Wiji Thukul and the Struggle for Human Rights in Post-Authoritarian Indones...
The Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (IAPS) at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus is pleased to invite you to a seminar titled Wiji Thukul and the Struggle for Human Rights in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia.
In Indonesia, various state crimes committed by the New Order regime (1966 - 1998) have been commemorated after the fall of Suharto. Wiji Thukul, a poet who was the victim of forced disappearance in 1998 has emerged as the most prominent figure in the search for solutions to the question of human rights violations in the past. Among the many victims of forced disappearances and human rights violations of the New Order regime, why is Wiji Thukul the only one who is prominent and highlighted as a reminder? Muhammad Febriansyah will discuss how the personage of the relatively unknown village poet was transformed into a symbol of resistance, a human rights defender, and immortalised in post-authoritarian Indonesia.
About the Speaker
Muhammad Febriansyah is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He completed his PhD in 2012 at the National University where he went on to work as Lecturer in the School of History, Politics, and Strategic Studies from 2013 to 2015. His co-authored book, Punk, Perlawanan, dan Politik Transnasionalisme (Punk, Resistance, and Transnational Politics) was published by the Malaysia-based publisher SIRD in 2016.