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Cornell Modern Indonesia Project (CMIP)

The Cornell Modern Indonesia Project (CMIP) was initiated in the 1950s by faculty members in Cornell's Southeast Asia Program who were committed to making contemporary analyses of Indonesia and translations of its important documents available to scholars and students. Under the umbrella of SEAP, the program is now involved in a number of new initiatives, involving a large team-taught course by members of the program at Cornell; a multi-disciplinary conference on the "State of Indonesian Studies"; an overture to scientists working on Indonesia at Cornell; and toward concretizing an institutional presence on the ground in the region.

The program has published 75 works to date. The titles in this series are divided into four categories: Interim Reports, Translations, Monographs, and Bibliographies. These works capture the drama of Indonesia's political and social evolution through the twentieth century: its struggle for independence from the Dutch under the leadership of Sukarno, reactions to the Japanese Occupation, the development of its civil government, its civil insurgencies, and the conditions that prevailed throughout the long dictatorship of General Suharto. A few other works in this series, such as Benedict Anderson's Mythology and the Tolerance of the Javanese, reflect on earlier Indonesian history relevant to the modern nation.

The program is currently involved with a number of initiatives.  A large workshop on the State of the Field of Indonesian Studies was held in the late Spring of 2011, inviting three senior faculty in six related Humanities and Social Sciences fields, all to comment on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we might be going as an intellectual community.  The resulting volume for this will be out in 2014 under the editorship of Eric Tagliacozzo (History). Tom Pepinsky (Government) ran a second workshop on the politics of Indonesia, and a volume on this will come out under his editorship right after the appearance of volume I.  Each of CMIP’s core faculty will then (it is hoped) take a turn with workshops and volumes in their own disciplines (Abby Cohn and Jolanda Pandin are next in Languages and Literatures), with the hope that we will have seven volumes in total finished by the end of the decade, all charting Indonesian Studies as a field.  In addition, a new team-taught course has begun on a college-wide basis focusing on Indonesian Studies, under the direction at the moment of Marina Welker, in Anthropology.  CMIP has reached out to the Sciences as well, and there are a number of initiatives under way marrying the expertise of the Sciences and the Humanities at Cornell, all in terms of studying Indonesia. Finally, CMIP has also been very active in getting the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) off the ground in Indonesia.  This has been done together with a consortium of other US Universities, to further study that country in the US, and to foster exchanges with Indonesian faculty and students.  See for more details.For a link to the history and working of the series, please see:

For a link to the actual works, please see:

For more information about Indonesia Journal, see:

Program Leadership: Eric Tagliacozzo (History), Director

Executive Committee: Eric Tagliacozzo (Director),Tom Pepinsky (Associate Director)

Affiliated Faculty:

Iwan Aziz

Abby Cohn

Chiara Formichi

Martin Hatch

Kaja McGowan

Chris Miller

Jolanda Pandin

Tom Pepinsky

Eric Tagliacozzo

Marina Welker

Andrew Willford