- The Oxford Handbook of Public History
- List of Contributors
- The Past and Future of Public History: Developments and Challenges
- Internationalizing Public History
- Complexity and Collaboration: Doing Public History in Digital Environments
- Decentralizing Culture: Public History and Communities
- Trading Zones: Collaborative Ventures in Disability History
- Popular Understandings of the Past: Interpreting History through Graphic Novels
- The Business of History: Customers, Professionals, and Money
- Public Histories for Human Rights: Sites of Conscience and the Guantánamo Public Memory Project
- Archives for Justice, Archives of Justice
- Sexuality and the Cities: Interdisciplinarity and the Politics of Queer Public History
- Public History and the Environment
- From Environmental Liability to Community Asset: Public History, Communities, and Environmental Reclamation
- Between Pastness and Presentism: Public History and Local Food Activism
- Historians and Public History in the UN System
- Good Enough for Government Work
- Shaping Institutional Memory: Public History on Capitol Hill
- History, Heritage, and the Representation of Ethnic Diversity: Cultural Tourism in China
- Public History, Cultural Institutions, and National Identity: Dialogues about Difference
- History Museums and Identity: Finding “Them,” “Me,” and “Us” in the Gallery
- National Museums, National Narratives, and Identity Politics
- The Personalization of Loss in Memorial Museums
- The Magna Carta: 800 Years of Public History
- Public History as a Social Form of Knowledge
- Brownfield Public History: Arts and Heritage in the Aftermath of Deindustrialization
- Politics and Memory: How Germans Face Their Past
- The Legacy of Collecting: Colonial Collecting in the Belgian Congo and the Duty of Unveiling Provenance
- Slavery Tourism: Representing a Difficult History in Ghana
- How You Understand Your Story: The Survival Story within Cambodian American Genocide Communities
- In the Service of the State: Monuments and Memorials in Indonesia
Abstract and Keywords
Public history in Indonesia today faces considerable challenges. Despite the downfall of the New Order regime, its nationalist history program and agenda remain powerful in the culture. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the construction and use of authorized monuments and memorials. Monuments and memorials are evocative and affective; they promote and perpetuate emotional bonds. Drawing on familiar materials and symbols, they are aimed at particular audiences in specific contexts, and they are intended to be efficacious. As objects with the potential to affect communities or whole societies, they are also contestable. This chapter draws on what are arguably two of the most prominent public monuments and memorials in Indonesia—the Sacred Pancasila Monument (Monumen Pancasila Sakti), which speaks primarily to an internal or domestic audience, and the memorial to the victims of the Bali bombing in Kuta, which is primarily aimed at an international audience.
Paul Ashton was professor of public history and co-founder of the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) until 2015. He is adjunct professor of public history at UTS, Macquarie University, and the University of Canberra. His recent publications include (as co-editor) Silent System: Forgotten Australians and the Institutionalisation of Women and Children and Once Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past.
Kresno Brahmantyo is a lecturer in history at the University of Indonesia, where he teaches Australian history and politics. He is also a member of the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Indonesia.
Jaya Keaney is undertaking a PhD in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She also undertakes research at the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology Sydney.
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