Contributors to Intersections
Issue 18

Dr Harriot Beazley is currently a Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS), University of Queensland, and a Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Human Services, where she teaches Community Development in the Masters of Development Practice program, and Youth and Gender studies in the Human Services Program. Harriot's PhD (awarded from the ANU in 2000) was an ethnographic study of street children and youth in Yogyakarta Indonesia. Since completing her PhD Harriot's research has continued to focus on children and young people's geographies and identity constructions in Indonesia and (more recently) Vanuatu. She has also worked as a technical adviser on a number of community-based and participatory research projects for AusAID, DEFRA, UNICEF and Save the Children in Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Vanuatu. She is the Commissioning Editor (Australia and Pacific) for the Routledge journal Children's Geographies: An interdisciplinary understanding of younger people's lives.

Linda Bennett is a medical anthropologist at the Australian Research Centre in Sex Health and Society at La Trobe University. Her long-term research interests in Indonesia include young women, reproductive health and sexuality, Indonesian Islam and human rights, and violence against women. Her recent books include: Maidenhood, Islam and Modernity: Single Women, Sexuality and Reproductive Health in Contemporary Indonesia (London/ New York: Routledge/Curzon, 2005), and the edited volume Violence Against Women in Asian Societies (London: Curzon, 2003) with Lenore Manderson.

Suzie Handajani is a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia. Her doctoral research is on representations of masculinities in Indonesian male lifestyle magazines. She graduated from the same university in 2006 and was awarded a Master of Arts with Distinction for her thesis on representations of adolescents in Indonesian girls' magazines. Her Graduate Diploma thesis at UWA was on characterisations of females in Indonesian children's literature, and has been published as an essay entitled 'Widowed Mothers in Bobo Magazine,' in an edited book Beyond Good and Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region. Her research area is gender, with particular interest in gender representations in the media. She was a former lecturer at a private university in Semarang, Central Java.

Claire Harding holds a first class Honours degree from The University of Western Australia. Her thesis, 'Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Indonesia: Investing in the Future?,' explores the change in attitude, ideas and behaviours towards sex and sexuality that has been occurring among a significant proportion of the Indonesian youth population, in the face of globalisation and modernisation. The thesis also examines why adolescent sexual and reproductive health needs continue to remain unmet on such a large scale in Indonesia, despite the ever-growing gap between the social reality of Indonesian youth and their reported values regarding sex and sexuality. In 2007/08 Claire worked as an editor/translator for an NGO in Yogyakarta called The Institute of Islamic and Social Studies (LKIS) through Australian Volunteers International. She is now back in Perth working as a Development Officer for the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS).

Tracy K. Lee is a doctoral candidate in the Gender Relations Centre, College of Asia and the Pacific of the Australian National University. She received her first degree in Chinese and English-Chinese Translation from the University of Hong Kong in 2000 and worked as a journalist and editor afterwards. In 2005, she obtained a master's degree in Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is also a translator and writer for Chinese magazines. Her PhD project deals with men's lifestyle magazines in contemporary China.
Peter McDonald is Professor of Demography and Director of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University. He has been elected Vice President (2006–2009) and President (2010–2013) of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. In the 1970s, Peter worked for four years at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. For six years, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the ICDDR,B Center for Population and Health in Bangladesh. He has a continuing interest in social and demographic issues in Indonesia. His theoretical work on gender equity and low fertility is widely cited. He is a Member in the Order of Australia.

Lyn Parker is an Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia in Perth. Her current research focuses on adolescence, gender, education and Islam in Indonesia. She is Team Leader of a large, comparative ARC Discovery Project on 'Ambivalent Adolescents in Indonesia'; she is conducting her fieldwork for the project in Bali and among the Minangkabau of West Sumatra. She is the author of From Subjects to Citizens: Balinese Villagers in the Indonesian Nation-State (NIAS, 2003), and editor of The Agency of Women in Asia (Marshall Cavendish, 2005). Her latest edited book (with Michele Ford) is Women and Work in Indonesia (Routledge, 2008).

Christine Stewart is a PhD scholar in the Gender Relations Centre, RSPAS, Australian National University, studying the role and effect of the law on perceptions of sex work and male-male sex in Papua New Guinea. After gaining a BA with First-Class honours from Sydney University in 1966, majoring in Anthropology and Indonesian & Malayan Studies, she lived and worked for many years in Papua New Guinea, where she gained a law degree in 1976 and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in 1991. Recent publications include Legislating for Property Rights in Fisheries (FAO, Legislative Study 83, 2004), and 'Men Behaving Badly: sodomy cases in the colonial courts of Papua New Guinea,' in Journal of Pacific History, 43:1 June 2008.

Iwu Utomo is a Fellow of the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University (ADSRI-ANU). Her research on young people's reproductive health issues began with her PhD program in 1992, then continued during her postdoctoral fellowship when she was awarded the Merdeka Fellowship by the Australian Government in 2000. Her research interests include gender and women's empowerment in Indonesia, Timor Leste and PNG. She received the 2007 Australian Development Research Award from AusAID to evaluate whether the Indonesian national school curricula have included information about gender and reproductive health and to research how to integrate these issues into primary and secondary school text books. She is currently working on an ARC project with Prof. Terence Hull and Prof. Peter McDonald on Indonesian Young Adults' Transition into Adulthood. Iwu has also been teaching Gender and Population and Social Research Design at ADSRI-ANU since 2001.

Tracy Wright Webster is a PhD candidate in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her thesis explores the sexual and gendered subjectivities of female youth in urban Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Her research interests include gender, sexuality and youth culture in Indonesia and the particular ways in which class factors influence gendered and sexual subjectivities. She has published one article which analyses the notion of keluarga (family) in Indonesia and among females of same-sex attraction in Yogyakarta.


Published with the support of the Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
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