Klinken, Prof. dr. Gerry van

Gerry van Klinken 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 2006-20012 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.

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

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 also spent nine months as research advisor to the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor (CAVR).

Selected Publications

‘Why Was There No Javanese Galileo?’ In Empire and Science in the Making – Dutch Colonial Scholarship in Comparative Global Perspective, 1760-1830, edited by Peter Boomgaard, 109-34. Basingstoke [etc]: Palgrave Macmillan. 2014.

The Making of Middle Indonesia: Middle Classes in Kupang Town, 1930s-1980s, Power and Place in Southeast Asia. Leiden: Brill. 2014.

Religion, Politics and Class Divisions in Indonesia.’ In Dealing with Diversity, edited by Bernard Adeney-Risakotta. Geneva: Globethics. 2014.

(With Ward Berenschot), eds. In Search of Middle Indonesia: Middle Classes in Provincial Towns. Leiden: Brill. 2014.

Introduction: Democracy, Markets and the Assertive Middle.’ In In Search of Middle Indonesia: Middle Classes in Provincial Towns, edited by Gerry van Klinken and Ward Berenschot, 1-32. Leiden: Brill. 2014.

Murder in Maumere: Postcolonial Citizenship‘. Oratie. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam. 2013.

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