Study Groups

Discover Indonesia and join like-minded friends to learn together about Indonesia-related topics in IHS’s selection of various Study Groups. They are a wonderful way of increasing your knowledge of this fascinating place we live in and present an opportunity to meet new friends with a common interest.


Study groups are run on a “do a little, gain a lot” philosophy, and each study group  meet regularly offline or online via Zoom (weekly, biweekly or monthly) to learn together in a supportive and fun environment. 


Study group topics vary ranging from culture, literature, history, and art so have a read of the below to see what may suit you in terms of interest and timing. Please email for any further clarification.


Ceramics Study Group photo – 1970

Utama Study Groups

Utama Study Groups run from September through to May, with a short break for Christmas. These study groups meet twice a month during the day on weekdays. The following Study Groups have been confirmed for the next 2019/2020 IHS session but more will be added on so check back on this page before we kick off in September.

Textiles is one of Indonesia’s most powerful and rich art forms in Southeast Asia and IHS’s popular Textile Study Group has continued to explore textile traditions across the breadth of this archipelago. In this study group, you will learn about different types of Indonesian textiles, including techniques, history, rituals, and meanings of these fabrics. IHS also has an MoU with Museum Seni, which allows study group members access to the collection of Museum Tekstil Jakarta and the opportunity to view these textiles up close.

The group meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month


Interested in knowing more and/or joining us? Please contact for further information

Museum Tekstil Tour

Show and Tell Session

Textile Display in IHS Library

Tekstil Lecture

*All Photos have been contributed by our generous registered friends

We are a continuation of the Indonesian  “Ancient Civilizations” study group that has been active for several years beginning with “Prehistory Civilizations.”  This study group meets online once a month via ZOOM with an active WhatsApp chat. We have active members from New Zealand to Europe. This group is for members interested in the History of Indonesia.

Interested in knowing more and /or joining us? Please contact  for further information. 

Majapahit Study Tour (11-14 July)

Majapahit History

Majapahit History

Majapahit History



*All Photos have been contributed by our generous registered friends

Join this study group to explore the different cultures of Indonesia by understanding how the people of this country present themselves. From a simple bead necklace or a shoulder tattoo to opulent royal crowns, from indigenous designs to influences that come from across the seas – there is a broad range of subjects to discover. This study group meets every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.

Beads, shells and gold – just a few ways with which Indonesians adorn themselves

This study group is aimed at those who want to explore a breadth of topics on Indonesia. We will study Indonesia through different lenses, with a different focus switching every few months. There is no shortage of subject matters – history, material culture, nature and environment etc. This study group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month.

A study of Indonesia from many angles

Indonesian Literature Group

For all Book lovers, we created this group for you. We meet monthly and focus on books relating to Indonesia, both fiction and non-fiction. Our aim is to get to know Indonesia better through its writing, to discuss our views, and to get to know fellow members from all over the world with similar interests in a smaller group setting. Our discussions are always lively and take place in person at the IHS Library or Online via zoom. Participation is free, members are responsible for getting their own copy and will need to pre-register. 


Interested in knowing more and / or joining us? Please contact for further information

GMT Study Group

GMT is a new online study group for people living all over the world to explore more about Indonesia. The Study Group meets online via Zoom every last Thursday of the month at 8 pm Jakarta Time (except for public holidays in Indonesia).


Interested in knowing more and /or joining us? Please contact for further information. 


*All photos have been contributed by our generous registered members

Photo Gallery at the Museum Nasional Discussion //// Thursday, 29 September 2022
Indonesian Food Discussion (Gado-Gado) ///// Thursday, 20 October 2022

Heritage Art Group

If you want to know your Srihadi from your Eko Nugroho, discover Jakatta’s major and independent galleries, and the people who run them, this is the group to join. This group meets twice a month to visit galleries and ongoing exhibitions in Jakarta.

The Arts Study Group at Sudjojono’s Hidup Mengalun Dendang exhibition

*All Photos have been contributed by our generous members.

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