Events organized by Altersea’s members to share their works, open dialogues, and accelerate the impacts of their work.

October 2021

The Indonesian Catholic Church, Human Rights, and Female Political Prisoners

The Council of Vatican II, held in Italy in 1965, brought in reforms within the Catholic Church, which previously tended to be reserved for Catholics. The church opened up to other groups in society and provided services to all people for humanitarian reasons. The same year, in Indonesia, the assassination of army generals took place. The Communist Party of Indonesia and its sympathizers were accused of being behind the plot. Subsequently, those suspected of being involved in the leftist movement were arrested or murdered en masse. This has left a relatively large number of widows, orphans, and neglected children. Meanwhile, those detained are forced to live in poor conditions with violence, even sexual violence, resulting in lifelong physical injury and trauma. As articulated by the Council of Vatican II, the Indonesian Catholic Church supports human rights by providing humanitarian aid. Seeing the crisis, several clergies set up a social program for the prisoners and their families. Based on archival, documentary, and oral sources, this presentation describes the role of the Catholic Church in protecting women who were forced into political prison during the New Order regime.

Language: Bahasa Indonesia.

Launching & Book Discussion

Series of Women Survivor of 1965

Survivors are still in the ‘waiting room’ for healing in the broadest sense. Hope was forced to fade away while society was still in the making by labeling the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) and Gerwani as a collection of immoral and unethical people, even though the parties and their organizations had been dissolved. Such stigma is constructed and maintained. Magdalena Sitorus through her book « Onak dan Tari di Bukit Duri » shares women survivors’ stories.

Language: Bahasa Indonesia.

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September 2021

Language: English.

August 2021


The domination of men in all professions, including the historian’s work, influenced historiography writing during this time. The result is that women, who make up 50% of the population of gender identity in Indonesia, have a minor visible role or perspective in history. Does Indonesia have female historians? If so, what are their contributions to historiography? What can they offer, and can historiography written with a women’s perspective differ from existing historiography? To answer these questions, the Women’s Historian Community and the Indonesian Historian Society held a series of webinars to launch the works of historians with a women’s perspective on 27-29 August 2021.


Language: Bahasa Indonesia.

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In ICAS12, Gabriel Facal speaks about « Alterpolitics in Southeast Asia – Translating the Desire for Social Regulation ». The scholarship on social protest in Southeast Asia has mainly focused on infrapolitics (Scott 1985), social movements (Ford 2013), and transnational social activism (Caouette 2006). Qualitative investigations (Ong 2010; Li 2014) have shown that social protest is the site of encounters between social groups and individuals who have different visions and practices of the world. Included in particular sociocultural and political contexts, these actors express distinct ontologies, cosmologies, ideologies, and narratives, framing variegated conceptions and uses of the local, the state, and the global, and resulting in scalar misunderstandings, incomprehension, and hybridities. This presentation aims to stress that another factor intervenes in “nonscalability” (Tsing 2015), which relates to local institutions functioning as social regulators, like: socio-symbiosis between human and other species in the use of environmental resources; complexes of status hierarchy linked to a territorial shared sense of ownership, collective memory, and ritual action; arrangements for political participation based on clientelist dependencies; non-merchant networks of a transaction; and religious ethics and norms that determine the capacity and will for collective mobilization.

By articulating the study of social militancy with the consideration of the institutions enabling social regulation we want to go beyond the general rhetoric on “resistance” and contribute to the definition of a wider concept termed “alterpolitics” (Ciavolella & Boni 2015). The presentation of several study cases in Southeast Asia will make surface the interest of developing this concept to better understand moves between social mobilization and de-mobilization, transition in the mobilization values, and more widely to facilitate trans-scalar translation.

Language: English.

May 2021

This webinar presents an ethnography method in research on the Nuaulu tribe’s traditional houses, Ceram Island, Moluccas.  This presentation also provides a general overview of socio-spatial and social interaction patterns through a research experience in collaboration with Rumah Asuh – Yayasan Tirto Utomo.

Speaker: Eduardo Erlangga Drestanta

This webinar organized by Urban-Rural Design and Conservation, Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta.