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at Kaleide Theatre, RMIT

The Future of Indonesia

What can we expect from President Joko Widodo’s second presidential term? How do Indonesia’s deep political and religious divisions play out in the lives of ordinary Indonesians, and how might they affect the nation’s prospects and ambitions? 

In partnership with the Melbourne Writers Festival, we’re presenting a wide-ranging discussion on the future of our great and complicated neighbour. Sally Warhaft will speak with Jakarta-based reporter Andreas Harsono and celebrated Indonesian poet Norman Erikson Pasaribu. At RMIT’s Kaleide Theatre, they’ll discuss the critical problems and opportunities facing Indonesian society today.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival. 

Andreas Harsono is supported by Human Rights Watch and Monash University Publishing.



Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

Portrait of Andreas Harsono

Andreas Harsono

Andreas Harsono, author of a number of books, began his career as a reporter for the Bangkok-based Nation and the Kuala Lumpur-based Star newspapers. In the 1990s, he helped establish Jakarta’s Alliance of Independent Journalists and of the South East Asia Press Alliance in Bangkok. Since 2008 he has covered Indonesia for Human Rights Watch.

Portrait of Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Norman Erikson Pasaribu

Norman Erikson Pasaribu is an Indonesian writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His first book of poems, Sergius Seeks Bacchus (translated by Tiffany Tsao), received a PEN Translates Award and is out in Australia with Giramondo. He won the Young Author Award from Southeast Asia Literary Council in 2017.

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