Events Calendar

Research Presentations
Our Jakarta office will host seminars, symposia, conferences, and research presentations for visiting U.S. researchers and Indonesian academics alike on the topic of “Contemporary Indonesian Studies,” broadly defined.

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Five Previous Events:

  • “Book Launching & Public Discussion” “Muslisms in the Western Imagination” & “Antara Barat dan Timur” - March 24, 2015,


    This event will discuss two books. The first book, Muslims in the Western Imagination, examines the dehumanizing ways in which Muslim men have been constructed and represented as monsters, and the impact such representations have on perceptions of Muslims today. The book is the first to present a genealogy of these creatures, from the demons and giants of the Middle Ages to the hunchbacks with filed teeth that are featured in the 2007 film 300, arguing that constructions of Muslim monsters constitute a recurring theme, first formulated in medieval Christian thought.

    The second book, Antara Barat dan Timur describes the principal case of the relationship between the West and the East, how the West studied and wrote about the East (Orientalism). In fact, from the classic era of colonization to globalization, the West continues to open up the study of Islam and develop in all fields: history, sociology, anthropology, philology, philosophy, religion, culture, and politics. All were peeled and mapped how the West makes the East as an object of study and how to respond the East, and the West was made the object of study as well (Occidentalism). The issue of the West and the East is a matter of perception that is clarified in this book.

    Speakers :

    Sophia Rose Arjana :Appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies in University of Denver, in 2011. Arjana has published work on several subjects in the study of Islam, including pilgrimage, Islamophobia, and Orientalism.

    Al Makin : Editor-in-chief of al-Jami’ah Journal. He obtained his Ph. D degree from Ruprecht-Karls- Universität, Germany. He is a lecturer at UIN Sunan Kalijaga.

    Map to Graduate School of UIN Sunan Kalijaga
  • “Null arguments and the nature of ‘control' and ‘raising' constructions in Besemah” - March 26, 2015,

    'Null’ arguments in languages like English reveal significant aspects of the syntax of that language, and theories of language, particularly formal theories of grammar, have relied heavily on ‘null’ arguments in the analysis of relativization, ‘control’, and ‘raising’ constructions. However, in other languages like Japanese and Indonesian where the omission of arguments is largely constrained at the level of discourse, one needs to carefully tease apart whether the possibility of ‘null’ arguments in apparent relativization, ‘control’ or ‘raising’ constructions in fact shows something about the syntax of that language.

    Loosely based on Comrie (1998) and my own analysis of purported relative clauses in Besemah, I demonstrate how ‘null’ arguments in ‘control’ and ‘raising’ constructions in Besemah, a little-known Malayic language of South Sumatra, reveal that significant syntactic properties are only present in a very limited number of constructions. Based largely on examples from natural discourse, this treatment is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get analysis of ‘control’ and ‘raising’ constructions in Besemah.

    Speaker:   Bradley McDonnell  (Ph.D. Candidate, University of California  Santa Barbara)


    Map to Ruang Bincang Ilmiah, K22.10
  • Public Discussion "Touristification of the Sacred" - April 8, 2015,


    What happens when sacred sites are drawn into the system of cultural heritage tourism? This talk will address some of the underlying concepts of heritage that perceives of certain objects, practices or places as having “universal value” and therefore belonging to all of humanity. The presenters will discuss the tensions inherent in the implementation of cultural heritage tourism that proclaims the value of preservation while also facilitating greater levels of visitation, and the conundrum of a using a framework of universal value to evaluate sites and practices that draw meaning from their expression of cultural difference. Using cases drawn from the Asia-Pacific region, the speakers will examine how these tensions can spur conflict, and in the case of Indonesia, how “touristification” of spiritual practices can be utilized to avoid problematic questions of religious deviancy by reclassifying them as “cultural”.


    AIFIS in cooperation with Laboratorium Religi dan Budaya Lokal (LABeL) UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, will conduct the Public Discussion on:

    Date                : Wednesday, 8 April 2015

    Time                : 09.00 – 12.00 WIB

    Venue              : Smart Room Fl. 2

    Fakultas Ushuluddin dan Pemikiran Islam, UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta


    Dr. Swazey is the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant (2009-2010), the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Anthropology (2005-2008) and a former Graduate Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, HI, USA (2009-2011).

