Dr Jemma Purdey

Jemma Purdey is Writer-in-Residence Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies.

Research Interests

She is currently researching and writing a biography of Herb Feith, one of Australia’s leading Indonesianists.

Her PhD, ‘Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia, 1996-1998’, was completed in 2002 and has recently been published. Her research interests include life writing, the study of violent conflict, human rights and reconciliation in Indonesia and minority studies. She lived and worked as a volunteer in Mumbai, India in 2004 and has written several articles on Indian politics, law and film.

Major Publications


Anti-Chinese Violence in Indonesia, 1996-1999 . Singapore: ASAA SEA Publications Series, Singapore University Press, 2006.

Chapters in Books

‘The “Other” May Riots: Anti-Chinese Violence in Solo, May 1998’, in Violent Conflicts in Indonesia: Analysis, Representation and Resolution, edited by C.A. Coppel, Routledge Curzon: London, 2006.

‘Ethnic Chinese, Violence and Legal Responses’, in Indonesia: Law and Society, 2 nd Edition, edited by Timothy Lindsey. Federation Press: Leichardt, N.S.W., forthcoming.

‘Anti-Chinese Violence in Post-Reformasi Indonesia’, in Festschrift to Charles Coppel, Chinese Indonesians: Remembering, Distorting, Forgetting, edited by Timothy Lindsey and Helen Pausacker. Singapore: ISEAS, 2005, 14-40.

Journal Articles

‘Anti-Chinese violence: Religion, race or political power struggle?’,Kultur: Indonesian Journal for Muslim Cultures‘, Special Edition: Religion and Conflict, 2005, forthcoming.

‘Describing Kekerasan: Some observations on writing about violence in Indonesia after the New Order’, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde (BKI), 160-2/3, (August), 189-225, 2004.

‘Is There A Place for Ethnic Chinese Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia? Reopening the Asimilasi versus Integrasi Debate, Special Edition, Asian Ethnicity, Volume 4, Number 3, October 2003, 421-437.

‘A Contested Truth about the May 1998 Violence: Problematising the Place of Victims in Reformasi Indonesia’, Asian Survey, August/September 2002, 605-622.