Contributors to Intersections:

Women's Stories from Indonesia


James Boyd is a Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Arts, Asian Studies at Murdoch University. His field of research is Japanese-Mongolian relations during the latter part of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. While his main focus is on military and diplomatic contacts between the two countries, he is also interested in the social and religious contacts that existed throughout the period.
Helen Creese is Senior Lecturer in Indonesian in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on Bali, and covers broad themes in history, culture and literature. She is the author of Parthayana—The Journeying of Partha: An Eighteenth-Century Balinese Kakawin (KITLV Press, 1998), Women of the Kakawin World: Marriage and Sexuality in the Indic Courts of Java and Bali, 9-19th Centuries (M.E. Sharpe, forthcoming 2004), co-editor, with Willem van der Molen, of Old Javanese Texts and Culture (Bjdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 157.1, 2001) and has published widely on Balinese history, historiography, and gender issues.
Leslie Dwyer is a cultural anthropologist concerned with issues of violence, gender, memory, trauma, ritual politics and social justice. After receiving her PhD from Princeton University in 2001, she was awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation to conduct field research in Bali, Indonesia on the cultural, political and emotional landscape that has emerged in the aftermath of the violence of 1965-66. She is currently teaching anthropology and acting as program coordinator for the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College in the U.S., and completing a book manuscript in collaboration with the Balinese anthropologist Degung Santikarma entitled "'When the World Turned to Chaos': Memories of 1965/66 in Bali." She and Degung were also founding editors of the monthly magazine Latitudes, which offers a critical look at Indonesian culture and politics.
Louise Edwards is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Asian Studies at Australian National University. She has published Men and Women in Qing China (1994, 2001), Recreating the Literary Canon (1995), Censored by Confucius (with Kam Louie) (1996), Women in Asia (ed. with Mina Roces) (2000), and Women's Suffrage in Asia (ed. with Mina Roces) (2004) as well as numerous journal articles on women and gender in China.
Jocelyn Grace is an anthropologist with twenty years experience with indigenous people in Australia, Indonesia and East Timor. Her doctoral research was on maternal and child health, gender relations and ethnomedicine in rural East Lombok, Indonesia. Since completing her fieldwork, she has worked in as an applied anthropologist, designing and evaluating health development projects in Eastern Indonesia and East Timor, and managing and conducting Native Title research for land councils in Western Australia and Queensland. In 2001/2 while a Research Fellow at Murdoch University, her research focussed on HIV/AIDS in South-East Asia, and more specifically Viet Nam. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Menzies School of Health Research, Institute of Advanced Studies, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, where she is involved in a number of collaborative research projects in Aboriginal and international health.
Sharyn Graham is a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Her Ph.D., entitled 'Hunters, wedding mothers, and androgynous priests: conceptualising gender among Bugis in South Sulawesi, Indonesia,' was undertaken at the University of Western Australia. Sharyn's academic interests centre on notions of gender and sexuality in Indonesia and she has published a number of articles, most recently in the Journal of Gender Studies, the Journal of Bisexuality, and Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context. Sharyn's research has been presented at a range of international conferences including at King's College London, Leiden University, the Australian National University, Muhammadiya University in Indonesia, the National University of Singapore and Witwatersrand University in South Africa.
Nurul Ilmi Idrus is a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Hasanuddin University (Fisip-Unhas), Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Her Ph.D. entitled 'To take each other': Bugis practices of gender, sexuality and marriage,' was undertaken at the Australian National University. Ilmi's academic research interests focus on marriage, sexuality and violence against women in Indonesia. Her publications include: Sexual Violence against Wives, (1999); 'Marriage, Sex and Violence,' in Love, Sex and Power: Women in Southeast Asia, ed. Susan Blackburn, Melbourne: Monash Asia Institute, 2001, pp. 43-56; 'Women's Activism against Violence in South Sulawesi' (with Zohra A. Baso), in Women in Indonesia: Gender Equity and Development, ed. Kathryn Robinson and Sharon Bessell, Singapore: ISEAS, 2002, pp. 198-208; 'Presumed Consent: Marital Violence in Bugis Society' (with Linda R. Bennett), in Violence against Women in Asia, ed. Lenore Manderson and Linda R. Bennett, London: Routledge Curzon, 2003, pp. 41-60.
Peter A. Jackson is Fellow in Thai History in the Australian National University's Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Canberra. He specialises in modern Thai cultural history, with particular interests in the history of Buddhism, the history of gender and eroticism, and the theoretical bases of cross-cultural research. He is co-founder of the Australia-based AsiaPacifiQueer network and is currently writing a history of Thai discourses of gender and sexuality as well as a study of the foundations of a theoretically engaged area studies project. His books include Buddhadasa – A Buddhist Thinker for the Modern World; Buddhism, Legitimation and Conflict – The Political Functions of Urban Thai Buddhism; Dear Uncle Go: Male Homosexuality in Thailand; Multicultural Queer: Australian Narratives (with Gerard Sullivan); Lady Boys, Tom Boys, Rent Boys: Male and Female Homosexualities in Contemporary Thailand (with Gerard Sullivan); Genders and Sexualities in Modern Thailand (with Nerida Cook) and Gay and Lesbian Asia (with Gerard Sullivan).

