Dr Vannessa Corine Hearman

PhD (Melbourne), Master in Contemporary Asian Analysis (Melbourne), Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce (Melbourne)
Lecturer, Indonesian Studies

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4182
Fax +61 2 9351 2319

Biographical details

Vannessa Hearman is lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the University of Sydney. Her research is in the area of history, particularly dealing with activism, social movements and the Indonesian left. She completed her doctoral thesis on the 1965-68 anti-communist repression in East Java, Indonesia at the University of Melbourne, where she was awarded the University's Human Rights Scholarship. The thesis was jointly awarded the best PhD thesis prize in Asian Studies in 2014 by the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA). She has lectured and tutored in Asian history at the Australian Catholic University and the University of Melbourne. She has worked as research assistant on Australian Research Council-funded- and other research projects on the politics of memory in Indonesia, and on the Cold War and Indonesia. For her MA, Vannessa conducted research on East Timor and post-conflict reconstruction.

Vannessa is a NAATI accredited Indonesian interpreter and translator and an experienced conference interpreter. She has previously worked as a translator/interpreter with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), in cross-cultural training, and in aid and development with Australian Volunteers International.

Research interests

  • History of post-independence Indonesia
  • The Indonesian Left and Indonesian exiles
  • Mass violence and genocide
  • Oral history
  • Civil society in East Timor and Indonesia
  • Social activism in Southeast Asia

Teaching and supervision

  • Advanced level Indonesian
  • Indonesian history, politics and society

Current projects

  • Indonesians on the World Stage: Transnational linkages during the Sukarno years (1949-1966) (with Dr Katharine McGregor, University of Melbourne)
  • Worlds apart? East Timorese and Indonesians working for Timorese self-determination in Indonesia and abroad

Associations

Prior to commencing at Sydney University, Vannessa was an active member of the Indonesia Forum at the University of Melbourne which brought together university staff who were working on Indonesia-related issues and the Transnational Social Movements network at the same university. She is a member of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and the Australian Historical Association. She was part of the organising committee of the ‘New Perspectives on the 1965-66 Indonesian Killings’ conference at the Australian National University in 2013. She co-convened the 2009 conference ‘The 1965-66 Indonesian Killings Revisited’ at the National University of Singapore with Anthony Reid, Douglas Kammen and Katharine McGregor.

Vannessa is the regional councillor (Southeast Asia) for the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) for 2015-16.

University and External Grants

  • 2015–2016 Faculty Research Collaborative Scheme (FCRS) with Professor Michele Ford and Dr Thushara Dibley: $39,100
    Project title: Citizen Engagement and Policy Advocacy in Contemporary Indonesia
  • 2015 Faculty of Arts and Social Science Research Incubator Scheme: $5,000
    Project title: Traitors and troublemakers: Indonesians and Timorese self-determination in the 1990s
  • 2015 Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Conference Fund $4,000
  • 2015 Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Regional Mobility Grant (inbound, research collaborator: Dr Baskara Wardaya, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta) $2,000
  • 2014 Conference Travel Support Scheme School of Languages and Cultures: $1,000
  • 2013 Faculty Research Support Scheme, FASS, University of Sydney, small grant: $7,000
  • 2013 Conference Travel Support Scheme School of Languages and Cultures: $3,000
  • 2013 Australian Academy of Humanities Travelling Fellowship $3,000

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2012

  • Asian Studies Association of Australia Event Grant; Hearman V; Asian Studies Association of Australia/Event Grant.

2011

  • The University of Melbourne Human Rights Scholarship; Hearman V; University of Melbourne./Human Rights Scholarship.

2010

  • The University of Melbourne Human Rights Scholarship; Hearman V; University of Melbourne./Human Rights Scholarship.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Hearman, V. (2016). Indonesian Nationalism: From Underdog to Rising Power. In Jeff Kingston (Eds.), Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis.
  • Hearman, V. (2013). Sources and Methodologies: History: Southeast Asia. In Suad Joseph (Eds.), Women and Islamic Cultures: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches: 2003 - 2013, (pp. 177-202). Leiden: Brill.
  • Hearman, V. (2012). South Blitar and the PKI Bases: Refuge, Resistance and Repression. In Douglas Kammen, Katharine McGregor (Eds.), The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia (1965-68), (pp. 182-207). Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.

