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Incitement to Mass Murder: the 1965-68 Indonesian Genocide
Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
303 International Center
Asian Studies Center
Event Details:
Saskia Wierenga occupies the Chair of Women's Same Sexrelatoins cross-culturally at the University of Amsterdam. She is also the Chair of the IPT 1965, the Foundation International People's Tribunal on the 1965 Indonesian genocide. She has published more than 30 books and hundreds of articles on women's empowerment and agency worldwide. She is the author of Heteronormativity in Asia (2015) and the forthcoming volume (2018). Propaganda and the genocide in Indonesia; imained evil. New York: Routledge.
The International People's Tribunal on the 1965 Crimes Against Humanity in Indonesia concluded that the propaganda campaign that the army waged against the PKI amounted to persecution through propaganda as a crime against humanity. In this lecture, Wieirnga will outline the elements of the propaganda campaign, its religious, nationalist and sexual components, as well as its mechanics. Special attention will be given to the campaign against the women's movement Gerwani, the first sexual moral panic.Though the campaign was unprecedented, it fed on earlier tensions in society. This lecture spans the period of the first nationalist uprisings in 1926 till the present time, when a new sexual moral panic is created, this time focusing on the LGBT community.
Asian Studies Center with funding from the International and Foreign Language Education Office, U.S. Department of Education, Center for Gender in Global Context, Department of Political Science, James Madison College, Jewish Studies, Muslim Studies Program, Peace and Justice Studies