It’s that exciting time of year, when AIYA is preparing the 2020 AIYA Annual. We will collect, collate and publish original short stories, essays, photos etc. by YOU. Be creative! Any written submission can be in Indonesian or English, just submit by 13 November; 500-1000 word limit.
In the news
- Talking North is the latest book to explore the study of Indonesian language and Culture in Australia; Paul Thomas writes in his introduction that exploring Indonesian language in Australia might be described as a ‘national project’, a pathway to a deeper understanding and engagement with our nearest Asian neighbour. Contributors all reflect on this ‘ national project’, and reflect on its history, current development and their own experiences in becoming passionate teachers of Indonesian. (Inside Indonesia)
- Regardless of who wins the US 2020 presidential election, Indonesia stands to benefit from trade with the US. Under Barack Obama’s administration, Biden tried to penetrate Asia through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement among 12 nations, including Japan, Australia, Peru, which was cast down by Trump. (Jakarta Globe)
- It sounds like a great idea: convert the Pilbara’s beating sunshine and plentiful wind into electricity and send it directly to Indonesia via power cables along the seafloor. But despite its promise, the minds behind one of the most ambitious power projects in the world have crunched the numbers and found the most economical way of transporting Northern Australia’s green energy to the rest of the world is by boat. (Sydney Morning Herald)
- There are almost 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers living in Indonesia, where the impacts of Australia’s border policies continue to reverberate. Indonesia was once a transit country where refugees would spend months or a couple of years, at most, before being resettled elsewhere. Australia and the US resettled the majority of refugees from Indonesia, but in recent years both countries have dramatically reduced their refugee intakes from there. (The Guardian)
- Ben Bland, author of Jokowi and director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Lowy Institute, recently discussed Australia, Indonesia and the opportunities of Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia and Australia’s place in it has transformed since the end of the Cold War. Both Australia and Indonesia recognise the growing importance of their relationship, as both nations navigate the defining factor of economic and strategic security in the region: the US-China relationship. (Defence Connect)
- Every Sunday (13:00 WIB/4pm AEST) – Online or ‘Flexible’ Language Exchange (FLEX) runs in partnership with our friends from the UniBRIDGE Project. FLEX is the place where young Australians and Indonesians can meet to exchange ideas, make friends and practise their language skills. Join and be a part of this growing online movement between our two nations. Current AIYA members can register their FLEX account at: www.universitybridgeproject.org. If you are not yet an AIYA member or need to renew your membership you can do so on the website.
- 29 Oct – 8 Nov – Kembali 2020: A Rebuild Bali Festival represents the Ubud Writers Festival, and features over 100 storytellers and culinary figures who will join intimate discussions and powerful performances in this digital Festival. Register for panel discussions, workshops, cooking demos, film screenings, music, arts performances and more here.
- 31 Oct – 12 Dec – Indonesia Calling 2020 is a contemporary art exhibition held in Sydney, which includes 30 artists from Bandung, Yogyakarta, Bali and Jakarta. The exhibition explores life on the ground in Indonesia and aims to raise awareness of the impacts of Covid-19 on communities. More info here.
- 7 November – The AIYA Victoria AGM (Rapat Tahunan) will be held via Zoom. During the AGM, AIYA members will have the opportunity to vote for four positions on the AIYA Victoria Executive Committee 2020/21. More info & Register here.
- 8 November – The Australian Embassy Jakarta is kicking-of NAIDOC Week by streaming the virtuosic didgeridoo performer William Barton with a string quartet. Followers can stream the performance on its social media platforms. More info here.
- 9 November – Do you want to find out how Melbourne retailers can tap into opportunities in the dynamic Indonesian Ecommerce market? The City of Melbourne & AsiaLink Business are delighted to invite you to a paneled information session. More info here.
- 10 November – Join Rumata’ Artspace and the Australian Consulate-General Makassar for a virtual NAIDOC Week Event in Makassar to celebrate the historical links between Makassan trepangers and the Yolŋu People of north-eastern Arnhem Land through a webinar discussion and virtual art exhibition. More info here.
- 10 November – Asia Society is hosting a Mini-Conference: The Giant Next Door – China In Southeast Asia. Join esteemed guests to explore and discuss the historic and current dynamics resulting from China’s emergence of economic, military & cultural presence
- 10-14 November – The University of Melbourne launches its first Indonesia Graduate Lecture Series. Indonesian alumni, and thought leaders from the Business School, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry & Health science, join t to 21st century pandemics. Register here.
- 12 November – Are you an early-career Indonesian language teacher, or studying to become an Indonesian language teacher? Are you interested in collaborating with your peers to share their experiences, struggles, resources and solutions for how to adapt and improve your classes? Then join CAUSINDY’s interactive workshop, designed to support Indonesian language teachers in Australia. More info here.
- 15 November – AIYA is hosting Trivia Night – NAIDOC Edition. Join in to discuss and learn about this important history in Australia. This event is open to the general public too. More info here.
