Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC 2021)

14 – 16 July 2021

8.30am – 5pm AEST

The Indonesia Council will hold its 11th biennial Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC) from 14 – 16 July 2021.

‘Sustaining Bilateral Research Partnerships: Online Indonesia Council Open Conference’ has received grant funding from the Australia Indonesia Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

About ICOC

ICOC 2021 is hosted by The University of Queensland (UQ).

The conference theme is “Sustaining Bilateral Research Partnerships: Online Indonesia Council Open Conference”. The focus of ICOC 2021 will be building research collaborations.

To facilitate networking amongst conference participants, ICOC 2021 will hold specific online “partner-up” sessions over the two days of the conference. These sessions are designed to promote research discussions and collaborations on specific thematic issues. Conference participants are encouraged to join the themed partner-up networking sessions, to build new research partnerships between Indonesian and Australian scholars and practitioners.

The ICOC 2021 will be held in a hybrid format: all sessions and events will be held online, with some in-person attendance at the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

The conference is open to all interested academics, professionals, and students. Registration is free (now open).

The main conference will be held from 15-16 July 2021 and will be preceded by a postgraduate workshop on 14 July 2021.

The conference convenors are:

  • Dr Greta Nabbs-Keller, Research Fellow Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific, UQ's Centre for Policy Futures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • Associate Professor Zane Goebel, Coordinator Indonesian Program, UQ's School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Please note the Call for Abstracts (presentations, posters, roundtables) are now closed.

Welcome from the President of the Indonesia Council

The Indonesia Council is the peak body for Indonesia focused research in Australia. The Council sits under the Asian Studies Association of Australia. 

The first Indonesia Open Council Conference (ICOC) was held in 2000. In the spirit of that first conference, each biennial gathering has been free and marked by a unique community and commitment to producing first-class research on Indonesia through mentorship and collegiality.

The themes of this year’s ICOC, Sustaining Bilateral Relations, reflects these core values and in 2021, is more important than ever. I am excited to see how our community has navigated the challenges of the global pandemic bringing methodological innovations and opening up new frontiers for critical inquiry.

It takes some fortitude to plan an international conference in a time of COVD-19 and I want to thank the incredible team at the University of Queensland for taking on the challenge of running a hybrid virtual-and-person conference in testing and unpredictable times. I thank our convenors, Dr Greta Nabbs-Keller and Associate Professor Zane Goebel for the work they have put into organising this conference. We also owe an enormous debt to two organisations, the Australia-Indonesia Institute and UQ Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship for providing us with the resources and support to reconnect through our scholarship.

Whether you are here for the postgraduate workshop or presenting or chairing a panel, I wish you a thought-provoking and intellectually-energising conference.

Dr Jacqui Baker
President, Indonesia Council.

St Lucia campus

ICOC 2021 has been organised principally as an online event with limited in person attendance at the St Lucia campus for specific sessions. The Organising Committee does not recommend that those from outside Brisbane make arrangements to attend in person: instead, we will be holding a range of sessions and events for participants to connect, interact and network online.

"The University of Queensland (UQ) is delighted to host the 2021 Indonesia Council Open Conference (ICOC 2021). As one of Australia’s leading universities when it comes to research collaboration with our Indonesian partners, UQ is well positioned to support a strong and compelling program for ICOC 2021 that explores the critical issues facing Indonesia, Australia and the Indo-Pacific region.  I encourage anyone with an interest in the future of our region to participate in this dynamic and important conference.” 

Professor Deborah Terry AO
Vice-Chancellor and President, The University of Queensland

Program schedule

Detailed program now available

Time Activity
Wednesday 14 July Postgraduate Workshop 
Thursday 15 July  Conference Day 1 
Friday 16 July Conference Day 2 


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Muslim Chaplain at UQ is now accepting expressions of interest for Jumu'ah Friday prayers on 16 July 2021.