Monash University to host Australia-Indonesia Attitudes Research Seminar

On Wednesday 18 May, the  ‘Analysing the Australia-Indonesia relationship: Past, present and future’ seminar will showcase research on attitudes between the two countries.

Chaired by Australia-Indonesia Centre research fellow Jemma Purdey and introduced by Research Director Dr Richard Price, the seminar will explore the Australia-Indonesia relationship through research papers following 70 years worth of polling data, as well as national focus groups.

Senior Research Fellow at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University, Dr. Agnieszka Sobocinska, will present her research paper ‘Measuring Australian popular attitudes towards Indonesia over seventy years’, which “combines 70 years of polling data with qualitative research from the humanities and social sciences, working towards a holistic analysis of what Australians think about Indonesia, why they hold those attitudes, and how popular perceptions are politically significant in Australian- Indonesian relations”.

Monash University linguistics and social science researchers RoseAnne Misajon and Howard Manns will then present ‘Text analysis & smart power for the Australia-Indonesia relationship’ , a project where the researchers developed a text analysis tool and conducted a series of focus groups in both nations to establish a baseline understanding of the Australian-Indonesian relationship.

The event includes a panel discussion between the researchers and an audience question and answer session.

The seminar will take place on Wednesday 18 May, from 6pm to 7:30pm, at Room HB39 (Building H), Monash University, Caulfield Campus. To express interest in this event, please RSVP to:

For more information about Dr Sobocinska’s Historical Impact Study, click the link below.