- 19 November – AIYA & YARN are partnering together to create an Intercultural NAIDOC Workshop workshop that helps participants build cross-cultural relationships, overcome cultural barriers, and provide tools for handling challenging conversations. You will learn about indigenous culture, as well as reflect on your own cultural background. This opportunity is free for AIYA Members, but only open to 20 applicants, so apply by 13 Nov. More info here.
- 20-21 November – The Australian Institute of Interpreters & Translators Inc (AUSIT) 2020 Conference has moved online this year. This year’s focus is on the rapidly evolving challenges & opportunities in the T&I landscape. More info & registration here.
- 30 November – Social media has become a crucial avenue for political discourse in Southeast Asia, given its potential as a “liberation technology” in both democratising and authoritarian states. Join SSEAC for a live webinar discussion: Social Media, Grassroots Activism and Disinformation in Southeast Asia. Register here.
- IA-CEPA Business Connect is a 3 month program (until 31 October) of online events hosted by Austrade. The events aim to increase two-way understanding about the bilateral opportunities, particularly Australia’s capability to meet Indonesian business needs. View events here.
- Suara Indonesia Dance are hosting online Indonesian dance classes via zoom. They’re held on Friday nights between 6:30pm – 7:30pm AEST. All ages and levels welcome. Read more and book via paypal here.
- Kremes Podcast provides lovers of Australia and Indonesia with a chance to listen to a range of Aus-Indo topics from casual chats about our shared cross-cultural experiences to more informative discussions like tips on living/studying/working in Australia. Listen here.
- Indonesia Project Global Seminar – ANU’s Indonesia Project is bringing you a weekly series of seminars on COVID-19 right to your living room. Join in for live discussions, or surf through the archives of previous seminars here.
- The Directorate General of Immigration in Indonesia has announced some changes for Foreign Visitors in Indonesia regarding visas, stay permits, emergency stay permits, and entering/exiting Indonesia during this new normal. The Australian Embassy in Jakarta has highlighted such changes in their social media as well as on the Smart Traveller website. Please follow information on the Indonesian immigration website or social media for further updates.
- The Australian Government has restricted its citizens from leaving Australia without exemption, and returning travellers to Australia are encouraged to plan their travels in advance. Access exemption applications and more official info here.
- If you are an Australian citizen outside of Australia in urgent need of financial assistance, the government will provide additional support through an expanded hardship program. Further details here.
- AIYA is providing updates on the status of COVID-19 and its impact on upcoming AIYA events as well as the current status of travel restrictions for Australian and Indonesian citizens. To keep updated, read it here – bahasa Indonesia and English. AIYA is also aware that some of our members may be going through difficulties due to the circumstances of the pandemic. Government information including support for international students in Australia and Indonesia is on the website.
- Get published in AIYA Annual 2020! – AIYA is seeking submissions from individual members for the 2020 AIYA Annual, and we want to hear from you! We’re accepting a range of submissions this year including news articles, short stories and photo essays but feel free to get creative! Submissions can be in English or Indonesian with selected pieces to be published in the Annual in December 2020. Send your work to [email protected] by November 13th. More info here.
- Young Australians in International Affairs Fellowship Program is accepting applications, from several research areas, until Nov 9. The program attracts accomplished young Australian analysts and scholars from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. More in here.
- Ausit 2020 National Conference will be held online this year for bilinguals. It will focus on the challenges and opportunities opening up in an evolving Translation & Interpreting landscape. Registration closes 13 November. More info here.
- The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) are hiring an Events & Communications Officer to assist in a broad range of media, marketing and events management activities. Applications close November 22. More info here.
- Cardno is hiring a Senior Consultant – Strategic Engagement & Partnerships. This is a corporate role based in Melbourne and requires interaction with a range of internal and external stakeholders, most often managing several aspects simultaneously. Applications close November 22. More info here.
- International Internships facilitate professional experience opportunities for Australians in Indonesia, and they’re looking for a Program Manager – Indonesia. You will work closely with the CEO to manage all elements of our Indonesian programs, from the conceptualisation of new programs (study intensives, internships and others) to the development and execution of those programs on the ground. You will manage a small team of staff in Indonesia and work closely with partners and contractors. Apply by 25 November. More info here.
- Calling for energised & inspiring young ASEAN & Australians who are passionate about tackling modern slavery, human trafficking & forced labour. Applications for the intensive one-month Break the Chain Programme closes on 30 November. More info here.
- ISW Women Scholarship funds female full-time research students to study at universities in the US and Canada. Apply for the next round by 28 December, and read more info here.
- Ever wondered what it takes to work for the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO)? If you’re an Australian citizen, then you can register for the ASIO Analyst Virtual Experience, where you’ll experience working in fast-paced analytical counter-terrorism exercises, reviewing and assessing intelligence. Register here.
- The Asian Trade Centre (AIC) is seeking Research Analysts to join for internships. Interns must have a background in policy research, trade, economics, law or related area, and will contribute to the design, development and delivery of ATC’s trade research, capacity building, thought leadership and advocacy products. ATC will review & accept candidates on a rolling basis throughout 2020. More info here.
- Have you got some stories to share about Southeast Asia? Pitch an idea to The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. SSEAC is looking for a breadth of disciplinary focus including history, law, political science, agriculture, medicine, among others. For more info click 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.