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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February 2016
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Five Previous Events:

  • Reform, Radicalism, and the Role of Islam in Modern Societis - December 7, 2015,

    Reform, radicalism, and the role of Islam are the common themes of the last century and a half of Muslim activism. One of questions should be proposed in discussing these themes is where and how would democracy fit in a contemporary Muslim experience. A possible answer is by looking at Muslim democracies, such as Bangladesh, Turkey, Indonesia, and even Pakistan and Lebanon. Another opportunity is with the nonviolent and centrist Islamist political parties-like Morocco’s Justice and Development Party, Egypt’s Muslim Brothers and al-Wasat Party Yemen’s Islah, and Jordan’s Islamic Action Front. Another question should be proposed is what are the prospecrts for reform and democratization in the Muslis world. Possible answer, there is possibility for real transformation and democratization in the Muslim world. However, looking at the turbulent 2011 and the Arab Spring makes this question is not easy to answer. This lecture will explore broad areas of reform, radicalism, and the role of Islam in the current situation. This will also explore the works of contemporary Muslim reform-oriented scholars and activists who have contributed to a wide variety of questions and discussions in contemporary Islamic discourse.

    AIFIS in cooperation with Graduate Program of UIN Sunan Kalijaga will conduct this event on:
    Date : Monday, 7 December 2015
    Time : 13.00 – 15.00 WIB
    Venue : Hall Lantai 1, Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga

    Noorhaidi Hasan, Ph.D.
    He is a professor of Islam and politics at the Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is currently the Director of Graduate Program at the same university. He obtained M.A from Leiden University (1999), M.Phil. from the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (2000), and Ph.D. from Utrecht University (2005). One of his publications is Laskar Jihad: Islam, Militancy and the Quest for Identity in Post-New Order Indonesia (Ithaca, New York: Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2006).
    Ermin Sinanovic, Ph.D.
    He is currently the Director of Research and Academic Programs at the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), where he is also the Director of The Fairfax Institute at Virginia, USA. Before joining the IIIT, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. He studied for an M.A and a Ph.D in Political Science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His research interests include transnational Islamic revival, revival and reform in Islam, Islamic political thought, Southeast Asian politics, and Islam and politics in general. He speaks Bosnian, English, Arabic, and Malay.
    Faishol Adib, M.A
    Email: Mobile: 0815 799 2089

    Map to Hall Lantai 1, Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga
  • International Symposium : Sustainable Food and Water Security through Responsible Intensification of Agriculture - December 15, 2015,

    The Centerpiece of the symposium will be a presentation about the University of Nebraska’s Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity initiative. It currently operates in 40 nations drawn from among the most important food producing regions of the world. It operates in a completely cooperative way with partner institutions ( universities, government agencies) in the collaborating nations. Our primary partners are scientists at Wageningen University where the open source data on weather, cropping, soil condition, water utilization etc. is housed. Yield gap studies are not new but they have had little real utility as tools to effect change because the data was outdated or drawn from less meaningful and accurate sources. In this case our team educates users on the standard research approaches. In place like China UNL, working with Chinese universities and producers in the northeast,  has been able to provide information and guidance that resulted in doubling maize yields with the same amount of water and considerable reduction in nitrogen fertilizer application.

    In addition we’ll have  a session on water sustainability and irrigation, the co-lead is the Exec.Dir. of our Water for Food Institute – as former Director of IWMI and the Ford Foundation’s water lead he was at one time very familiar with Indonesia institutions.

    We’ll also have presentations on plant science innovation and renewables in the bio-economy.

    Lastly we’ll provide information and dialogue on the interconnection of the human, plant and soil biomes and the interplay of agriculture and health including specific emphasis on early childhood development.

    Speakers : Experts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Wageningen University, CSIRO Australia and Indonesia


    Map to Financial Hall, Graha CIMB Niaga
  • Public Lecture "Public Health in Indonesia" - December 16, 2015,


    This lecture will explore pulic health condition in Indonesia, especially during colonization era. In particular, this will explore the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 in the country. The pandemic was the single most lethal short-term epidemic of the twentieth century. For Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, the most widely used estimate of mortality from that pandemic is 1.5 million. It is estimated mortality from the influenza pandemic in Java and Madura, home to the majority of Indonesia’s population. The new estimate suggest that, for Java alone, population loss was in the range of 4.26-4.37 million, or more than twice the established estimate for mortality for all of Indonesia. This lecture will also present new findings on geographic patterns of population loss across Java, and pre-pandemic and post-pandemic population growth rates.



