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Speaker: Annie Pohlman

Title: Testimonies of Sexualised Forms of Violence against Women during the 1965-66 Indonesian Massacres

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Conference: Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (March 26-29, 2015)

Session: New Research Findings and Approaches to Understanding the 1965 Anti-Communist Violence in Indonesia - Sponsored by AAS Southeast Asia Council (SEAC)

Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Date: March 28, 2015

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | Asian History: Indonesian History | Victims: Narrative Studies




Speaker: Annie Pohlman, School of Languages and Cultures, University of, ResearchGate


»Drawing on interviews with three women, in this paper I investigate experiences of sex-selective and gendered forms of violence perpetrated during the Indonesian massacres of 1965-66. Specifically, I examine each woman’s account about a particular form of gendered violence: being strip-searched, experiences of sexualised torture, and forced abortion. I argue that these women’s stories of violence and survival of sexualised violence during the Indonesian killings can contribute to wider research paradigms into gendered experiences of violence during war, mass atrocities, and other forms of mass conflict.
Although the massacres in Indonesia were intended to wipe out all those associated with the Left, ‘the road to annihilation was marked by events that specifically affected men as men and women as women’ (Hilberg 1992: 126). I examine the gendered and gendering effects of violence against women and girls in a situation of genocidal violence against Communists and their alleged sympathisers. In my analysis of these women’s testimonies, I examine how gendered bodies and subjectivities are performed and constructed during the mass violence, which followed the coup in Indonesia. As such, I argue that this study into sexual violence against women and girls within the Indonesian context contributes to feminist understandings of women’s experiences during mass violence as well as interpretations of the effects of this violence.« (Source: All Academic)

Publication: Pohlman, Annie. Women, Sexual Violence and the Indonesian Killings of 1965-66. New York 2015. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: History of Asia: History of Indonesia / Indonesian killings of 1965–66