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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Book Chapter

  • Akagawa, Natsuko and Cote, Joost (2015). The Pacific war experience of Dutch Eurasian civilians in Java, 1942-1948. In Christina Twomey and Ernest Koh (Ed.), The Pacific War: Aftermaths, Remembrance and Culture (pp. 110-132) Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Colombijn, Freek and Coté, Joost (2014). Modernization of the Indonesian city, 1920–1960. In Freek Colombijn and Joost Coté (Ed.), Cars, conduits, and kampongs: the modernization of the Indonesian city, 1920-1960 (pp. 1-26) Boston, MA USA: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004280724_002

  • Coté, Joost (2014). Raden Ajeng Kartini and cultural nationalism in Java. In Barnita Bagchi, Eckhardt Fuchs and Kate Rousmaniere (Ed.), Connecting histories of education: transnational and cross-cultural exchanges in (post)colonial education (pp. 175-196) New York, NY USA: Berghahn Books.

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