AIYA Links: 20 September 2019
The deadline for NAILA applications has now been extended until 30 September 2019! Ayo, don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s competition!
In the news
- According to UNICEF, children whose first language is a local language are far more likely to be excluded from education than children who were raised in a country’s national language. This is a particular problem in Indonesia, where Bahasa Indonesia is the mother tongue of less than 10 per cent of the population. (Indonesia at Melbourne)
- Malaysia and Indonesia have continued to close schools as they battle severe haze coming from fires that are raging in parts of Borneo, Sumatra and Malaysia. Oxygen has also been distributed to health centres in these regions to help treat some of the thousands suffering respiratory infections. (Reuters)
- Regional Syariah regulations in Aceh, permitted under special regional autonomy arrangements, are often referred to by their Acehnese name, Qanun. Mainstream media narratives around the drafting and implementation of Qanun consistently overlook the role of Acehnese women as agents in this process. (Inside Indonesia)
- Indonesia’s finance minister defended on Monday a plan to raise cigarette prices by more than a third from next year to reduce smoking rates, after some in the tobacco industry said it would encourage illegal manufacturing and threaten jobs. (Reuters)
- Indonesia’s parliament has voted unanimously to approve changes to a law governing the country’s anti-corruption agency, which activists fear could undermine its powers to tackle the problem. (Al Jazeera)
- Director of the Australia Indonesia Centre (AIC), Kevin Evans shares a personal tribute to the late former president Habibie, reflecting on his role in Indonesia’s development and highlighting the enduring legacy of his courageous commitment to democracy. (Australia Indonesia Centre)
On the blog
- Caci is a war dance performed by the Manggarai people of western Flores. The dance was one of the most anticipated performances at carnival event in Kefamenanu City in 2018. Read more about it (in Bahasa Indonesia).
- Team AIYA Jawa Barat is focusing on improving world literacy rates for this year’s International Literacy Day Celebration. Learn how you can get involved in improving literacy alongside Tim Bandung Semangat here.
- Adelaide, 22 September – Join AIYA SA on Sunday for a morning walk at Brighton and then coffee afterwards! See the FB event.
- Adelaide, 23 September – AIYA SA play futsal every Monday night at Flinders Uni. Message them via the FB if you’re keen to join in.
- Bali, 22 – 29 October – In its 16th year as SE Asia’s leading literary event, Ubud Writers & Readers Festival (23 – 27 October) has announced its full lineup of over 180 authors, journalists, artists and activists from 30 countries, including Laksmi Pamuntjak, Tara June Winch and Yotam Ottolenghi. See the main program – buy your tickets now!
- Bandung, 6 October – Don’t miss the ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival Indonesian Premiere, from 2:30pm! It’s a free event – get your tickets now. The film festival will also premiere in Melbourne. Also enjoy a sneak peak at the brilliant short film entries in the recently released trailer!
- Canberra, 21 June – 27 October – The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) ‘Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia’ is a major exhibition of contemporary Indonesian art showcasing 20 of the most exciting emerging and established artists from Bali and Java’s key artistic centres of Bandung, Yogyakarta and Jakarta. Check out the events program and come along!
- Canberra, 23 October – Come along to NTA’s (Nusa Tenggara Association) TRIVIA NIGHT 2019! Book a table here.
- Canberra, 25 September – The Australia Indonesia Association – ACT are hosting their 2018/2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 6:30pm. A light Indonesian meal will follow. See more information.
- Jakarta, 20 September – AIYA Jakarta presents ‘AIYA Jakarta Opening Night 2019’ with aim to celebrate its new committee, network and make new friends. The night will feature a special dance performance, games, language exchange and networking opportunities all-in-one! Follow their IG for more information.
- Melbourne, 24 September – AIBC Victoria is hosting a members “Meet and Greet” networking evening, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Registrations are essential.
- Melbourne, 25 September – Come to AIYA Vic’s LX every Wednesday at 6pm, RMIT Building 80.
- Melbourne, 28 September – Krakatoas FC and the Indonesian Consulate, with support from AIYA Victoria, invite you to watch the 2019 AFL Grand Final, filled with footy themed games, commentary panel and the Grand Final player on the big screen! This is a FREE event, but please RSVP here.
- Melbourne, 6 October – Don’t miss the ReelOzInd! Short Film Festival Australian Premiere, from 2:30pm! It’s a free event – get your tickets now. The film festival will also premiere in Bandung. Also enjoy a sneak peak at the brilliant short film entries in the recently released trailer!
- Perth, 26 September – Come along to AIYA WA’s fortnightly Language Exchanges. Bring some money for dinner, or just bring yourself – no pressure! See the FB event for more information.
- Sydney, 20 September – Come join AIYA NSW and UniBridge to hear from two inspiring young people about their different experiences living and studying in a metropolitan and regional capital city of Indonesia. The evening will involve a sharing session, followed by networking, a quiz with prizes and free dinner for all attendees. Register here!
- Sydney, 8 October – SSEAC are hosting a public seminar on the diasporic politics and performance of the Chinese in modern Indonesia, from 5pm. Register here.
