NATSEM Seminar Series

Where did all the previous turbulence of social violence (in Indonesia) go?

Tue 14 June 2016Dr Zulfan Tadjoeddin / 11.00am-12.00pmSeminar Room 2, Building 24 at the University of Canberra


Transition to democracy can be a bloody process and a success has never been guaranteed. From an international perspective, the Indonesian experience with democratic transition and the follow up consolidation has been widely viewed as a success story. As commonly found elsewhere, the transition was not without turbulence, one of which was the significant outbreak of social violence in certain parts of the country that was never seen before. However, the violence outburst was relatively short-lived. This seminar will review the rise and fall of violent conflict in the early stage of Indonesia’s democratic transition and examine the shifting pattern of the collective violence since then. Furthermore, the seminar will try to explain how the disappearance of major cases of social violence should be interpreted in the context of Indonesia’s democratic consolidation and how to understand the remaining (relatively) minor violent incidents.      


Speaker Biography

Dr Zulfan Tadjoeddin is Senior Lecturer in Development Studies at the Western Sydney University, with previous visiting research appointments at the Queen Elizabeth House (QEH) of the University of Oxford (UK) and at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam (The Netherlands); was a Technical Advisor on decentralization and conflict at the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) in Indonesia, a Researcher at the UN Support Facility for Indonesian Recovery (UNSFIR-UNDP) and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). His main area of research is development and conflict with publication in leading journals such as Journal of Peace Research, Civil Wars,Economics of Peace and Security Journal, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Journal of East Asian Studies and Journal of International Development. His book titled Explaining Collective Violence in Contemporary Indonesia was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. 



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