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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August 2015
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Five Previous Events:

  • Public Lecture: Nation Building and Character Building: Comparing Indonesia and The U.S. - May 12, 2015,

    BACKGROUND
    Multiculturalism is one of the most important values of the Indonesian nation building since the country is comprised of many ethnicities, religions, and cultures. As the core value of the building, multiculturalism reflects the spirit of Bhineka Tunggal Ika: we are many, but one, that encourages all people to accept others as members of the Indonesian nation. Multiculturalism also contributes in the Indonesian character building. Through education, people understand Indonesia as the multicultural country that consists of 17.506 islands, 746 languages, and 1.128 tribes. Knowing, learning, and applying the knowledge of multiculturalisms in daily life develop good characters such as appreciative, democratic, and tolerant. To explore more this issue, it is important to learn from other countries’ experience like the U.S. how the country develops its nation and character building.

    ACTIVITY, DATE, AND VENUE
    AIFIS in cooperation with Graduate School of Government and Politics, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) will conduct this event on:
    Date : Tuesday, 12 May 2015
    Time : 09.00 – 11.30 WIB
    Venue : Graduate School of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY)
    Jl. Ring Road Barat, Tamantirto, Bantul, Yogyakarta

    Speakers:
    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 transnationalism.

    Dr. Achmad Nurmandi
    He earned his Doctoral Program from Universitas Indonesia, 2008. He is the Director of College of Graduate Studies, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta.
    His research interest include Urban Government and Management, Policy Analysis, Government Budgetting Policy, and Conflict Management

    FURTHER INFORMATION
    Faishol Adib, M.A
    Email: faisholadib@gmail.com Mobile: 0815 799 2089

    Map to Graduate School of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY)
  • Public Lecture "Religious Pluralism in America" - May 27, 2015,

    BACKGROUND

    The existance of religious pluralism requires an attitude of policy to recognize the diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society. This existance also requires a condition of harmonious co-existence between adherents of different religions or religious denominations. In some situation, religious pluralism goes beyond mere toleration. Mark Silka, in "Defining Religious Pluralism in America: A Regional Analysis", states that religious pluralism enables a country made up of people of different faiths to exist without sectarian warfare or the persecution of religious minorities. Understood differently in different times and places, it is a cultural construct that embodies some shared conception of how a country's various religious communities relate to each other and to the larger nation whole. This lecture will explore how the U.S. establish religious pluralism in its society and how it deals with its challenges in existing the pluralism.

     

    ACTIVITY, DATE, AND VENUE

    AIFIS in cooperation with Master Program of American Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta will conduct this event on:

    Date                : Wednesday, 27 May 2015

    Time                : 09.00 – 11.30 WIB

    Venue              : Ruang Multimedia Gedung Margono Fakultas Ilmu Budaya, UGM

    Speakers:

    Prof. Muhammad Shafiq

    He is the executive director of the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, and is professor of world religions and Islamic studies at Nazareth College, New York. He also holds IIIT Chair in Interfaith Studies at Nazareth College.  Shafiq holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia. He teaches courses on world religions including a courses on the Civil Rights Movement: Martin and Malcolm.

    Shalahuddin Kafrawi, Ph.D.

    He is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York. He holds a M.A. from Islamic Studies, McGill University, Canada, and Ph.D.from Binghamton University, New York. He teaches The West and the Qur’an, Peace and Violence in the Qur’an, Qur’an on Religious Pluralism, Jihad, Religion and Cosmology, and
    Medieval Philosophy.

    Richard C. Salter, Ph.D.

