• Doctor of Philosophy (Monash)
  • Master of Australian Studies (Monash)
  • Master of Education (Monash)

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

Current Research Interests

  • Sources of Indonesian heritage
  • Urbanisation and modernity in late colonial Indonesian
  • Dutch imperialism and colonial discourse

Current Research Projects

  • Thomas Karsten and colonial debates on modern Indonesian architecture
  • Sulawesi in the 20th century: Colonialism on the imperial periphery
  • Orientalism, anthropology, and Indonesian heritage

Selected Recent Publications


  • The Life and work of Thomas Karsten (with H. O’Neill) (Amsterdam: Architectura & Natura, 2017)
  • Cars, Conduits and Kampongs: Modernising the Indonesian City (Eds with F. Colombijn) (Leiden: Brill 2015)
  • Kartini: The Complete writings, 1898 – 1904 (Ed and trans) (Clayton: Monash University Publishing, 2014)
  • Realizing the dream of R.A. Kartini: Her sisters’ letters from colonial Java (Ed and trans) Ohio University Press, 2008
  • Recalling the Indies: Colonial memories, postcolonial identities (Eds with L. Westerbeek) (Amsterdam: Aksant Publishers/Amsterdam University Press, 2004 (Indonesian translation: Recalling the Indies: Budaya kolonial dan Identitas Postkolonial, (Yogyakarta, Syarikat: 2005)


  • ‘Raden Ajeng Kartini and Cultural Nationalism in Java’ in Barnita Bagchi et al, (Eds.) Connecting Histories of Education: Transnational Exchanges and Transfers in (Post)colonial Education, (New York, Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2014) pp. 175–197.
  • ‘The Pacific War experience of Dutch Eurasian civilians in Java, 1942- 48’ (with N Akagawa) in C. Twomey and E Koh, (Eds) The Pacific War: Aftermaths, Rembrance and Culture, (London & New York: Routledge, 2015) 110–132.
  • ‘Slaves, coolies and garrison whores: a colonial discourse of ‘unfreedom’ in the Dutch East Indies’ in G. Campbell (ed) Sex, Power and Slavery, (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2014) 561–582.
  • “A teaspoon of sugar…’: Assessing the sugar content in colonial discourse in the Dutch East Indies, 1880 – 1914’ in U. Bosma, and R. Knight, (Eds) Sugarlandia Revisited: Sugar and Colonialism in Asia and the Americas, 1800 to 1940, (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007, 2011) 113–144.
  • ‘Postcolonial shame: Heritage and the forgotten pain of civilian women internees in Java’, in William Logan and Keir Reeves (Eds), Places of Pain and Shame: Dealing with 'difficult heritage', (London: Routledge 2009) 128-143.


  • ‘Female Colonial Friendships in Early 20th Century Java: Exploring New Correspondence by Kartini’s Sisters’, Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies, Vol. 41 (1) 2017, 21- 43.
  • ‘Thomas Karsten’s Indonesia: Modernity and the end of Europe’, Bijdragen: Tot de Taal-Land- en Volkenkunde, Vol.170, (1) 2014: 66–98.
  • ‘Creating Central Sulawesi: Mission intervention, colonialism and multiculturalism’, Bijdragen en Mededelingen Betreffende de Geschiedenis der Nederlanden/The Low Countries Historical Review Vol. 126 (2) 2011, 2–29.
  • ‘The Indisch Dutch in post-war Australia’, Tijdschrift voor Sociale and Economische Geschiedenis/The Low Countries Journal of Social and Economic History, 7 (2) 2010, 103–125.
  • ‘Making the kampung modern: colonial planning in Semarang, 1910 - 1925’, Review of Indonesian and Malyasian Affairs (RIMA) Vol. 44 (20) 2010:15–48.
  • ‘Education and the colonial construction of whiteness’, Australian Critical Race and White Studies Association, e-journal, Vol 5 (1) 2009.


  • Preface: Saskia Wieringa, The Crocodile Hole (Jakarta: Jurnal Perempuan Press, 2015).


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.