Celebrating Everyday Life in Australia-Indonesia Neighbourhood

Key features of the project

  • Building on extant surveys about the present, the project seeks to rediscover high points of Australia-Indonesia links, investigate new spaces and unprecedented engagements in the present, and imagine new possible terrains and formats Australia-Indonesia friendship in the future
  • Expanding the usual links among political and economic elite of the two countries, the project will pay special attention to the largely untapped energy among the majority of the population, i.e. the ordinary Australian and Indonesian middle classes
  • Future-oriented, the project focusses on Indonesian and Australian youths, their aspirations, passions and dreams;
  • The project addresses key issues under the AIC themes of culture and identity, youth, and generations. Building on previous studies about the present, this project aims to investigate and imagine a possible scenario where an increasing number of people of Australia and Indonesia enjoy significantly intimate and productive engagements. In pursuit of a fresh in-depth knowledge within the given time constraint, this project will be conducted mainly in Indonesia. It will invite Indonesian and Australian citizens who reside in selected cities in Indonesia to be participants.

This project acknowledges it is common for peoples in neighbouring countries to have little knowledge of each other, and little interest in studying more about each other beyond transactional relationships. This project does not aim to transform this universal phenomenon. It will concentrate on small circles of Indonesians and Australians who already have at least some substantial experience in Australia-Indonesia links, to learn about possible intensive and intimate Australia-Indonesia links in the future.

Project Leads

Professor Ariel Heryanto

Professor Ariel Heryanto

Herbert Feith Professor

Monash University

Dr Inaya Rakhmani

Dr Inaya Rakhmani

Lecturer, Director of Communication Research Centre

Universitas Indonesia