Media Release
24 October 2015
The Herb Feith Foundation is shocked and disappointed at the forced cancellation of its sponsored events at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2015. We were notified of this decision yesterday at 4pm AEST, 23 October, four days before our program was due to commence on 27 October.
Indonesian voices on 1965-66 have again been silenced.
We have lost an opportunity to hear contributions from key Indonesians writers and researchers towards a better understanding and reflection on this traumatic history. This highlights an enduring problem in Indonesia of being unable to deal with the legacy of 1965.
The sponsored program at UWRF 2015 included three discussion panels, a photo exhibition curated by Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) and a launch of three books in the Herb Feith Foundation ‘Translating Accounts of 1965-66 Mass Violence in Indonesia’, edited by two academics Katharine McGregor and Jemma Purdey, translated by Jennifer Lindsay and published by Monash University Publishing. One panel focused on literary works on 1965, one on local approaches by Taman 65 to address the legacies of 1965 in Bali and the other was to be a discussion with the writers of books from the translated series.
The books in the series are Forbidden Memories: Women’s experiences of 1965 in Eastern Indonesia, Edited by Mery Kolimon, Liliya Wetangterah and Karen Campbell-Nelson, Breaking the Silence: Survivors Speak about 1965–66 Violence in Indonesia, Edited by Putu Oka Sukanta. Truth Will Out: Indonesian Accounts of the 1965 Mass Violence, Edited by Dr Baskara T Wardaya SJ.
The main purpose of our translated book series is to expose international audiences to Indonesian voices about this traumatic period in their nation’s history. The original books were published in Indonesia between 2011-2013, are freely available and have been reviewed in national media outlets. These books survey a range of Indonesian experiences of the mass violence.
The books are available for free download via the Monash University Publishing website
The Herb Feith Foundation, established in 2003, was named after the famous Australian Indonesianist, Herb Feith. Following his life long interest and dedication it supports the study of educational activities in the fields of human rights, peace studies and conflict resolution in Indonesia. The Foundation works together with organisations, communities and individuals in Indonesia to carry out its programs.
Jemma Purdey; +61 (0) 409 257 154
Katharine McGregor; +61 (0) 433 168 532


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