Organized Panel Session
This panel aims to combine the study of knowledge and science with a political approach of knowledge regimes. The panelists look at the Soekarno period in Indonesia through the combined lenses of changing people-state relations and the need to develop new knowledge regimes. Under consideration will be the ways ‘decolonization’ and ‘independence’ were framed by various groups and actors in society.
The cultures of knowledge – in Indonesia were, evidently, strongly impacted by the achievement of independence. Not only did the new national elites – politicians, bureaucrats, academics, intellectuals, businessmen – have to rethink the uses of science and other forms of knowledge production, but also the access of the people to knowledge and the role of the people in producing and utilizing knowledge.
In the minds of many, independence could only be achieved through the involvement of the people in shaping the new Indonesia. In the minds of the new leaders the people had to be taught new techniques and new values. On the other hand, the state and other institutions required new forms of expertise and systems of knowledge acquisition. Popular engagement in the ‘ongoing revolution’ thus created new, often politicized, dynamics of knowledge.
Panel papers will comprise issues of political communications creating forms of ‘everyday knowledge’, the emerging obligations of academics to share knowledge with the people, and left-wing unions engaging in research for farmers. The joint effort of the papers is to rethink practices of decolonization and their application in the realm of knowledge production.