Monash Herb Feith Centre Conference 2019

Dates: 1-3 October 2019

We are pleased to announce our Call for Papers for an interdisciplinary conference on the topic ‘Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories‘, to take place in the Learning and Teaching Building, Monash University Clayton Campus.

This conference will explore the following key questions:

  • Have recent developments in identity politics and populism in Indonesia and globally, affected common understandings of race and ethnicity in place since the colonial period? If so, how? If not, why not?
  • Two decades after the fall of the New Order, has there been a shift in the dynamics of racial politics among the diverse networks or communities of Chinese Indonesians, and between members of such communities with the broader mix of people? If so, in what ways?
  • What are some of the new features or trends in the studies of Chinese Indonesians, and how do they compare to recent studies of ethnic minorities elsewhere?
  • What have been the new discoveries in the field in the past 30 years or so? What research questions have been raised? Why have they been asked in some areas and not in others?

We are also delighted to announce that the keynote lectures will be given by Dr Karen Strassler, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Queens College and CUNY Graduate Center, USA and Dr Hilmar Farid, Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia.

Call for Papers

We invite Paper and Panel submissions from a wide variety of disciplines including Anthropology, Architecture, Diaspora, Economics, Gender, History, Human Rights, Language & Literature, Media, Performing Arts, Politics, Regional Comparison, Religion and Visual Arts.

The conference also invites submissions for a series of Roundtable Discussions on selected topics of special interest bringing together both academic and non-academic participants.

Exhibition submissions are welcome. They may include art, batik, cooking, video screening, music, photography, and library exhibits.

The submission deadline is Wednesday, 15 May 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, 7 June 2019.


For more information, see Herb Feith Centre Conference 2019 website

For any questions, please email

The full HFC conference program will be available in June 2019. The HFC conference App will be launched in July 2019.  We look forward to receiving your submission.


Monash Herb Feith Centre Conference 2019 Organising Committee