Abidin Kusno

abidin kusnoTitle/Position: Professor
Department/Faculty/Institution: Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
PhD, Department of Art History, Binghamton University, State University of New York
E-mail: akusno15@yorku.ca

MCRI Involvement: Advisory Board Member

Background: Abidin Kusno is a Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and he is currently the director of York's Centre of Asian Research (YCAR). Before his arrival at York, he was the Canada Research Chair in Asian Urbanism and Culture at the Institute for Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include global cities, urban/suburbanism, politics and culture, history and theory of architecture, urban design and planning, nationalism, colonialism and post-colonialism, and Asian studies. His research focuses on Indonesia in particular and he is a speaker of Bahasa Indonesia and Hokkien.

Kusno is the author of several books in English and Indonesian, the most recent of which include, After the New Order: Space, Politics and Jakarta (Hawaii University Press, 2013) and The Appearances of Memory: Mnemonic Practices of Architecture and Urban Form in Indonesia (Duke University Press, 2010). Kusno has served on the editorial boards of Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Planning History, Pacific Affairs, as well as on the International Advisory Board of Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

Selected Publications:


Kusno, A. ( 2013). After the New Order: Space, Politics and Jakarta. Hawaii University Press

Kusno, A. (2010). The Appearances of Memory: Mnemonic Practices of Architecture and Urban Form in Indonesia, Duke University Press.

Kusno, A. (2000). Behind the Postcolonial: Architecture, Urban Space and Political Cultures in Indonesia. Routledge.

 Peer-Reviewed Articles:

Kusno, A. (2012).“Housing the Margin: Perumahan Rakyat and the Future Urban Form of Jakarta,” Indonesia (Cornell), 94, 23--56.

Kusno, A. (2012). “The Ruko: Changing Appearances and Association of Shophouses in Urban Indonesia,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture, 1 (2),  217-241.

Kusno, A. (2011). “Green Governmentality in an Indonesian Metropolis,” Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 32, 314-331.

Kusno, A. (2011). “Runaway City: Jakarta Bay, the Pioneer and the Last Frontier,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 12, (4), 515-530.

Kusno, A. (2006). “Guardian of Memories: Guardhouses in Urban Java,” Indonesia (Cornell), 81, 95-149.

Kusno, A. (2004). “Whither Urban Nationalism? Public Life in Governor Sutiyoso’s Jakarta,” Urban Studies, 41, (12), 2377-2394.

Kusno, A. (2003). “Remembering and Forgetting May Riots: Architecture, Violence and the Making of ‘Chinese Culture’ in the Post 1998 Jakarta,” Public Culture, 15, (1), 149-177.