A Common Goal? Indonesia, India & Decolonisation in the Eastern Indian Ocean, 1940s

23 October, 2013
5.30 - 7.00pm

Professor Heather Goodall
Indian Ocean South Asia Research Network, Professor of History, Arts and Social Science
University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

While Indonesia and India in some ways shared a common project of decolonization in the eastern Indian Ocean, their relationship was complicated and came under increasing strain over time. This paper will consider the Indian-Indonesian relationship largely from the Indian perspective, but suggest possibilities for parallel explorations of Indonesian perspectives about the relationship. It will trace three sites of interaction - with Indians resident in Indonesia; with Indian journalists in Indonesia and finally in the content of the resulting print media commentary in India – to ask how the Indonesian revolution was understood by Indians.

Heather Goodall teaches on Aboriginal, Indian Ocean, colonial and environmental histories. Her current research is on the connections and tensions between India, Indonesia and Australia through political and personal links among activists in shipping unions and trade diasporas, in international politics and media networks over the early Cold War period.

Location: Refectory Room, Quadrangle Building A14 (take stairs down a level in SW corner of quadrangle)

Contact:Dr Vannessa Hearman
Phone: 61 2 9351 4182