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Email: wildan.utama@bristol.ac.uk and wsutama@ugm.ac.id

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I am a scholar of modern international and transnational history, with an interest in the history of the connections between Indonesia and the Afro-Asian world in the 20th century. Since 2018, I have been a lecturer in the Department of History at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia. I earned my PhD from the University of Bristol in 2023, researching the participation of Indonesian anti-imperialist activists in Afro-Asian movements in the 1950s and 1960s to demonstrate that Third World solidarity was central to the history of national independence, anti-imperialism, and decolonial worldmaking. I got my BA in the Department of History, Universitas Gadjah Mada in 2011 and then from the Institute for History, Leiden University in 2013 through the Cosmopolis scholarship scheme. In 2015, I obtained my MA in Colonial and Global History from Leiden University.

My first monograph is exploring the history and legacy of the Bandung Conference: Konferensi Asia-Afrika 1955: Asal Usul Intelektual dan Warisannya bagi Gerakan Global Antiimperialisme(2017) (Asian-African Conference 1955: The Intellectual Origin and its Legacy for the Global Antiimperialist Movement). In 2018, the Indonesian newspaper Jakarta Globe selected this book as one of the thirty books that helped you to understand the Southeast Asian Giants (Indonesia): https://jakartaglobe.id/context/reading-indonesia-30-books-that-will-help-you-understand-the-southeast-asian-giant. This book will be translated from Bahasa Indonesia to English by the Indian publisher, Leftword.

I was involved as an associate researcher in Asia in the collaborative research project Afro-Asian Networks Project (2015-2018) led by Su Lin Lewis (University of Bristol, principal investigator) and Carolien Stolte (Leiden University, co-investigator). I am a member of Editorial Board of Lembaran SejarahCandrasangkala: Jurnal Pendidikan Sejarah and Bakti Budaya (2018-2019). Besides academic writing, I write columns for several Indonesian media, such as tirto.id, historia.id, detik.com, beritagar.id, Media IndonesiaSinar HarapanSeputar IndonesiaThe Jakarta Post and Kompas.


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