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Dr. Yosef Djakababa – The Construction of History under Indonesia’s New Order

Dr. Yosef Djakababa, the Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies-Indonesia, will examine the emergence of the New Order’s official narrative of the Lubang Buaya killings, focusing above all on the origins of this story.

Despite the unclear nature of the event which for years has sparked controversy among both foreign and domestic scholars, several fundamental facts are certain.

Come and join to our next Evening Lecture Series! The Indonesian Heritage Society offers English-language Evening Lecture series twice a year. The lectures explore the diversity of Indonesia’s contemporary and traditional cultures, focusing on Indonesia’s arts, ethnography, religion, culture, history and natural history.

When: Tuesday, February 19 | 7.00PM
Venue: at Erasmus Huis (next to Dutch Embassy) Jl. Rasuna Said, Kav. S-3 Kuningan Selatan, Jakarta

The killings of the top Indonesian generals at Lubang Buaya on October 1 , 1965 triggered a process that led to President Sukarno’s downfall, to the killing of 500,000 or more alleged communist supporters, and to the emergence of General Suharto’s New Order military regime that held power for the next thirty-two years.

The lecture is based on research using trials, films, monuments and
commemorations.

The regime instilled the deeply held popular belief that the killings were instigated by the Thirtieth September Movement and its creator, the PKI. The creation of the official narrative of the coup attempt was first and fundamentally an instrument for fostering and maintaining regime legitimacy.

Dr. Yosef will also highlight the recent Komnas HAM (National Commission on Human Rights) report and recommendation to further investigate the gross human rights violations that occurred as a result of these killings.

An entrance donation of Rp.30,000 is requested to help cover expenses. Everyone is welcome!