In 2018-2019 I was invited to contribute to an inter-institutional curatorial advisory group that worked with the National Gallery of Australia to develop the Contemporary Worlds: Indonesia exhibition, in recognition of my expertise in contemporary Indonesian art of the past 20 years.
I co-convened an associated international conference, Contemporary Worlds: Indonesian Art hosted by the ANU, and presented a paper. The conference included presentations from scholars from Southeast Asia and Australia, placing early career academics and their emerging research in dialogue with the region’s most senior historians, curators and artists. The above-mentioned co-edited book Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage History, Society and Politics (ANU Press, 2022) was conceived in response to this event and features chapters from many of the speakers.
I am an academic peer-reviewer for the Southeast of Now Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art journal (NUS Press) and the Australia New Zealand Journal of Art (Melbourne University). In 2020 I was invited to mentor an early career Filipino researcher to develop a journal article in the Southeast of Now Emerging Writers Fellowship Programme. I also mentor participants in the Australia Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) 2020-22 (online).
Invited keynote and speaker addresses:
My most recent speaking engagement is an invitation to address the Asialink Leaders Forum in November 2021. In this presentation I will address the scale of declining support for Asian studies at all levels of the education sector and in our national collecting institutions, and the impact this has on national brand in Asia. This audience for this address will include business leaders from wide range of organisations including BP, ANZ Bank, Austrade, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, BHP, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries QLD, EY, Global Victoria, KPMG, Swisse Wellness, SYSPRO, TedxSydney and Trade and Investment Queensland.
I recently gave a one-hour hybrid (in-person and online) presentation on my research and forthcoming book for the Indonesia Project’s (ANU Crawford School of Public Policy) Indonesia Study Group at ANU, which is available to view on the Indonesia Project’s website.
My proposal to convene a webinar titled “Art and Artist in Society in Indonesia: Future Tense” for the ANU Indonesia Institute’s webinar series was accepted by the board and is published on the Institute’s website. I am a current and founding board member of the ANU Indonesia Institute (launched 2018); I emceed the Institute’s launch in 2018 and the keynote speakers’ presentation at our major conference in 2019.
During my doctoral studies I attended and presented papers at 17 international and national conferences, symposia and forums in Australia and Indonesia, in two languages. In 2014, my paper for the International Conference for Asia Pacific Arts (ICAPAS) Symposium was awarded ‘Best Paper’. I have maintained this commitment to collegial academic public speaking and engagement, convening conference panels (ASAA 2018 and 2021), presenting papers and co-convening symposia and post-graduate workshops (Transnationalism in Asian Art, HRC, ANU 2017, Australian National University, 28 September 2018. ANU Humanities Centre 2017, ANU Indonesia Institute 2018).
In 2019 I was invited as a guest lecturer to Universitas Katolik Atma Jaya’s MBA program, speaking on Contemporary Art and Business in Indonesia. In 2018 I was invited to speak at the Balai Bahasa’s annual dinner in Canberra (Indonesian Embassy), and as a guest lecturer in the ANU Centre for Art History and Theory’s course on Contemporary Asian Art. During my postgraduate studies I was invited to speak in both English and Indonesian at seminars and symposiums in various capacities, including a Global Development Based Tri Hita Karana Symposium held at Bentara Budaya, Bali by the Institut Hindu Dharma Negeri Denpasar in 2013, at the Education Forum (Bincang Edukasi) at Bandung Creative City in 2014, and at the Social Identities: Lived Experience and its Mediations in a Mobile Indonesia Symposium at ANU in 2015.
Appearance on Bloomberg TV’s Brilliant Ideas: Heri Dono (Episode 23, March 12th, 2016)
Video interview Beyond the Self: S. Teddy D. Published by National Portrait Gallery