    Dr. Moh. Soehadha is the lecturer at the Faculty of Ushuluddin and Islamic Thought, UIN Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta. He wrote a dissertation on Food Security of Dayak Loksado.

    Map to Smart Room Lt. 2
  • Public Lecture "Peace building in World Religions: Buddhism and Islam" - April 14, 2015,


    From Buddha’s message, there is a call to all to join the fold of universal brotherhood to work in strength for the welfare of mankind. The Buddha also sent message the difference between good and bad and he wanted to teach people how to lead happy, peaceful and righteous life. From Islam perspective, the Quran can best bear the witness for Islam’s inclination towards peace, justice, and harmony amongst human beings while negating and discouraging violence, terrorism, and injustice. This lecture will discuss a better understanding of religious tolerance and interreligious cooperation from the Buddhist and Islam perspective, and how these different religions maintain harmonious living with other faiths and religions.


    AIFIS in cooperation with Graduate School of UIN Sunan Kalijaga will conduct this event on:

    Date                : Tuesday, 14 April 2015

    Time                : 13.00 – 15.00 WIB

    Venue              : Hall Lantai 1, Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga


     Prof. Karma Lekshe Tsomo,

    A specialist in Buddhist studies, has taught at University of San Diego, USA, since 2000. She offers classes in Buddhist Thought and Culture, World Religions, Comparative Religious Ethics, Religious and Political Identities in the Global Community, and Negotiating Religious Diversity in India. Her research interests include women in Buddhism, death and dying, Buddhist feminist ethics, Buddhism and bioethics, religion and politics, and Buddhist trans-nationalism.


    Moch Nur Ichwan, Ph.D.

    He earned his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Tilburg University, the Netherlands, November 2006. He is Head of Department of Religion and Philosophy, Post-graduate School of the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University (2011-2015). His research interest include Muslim politicsIslamic Thought and hermeneuticsIndonesian and Southeast Asian IslamReligion and Globalization.



    Faishol Adib, M.A                                                    

    Email:  Mobile: 0815 799 2089

    Map to Hall Lantai 1, Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga
  • Shophouse to Superblock: Discourses of Ethnicity in Urban Development in Jakarta - April 20, 2015,

    Background & Objective

    Chinese Indonesians have played a critical role in the history of development in Indonesia, and the traces of this history are visible in vernacular understandings of place and practices throughout Jakarta. However, both the colonial and postcolonial state actively sought to manage the Chinese as a distinct population, so that the Chinese identity can never be separated from policies and practices of the state. Ethnic Chinese Indonesians are a minority whose history in Indonesia was punctuated by state and popular violence and cultural suppression, but which finally achieved the explicit acknowledgement of citizenship. In this assemblage, we see a complicated use of ethnic discourse of the Chinese in the modernization and urban development of Jakarta. Using a long history of Jakarta, I analyze ways that the construction of the ethnic is made visible and spatialized in two built forms that characterize Jakarta: the shophouse and the superblock. First, the shophouse is a vernacular Chinese architectural form whose proliferation in Jakarta was always troubled by the ambiguity of Chinese belonging within the postcolony. Alternately, the superblock represents the emergence of newer set of politics and business practices, and in a Post-Suharto Indonesia, “global city” development demonstrates new conceptions of class and ethnicity within the city.

    Concerning to the above brief overview, Institute for Social Development and Community Outreach (ISDCO) in close partnership with American Institute For Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) will held a half day public talk and general lecture discussed the interesting issue entitled Global Citizens and Local Monopolies in Jakarta Real Estate, which will be delivered by Mr. Matt Wade.


    • Matt Wade (Ph.D. student in UC Berkeley Department of City and Regional Planning Specialization in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Southeast Asia)


    Time and Venue

    Day/Date          : Monday, 20 April 2015

    Time                : 15:00 – 17:00 pm

    Venue              : Auditorium of Sampoerna University

    Jl. MT. Haryono Kav. 58-60 Pancoran, South Jakarta

    Map to Auditorium USBI-Mulia Business Park

Five Upcoming Events:

  • Field Course in Conservation Biology and Global Health Tinjil Island, Indonesia 8th – 29th August 2015 - August 8, 2015,


    Primate Research Center of Bogor Agricultural University (PSSP-IPB) in collaboration with Washington National Primate Research Center of University of Washington and supported by The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) will conduct field training in Conservation Biology and Global Health. This program has been established by Washington university scholars since 1995 and since 2000 the Post graduate students from IPB Bogor could join the program as an intensive training of elective subject. The program is designed to provide field-based educational, training, and research opportunities for individuals interested in Conservation Biology, Animal Behavior, Primatology, Environmental Science, and Global Health.

