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Intimate Assemblages

The Politics of Queer Identities and Sexualities in Indonesia


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Queer Activisms and the New Order Regime (1982–1998)

  3. Queer Activisms and the Democratic Regime (1998–2015)

  4. Queer Activisms and Escalating Anti-LGBT Panic (2016–Present)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Hendri Yulius Wijaya
      Pages 183-216
    3. Hendri Yulius Wijaya
      Pages 217-223
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 225-243

About this book


Written in the aftermath of Indonesia's anti-queer panic in 2016, this book tells the story of local queer movements in challenging the heteronormative society and resisting the homophobic hostility from religious conservative groups and the state. The year 2016 was a touchstone moment for queer issues in Indonesia, marked by the ubiquity of anti-queer campaigns, along with the pervasive use of the term 'LGBT' in public. Drawing on historical archives and his engagements with local queer activisms, Hendri Yulius Wijaya traces the historical shifts of gender and sexual identities in Indonesia, from gay and lesbian, to LGBT, to SOGIE minorities, while exploring their connections with the country's socio-political circumstances and the globalization of queer rights.


Using a strategic blend of queer theory and assemblage framework, Wijaya demonstrates how activists refashion transnational sexuality discourses to balance international developments of queer rights against the contingencies of daily life in Indonesia. Equally importantly, he sheds light on emerging practices in activist landscapes, including the emergence of sexuality experts and the professionalization of activisms. In analyzing the rising tide of homophobic paranoia, Wijaya further shows how the current anti-queer campaigns have branched out into a broader assault on feminism and promoted a form of 'aversion therapy' that positions same-sex attraction as a divine ordeal. 


Intimate Assemblages follows the travails of queer activists in defining what it means to be queer in contemporary Indonesia.  


LGBT and Queer Politics Social Movements and Asian Queer Theory Sexuality and Cultural Activism in Asia Indonesian Studies Identity Shifts and Gender in Muslim Asia Socio-political Forces and LGBT Movements in Asia

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.JakartaIndonesia

About the authors

Hendri Yulius Wijaya is an Indonesian writer. He completed a research master’s degree in Gender and Cultural Studies at The University of Sydney and a master’s degree in Public Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He writes about gender, sexuality, and popular culture for a mainstream audience in Indonesia.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Intimate Assemblages
  • Book Subtitle The Politics of Queer Identities and Sexualities in Indonesia
  • Authors Hendri Yulius Wijaya
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-2877-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-2880-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-2878-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 243
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender and Sexuality
    Religion and Gender
    Queer Theory
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