Dr Joost Coté

As Senior Research Fellow  (History) in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies my research and publications centre on issues of colonial modernity with specific reference to early twentieth century Indonesia. Before joining Monash in 2011, I was Senior Lecturer in History at Deakin University where I taught Indonesian and Southeast Asian history, Modern History and Australian Studies, as well as heritage studies in the postgraduate Cultural Heritage program.

I gained my PhD from Monash University with a thesis entitled The ‘education’ of Java:  A modern colonial discourse 1860 – 1905.  Earlier  I completed a Masters thesis: ‘The colonisation and schooling of the To Pamona of Central Sulawesi, 1895 – 1925’, and a Masters in Australian Studies, also from Monash.  This followed a BA (History), B.Ed. and Dip.Ed. from the University of Melbourne. In 2002-3 I was Regional Director of ACICIS, the Australian in-country Indonesian language program conducted at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. Prior to this I coordinated the UMAP (student mobility) program at Deakin University.

Recent publications:                                                                                                                        

In Press

J. Coté and H. O’Neill, (with others), Thomas Karsten in Indonesia:  Architect, Planner, Modernist, Architectura & Natura, Amsterdam ( In press forthcoming 2016)   (See http://stimuleringsfonds.nl/en/latest/news/publication_architect_karsten_part_of_heritage_campaign/)


Freek Colombijn & Joost Coté (eds), Cars, Conduits and Kampongs:The modernization of the Indonesian city, 1920 – 1960 (Brill, 2015, HB: ISBN 9789004280694).  Also available as open access online: http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004280724. (Also Brill Open E-Book Collection)

Joost Coté (ed, Intro. & trans.) Kartini: the Complete Writings, 1898 – 1904, Monash University Publishing, Clayton, 2014, 868 pp. (http://www.publishing.monash.edu/books/kartini-9781922235107.html )


‘Modernising the Indonesian City, 1920 – 1960’ (with F. Colombijn) in J. Coté & F. Colombijn (Eds) Cars, Conduits and Kampongs: Modernising the Indonesian City, 1920 – 1960’ (Brill, Leiden, 2015) 1–28.

‘Reversing the lens: RA Kartini and the ethnographic turn’, in S. Proteschky (ed) Photography, Modernity and the Governed in Late Colonial Indonesia (University of Amsterdam Press, Amsterdam, 2015) 163–194.

‘The Pacific War experience of Dutch Eurasian civilians in Java, 1942-48’ (with N. Akagawa) in C. Twomey and E Koh, (eds) The Pacific War: Aftermaths, Remembrance and Culture (Routledge, London & New York, 2014) 110–132.

‘Slaves, coolies and garrison whores: a colonial discourse of ‘unfreedom’ in the Dutch East Indies’ in G. Campbell (ed) Sex, Power and Slavery (Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 2014) 561–582.

‘Reading Kartini: An historical introduction’ in J. Coté (ed. and trans.) Kartini: The Complete writings, 1898 – 1904 (Monash University Publishing, Clayton 2014) 1-62.

‘Raden Ajeng Kartini and Cultural Nationalism in Java’ in Barnita Bagchi et al, (Eds.) Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational Exchanges and Transfers in (Post)colonial Education, (Berghahn, New York & Oxford) 175–197. (Also eBook: eISBN 978-1-78238-267-6).

Journal articles

‘Female colonial friendships in early 20th century Java: Exploring new correspondence by Kartini’s sisters’, Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Country Studies, 2016                                          http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03096564.2016.1139778.

‘Thomas Karsten’s Indonesia: Modernity and the end of Europe’, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde, Vol.170, (1) 2014, 66–98.


Review: Gert Oostindie, Soldaat in Indonesië, 1945-1950. Getuigenissen van een oorlog aan de verkeerde kant van de geschiedenis (Amsterdam: Prometheus, 2015), BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review Vol.131 (2). http://www.bmgn-lchr.nl/articles/10.18352/bmgn-lchr.10214/.

Review: Paulus Bijl, Emerging memory: Photographs of colonial atrocity in Dutch cultural remembrance (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2015) BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review, Vol.131 (1) 2016, http://www.bmgn-lchr.nl/articles/10174/

Review: Albertus bagus Laksana, Muslim and Catholic Pilgrimage Practices:  Explorations through Java, (Franham, UK:  Ashgate 2014) Asian Ethnology Vol. 75 (1) 2016 http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/publications/asian-ethnology/listofjournals/


Wieringa, S., The Crocodile Hole (J. Coté trans. and Preface) (Jurnal Perempuan Press, Jakarta, 2015 ) (http://www.jurnalperempuan.org/yjp-press.html) (http://www.insideindonesia.org/review-the-crocodile-hole-2)

Recent grants

2010   Australia Netherlands Research Consortium:- $6000 : To carry out research at NIOD (Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam and consult Dutch scholars – Research project: Indonesia during Japanese occupation

2009   Australia-Netherlands Research Collaboration:  Euro 23,000) – With Dr Freek Colombijn, Vrij Universiteit, Amsterdam, and Mr Purnawan Basundoro, (Head, Dept. of History, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya):-   To conduct a three day international workshop to be held in Surabaya in January 2010 entitled: ’An anthropological-historical enquiry into the state, social inequality, and urban space.’