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Department of Indonesian Studies

Immerse yourself in the language and culture of Indonesia
Indonesia is a complex and exciting country that is inextricably linked through geography and common regional interests with Australia.

We are the oldest university department in Australia to specialise in the study of Indonesian language and society. Drawing on our extensive links in Indonesia and with the Indonesian community in Australia, we offer a highly integrated and contemporary program covering Indonesian history, politics, geography, anthropology and culture.

Our research 

Our strengths in research cover the following areas:

  • Civil society organisations
  • Contemporary culture
  • History
  • Labour studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literary and cultural studies
  • Politics
  • Social changes

Our people


UPDATE: In light of COVID-19 developments, please be advised this University event will no longer take place in the short term. Some of our events are transitioning to online, and these will be advertised accordingly. Let us know what event you're interested in via our online form, and we'll update you as the situation changes.

Learn more about the University’s advice regarding COVID-19 here.

Visit the School's Events calendar to see our full listing of upcoming events.

The third international congress of the World Literature Association on 'World Literatures and the Global South' was proudly hosted by the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney from 23–25 August 2019.

Co-convened with the Peking University Australian Studies Centre and the World Literature Association, this international conference engaged with literary production on and from the Global South in their own languages as well as in translation.

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Department Chair

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Associate Professor Dwi Noverini Djenar
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  • School of Languages and Cultures, Room 506, Brennan MacCallum Building A18, The University of Sydney NSW 2006

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