Journals

  • Hearman, V. (2015). Sweet Potato Dreaming: Development, Displacement and Food Crisis in South Blitar, East Java, 1968. Global Food History, 1(1), 81-102.
  • Hearman, V. (2014). 'MISSING VICTIMS' OF THE 1965–66 VIOLENCE IN INDONESIA: Representing Impunity On-screen in The Act of Killing. Critical Asian Studies, 46(1), 171-175. [More Information]
  • Hearman, V. (2013). Under duress: Suppressing and recovering memories of the Indonesian Sixties. Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South, 1(1), 5-25. [More Information]
  • Hearman, V. (2010). Guerrillas, guns, and knives? Debating insurgency in south Blitar, East Java, 1967-68. Indonesia, 89, 61-91.
  • Hearman, V. (2010). The last men in Havana: Indonesian exiles in Cuba. RIMA: Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 44(1), 83-109.
  • Hearman, V. (2009). The uses of memoirs and oral history works in researching the 1965-66 political violence in Indonesia. International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, 5(2), 21-42.
  • McGregor, K., Hearman, V. (2007). Challenges of political rehabilitation in post-New Order Indonesia: the case of Gerwani (the Indonesian Women's Movement). South East Asia Research, 15(3), 355-384.

Conferences

  • Hearman, V. (2015). Contesting victimhood and the place of ‘incidental victims’ in the 1965 Indonesia case. The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Memories of the Past conference, Columbia University: The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network.
  • Hearman, V. (2015). Death row activism: the role of Indonesian political prisoners in the campaign for their release. Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference 2015, Chicago: Association of Asian Studies.
  • Hearman, V. (2015). Saving souls and necks: religious conversions in Indonesia following the 1965-66 mass violence. Indonesia Council Open Conference 2015, Geelong: Deakin University.
  • Hearman, V. (2015). The 1955 Bandung conference and Indonesian peace activism. Sixtieth anniversary seminar: The Bandung Asia-Africa Conference and its afterlives, Sydney: The University of Sydney.
  • Hearman, V. (2014). Hearing but not seeing: magnifying terror in the Indonesian repression of 1965-66. Sound, Memory and the Senses conference, Melbourne: The University of Melbourne.
  • Hearman, V. (2014). Memory and mobilisation: Human rights campaigning through the Munir Museum in Indonesia. Human Rights and Memory conference, Lund: Lund University.
  • Hearman, V. (2014). Writing a life, writing a history of Indonesia: The letters of Gatot Lestario. Asian Studies Association of Australia conference 2014, Perth: University of Western Australia.
  • Hearman, V. (2013). Longing for Indonesia through the bars: the letters of Gatot Lestario, political prisoner. 7th EuroSEAS Conference 2013, Lisbon: University of Lisbon.
  • Hearman, V., McGregor, K. (2012). Postcolonial dreaming: Remembering Bandung and Asian-African Alliances. International Association of the Historians of Asia 2012.
  • Hearman, V. (2011). Another look at the Trisula Operation in South Blitar, 1968. Indonesian Council Open Conference 2011.
  • Hearman, V. (2011). Suppressing and recovering memories of the Indonesian sixties. Oral History Association of Australia Conference 2011.
  • Hearman, V. (2011). Sweet Potato dreaming; displacement and military-induced food crisis in South Blitar, East Java 1968. 32nd Conference of the International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition.
  • Hearman, V. (2010). Once in a small town: Reflections on the mass killings in Bangli, East Java (1965-66). International Oral History Association Conference 2010.
  • Hearman, V. (2009). Political resistance of the left and military responses: South Blitar and the 1968 Trisula Operation. The 1965-1966 Indonesian Killings Revisited 2009.
  • Hearman, V. (2008). Breathing Life into Memories: Recalling Indonesia in the 1960s through oral history. International Oral History Association Conference 2008.

2016

  • Hearman, V. (2016). Indonesian Nationalism: From Underdog to Rising Power. In Jeff Kingston (Eds.), Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered. Abingdon: Taylor & Francis.

