Dr Joost Cote

Honorary Senior Research Fellow

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Joost Coté has taught Indonesian, Southeast Asian and Australian History and postgraduate Heritage Studies. His research centres on early twentieth century colonial Indonesia, focussing on discourses of colonial modernity and Indonesian cultural nationalism. He is recognised internationally for his English translations of the writing of Indonesian pioneer feminist, Raden Ajeng Kartini. He has been principal and associate supervisor and examiner of numerous doctoral dissertations. In 2002-2003 he was Regional Director of the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta and is a regular visitor to various universities in Indonesia.

Research Interests

  • History and historiography of late colonial Indonesia
  • Colonial discourse and colonial modernity: urbanisation, education and architecture
  • R.A.Kartini and emerging discourses of Indonesian cultural nationalism
  • Origins of Indonesian heritage


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