReelOzInd!)
- A recent study suggests Homo floresiensis, also known as the Flores Man or ‘hobbit’, may have evolved in a ‘relative sprint’ of 10,000 years and lived as recently as 50,000 years ago. (Atlas Obscura)
In the blog
- The historical links between Makassan sailors and traders and Yolngu people in Arnhem Land continue to be explored, discussed and celebrated. The AIYA blog team interviewed Febrianty Hasanah, who visited Yirrkala in Arnhem Land in 2018 through her work administering the Makassar-Yirrkala Artists Exchange with Rumata’ Artspace (Bahasa Indonesia).
- Adelaide, 21 October – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB if you’re keen to join in.
- Bali, 22 – 29 October – In its 16th year as SE Asia’s leading literary event, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (23 – 27 October) has announced its full lineup of over 180 authors, journalists, artists and activists from 30 countries, including Laksmi Pamuntjak, Tara June Winch and Yotam Ottolenghi. See the main program – buy your tickets now!
- Bali, 3-5 November – Join the Indonesia-Australia Business Council (IABC) at their biannual conference along with leading government and business representatives. This conference will be significant in that not only will it focus on important milestones between both countries such as the IA-CEPA but for the first time this conference will feature a youth panel hosted by AIYA! Seven lucky AIYA members have received free tickets to the event so for those who missed out or are not yet AIYA members please consider attending, you can register via the IABC website.
- Bandung, 19 October – Join AIYA Jawa Barat in their ‘Share and Care’ event where they will donate the books they collected during their Literacy Day event to Tunas Bangsa Orphanage. The day will be filled with fun activities including Australian and Indoensian traditional games and snacks. For more info please follow @aiya_jawa_barat on IG.
- Canberra, 21 June – 27 October – The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) ‘Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia’ is a major exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art showcasing 20 of the most exciting emerging and established artists from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta. Check out the events program and come along!
- Canberra, 19 October – Don’t miss out on PASPAMPRES 2019: “The Struggle for Love” and “Folk Market” – PPIA ANU’s biggest event of the year that combines a classic Indonesian theatrical performance and Indonesian food market, from 2 – 6pm. The event is FREE – registration essential.
- Canberra, 20 October – Recently hit by flash flooding, AIA ACT are hosting a fundraiser with this year’s AIYEP participants to help a school in Bangga Village, Palu region to get chairs and desks for the students. Don’t miss dance performances by the AIYEP participants, a silent auction and the chance to practice your English/Indonesian. Tickets are $20 – buy one now!
- Canberra, 21 October – AIYA ACT will have their AGM at ANU Union from 7:30pm. All positions open for recruitment – please send your Expression of Interest for positions to [email protected]. Please note – all positions are voluntary.
- Canberra, 26 October – AIYA ACT invite you along to a fun night of Australia and Indonesia trivia at ANU, starting from 5pm. It’s FREE – register yourself or your team here. Follow the FB event for updates.
- Canberra, 29 October – Come along to NTA’s (Nusa Tenggara Association) TRIVIA NIGHT 2019! Book a table here.
- Jakarta, 26 October – AIYA Jakarta is holding a touch rugby event at 3pm at Monas. Anyone is welcome to attend as this is an opportunity to learn about the basics of the game!
- Melbourne, 23 October – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
- Melbourne, 19 October – Susheela Raman’s ‘Ghost Gamelan’ is a fabulous music collaboration from the UK and Indonesia, and part of this year’s Melbourne Festival program. Melbourne International Arts Festival are currently offering $39 tickets (promo code, ‘GAMELAN’ offer expires Wednesday 9 October at 11.59pm). Don’t miss such an exciting event – details here!
- Melbourne, 20 October – Want to learn how to play AFL with a fun and supportive team? Come and join the Krakatoas every Sunday at Fawkner Park, South Yarra to train and learn the basics. Anyone from any background and ability to welcome. Follow @krakatoasfc on IG and FB for more details.
- Melbourne, 25 October – The Indonesia Forum in collaboration with the Nossal Institute for Global Health are pleased to co-convene a one day symposium: ‘Health Security in Indonesia: Interdisciplinary and Regional Perspectives’, from 9am – 5pm at the University of Melbourne. Register here.
- Melbourne, 30 October – AIYA Victoria will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Indonesian Consulate General, from 6pm. RSVP via the FB event, which includes information about how to nominate yourself for one of their Executive positions!
