Barbara Leigh is an adjunct professor who's area of interest is in Southeast Asian Studies.
Dr Barbara Leigh's research interests are in the sociology of education in Indonesia. This involves an examination of social change in education systems from the macro level of funding, political control and organization to the micro level of interactions within the classroom, curricula design, textbooks and pedagogy. She is also interested in the material culture of Southeast Asia and its relation to national identity formation, centre-periphery relations and global industrial transformations. She has published in both these fields. She is a member of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and a member of the Textile Group of the Asian Arts Society of Australia.
Leigh, BR 2000, The Changing Face of Malaysian Crafts: Identity, Industry and Ingenuity, Oxford University Press, Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia.
Leigh, BR 2011, 'Book review of The Acculturative Stress Experience of International Students by Hugo Gonzales', U:, vol. 5, no. August, pp. 17-17.
Leigh, BR 2005, 'ACEH: The devastation of peace and the tsunami process', Asian Currents: The Asian Studies Association of Australia's e-bulletin, vol. Jan, pp. 1-1.
The tsunami that wrecked the coast of Aceh has dramatically changed the face of politics in the Indonesian province. Before 26 December 26, 2004, the region was closed to all foreigners. 40,000 members of the Indonesian military and police (BRIMOB) had free rein, with reports suggesting their involvement in a wide range of illicit wealth-making activities. While purportedly winning the hearts and minds of the Acehnese, in fact the military presence only strengthened the resistance movement seeking independence from Indonesia.
Leigh, BR 2004, 'Bibliography of Indonesian Education', Southeast Asian Studies.
In an era of globalization, the production and consumption of material symbols to represent or encapsulate aspects of national identity usually embodies the economic decisions of major business players who link with political stakeholders for mutual advantage. For example, the staging of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney saw certain businesses having the "rights" to produce particular icons that were promoted as depicting "Australia". Similarly, when the Commonwealth Games were staged in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, the selling of Malaysia to the outside world included a wide range of artifacts.
Leigh, BR 1999, 'Learning and Knowing Boundaries: Schooling in New Order Indonesia', Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia, vol. 14, no. 1.
Leigh, BR 1997, 'At What Price? Education in Aceh', Inside Indonesia.
Leigh, BR 1994, 'Female Heroes in School Examinations: Traditions and Tensions in Creating a Gendered State', Asian Studies Review, vol. 17, no. 3.
Leigh, BR 1991, 'Making the Indonesian State: The role of School Texts', Review of Indonesian and Malayan Affairs.
Leigh, BR 1991, 'In Memory of Barbara Lovric', Invalid Code.
Leigh, BR 1990, 'The Third Acehnese Cultural Festival: Another Feather in the Governor's Cap', Inside Indonesia.
Leigh, BR 1989, 'Value Contestation in Aceh: Education and Making the Indonesian State', Education, Equity and National Interests, pp. 153-169.
Leigh, BR 1982, 'Design motifs in Aceh: Indian and Islamic Influences', The Malay Islamic World of Sumatra, pp. 3-33.
Leigh, BR 2011, 'Economics: Crafts: Indonesia and Malaysia' in Joseph Suad (ed), Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, Brill, Online.
Leigh, BR 2007, 'Indian and Chinese pottery' in Crafts and the Visual Arts - The Encyclopedia of Malaysia, Archepeligo Press, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 22-24.
Leigh, BR 2005, 'Pendikan Demokrasi: Refleski perbandingan (Democratic Education: Comparative Reflections)' in ed, CM (ed), Indonesia-Australia: Tantangan dan Kesempatan dalam Hubungan Politik Bilateral (Challenges and Opportunities in the Bilateral Political Relationship), Granit, Jakarta, Indonesia, pp. 177-200.
Leigh, BR 2005, 'Tantangan Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran "Apakah itu Demokrasi?" di sekolah-sekolah Australia dan Indonesia (Challenges for the teaching and learning of "what is Democracy?" in Australian and Indonesian Schools)' in ed, CM (ed), Indonesia-Australia: Tantangan dan Kesempatan dalam Hubungan Politik Bilateral (Challenges and Opportunities in the Bilateral Political Relationship), Granit, Jakarta, pp. 201-206.
Leigh, BR 2005, 'The Acehneses' in Carl Skutsch (ed), Encyclopedia of the World's Minorities, routledge Taylor & Francis Group, UK, pp. 99-120.
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Fleet, A, Patterson, C, Leigh, BR & Holland, S 2001, 'Fragile Relationships' in Byrne-Armstrong, H, Higgs, J & Horsfall, D (eds), Critical Moments in Qualitative Research, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, UK, pp. 92-105.
Leigh, BR 2006, 'Nanggroe: Peace and Theatre in Post tsunami Aceh', First Forays into Sensory Realms (Institute for International Studies Workshop), Graduate School of Business, UTS.