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Dr Vannessa Hearman is Senior Lecturer in Indonesian Studies and a historian of Southeast Asia. Her research deals with the Indonesian 1965-66 anti-communist violence, the politics of memory and human rights, and transnational activism related to Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She is the author of Unmarked Graves: Death and Survival in the Anti-Communist Violence in East Java, Indonesia (NUS Press), as well as academic articles and book chapters. She writes for or provides media commentary in outlets such as ABC-RN, Channel News Asia, Inside Indonesia, The ConversationNew Mandala and the Diplomat. She is a NAATI certified Indonesian language interpreter and translator. 

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Research Output 2007 2019

Heather Goodall on viewing the Indonesian Revolution from the ships and the streets

Hearman, V., 2019, In : History Australia. p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewResearch


Remembering terror and activism in the city

Hearman, V., Jul 2019, IIAS Newsletter, 83, p. 42-42 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

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Between citizenship and human rights: the struggle for justice after Indonesia’s 1965 mass violence

Hearman, V., 8 Apr 2018, In : Citizenship Studies. 22, 2, p. 175-190 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
human rights

Indonesia en la intersección de la Guerra Fría con la descolonización

Translated title of the contribution: [Indonesia in the intersections of the Cold War and decolonization]Hearman, V., 2018, Asia y el Pacifico Durante la Guerra Fría [Asia and the Pacific during the Cold War] . Iacobelli, P., Cribb, R. & Perelló, J. L. (eds.). Santiago: Fondo de Cultura Economica, p. 238-52 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review


Missing the boat: Indonesian Kompas newspaper’s 1995 reporting on asylum seekers from East Timor

Hearman, V., 2018, New Research on Timor-Leste 2017 : A TLSA Research Conference. Job, P., Da Silva, A., Canas Mendes, N., Da Costa Ximenes, A., Barreto Soares, M., Niner, S. & Tam, T. (eds.). Hawthorn, Vic. : Swinburne University of Technology, Vol. 1. p. 228-233 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Paper published in ProceedingsResearchpeer-review

asylum seeker