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Gerry van Klinken

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Gerry van Klinken (1952) is senior researcher at the KITLV, and professor of Southeast Asian history at the University of Amsterdam. He coordinates the multi-disciplinary research project Elite Network Shifts. This investigates historical regime changes in Indonesia by means of computational network analysis of electronic newspaper archives.

He also takes part in the joint Dutch-Indonesian research project "From Clients to Citizens? Emerging Citizenship in Democratising Indonesia". The project aims to understand the impact of Indonesia’s democratisation process on everyday state-citizen interaction.

In 2006-2012 he coordinated the joint Dutch-Indonesian research project In Search of Middle Indonesia, which investigated middle classes in provincial towns.
In January 2013 he was appointed to a special chair in the Social and Economic History of Southeast Asia in the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. A date for the oration will be set soon.

After gaining a MSc in geophysics (Macquarie University, Sydney, 1978), Van Klinken taught physics in universities in Malaysia and Indonesia (1979-91). In 1996 he moved into Asian Studies with a PhD in Indonesian history (Griffith University, Brisbane, 1996). After that he taught and researched in this field at universities in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Yogyakarta (Indonesia), and now Leiden.

In 1998 he became a frequent media commentator on Indonesian current affairs in Australia. He was editor of the Australian quarterly magazine Inside Indonesia between 1996 and 2002 and remains on the editorial board. From late 1999 to 2002 he was resident director in Yogyakarta for the Australian Consortium of In-Country Indonesian Studies (Acicis). In 2002-2004 he spent nine months as research advisor to the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor (CAVR).

Project:
Elite Network Shifts (2012-2016)
From Clients to Citizens? (2012-2016)
In Search of Middle Indonesia (2006-2012)


Contact:

A full list of KITLV publications and their authors can be obtained from our archive of annual reports.
 


Selected Publications

Some publications are available online at the Social Science Research Network, http://ssrn.com/author=890930 or at www.narcis.nl

The making of Middle Indonesia; Middle classes in Kupang Town, 1930s-1980s, [Power and place in Southeast Asia]. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
Available for download through open access: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004265424

'Why was there no Javanese Galileo?', in: Peter Boomgaard (ed.), Empire and science in the making - Dutch colonial scholarship in comparative global perspective, 1760-1830, pp.109-34. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

'Religion, politics and class divisions in Indonesia', in: Bernard Adeney-Risakotta (ed.), Dealing with diversity. Geneva: Globethics,  2014.
http://ssrn.com/abstract=2384316

(With Ward Berenschot) In search of Middle Indonesia; Middle classes in provincial towns. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
Available for download through open access: http://www.kitlv.nl/book/show/1347

'Introduction; Democracy, markets and the assertive middle', in: Gerry van Klinken and Ward Berenschot (eds), In search of Middle Indonesia; Middle classes in provincial towns, pp. 1-32. Leiden: Brill, 2014.
Available for download through open access: http://www.kitlv.nl/book/show/1347

'Murder in Maumere; Postcolonial citizenship', oration. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, October 2013.
http://www.oratiereeks.nl/upload/pdf/PDF-6104Weboratie_Van_Klinken_-_DEF.pdf

'Brokerage and the making of Middle Indonesia', City and Society 25-1:135-155, 2013.

'Globalization and its discontents', in; Norman G. Owen (ed), Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian History, pp 199-209. London: Routledge, 2013.

'"Don’t write this": Researching provincial biographies in Indonesia', in: Maureen Perkins (ed.), Locating Life Stories: Beyond East West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical Studies. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2012.

Debate on Dan Slater, Ordering power: contentious politics and authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast Asia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 167-4:515-519, 2011.

(With Edward Aspinall) (eds), The state and illegality in Indonesia, Leiden: KITLV Press, 2011. Available for download through open access: http://oapen.org/xtf/search?brand=oapen&identifier=368290.