    AIFIS in cooperation with Pusat Studi Sosial Asia Tenggara (PSSAT) UGM will conduct this public lecture on:

    Date        : Wednesday, 16 December 2015

    Time        : 13.30 – 16.00 WIB

    Venue       : Seminar Room, 2nd Floor, Pusat Studi Sosial Asia Tenggara (PSSAT)

                  Gedung Pusat Antar Universitas (PAU), UGM

    Jl. Teknika Utara, Barek, Sleman.



    Prof. Siddharth Chandra

    He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University, his A.M. (Ph.D. pass) in economics from the University of Chicago, and his B.A. (with honors) in economics from Brandeis University. He is Director of the Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University. His research interests include behavior and policy relating to addictive substances, the intersection of economics, health, and history in Asia. 

    Prof. Hari Kusnanto

    He earned his undergraduare and master degree from Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). He finished his doctoral degree from Yale University, USA, in 1992. He now serves as a Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Medicine, UGM.



    Faishol Adib, M.A                        

    Email:  Mobile: 0815 799 2089

    Map to Seminar Room, 2nd Floor
  • Does evolvability predict diversification in cone snails? - December 21, 2015,

    What factors generate biodiversity? Species richness and morphological diversity are not distributed evenly across the tree of life. For example, there exists over 10,000 species of birds, but their closest relatives (crocodiles and alligators) comprise only of 23 species. Differences in evolvability, or lineages' intrinsic capacity to adapt and diversify, is one explanation used to explain these disparities. Evolvability is thought to be determined by the underlying genetic architecture of organisms. For instance, gene duplication increases evolvability - the copied gene is free from the selective pressures of the original gene. Mutation, selection, and drift can act on the copied gene, facilitating the possibility of new phenotypes to arise. This shapes the extent that taxa can diversify and exploit resources.

    Cone snails within the exceptionally diverse genus Conus (>600 spp.) are an ideal system to study the relationship between evolvability and diversification.

    Speaker : Mark Anthony Phuong (Ph.D candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Los Angeles )

    Map to Auditorium Sampoerna University
  • Public Discussion: Tourism as a Moral Concern - January 29, 2016,

    AIFIS in cooperation with Pusat Studi Antar Budaya dan Agama, STAKPN Ambon, presents

    Tourism as a Moral Concern:
    History, Memory and Displacement in Tourism Development in the Banda Islands

    Banda Neira, a high-end international tourism destination that is also a noted site of national heritage, is slated to become a special economic zone for tourism in Maluku in 2016. In this talk, the speaker will explore how people in the Banda Islands address tourism as a moral concern. In seeking representation and recognition within the imagined geography of Banda as a tourist destination, various moral orientations are used to grapple with the challenges that tourists and tourism development make to key cultural values. In discourses on the moral imperatives of religion and adat, local residents challenge the national presentation of tourism as a mode of economic prosperity and cultural preservation. By invoking alternative moral communities that overlap but don’t always articulate, these narrations address how touristic representations of the Banda Islands elide displacements experienced during the colonial period, in the aftermath of regional conflict, and now through a new phase of tourism development. Finally, the speaker will consider the how reactions to these displacements are affecting collective memory, normative practices and touristic presentations of identity, and the changing face of cultural citizenship in the Banda Islands, as well as the broader implications for religious relations in the region.

    Kelli Swazey, Ph.D.

    She is a lecturer and faculty member of Center for Religious and Cross-Cultural Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM). She obtained M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA. She is the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant (2009-2010), the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Anthropology (2005-2008), a former Graduate Fellow of the East West Center in Honolulu, HI, USA (2009-2011), and AIFIS Fellowship (2015). Her research interests are on religion and identity, culture and Christianity, ethnicity, media and public practices of identity, representation and recognition in the multicultural state, and the construction of the local.

    Map to Auditorium Sekolah Tinggi Agama Kristen Protestan Negeri

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