SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

The End of Silence: Accounts of the 1965 Genocide in Indonesia

Soe Tjen
Dr. Soe Tjen Marching, Senior Lector at SOAS University of London.

Date: 18 October 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 18 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4426

Type of Event: Seminar


In 1965-66, millions of people considered communist or left-wing sympathisers were imprisoned, tortured and/or murdered in Indonesia. The exact number is never known. Even now, the victims and their families are still stigmatised and terrorised.The End of Silence reveals the courage of the survivors to speak up about what happened to them, however the book also reveals that even over half a century after the genocide, the mechanism of using fear still works to suppress the voice of the victims and their families. 

Kartika Soekarno (daughter of the first President Soekarno) will give an opening speech. 

Speaker Biography

Soe Tjen is an academic, writer and award-winning composer. Her musical composition has been released on the CD Asia Piano Avantgarde. She has written two novels and three academic books in Indonesian and English. She is also the founder of Bhinneka Magazine, which promotes critical thinking about gender, politics and religion in Indonesia. She is now senior lector in Indonesian at SOAS University of London. 

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