(With Edward Aspinall), 'Building relations: corruption, competition and cooperation in the construction industry', in:  Edward Aspinall and Gerry van Klinken (eds), The state and illegality in Indonesia, pp.139-163. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2011. Available for download through open access: http://oapen.org/xtf/search?brand=oapen&identifier=368290.

(With Edward Aspinall), 'Introduction: The State and Illegality in Indonesia', in: Edward Aspinall and Gerry van Klinken (eds), The state and illegality in Indonesia. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2011. Available for download through open access: http://oapen.org/xtf/search?brand=oapen&identifier=368290.

‘Mengkolonisasi Borneo: pembentukan propinsi Dayak di Kalimantan’, in: Sita van Bemmelen and Remco Raben (eds), Antara daerah dan negara: Indonesia tahun 1950-an - pembongkaran narasi besar integrasi bangsa, pp161-194. Jakarta: Yayasan Pustaka Obor Indonesia; KITLV-Jakarta; NIOD, 2011.

Two books on Islamic terror (Zachary Abuza, 2007, Political Islam and violence in Indonesia; Noorhaidi Hasan, 2006, Laskar Jihad), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 166-2/3: 372-5, 2010.

'Patronage democracy in provincial Indonesia', in: John Harriss, Kristian Stokke and Olle Törnquist (eds), Rethinking popular representation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.

‘Kembalinya para sultan: pentas gerakan komunitarian dalam politik lokal’, in: Jamie S. Davidson, David Henley, and Sandra Moniaga (eds.), Adat dalam politik Indonesia, pp165-186. Jakarta: Obor/ KITLV, 2010. Translation of “Return of the sultans”, 2007.

Lima penggerak bangsa yang terlupa: nasionalisme minoritas Kristen. Yogyakarta: LkiS, 2010. Indonesian translation of Minorities, modernity and the emerging nation: Christians in Indonesia, a biographical approach. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2003.

Review of Pieter Drooglever, An act of free choice: decolonisation and the right to self-determination in West Papua (Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2009), ‘Who’s to blame for Papua’s tragedy? A Dutch decision in 1949 had huge consequences’, Inside Indonesia no.101, July-September 2010. http://www.insideindonesia.org/stories/who-s-to-blame-for-papua-s-tragedy-27061309

Three books on Papua (Pieter Drooglever, 2009, An act of free choice; Esther Heidbüchel, 2007, The West Papua conflict in Indonesia; Muridan S. Widjojo et al, 2010, Papua road map), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 166-4: 529-532, 2010.

Review of Edward Aspinall, Islam and nation: separatist rebellion in Aceh, Indonesia. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2009), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 166-2/3: 331-332, 2010. 

Review of Harold Crouch, Political Reform in Indonesia after Soeharto (Singapore: ISEAS, 2009), South East Asia Research 19-2: 357-359, June 2011.

(With Joshua Barker), 'Reflections on the state in Indonesia', in: Gerry van Klinken and Joshua Barker (eds), State of authority: state in society in Indonesia, pp17-45. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University SEAP, 2009.

Review of Tjalling H. F. Halbertsma,  Early Christian remains of Inner Mongolia: discovery, reconstruction and appropriation (Leiden, 2008), Asian Studies Review, 33-2: 252-3, 2009.

‘Etnisch geweld in Ambon, Indonesië: tussen Marx en Eisenstadt', in: Ward Berenschot en Hubert Schijf (red.), Etnisch geweld: groepsconflict in de schaduw van de staat, Mens en Maatschappij 84. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2009.

Review of Eva-Lotta E. Hedman, Conflict, violence, and displacement in Indonesia (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University South East Asia Program, 2008), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 167-1:108-110, 2011.

‘Decolonization and the making of Middle Indonesia’, Urban Geography [special edition on decolonizing the Indonesian town]: 879–897, 30 August 2009.
PDF-document: URBAN_30n08_879-897-vanKlinken.pdf

‘Indonesian anti-corruption agenda falters, but perhaps other things matter more’, Austral Policy Forum 09-7A, Policy forum from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia, 30 March 2009. http://www.globalcollab.org/Nautilus/australia/apsnet/policy-forum/2009/van-klinken-corruption/; also posted on www.japanfocus.org 12 April 2009.

