Taomo Zhou, Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University; John Roosa, Professor of History at the University of British Columbia
Moderated by: Margaret Scott, NYSEAN co-founder; Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner
More than half a century later, our knowledge about the killing of hundreds of thousands of people in Indonesia in 1965-1966 remains imprecise. In this seminar, the authors of two important new books will discuss their findings which move beyond previously abstract and inaccurate understandings about this event. John Roosa, professor of history at the University of British Columbia, has just published Buried Histories, and Taomo Zhou, humanities professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, has written Migration in the Time of Revolution. Roosa and Zhou's conversation will explore: Who were the perpetrators and who bears responsibility? Is the word genocide apt, and was there a broader anti-Chinese undercurrent to the violence? How did the mass violence transform Indonesian society in terms of ethnic relations, economic development, and the country’s position in the world? By contextualizing the 1965-1966 mass violence in Indonesia in the larger global Cold War, this seminar seeks to bring a new understanding of the increasingly polarized politics we are experiencing today. This event will be moderated by Margaret Scott, a NYSEAN co-founder and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner.
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This event is co-sponsored by the New York Southeast Asia Network, NYU Wagner and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University.