Indonesia in the new world: globalisation, nationalism and sovereignty is the theme for the 35th annual Indonesia Update Conference to be held at The Australian National University on Friday and Saturday, 15-16 September 2017.

Today, globalisation is more complex than ever. The effects of the global financial crisis and increased inequality have, in many countries, spurred anti-global sentiment and encouraged the adoption of populist and inward-looking policies. Discontent has manifested in some surprising results: Brexit, Trump, and possibly more to come. In Indonesia, discontent has led to rising protectionism, a rejection of foreign interference in the name of nationalism, and economic policies dominated by calls for self-sufficiency. Meanwhile, human trafficking and the abuse of migrant workers have shown the other side of globalisation.

At this conference, leading experts will explore key issues around globalisation, nationalism, and sovereignty in modern Indonesia. Topics will include the historical dynamics of Indonesia’s engagement with the global world, its stance in the South China Sea, and the emergence of new nationalism. Speakers will also examine nationalism in practice (for example, food sovereignty and resource nationalism) and the impact of and response to globalisation, as well as poverty, inequality, and gender issues.

Conference convenors: Arianto Patunru (ANU), Mari Pangestu (Universitas Indonesia), Muhamad Chatib Basri (Universitas Indonesia).


Registration is now OPEN.

For more information, please visit our website at: and follow the navigational links on the right hand side for the program, registration and information about catering, parking and accommodation.

The conference is FREE OF CHARGE.


If you attend the Saturday sessions, there are no cafes open on campus. An Indonesian style lunch will be provided on Saturday 16 September ($10 per head, students $8 per head) that you must pay online.

The conference dinner will be held at 6.30pm at the Delhi-6 Indian Restaurant, 14 Childers Street, Canberra. Please note that due to limited seating we cannot guarantee you a seat for this dinner if payment is not made at the time of registration. Payment is $30 per head, student is $20 per head.


The book from the 2016 Indonesia Update conference, Digital Indonesia: connectivity and convergence, edited by Edwin Jurriens and Ross Tapsell, is available for purchase through ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute Publishing, Singapore. Hard copies of previous Update volumes, or electronic issues from 1994 onwards can also be ordered on the ISEAS site.

Videos and presentation files of the 2016 Indonesia Update is available.


Kind regards,

ANU Indonesia Project


This conference’s Facebook event page can be accessed here.

Click here to download the Conference Program.