Review of Gusti Asnan, Memikir ulang regionalisme: Sumatera Barat tahun 1950-an [Rethinking regionalism: West Sumatra in the 1950s] (Jakarta: KITLV Jakarta 2007), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 165-1: 160-3, 2009.

Review of Lex Rieffel and Karaniya Dharmasaputra, Di balik korupsi yayasan pemerintah [behind the corruption of government foundations], Jakarta: Freedom Institute, 2009), Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 45-3:401-2, November 2009.

(With Joshua Barker), 'Introduction: state in society in Indonesia', in:  Gerry van Klinken and Joshua Barker (eds), State of authority: state in society in Indonesia, Ithaca, pp.1-16. NY: Cornell University SEAP, 2009.

(With Syarif Hidayat), 'Provincial business and politics', in: Gerry van Klinken and Joshua Barker (eds), State of authority: state in society in Indonesia, pp.149-161. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University SEAP, 2009.

Minorities, modernity and the emerging nation; Christians in Indonesia, a biographical approach. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2003. Translated as Lima penggerak bangsa yang terlupa, Jakarta [etc]: Obor [etc], 2009.

Review of Peter Sercombe and Bernard Sellato (eds.), Beyond the green myth: Borneo's hunter gatherers in the twenty-first century (Copenhagen: Nias Press, 2007)  Pacific Affairs, 82-1:167-8, 2009.

(With Joshua Barker, eds), State of authority: state in society in Indonesia , Ithaca, NY: Cornell University SEAP, 2009.

‘The limits of ethnic clientelism in Indonesia’, Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs (RIMA), 42-2:35-65, December 2008. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1321803

‘Nationale helden in Indonesië’,  in Rosemarijn Hoefte, Peter Meel and Hans Renders (eds.), Tropenlevens: de (post)koloniale biografie, pp.216-235. Amsterdam [etc]: Boom [etc], 2008.

‘Indonesian politics in 2008: the ambiguities of democratic change’, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 44-3: 365-381, December 2008.

'Blood, timber, and the state in West Kalimantan, Indonesia', Asia-Pacific Viewpoint 49-1: 35-47, April 2008. Download draft as pdf http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1127113

‘Special issue: the state and illegality in Indonesia - Introduction’, South East Asia Research, 16-2: 157-63, July 2008.

Review of Adrian Vickers, 2005, A history of modern Indonesia. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press; R. E. Elson, 2008, The idea of Indonesia: a history. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (BKI), 164-2/3: 325-9, 2008.

Review of John Roosa, Pretext for mass murder; the September 30th Movement and Suharto's coup d'etat in Indonesia (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 163-1:181-5, 2007.

(With Henk Schulte Nordholt,eds), Renegotiating boundaries; local politics in post-Suharto Indonesia, Leiden: KITLV, 2007. Translated as Politik Lokal di Indonesia, Jakarta: Obor/ KITLV, 2007.

'Communal conflict and decentralisation in Indonesia', Occasional Papers 7, Brisbane: Australian Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (ACPACS), July 2007.  http://ssrn.com/abstract=1025846.

Communal violence and democratization in Indonesia; small town wars, London: Routledge, 2007.Ttranslated as Perang kota kecil: kekerasan komunal dan demokratisasi di Indonesia, Jakarta: Obor/ KITLV, 2007.

'Return of the sultans: the communitarian turn in local politics', in: James Davidson and David Henley (eds), The revival of tradition in Indonesian politics: the deployment of adat from colonialism to indigenism, pp. 149-69. London: Routledge, 2007. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1309406

'The combative "I"; state domination and Indonesian self-writing', Life Writing 4-2:197-214, 2007. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1309410

Review of Mujiburrahman, Feeling threatened; Muslim-Christian relations in Indonesia's New Order, PhD dissertation (Utrecht: Universiteit Utrecht, 2006), Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 163-2/3:390-3, 2007.