2015

  • Hearman, V. (2015). Contesting victimhood and the place of ‘incidental victims’ in the 1965 Indonesia case. The Politics of Memory: Victimization, Violence and Contested Memories of the Past conference, Columbia University: The Historical Dialogues, Justice and Memory Network.
  • Hearman, V. (2015). Death row activism: the role of Indonesian political prisoners in the campaign for their release. Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference 2015, Chicago: Association of Asian Studies.
  • Hearman, V. (2015). Saving souls and necks: religious conversions in Indonesia following the 1965-66 mass violence. Indonesia Council Open Conference 2015, Geelong: Deakin University.
  • Hearman, V. (2015). Sweet Potato Dreaming: Development, Displacement and Food Crisis in South Blitar, East Java, 1968. Global Food History, 1(1), 81-102.
  • Hearman, V. (2015). The 1955 Bandung conference and Indonesian peace activism. Sixtieth anniversary seminar: The Bandung Asia-Africa Conference and its afterlives, Sydney: The University of Sydney.

2014

  • Hearman, V. (2014). 'MISSING VICTIMS' OF THE 1965–66 VIOLENCE IN INDONESIA: Representing Impunity On-screen in The Act of Killing. Critical Asian Studies, 46(1), 171-175. [More Information]
  • Hearman, V. (2014). Hearing but not seeing: magnifying terror in the Indonesian repression of 1965-66. Sound, Memory and the Senses conference, Melbourne: The University of Melbourne.
  • Hearman, V. (2014). Memory and mobilisation: Human rights campaigning through the Munir Museum in Indonesia. Human Rights and Memory conference, Lund: Lund University.
  • Hearman, V. (2014). Writing a life, writing a history of Indonesia: The letters of Gatot Lestario. Asian Studies Association of Australia conference 2014, Perth: University of Western Australia.

2013

  • Hearman, V. (2013). Longing for Indonesia through the bars: the letters of Gatot Lestario, political prisoner. 7th EuroSEAS Conference 2013, Lisbon: University of Lisbon.
  • Hearman, V. (2013). Sources and Methodologies: History: Southeast Asia. In Suad Joseph (Eds.), Women and Islamic Cultures: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches: 2003 - 2013, (pp. 177-202). Leiden: Brill.
  • Hearman, V. (2013). Under duress: Suppressing and recovering memories of the Indonesian Sixties. Social Transformations: Journal of the Global South, 1(1), 5-25. [More Information]

2012

  • Hearman, V., McGregor, K. (2012). Postcolonial dreaming: Remembering Bandung and Asian-African Alliances. International Association of the Historians of Asia 2012.
  • Hearman, V. (2012). South Blitar and the PKI Bases: Refuge, Resistance and Repression. In Douglas Kammen, Katharine McGregor (Eds.), The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia (1965-68), (pp. 182-207). Singapore: NUS (National University of Singapore) Press.

2011

  • Hearman, V. (2011). Another look at the Trisula Operation in South Blitar, 1968. Indonesian Council Open Conference 2011.
  • Hearman, V. (2011). Suppressing and recovering memories of the Indonesian sixties. Oral History Association of Australia Conference 2011.
  • Hearman, V. (2011). Sweet Potato dreaming; displacement and military-induced food crisis in South Blitar, East Java 1968. 32nd Conference of the International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition.

2010

  • Hearman, V. (2010). Guerrillas, guns, and knives? Debating insurgency in south Blitar, East Java, 1967-68. Indonesia, 89, 61-91.
  • Hearman, V. (2010). Once in a small town: Reflections on the mass killings in Bangli, East Java (1965-66). International Oral History Association Conference 2010.
  • Hearman, V. (2010). The last men in Havana: Indonesian exiles in Cuba. RIMA: Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, 44(1), 83-109.

2009

  • Hearman, V. (2009). Political resistance of the left and military responses: South Blitar and the 1968 Trisula Operation. The 1965-1966 Indonesian Killings Revisited 2009.
  • Hearman, V. (2009). The uses of memoirs and oral history works in researching the 1965-66 political violence in Indonesia. International Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, 5(2), 21-42.

2008

  • Hearman, V. (2008). Breathing Life into Memories: Recalling Indonesia in the 1960s through oral history. International Oral History Association Conference 2008.

2007

  • McGregor, K., Hearman, V. (2007). Challenges of political rehabilitation in post-New Order Indonesia: the case of Gerwani (the Indonesian Women's Movement). South East Asia Research, 15(3), 355-384.

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