    The program has been conducted on Tinjil Island in advanced, located about 16 km off the southwest coast of Banten, Indonesia. Approximately 600 ha in size, this remote island consists of lowland tropical rainforest and coastal/beach vegetation, and has been developed as Natural Habitat Breeding Facility for long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis). The island is surrounded by coral reef that provides home to a variety of aquatic marine animals.

    Program of this year is designed as a full 3 weeks intensive training in Tinjil island with a main topic “conservation biology and global health: at the human-environment interface”. Another objective of this program is also to exchange culture among the students across the world.

    In addition to the field course, outreach education program has been conducted for elementary students around Tinjil Island. The activity has important purpose to build awareness on how to conserve environment, habitat, and animal.


    Priority to participate on this field course will be given to students from universities in Indonesia including students from IPB, UNS, and Non-Government Organization Staffs, while those from abroad universities are students from University of Washington and Oregon Community College. If space is still available, other participants are welcome to join the program. A maximum of 25 participants (included the instructors) will be facilitated due to limited facilities on the island.

    Venue & Date

    Field course in Conservation Biology and Global Health will take place on Tinjil Island in Banten, Indonesia, exactly located at Fasilitas Penangkaran Monyet Ekor Panjang PSSP LPP-IPB, from 8th-29th August 2015.

    Map to Fasilitas Penangkaran Monyet Ekor Panjang PSSP LPP-IPB
  • THE 2nd INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON LINGUISTICS (ISOL-2) August 12-13, 2015 - August 12, 2015,

    August 12-13, 2015


    Language And Civilization
    About ISOL-2

    ISOL is a bineal international seminar held by the Linguistics Graduate Program of Faculty of Humanity, Andalas University in colloboration with the Linguistic Society of Indonesia (MLI), Chapter Padang. ISOL aims to provide a discussion platform for linguists and language observers accross Indonesia. Its main objective is to enhance the exchange of research and new approaches in language studies. The seminar is open to interested people from outside of Indonesia.

    The 2nd ISOL will be held  in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia. The theme of the Seminar is Language and Civilization. This seminar aims at bringing together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their knowledge, experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of language and culture and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.


    The theme of the 2nd ISOL Language and Civilization. The seminar aims at facilitating diverse dialogues among linguists, scientists and scholars from different backgrounds about language as a social construct as well as a tool to understand social reality.

    Keynote & Plenary Presentations

    The seminar has the following keynote or invited speakers:

    1. Prof. James T. Collins (Institute of Ethnic Studies, UKM, Malayisa)
    2. Dr. Yabit Alas (Institute of Asean Studies, Brunei University)
    3. Dr. Katrina (Atma Jaya Univ. Jakarta and the Director of Linguistic Society of Indonesia)
    4. Dr. Suryadi (Leiden University, the Netherlands)
    5. Prof. Song Seung Won (Hankok Univ. Korea)
    6. Dr. Timothy McKinnon (Delaware Univ and AIFIS, Jakarta)
    7. Prof. Nadra (Andalas University, Indonesia)

    Schedule and Venue

    The Seminar will be held on from August 12 to 13, 2015 at the 3rd floor of Postrgraduate Building, Andalas University.
    • Programme (Tentative
    • Opening (Tentative)
    • Gala Dinner (Tentative)
    • One Day Tour

    Call for Papers

    The committee accepts manuscripts of original research that have not been published anywhere else. Both abstracts and full paper are written in English. The committee invite submissions for an abstract (and full papers) in accordance with the theme of the seminar but not limmited to the following topics:
    • Language and Mind
    • Language as Social Construct
    • Language and Society
    • Language and Social Change
    • Language and Identiy
    • Language and Religion
    • Language and Science
    • Language and Modernization
    • Language and Globalization
    • Language and Media
    • Language and Politics
    • Language and Culture
    • Language and History
    • Micro-linguistics

    The conference website will be opened for submissions in March 12, 2015. Submission deadline is in June 1, 2015. All submitted papers will be reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers.

    Please visit ISOL-2 website

    Map to Postgraduate Building, 3rd floor, Universitas Andalas
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