Review of Karel E. M. Bongenaar, De ontwikkeling van het zelfbesturend landschap in Nederlandsch-Indie: 1855-1942 (Zutphen, Netherlands: Walburg Pers, 2005, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 162-1:154-60, 2006.

(With David Bourchier), ‘The key suspects’, in: Richard Tanter, Desmond Ball, Gerry van Klinken (eds), Masters of terror: Indonesia's military and violence in East Timor, pp. 113-223. New York [etc]: Rowman & Littlefield, 2006.

'The Maluku wars: 'Communal contenders' in a failing state', in: Charles A. Coppel (ed), Violent conflicts in Indonesia: Analysis, representation, resolution, pp. 129-143. London: Routledge, 2006. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1309404

'Colonizing Borneo: State-building and ethnicity in Central Kalimantan', Indonesia 81: 23-50, April 2006.

'Indonesian casualties in East Timor, 1975-1999: Analysis of an official list', Indonesia 80: 109-22, October 2005.

'New actors, new identities: Post-Suharto ethnic violence in Indonesia', in: Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Helene Bouvier, Glenn Smith and Roger Tol (eds), Violent internal conflicts in Asia Pacific: Histories, political economies and policies, pp. 79-100. Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia/ LIPI/ Lasema-CNRS/ KITLV-Jakarta, 2005. Translated in Konflik Kekerasan Internal: Tinjauan Sejarah, Ekonomi-Politik, dan Kebijakan, Jakarta: Yayasan Obor Indonesia/ LIPI/ Lasema-CNRS/ KITLV-Jakarta, 2005. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1134267

'Dayak ethnogenesis and conservative politics in Indonesia's outer islands', in: Henk Schulte Nordholt and Hanneman Samuel (eds), Indonesia in Transition: Rethinking 'Civil Society', 'Region' and 'Crisis', pp. 107-28. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar, 2004. http://ssrn.com/abstract=1030241

'Decentralisation, violence, and democracy; The colonial roots of ethnic conflict in Indonesia', in: Stanley Adi Prasetyo, A.E. Priyono, and Olle Tornquist (eds), Indonesia's post-Soeharto democracy movement, pp. 81-96. Jakarta: Demos, 2003. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1134268

'Ethnicity in Indonesia', in: Colin Mackerras (ed.), Ethnicity in Asia, pp. 64-87. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2003. http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1127126

'Indonesia's new ethnic elites', in: Henk Schulte Nordholt and Irwan Abdullah (eds), Indonesia; In search of transition, pp. 67-105. Yogyakarta: Pustaka Pelajar, 2002.   http://ssrn.com/abstract=1127117

'Beyond the crisis; Religion and politics in post-Suharto Indonesia', Interface 4-1: 33-54, 2001.

'The coming crisis in Indonesian area studies', Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 32-2: 263-68, 2001.

'Big states and little independence movements', in: Mark Shelden, Richard Tanter, and Stephen R. Shalom (eds), Bitter flowers, sweet flowers; East Timor, Indonesia and the world community, pp. 209-25. New York [etc]: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001.

'The battle for history after Suharto', Critical Asian Studies 33-3 (2001): 323-50; shorter version in Mary S. Zurbuchen (ed), Beginning to remember: The past in the Indonesian present, pp.233-258. Singapore: Singapore University Press and Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005.

'The Maluku wars; bringing society back', Indonesia 71: 1-26, 2001. 
PDF-document: http://cip.cornell.edu/DPubS?verb=Display&version=1.0&service=UI&handle=seap.indo/1106942065&page=record 

'Richard Wagner and Minahasa's past'', in: Harry A. Poeze and Antoinette Liem (eds), Lasting fascinations; essays on Indonesia and the Southwest Pacific to honour Bob Hering, pp. 187-93. Stein: Kabar Seberang, 1998. [Yayasan Soekarno Monograph Series.]

'Power, symbol and the Catholic mission in Java; the biography of Frans van Lith', Documentatieblad voor de geschiedenis van de Nederlandse zending en overzeese kerken 4-1: 43-59, 1997.