Title/Position: Professor, Director of York's Centre of Asian Research (YCAR)
Department/Faculty/Institution: Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Degree(s)/School(s): PhD (Department of Art History) Binghamton University, State University of New York
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, Journal of Regional and City Planning, Pacific Affairs, as well as on the International Advisory Board of Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.
Kusno, A. (2018). Provisional Notes on Semi-Urbanism. In R. Padawangi (ed.) Routledge Handbook for Urbanization in Southeast Asia. London: Routledge.
Kusno, A. (2018). Where Will the Water Go? Indonesia (Cornell University Southeast Asia Program). 105: 19-51.
Kusno, A. (2018). The political ecologies of housing in Indonesia. In U. Sengupta & A. Shaw (eds.) Trends and Issues in Housing in Asia: Coming of an Age. New York: Routledge, pp. 68-88.
Kusno, A & Colombijn, F. ( 2017). Kampung, Buitenwijken and Kota Mandiri: Naming the Urban Fringe on Java, Indonesia. In R. Harris & C. Vorms (eds.) What’s in a Name? Talking about Urban Peripheries. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 152-172.
Kusno, A. (2017). Southeast Asia: Colonial Discourses. In C. Hein (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Planning History. London: Routledge, pp. 218-239.
Kusno, A. (2017). Postcolonial Southeast Asia. In C. Hein (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Planning History. London: Routledge, pp. 230-243.
Kusno, A. (2016). Visual Cultures of the Ethnic Chinese in Indonesia. Rowman & Littlefield International.
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.