What is Siasat

This website is an attempt to let Indonesians explain themselves. If possibly, to the rest of the world.
This stems from a simple concern: most studies on and about Indonesia have been driven by perspectives that were shaped by and born in different contexts. Yet there has been no real attempt to create a grounded and ‘authentic’ one. In other words, this platform is concerned with questions on epistemology and ontology that may be built from the ground, through empirical examples in Indonesia.

In order to avoid an over problematisation of theory and method, we propose this website as a space to discuss the habits, actions, quirks, norms, idiosyncrasies, behavioural patterns, meanings that are pervasive among the different contexts in Indonesia. We choose to focus on agency whilst not ignoring the underlying structural explanations.