Budiawan obtained his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies from the National University of Singapore in 2003. He is a Lecturer in the Graduate School of Media and Cultural Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His publications include Mematahkan Pewarisan Ingatan: Wacana Anti-Komunis dan Politik Rekonsiliasi Pasca-Suharto (2004) (a translation of his Ph.D. thesis, “Breaking the Immortalized Past: Anti-Communist Discourse and Reconciliatory Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia”), and “Seeing Indonesia’s Past from my Village: A Narrative Report”, in Priscilla Chua (ed.), The Past in the Present: Histories in the Making (Singapore: National Heritage Board, 2009).