    He is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago. He wrote a dissertation on "Religious Group Formation in the West Indies: A Case Study of Religious Change among Catholics, Pentecostal and Rastafarians in the Commonwealth of Dominica." He teaches Rethinking Jesus, Genocide in the 20th Century, Liberating Theology, and Christianity and Culture

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Faishol Adib, M.A (Email: faisholadib@gmail.com  Mobile: 0815 799 2089)

    Map to Ruang Multimedia Gedung Margono Fakultas Ilmu Budaya, UGM
  • International Seminar "Sacred Texts in Interfaith Dialogue" - May 27, 2015,

    BACKGROUND

    Sacred Texts of Muslims and Christians promote interfaith dialogue and allow for interfaith relationships that are respectful and peaceful. This lecture will elaborate how Christians and Muslims have viewed and interpreted their sacred texts throughout their histories with reference to interfaith dialogue, and how they are reconsidering their religious and spiritual teachings about interfaith dialogue in light of the increasing threats to humanity because of conflict among religion adherents.

     

    ACTIVITY, DATE, AND VENUE

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

    Date                : Wednesday, 27 May 2015

    Time                : 13.00 – 15.30 WIB

    Venue              : Convention Hall, UIN Sunan Kalijaga

    Speakers:

    Prof. Muhammad Shafiq

    He is the executive director of the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, and is professor of world religions and Islamic studies at Nazareth College, New York. He also holds IIIT Chair in Interfaith Studies at Nazareth College.  Shafiq holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia. He teaches courses on world religions including a courses on the Civil Rights Movement: Martin and Malcolm.

    Syafaatun Al Mirzanah, Ph.D.

    As the lecturer at UIN Sunan Kalijaga, she is the Founding Director of the La Convivencia Center for Human Rights and Religious Values. She is also Board Member of Central Asia Production Research, Chicago, USA. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago.  Some of her publications are When Mystics Masters Meet: Towards a New Matrix for Christian-Muslim Dialogue and Scriptural Hermeneutics, An Interfaith Discussion, What Should Non-Muslim Know about Islam.

    Shalahuddin Kafrawi, Ph.D.

    He is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York. He holds a M.A. from Islamic Studies, McGill University, Canada, and Ph.D.from Binghamton University, New York. He teaches The West and the Qur’an, Peace and Violence in the Qur’an, Qur’an on Religious Pluralism, Jihad, Religion and Cosmology, and
    Medieval Philosophy.

    Richard C. Salter, Ph.D.

    He is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York. He holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago. He wrote a dissertation on "Religious Group Formation in the West Indies: A Case Study of Religious Change among Catholics, Pentecostal and Rastafarians in the Commonwealth of Dominica." He teaches Rethinking Jesus, Genocide in the 20th Century, Liberating Theology, and Christianity and Culture

    Map to Convention Hall, UIN Sunan Kalijaga
  • Public Lecture “The Role of Arabic in Indonesia's Islamic Revival” - June 3, 2015,

    BACKGROUND

    Although it has become a truism of Indonesia studies that "since the 1980s Indonesia has experienced an historically unprecedented Islamic revival” (Hefner 1999:40), there is relatively little systematic evidence documenting this fact. This presentation reports on some ongoing research into the growing role of the Arabic language in Javanese expressions of piety. While other parts of the research examine Arabic language education, comparing Arabic use in NU and Muhammadiyah, and the role of Arabic in contemporary media, the current presentation focuses on the shifts in the use of Arabic names in Java as a way of understanding historic processes of Islamization and vernacularization.

     

    ACTIVITY, DATE, AND VENUE

    AIFIS in cooperation with International Office and International Relations Program of Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII) will conduct this event on:

    Date                : Wednesday, 3 June 2015

    Time                : 14.00 – 16.00 WIB

    Venue              : GKU Sardjito, Kampus Terpadu Universitas Islam Indonesia (UII). Jl. Kaliurang Km. 14,5 Yogyakarta

     

    SPEAKER

    Prof. Joel C. Kuipers

    He is Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at The George Washington University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1982. Since 1989, he has taught at The George Washington University. His research interest include linguistic anthropology; ethnography of speaking; ethnoscience; ritual; gender; nationalism; politics of culture; and medical anthropology. His regional focus is Indonesia. Since 2000, he has carried out extensive video ethnographic analyses of the use of authoritative language in psychiatric clinics, Indonesian courtrooms, and U.S. science classrooms.

