The present report documents the conference “Lessons from Indonesia in Comparative Perspectives,” held in Oslo on 29-30 November 2017. The event was the closing conference for the Power, Welfare and Democracy project, which was conducted by the University of Oslo (Norway) and the Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) from 2012 to 2017. Kristian Stokke and Olle Törnquist at the University of Oslo were the chief organisers of the event.
The report is based on recordings of the presentations and plenary discussions at the conference. The transcripts have been revised for readability by myself, the organisers, and some of the participants. We have tried to edit out highly context-specific passages and oral language; nevertheless, the finished product inevitably is closer to a verbatim transcript than a prepared manuscript. Hopefully, the reader will be able to look past the oral language and occasional odd phrasings, which are due to the nature of the transcript, not to the participants. Additionally, although every participant was invited to revise the transcripts of their own contributions, some unclarities and errors will inevitably persist.
In addition to the transcripts, the report contains the introduction to the conference, written by the organisers; and a list of publications from PWD and its predecessor projects. This list was compiled by Loly Fitri at UGM, and subsequently revised by Olle Törnquist and myself.