Jonthon Coulson: Education in Indonesia

Jonthon Coulson: Education in Indonesia

Jonthon returns to Indonesia to explore the country’s educational spaces, which are increasingly affected by both foreign entrants and governmental decentralization. His particular focus is on the role education plays in the formation of identity wherein Jonthon will examine how educational experiences lead religious and national identities to emerge, converge and diverge.

  • Saudi “philanthrocapitalism” in Indonesian educational spaces

    Saudi “philanthrocapitalism” in Indonesian educational spaces

    • Jonthon Coulson
    • October 5, 2017
    JAKARTA, Indonesia — An entourage of 1,500 people, consisting of more than 800 delegates, 25 princes and 10 ministers. Over 500 tons of cargo, including two Mercedes Benz limousines and two electric elevators. Seven planes. All for a one-week trip to Indonesia. The grandeur of the proposed visit by King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, the ...
  • Civil liberties and tyrannical majorities

    Civil liberties and tyrannical majorities

    • Jonthon Coulson
    • September 19, 2017
    “Everyone has the right to advocate individually or collectively to advance her people, nation, and country… to express her thoughts and attitudes in accordance with her conscience… to communicate and obtain information to develop her personal and social environment.” —Article 28 of the Indonesian constitution (1945) JAKARTA, Indonesia — The back courtyard of the coffee shop ...
  • Transpuanism


    • Jonthon Coulson
    • August 22, 2017
    MAJENE, Indonesia — Oyhe and Chycong were teased as kids because their family struggled financially. Times got especially tough after their father died during their first year of elementary school, but their mother forbade her seven children to work. She wanted them to have a childhood. Throughout their youth, the boys were also teased more frequently than ...
  • The Sacred Bridge

    The Sacred Bridge

    • Jonthon Coulson
    • May 11, 2017
    In a recent Newsletter (JVC-3), I shared the perspectives of Acehnese Muslims in an attempt to complicate singular notions of Islam. The Story of the Stick tuned in to the (dis)harmonies of Islamic belief and practice, and set the stage for a consideration of the role that religiosity and gender play in Banda Aceh’s political ...
  • Twice as Hard for Half the Credit

    Twice as Hard for Half the Credit

    • Jonthon Coulson
    • February 23, 2017
    A year ago, the Walikota . “Many Muslim youth in Banda Aceh are sending Valentine’s day greetings via social media. And it is the responsibility of the city government to ensure this does not happen again…Muslim youth should certainly not be celebrating non-Islamic culture,” ...