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Faishol Adib (faisholadib@gmail.com / 0815 799 2089)

     

    Map to GKU Sardjito
  • Public Lecture "Religion, Modernity and Indonesian Social Imagination" - June 4, 2015,

    BACKGROUND

    Classical Western social theory was based on a paradigm of development from traditional societies to modernity.  “Progress” is part of a common social imagination of development from simple, enchanted, religious, traditional societies to complex, rational modern societies ruled by science.  However recent social theory suggests that there are many different forms of modernity.  Modernity in Indonesia is deeply influenced by religions and by traditional cultural practices.  Indonesians imagine social reality differently from how people in the West imagine society.  However not all Indonesians imagine the same social reality.  The diversity in Indonesian society stems from competing social imaginaries, not just between “East” and “West”, but between different combinations of practices, stories, hopes, beliefs and imaginations of what is good and real.  This lecture will explore an finding that many modern Indonesians still live in an “enchanted” cosmos in which religion provides the necessary symbols for understanding reality.  Many Indonesians see no need to choose between modern, scientific symbol systems, religious convictions and their traditional, ethnic practices.  Instead they move between different symbol systems, choosing whichever makes the most sense in a given situation.

     

     

    ACTIVITY, DATE, AND VENUE

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

    Date                : Thursday, 4 June 2015

    Time                : 13.00 – 15.00 WIB

    Venue              : Hall Lantai 1, Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga

     

    SPEAKERS

    Prof. Dr. Bernard Adeney-Risakotta

    He is the International Representativie of ICRS-UGM. He received his bachelor degree in Asian Studies and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA, while his master degree was obtained from the University of London, England, in Social Ethics and Asian Religions. His doctoral degree was earned from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley, in Religion and Society, Social Ethics and Political Science. His academic interests are mainly in Ethics, politics, society, and religious studies.

    Ahmad Norma Permata, Ph.D.

    He earned his Ph.D. from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in 2008. He is now a lecturer at UIN Sunan Kalijaga and serves as the Director of Inclusive and Sustainable Development Institute (ISD-Institute) at UIN Sunan Kalijaga. His academic interests are mainly in Islam and Politics, Democracy and Good Government, Sustainable Development, Bureaucratic Reform, and Civil Society.

     

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Faishol Adib (faisholadib@gmail.com / 0815 799 2089)

     

    Map to Hall Lantai 1, Pascasarjana UIN Sunan Kalijaga

Five Upcoming Events:

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

    Introduction

    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.

    Participants

    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
  • Public Lecture “Democracy and Civic Education in Indonesia and America” - August 31, 2015,

    BACKGROUND

    Civic education has been practiced at State Islamic Universities in Indonesia since the Indonesia’s post-1998 transition to democracy. This education is a part of efforts to create new applicable and appropriate design in democracy learning. It is also an effort to educate young people on democratic citizenship while integrating the values and perspectives of Islam on civil society, democracy, and human rights.  Another goal is to train people become competent and responsible citizens in democratic political systems. This lecture will observe whether civic education works in their daily lives that makes them more tolerant than others. This also will study whether the education supports democracy in Indonesia by participating in political life far more than other students. To deepen the discussion, the lecture will compare the implementation of civic education in America.

    ACTIVITY, DATE, AND VENUE

    AIFIS in cooperation with Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Yogyakarta (STAIYO) will conduct this event on:

    Date                : Monday, 31 August 2015

    Time               : 13.00 – 15.00 WIB

    Venue             : Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Yogyakarta (STAIYO)

    1.   Ki Ageng Giring, Bansari Kepek, Wonosari Gunung Kidul, DIY

     

    SPEAKER

    Prof. Yudian Wahyudi, Ph.D.

    He received his Ph.D. from McGill University in 2002.  He was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School (2002-2004), Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at Comparative Department, Tufts University, Massachussetts, USA (2004-2005), and member of American Association of University Professors (2005-2006). Now he is Professor of Islamic Studies at Universitas Islam Negeri (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Faishol Adib (faisholadib@gmail.com / 0815 799 2089)

    Map to Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Yogyakarta (STAIYO)
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