- Sydney, 10 October – On World Mental Health Day, join SSEAC for a ground-breaking discussion of mental health services in Indonesia, from 5:30pm. Register here.
- Sydney, 12 October – Don’t miss UNSW’s Inaugural ASEAN Conference! This one-day event will bring together driven students, regional stakeholders and distinguished diplomatic pioneers to discuss South East Asia’s most notable issues. Grab your tickets here (before the Early Bird period ends!)
- Yogyakarta, 26 September – If you like to sing but have no one to go with or just want to nongkrong and chill, then come along to the AIYA Yogyakarta Karaoke Night, 5-7 PM! See their IG for more info.
- Applications for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA) are open! The theme of this year’s competition is ‘Environment’. Follow the website and FB page for updates, and see the flyer for everything you need to know! Applications have now been extended until 30 September 2019 – so ayo, get filming!
- Join AIYA East Indonesia – Kupang committee! They’re now accepting nominations for the executive positions of: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Events Officer and Communications Officer, ahead of the AGM on 28 September 2019. Apply here by 25 September 2019!
- The Indonesian Consulate in Darwin is hosting FREE Indonesian classes for beginners and intermediate levels, from 16 September. See more information here.
- Cardno Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Justice 2 (AIPJ2) are seeking an Activity Manager for Aceh to play an integral role in managing AIPJ2 activities in Nangroe Aceh Darussalam and providing professional services as the main contact point for AIPJ2 with the Regional Government. See the position description – applications close 24 September 2019.
- ACICIS is calling for Expressions of Interest for a Tour Leader for the Public Health Study Tour (PHST), running in November-December 2019. They will oversee the PHST and provide advice to students on academic matters and pastoral care needs. Open to both Indonesian and international citizens – expressions of interest close 26 September. Learn more and apply here.
- SBS Radio presents the SBS National Languages Competition 2019 to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. They are calling for language learners of all ages to enter, including those learning English and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Applications close 27 September 2019 – don’t miss out on the chance to enter!
- The SSEAC Grant Scheme supports engagement with Southeast Asia through funding support for research, mobility and language study. Take a look at the nine grants available and apply by 27 September 2019.
- IndoAustay are running the next Adult Language Immersion Course in Bandung, 6 – 17 January, 2020. The two-week course is taught at Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Bandung and is a great way to learn more about Indonesian language and culture. Students stay with a local homestay family during the course. Applications close 2 October 2019. For more information, see the website or contact [email protected].
- The Herb Feith Scholarships scheme is a new initiative of the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre. Scholarships support graduate researchers to complete an MA or PhD at Monash University on a topic related to Indonesia. Submit your expression of interest for the January – June 2020 enrolment period by 11 October (Domestic Students). Note – The deadline for international students has closed. Find out more here.
- The University of Western Australia is establishing a node of the Australia-Indonesia Centre (AIC) and wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral Scholar to undertake research related to contemporary Indonesia as part of the broader research efforts of the AIC. Read more about the role – applications close 17 October 2019.
- The University of Sydney are currently accepting applications for a full-time lecturer position in the Department of Indonesian Studies in the School of Languages and Cultures. Applications close 20 October 2019. More info available here.
- Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre will have their 2019 Conference entitled, ‘Chinese Indonesians: Identities and Histories’ on 1 – 3 October. See the flyer and register here. Discounted registration available for students and AIYA members.
- Applications for Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2020 have opened. Apply today!
- The Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) is seeking host families in Canberra for the period 14 October to 1 November 2019. AIYEP Host families will be provided with supermarket and/or fuel vouchers to the value of A$600 for the period as a token of thanks for sharing their home. If you are able to host an Indonesian youth, click here for more details and to contact DFAT.
- The ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue (AAED) 2019 will be held from 18-20 November 2019 in Malaysia and is themed ‘Building Quality Assurance and Sustainability in International Education’. More information on how you can attend can be found on their website.
- The Asia Centre’s 5th International Conference (to be held in Bangkok, July 2020) will focus on ‘Hate Speech in Asia: Challenges and Solutions. They are now accepting abstracts until 15 December 2019. Submit yours and/or register for the conference here.
- Pemberdayaan Perempuan Memerangi Kemiskinan (PPMK) is a microfinance organisation based in Yogyakarta that work to empower women to fight poverty. They also provide free English classes to children and are currently working to establish an English book library, so children can continue learning at home. They are seeking donations of new and secondhand English books. To coordinate any donations, contact PPMK on WhatsApp at +62 857-7610-7979 or at [email protected]. Learn more about PPMK’s work!
- ACICIS is inviting all of its alumni to join the all-new alumni platform. It is packed with new features such as alumni directory, jobs and opportunities page, events page, interest-group pages, as well as other exciting features that will be added regularly. To sign-up, please visit their alumni website here.
- Inside Indonesia publishes original pieces on a wide range of political, social, environmental and cultural issues in Indonesia. They accept articles from a diverse range of people who have an interest in Indonesia. To find out how to contribute, click here.
- Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.
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