Millennials’ Rewriting of Indonesia’s History of the Left

Sri Wahyuningroem1, Mr Bimo Bagas Basworo2, Mr Appridzani Syahfrullah3, Dyah Ayu  Kartika4, Mr Fileksius  Gulo2

1Universitas Pembangunan Nasional Veteran, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2Freelance researcher, 3Universitas Gajah Mada, Indonesia, 4Pusat Studi Agama and Democracy (PUSAD) Paramadina University, Indonesia

Chair: Sri Wahyuningroem

Convener: Sri Lestari Wahyuningroem and Dyah Ayu Kartika


The history of the left in Indonesia has been dominated by the New Order discourse, and almost nothing can be found on the roles of communists and the left groups in the country’s history. In recent years, there have been a new development of young researchers coming from the millennial generation study the history of the left in Indonesia. Their research varies from history, politics, human rights, and cultural studies. Some of them had family history related to the left, including whose grand parents were detained politically by the New Order regime. This panel presents some of the studies by these young scholars. We aim at looking how the millennials remember the nation’s past, and rewrite it based on their (re)interpretation of the history.

Convener: Sri Lestari Wahyuningroem and Dyah Ayu Kartika



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