SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Sexual slander and the post october 1965 genocide in Indonesia; a blank space in social science research

Professor Saskia Wieringa (University of Amsterdam)

Date: 22 February 2011Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 22 February 2011Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar


The 1965/6 genocide in Indonesia is one of the least known massacres in the post-World War II period. Triggered by a putsch of leftist officers, it was sparked by accusations of sexual debaucehry committed by young women belonging to the communist women's movement. In this presentation I discuss the background of the putsch and the genocide and then continue to analyse the silence, also among Indonesianists, on the success of the mass propaganda waged by the military.

Organiser: Centres & Programmes Office