Suwignyo, Agus
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM)
Brief bio :
Agus Suwignyo is Assistant Professor in History at Gadjah Mada University Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He earned his PhD in History from Leiden University, the Netherlands in 2012 with a thesis on the training of schoolteachers in Indonesia during the regime changes 1893-1969. His research interest covers the areas of school education and any related topics such as citizenship, identity questions, policies and pedagogical matters. His publications include “Unifying Diversities: Early institutional formation of the Indonesian National Education System c. December 1949-August 1950” (Humaniora, Vol. XXIV, No. 1/2012), “The Great Depression and the changing trajectory of public education policy in Indonesia, 1930–42” (Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Vol. 44, Issue 3, October 2013, pp. 465 - 489), “The making of politically-conscious Indonesian teachers of public schools, 1930-1942” (Southeast Asian Studies, accepted, forthcoming April 2014), and “Indonesian National History Textbooks after the New Order: What’s New under the Sun?”, a review essay (Bijdragen tot Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, accepted, forthcoming April 2014). Since 2004 he has written regularly as a freelancer for Indonesian Daily Kompas’ Op-Ed column on Indonesian education.
Individual Project :

School education and national integration in Indonesia: Trajectories of policies 1850s – 1950s

The transition from colonial to post-colonial state was a critical moment by which fundamental elements of the concept of integration were determined. The aim of this research is to examine educational policies and their impact in the making of citizenship. This research will especially analyze the concept of “being national” and the nature of cultural inclusion and exclusion.