Natalie Kellar completed her Ph.D. at the School of Asian Languages and Studies at Monash University in 2000. Her doctoral research examined gender politics in the classical Balinese dance-drama Arja and contemporary Balinese dance-drama forms of Indonesia's New Order era. Her academic research interests include gender relations and female identity in post-New Order Bali, the Indonesian and Balinese performing arts, and Indonesian literature. Her first published work is 'Arja Muani as the modern-day agent of Arja's liberal gender agenda,' in Inequality and Social Change in Indonesia: The Muted Worlds of Bali, ed. Thomas Reuter, London: Curzon Press, 2002, pp. 86-117, and she is revising her doctoral thesis with a view to publication. She is currently working as a LOTE consultant in educational publishing while completing a Dip. Ed.
Kam Louie is Head of the China and Korea Centre at the Australian National University. He has also taught at a number of other universities including Nanjing, Auckland, Murdoch and Queensland. He has over ten books under his name. Recent books include Chinese Literature in the Twentieth Century (with Bonnie McDougall; Columbia UP, 1997), The Politics of Chinese Language and Culture (with Bob Hodge; Routledge, 1998), and Theorising Chinese Masculinity (Cambridge UP, 2002). He has also co-edited Asian Masculinities (with Morris Low; RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) and Culture, Identity, Commodity: Diasporic Chinese Literatures in English (with Tseen Khoo, Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming). He is chief editor of Asian Studies Review, and a member of the Australia-China Council.
Wim Lunsing is a Leiden-based anthropologist specialising in sex, sexuality and gender in Japan. He is the author of Beyond Common Sense: Sexuality and Gender in Contemporary Japan (Kegan Paul 2001) and recent publications include: 'Japanese sex workers: between choice and coercion,' in East Asian Sexual Cultures in East Asia: The Social Construction of Sexuality and Sexual Risk in a time of AIDS, ed. Evelyne Micollier (RoutledgeCurzon 2004), 'What masculinity?: transgender practices among Japanese "men",' in Men and Masculinities in Contemporary Japan: Dislocating the Salaryman Doxa, ed. James Roberson and Nobue Suzuki (RoutledgeCurzon 2003) and 'Kono sekai (the Japanese gay scene): communities or just playing around?', in Japan at Play: The Ludic and the Logic of Power, ed. Joy Hendry and Massimo Raveri (Routledge 2001). His latest project concerns individual ways of dealing with the changing employment situation in Japan.

