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Archipel 91 - Interdisciplinary Studies on Island Southeast Asia
09 MAY 17
The 91st issue of the journal Archipel is available in the EFEO Jakarta library. Archipel is a journal that is both scientific and accessible to the general public It is entirely devoted to insular South-East Asia. In this issue, there are two thematic sections, one on Sumatran archeology, the other on Exile Literature, as well as articles on contemporary Indonesia. These include:
-    Rémy Madinier, "Jokowi, a firebrand in an oligarchic Reformasi"
For most observers, the 2014 Indonesian presidential election gave rise to a Homeric battle between two candidates, representing two radically different versions of the same criticism of the political life in the archipelago. Trapped in its contradictions - an institutionally perfect democracy but largely confiscated by a nepotism marked by the political culture of the Suharto regime - the Reformasi seemed poised to surrender to a retrograde populism vertigo, embodied by Prabowo Subianto. However, economic growth, freedom of expression and the emergence of a new generation of local politicians offered, timely, a progressive alternative to the disillusionment. Born in a poor family, the charismatic governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), became the seventh President of the Indonesian Republic. The very high expectations raised by his election, however, were partly disappointed. Jostling the habits of the narrow political elite, Jokowi had to face powerful resistances, even within his own party. This forced him to establish a delicate and contested hierarchy in the implementation of his political program.
-    Henri Chambert-Loir, "Locked Out : Literature of the Indonesian Exiles Post-1965"
Indonesian "exile literature» refers to the writings of Indonesian authors constrained to live in foreign countries for political reasons following the putsch of September 30, 1965. The exiles, around 500 in number, spent about fifteen years in socialist countries, mainly China, the USSR, Vietnam and Albania, most of them undergoing military and ideological training, and preparing themselves to bring revolution to Soeharto's New Order. They finally ended up moving to Western Europe in the 1980s and settling in capitalist countries like the Netherlands, France and Sweden. These exiles have produced an important corpus of works (about 130 books), among which are a number of autobiographical texts. The exiles write mainly with the aim of recovering their identity; they have been excluded, they want to go back home and be recognized as Indonesian citizens again. Most of them, however, have returned to Indonesia on visits as European nationals, thus remaining forever exiles.