- Perth, 24 October – Come along to AIYA WA’s fortnightly Language Exchanges. Bring some money for dinner, or just bring yourself – no pressure! See the FB event for more info.
- Perth, 25 – 27 October – Don’t miss ‘Festival Indonesia’, the biggest Indonesian festival in WA showcasing their unique culture, culinary, tourism and trade. It’s a FREE event with live performances, fashion shows, a kids corner, workshops and giveaways. See the FB event for updates.
- Sydney, 26 October – The Indonesian Diaspora Network – New South Wales proudly present ‘Diaspora Night 2019 – jauh dimata, tetap dihati, cinta Indonesia’. It will be a night filled with incredible cultural performances, Indonesian cuisine, a talk show and a raffle – not to mention it’s a great networking opportunity. The night kicks off from 6:30pm – purchase your tickets early and save here!
- Sydney, 2 November NKRI OZ Community Inc. are holding a celebration of Balinese music and dance entitled ‘Satu Nusa Satu Bangsa Satu Bahasa’. You can purchase tickets here!
- Join AIYA ACT! AIYA ACT will have their AGM at the ANU Union on 21 October 2019. All positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Communications Officer and General Committee Members) for more info, visit the FB!
- Join AIYA Victoria! AIYA Victoria will be electing a new President, Vice President (Internal) and Vice President (External) at their upcoming AGM on 30 October 2019. Nominations are now open – submit your Expression of Interest here.
- The Australian Technology Network are hosting a series of Professional Development Workshops throughout Indonesia, entitled ‘Finding a PhD Supervisor: A practical guide to researching, preparing and communicating with prospective supervisors”. They will be held in Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar and Bandung throughout the month of October. Register now.
- The University of Sydney are currently accepting applications for a full-time lecturer position in the Department of Indonesian Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures. Applications close 20 October 2019. More info available here.
- The University of New England is offering an in-country study program at the Mataram Lingua Franca Institute, Lombok. This course is open to all university students of all levels who can enrol cross-institutionally and earn credit points towards their degree, as well as private applicants. $3000 New Colombo Mobility grants are available to eligible applicants. Registrations close 31 October, for more information please visit the RUILI website http://ruili.edu.au/ or contact Dr Jane Ahlstrand: [email protected]
- Got a creative idea? AIYA wants to hear from you! We are on the hunt for submissions from our members to be published in the AIYA Annual 2019. Deadline for submissions is 1 November. Learn more here!
- ACICIS is looking for Public Health Study Tour Puskesmas Buddies! This opportunity is open to Indonesian undergraduate students or fresh graduates residing in Yogyakarta. For more details please see the position description or contact [email protected]. Applications close on 1 November.
- Asia Society Australia has opened applications for Associate Director, Development and Partnerships to be based in Melbourne. The full-time role is looking for a candidate with 5+ years relevant working experience and an interest in Asia. To find out more information see the position description here, applications close on 10 November.
- The ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue (AAED) will be held from 18-20 November 2019 in Penang, Malaysia and is themed ‘Building Quality Assurance and Sustainability in International Education’. More information on how you can attend can be found on their website.
- Corethics Ltd are seeking volunteers to assist with their ReelOzInd! Short Film Fest on 30 November 2019. There are a variety of positions available from pre-event (flyer distribution/sponsorships/donations) to event (door/food & beverage/setup/pack down). If this sounds like something you are keen to support then please apply here!
- The Asia Centre’s 5th International Conference will be held in Bangkok in July 2020. The conference will focus on ‘Hate Speech in Asia: Challenges and Solutions and is now accepting abstracts until 15 December 2019. Submit yours and/or register for the conference here.
- Pemberdayaan Perempuan Memerangi Kemiskinan (PPMK) is a microfinance organisation based in Yogyakarta that work to empower women to fight poverty. They also provide free English classes to children and are currently working to establish an English book library, so children can continue learning at home. They are seeking donations of new and secondhand English books. To coordinate any donations, contact PPMK on WhatsApp at +62 857-7610-7979 or at [email protected]. Learn more about PPMK’s work!
- ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. It is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
- Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
- Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.
- The AIMEP is a prestigious international program which invites emerging Muslim leaders in Australia and Indonesia to engage in an intensive two-week visit of cultural, social, interreligious, and intellectual exchange with their neighbouring country. While you wait for applications to open have a look at the key selection criteria and information you’ll need. Follow the website for updates!
- Applications for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 have opened. Apply today!