Mark McLelland is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. He is the author of Male Homosexuality in Modern Japan (Curzon 2000) and the co-editor of Japanese Cybercultures (Routledge 2003). His current work focuses on the intersections between gender, sexuality and new technologies in Japan and beyond and his papers have appeared in such online journals as Intersections, issue 3 and issue 4; The Journal of Cult Media; Mots Pluriels; and the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies. He has also published in conventional hard-to-find and laborious-to-copy print journals such as The Journal of Gender Studies, Continuum, Convergence, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Culture Health & Sexuality, Japan Forum and the International Journal of Sexuality & Gender Studies. He is also co-editor (with Romit Dasgupta) of Genders, Transgenders and Sexualities in Japan (Routledge, in press) and his new book Kono Sekai: Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age is currently under review and will be published in early 2005.
Soe Tjen Marching completed her Ph.D. in Indonesian women's autobiographies and diaries at Monash University. She is now teaching Indonesian Studies at Melbourne University. Soe Tjen writes articles, short stories and music. She has won some creative writing competitions in Melbourne and one of her short stories has been published by Antipodes. As a composer, she won a national competition for Indonesian composers in 1998.
Christine Mathieu has a Ph.D. in Asian Studies from Murdoch University in Western Australia. Her doctoral research focused on the history of peoples of the the Sino-Tibetan borderland. She has contributed chapters on Mosuo and Naxi culture and history to several anthologies, and is the author of A History and Anthropological Study of the Ancient Kingdoms of the Sino-Tibetan Borderland – Naxi and Mosuo (Edwin Mellen: 2003), and the popular childhood memoir, Leaving Mother Lake, co-authored with Mosuo celebrity Yang Erche Namu (Little Brown: 2003/2004) which she is currently translating into French for publication with Calmann-LÚvy in 2005. Between 1993, and her return to Australia at the beginning of 2004, Christine resided in the San Francisco Bay Area where she taught courses in anthropology at Saint Mary's College of California and in Cultural Studies at J.F.K. University.
Anne-Marie Medcalf is a lecturer in Asian Studies at Murdoch University in Western Australia and is co-editor, with Carolyn Brewer, of Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context. Her research concerns issues of gender and migration in French colonial Vietnam. On this subject, she has written 'Reconstructing a Homeland: Gender, Gallicity and Sense of Place in Colonial Vietnam,' in Carolyn Brewer and Anne-Marie Medcalf (eds), Researching the Fragments: Histories of Women in the Asian Context (2000, New Day).

Lyn Parker is a Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies, School of Social and Cultural Studies, at The University of Western Australia where she teaches Asian Studies, Indonesian, Anthropology and Women's Studies, and supervises postgraduate students. She is an anthropologist specializing in Indonesia. Until recently she worked mainly in Bali. She is the author of From Subjects to Citizens: Balinese Villagers in the Indonesian Nation-State (NIAS Press, 2003) as well as many papers in books and journals. She is currently working on a project on adolescent girls and schooling among the Minangkabau in Sumatra.
Anne Pohlman is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include gender in Indonesia, female political prisoners and women in armed conflict/genocidal actions. 'A fragment of a story: Gerwani and Tapol experiences' is her first published article.
Rebecca Surtees is currently employed as programme manager and researcher for the Regional Clearing Point in Belgrade, a regional research programme on trafficking in persons and victim assistance. Her experience includes working on gender issues and human rights with the United Nations in East Timor and Kosovo, as a researcher in Cambodia, Indonesia and Southeast Europe, as a university lecturer in Canada and with NGOs in Canada, Indonesia and Australia. Her research has focused on gender issues with particular attention to violence against women, trafficking in persons and prostitution/sex work. Previous publications include contributions to L. Bennett and L. Manderson (eds) Gender Inequality and Technologies of Violence: Violence Against Women in Asian Societies (2002), Gender and Development (2003), Society for International Development (2003), R. Rosenberg (ed.) Trafficking of Women and Children in Indonesia (2003), Research for Sex Work (2003) and UNIFEM Kosovo's Women at Work (2000).
Elise K. Tipton is an associate professor and Chair of Japanese and Korean Studies at the University of Sydney. She is author of The Japanese Police State: The Tokkô in Interwar Japan (1991), editor of Society and the State in Interwar Japan (1997), and co-editor of Being Modern in Japan: Culture and Society from the 1910s to the 1930s (2000). Her most recent book is Modern Japan: A Social and Political History (2002). Her research focuses on the relationship between society and the state during the interwar years, based on case studies of the birth control movement, attitudes and policies toward the urban poor, and the café in modern Japanese urban life.
Ian Wilson is a research fellow at the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, where he is working on the 'political regimes and governance in East and Southeast Asia' project. His own research is focused upon the role played by criminal gangs and paramilitary groups in post-New Order Indonesia. Other research interests include Indonesia martial and performance traditions, cultural politics and theories of embodiment. He completed his Ph.D. in Asian Studies at Murdoch University in 2003. His article 'Reog Ponorogo: Spirituality, Sexuality and Power in a Javanese Performance Tradition' appears in Intersections, issue 2, 1999.



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