The Newsletter 90 Autumn 2021

News from Australia and the Pacific

Edwin Jurriëns

Rejuvenating Connections between Tibet and Indonesia through Artivism

For News from Australia and the Pacific, we ask contributors to reflect on their own research and the broader academic field in Australia and the Pacific of which it is a part. We focus on current, recent, or upcoming projects, books, articles, conferences, and courses, while identifying related interests and activities of fellow academics in the field. Our contributions aim to give a select overview of Asia-related studies in Australia and beyond, and to highlight exciting intellectual debates on and with Asia. The style of our essays is subjective and informal. Rather than offering fully-fledged research reports, our contributions give insight into the motivations behind and directions of various types of conversations between Asia and our region. In the current edition, we focus on the theme of “Rejuvenating Connections between Tibet and Indonesia through Artivism.”

Articles are edited by Edwin Jurriëns ( from the Asia Institute at The University of Melbourne. Website:

Politics of the Unseen: Visual Practice, Spirituality, and Resistance in Contemporary Indonesia
By Edwin Jurriëns
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Introduction to Arahmaiani’s Second Life
By Wulan Dirgantoro
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Second Life at the Roof of the World
By Arahmaiani
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