'A World in Fragments': Aftermaths of Mass Violence in Bali, Indonesia | Forthcoming, University of Pennsylvania Press, "Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights" series. With Degung Santikarma.
A World in Fragments tells the story of Balinese social and political life in the aftermath of one of the worst genocides of the 20th century. The 1965-66 massacres left up to a million alleged communists dead and over 1.7 million imprisoned without trial, some for for decades. The book draws on long-term ethnographic field research with survivors of the massacres and their families and communities, seeking to understand not only their suffering but their search for justice.
The Black Highway | Leslie Dwyer, Director/Anthropologist; Dag Yngvesson, Director/Filmmaker; 120 minutes.
The Black HIghway is a film ethnography of "post-peace" social life in Aceh, Indonesia. Traveling the length of the USAID Road, the US$250 million centerpiece of post-conflict, post-tsunami aid to Aceh, Indonesia, the film looks at the everyday politics of peace from the perspective of ordinary Acehnese – the shopkeepers, road repairmen, security guards, former combatants and civilians who live with agreements forged by others.
Little Indonesia | Dag Yngvessson, Director/Filmmaker; Rachmi Diyah Larasati, Director/Ethnographer; Leslie Dwyer, Co-Director/ Ethnographer; Degung Santikarma; Co-Director/Ethnographer; 50 minutes.
Little Indonesia documents the lives of Indonesian asylum-seekers in Philadelphia as they navigate the constraints of post-9/11 immigration policy. Inspired by Asian minimalist cinema as well as ethnographic engagements with the everyday, the film traverses the lived landscape of a post-industrial city where undocumented bodies are marked by market demands even as they are rendered politically invisible.
SELECT BOOK CHAPTERS, journal articles, reviews etc.
2015. "Intergenerational Politics in Post-Conflict Bali: Going Beyond 'Inclusion' in Considering Programming By and For Youth." Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.
2015. "Rifle Reports: Gender and War in Indonesia." Review Symposium on Mary Margaret Steedly's Rifle Reports (with Benedict Anderson and Mary Margaret Steedly.) Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia. 30(3). November 2015.
2015. “Reimagining Transitional Justice in Bali.” Allegra Lab. January 22, 2015.
2014. “Picturing Violence: Anti-Politics and The Act of Killing.” Critical Asian Studies 46(1): 183-188.
2013. “Introduction: Wound and Witness: Writing in the Aftermath of Violence.” In Putu Oka Sukanta, Lies, Loss and Longing. Jakarta: Modern Library of Indonesia.
2012. “After Aceh’s Peace.” Anthropology News, November 2012.
2012. “‘Don’t Disturb the Peace’: Post-Conflict Politics in Aceh, Indonesia.” Global Studies Review 8(2).
2010. “Building a Monument: Intimate Politics of ‘Reconciliation’ in Bali.” In A. Hinton, ed., Transitional Justice: Anthropological Perspectives on Truth, Justice and Social Redress. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
2009. “A Politics of Silences: Violence, Memory and Treacherous Speech in Post-1965 Bali.” In A. Hinton and K. O’Neill, eds., Genocide, Truth, Memory and Representation: Anthropological Approaches. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press. [Click here for pdf]
2007. “Post-traumatic politics: violence, memory and biomedical discourses of suffering in Indonesia” (co-authored with Degung Santikarma), in Understanding Trauma, L. Kirmayer, R. Lemelson and M. Barad, eds. NY: Cambridge University Press. [Click here for pdf]
2006. “Speaking from the shadows: memory and mass violence in Bali” (co-authored with Degung Santikarma), in Beatrice Pouligny, Simon Chesterman and Albrecht Schnabel, eds., After Mass Crime: Rebuilding States and Communities. Tokyo: United Nations University Press. [Click here for pdf]
2004. “The intimacy of terror: gender and violence in Indonesia,” Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context, 1(10). Special issue on “Indonesian Women: Histories and Life Stories.”
2003. “When the world turned to chaos: 1965 and its aftermath in Bali,” in Genocide in Historical Perspective, eds. R. Gellately and B. Kiernan. New York: Cambridge University Press (co-authored with Degung Santikarma).
1999. "`God is stronger than medicine': Islam and the cultural politics of contraception in Indonesia." In E. Ann Kaplan and Susan Squier, eds. Playing Dolly: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
1999. "Spectacular sexuality: nationalism, development and the politics of family planning in Indonesia." In Tamar Mayer, ed. Sexing the Nation: Gender Ironies of Nationalism. New York: Routledge.
Dwyer, Leslie and Rufa Guiam, 2012. Gender and Conflict in Mindanao. Washington, D.C.: The Asia Foundation. [Click here for pdf]
Based on field research in Mindanao, Philippines, this report identifies challenges and opportunities for women and men in community and national peacebuilding. Their report argues that programming is more effective when comprehensive gender analysis is utilized, and that such an approach can be transformative in societies trying to emerge from conflict.
Dwyer, Leslie, Thomas Flores, Sandra Cheldelin and Elizabeth Mount, 2012. "Gender, Inequality and the Measurement Trap." Invited Submission, United Nations Thematic Consultation: Addressing Inequalities.
In this paper, we focus on three key themes in inequality: institutional access, quality of participation, and the gendering of post-conflict justice. We examine the cases of Liberia and Aceh, Indonesia, identifying how impoverished measurement practices do not simply lead to poor data, but risk entrenching gendered inequalities more deeply into the social fabric. We conclude by considering how, post-Millennium Development Goals, scholars and practitioners may work together to develop and implement more nuanced and experience-near means of understanding and addressing inequalities.