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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October 2015
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Five Previous Events:


    Unika Atmajaya with support from AIFIS, will conduct this event on:

    Date : 9 Juni 2015, 10 am - 12pm
    Venue : Gedung Yustinus Lt. 14, Unika Atma Jaya, Jl. Jend. Sudirman, 51. Jakarta 12930

    Speakers: Paul Kei Matsuda PhD (Arizona State University)

    Moderator :Dr. Setiyono Sugiharto

    Speaker background :

    Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University. He is also Concurrent Professor at Nanjing University.
    He has published widely on second language writing in various journals and edited collections in applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition and TESOL, and has received a number of prestigious awards for his publications. He has presented plenary and keynote talks as well as lectures and workshops in various countries, including China, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Qatar, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and throughout the United States.
    Paul is Founding Chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and Series Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. He has also served as the founding chair of the CCCC Committee on Second Language Writing and the Chair of the Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Caucus.
    The First Vice President and President-Elect of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL), he is current organizing American Association for Applied Linguistics (#AAAL2015) in Toronto, Canada (March 21-24, 2015).
    Paul has previously served as the director of writing programs at the University of New Hampshire and Arizona State University. He also has taught a wide variety of courses in applied linguistics, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and TESOL at Purdue University, Miami University, and the University of New Hampshire. In addition, he has held visiting professor and researcher positions at Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Jilin University (China), Nagoya University (Japan), Penn State University (USA), Shih Chien University (Taiwan), Tamkang University (Taiwan), Thammasat University (Thailand), the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR), and the University of Utah (USA).

    Map to Gedung Yustinus, Lantai 14
  • Public Lecture “Social Protection System and Policy for Minority Group: Comparing Indonesia and the U.S.” - June 9, 2015,


    Social protection as a significant part of development policies has been recognized by the Indonesian Government to prevent people from falling into poverty, combat existing poverty, and increase equity. The government’s decision in October 2004 to implement Law No. 40 concerning  the National Social Security System (Undang-Undang Sistem Jaminan Sosial Nasional or SJSN) is an effort to increase social support for the poor and the minority group. This new system mandates the establishment of several social security forms for citizens: old-age pension, old-age savings, national health insurance, work injury insurance, and death benefits for survivors of deceased workers. To explore more this issue and to do a comparative study, it is important to learn from other countries’ experience like the U.S. how the country develops its social protection system and policy.



    AIFIS in cooperation with Graduate School of Government and Politics, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) will conduct this event on:

    Date                : Tuesday, 9 June 2015

    Time                : 10.30 – 13.00 WIB

    Venue              : Graduate School of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY)

    Jl. Ring Road Barat, Tamantirto, Bantul, Yogyakarta


    Vanessa Guest, Ph.D.

    She is a career diplomat serving in the Political Section of U.S. Embassy Jakarta.  Her previous postings include Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and the Dominican Republic, as well as an assignment at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.  Vanessa was an attorney focusing on international business transactions in the energy sector prior to joining the Foreign Service.  She earned her B.A. in Government and History from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Doctorate of Juris Prudence from the University of Texas School of Law.  She also served in the Texas Air National Guard.  Vanessa is married to a fellow U.S. diplomat with whom she has a daughter.


    Aris Suparman Wijaya, Ph.D.

    He earned a Master Program in Management from The Asian Institute of Management Manila, Philippine and his Doctoral Program in Management from University Santo Thomas, Philippines. He is now a lecturer at Magister Program in Management at University Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY).



    Map to Graduate School of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY)
  • Public Lecture “The Middle East Conflict: Indonesia and The U.S. Perspective” - June 11, 2015,


    The Middle East conflict is a complex phenomenon. The conflict in Syria, Iraq, Yemen,  Israeli-Palestinian, and Iran-Saudi tensions, among others, are not only rooted in the prolonged local history of antagonism and competitions but also due to the involvement of great  powers, including the United States, Great Britain and Soviet Union and now Russia in its long history . From the  geopolitical point of view, the Middle East is seen as one of the most  difficult and complicated region of the world, especially after the 9/11 attack happened. The talk will discuss these complicated issues in the Middle East as  it will traces the historical dynamics and political changes of the relationship between the Great powers, especially the United States with the Arab / Middle East countries. It will specifically, highlights the role and impact of U.S. foreign policy in the region, since the Cold War era in late 1940s, that provides an ideal timeline trajectory  to help to understand the contemporary dynamics between various ethno-religious groups in the region.. As part  of comparative study, this lecture will also explore  Indonesian perspective and and its respond to the Middle East Conflict.



    AIFIS in cooperation with Lembaga Penelitian, Publikasi dan Pengabdian Masyarakat (LP3M) and International Relations Program of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) will conduct the Public Lecture on:

    Date                : Thursday, 11 June 2015

    Time               : 09.00 – 11.30 WIB

    Venue                        : Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) Jl. Ring Road Barat, Yogyakarta



    Sumanto Al Qurtuby, Ph.D.

    Sumanto obtained a Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology with a focus on political and religious anthropology from Boston University and received two master’s degrees, from the Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (in Conflict Transformation) and from the Satya Wacana Christian University in Indonesia in Sociology of Religion. Sumanto Al Qurtuby now is Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia. Prior to Joining KFUPM, he was a visiting research fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and a faculty fellow at the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies (both at the University of Notre Dame).


    Muhammad Zahrul Anam, Ph.D. Cand.

    He earned a Master Program in the Middle East and Islamic Studies from Uinversitas Indonesia in 2005. Currently, he is finishing his Ph.D. Program in Department of Political Science, International Islamic University of Malaysia. His research interest includes Middle East, Migration, Good Governance and ASEAN.

    Map to Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta
  • Daurah (Seminar) Nasional “Quo Vadis Laskar-Laskar Ormas Islam” - June 25, 2015,


    Assalamu’alaykum Wr. Wb.

    Dengan ini Dewan Pimpinan Majelis Ulama Indonesia mengundang Bapak/Ibu/Saudara dalam Daurah (Seminar) Nasional “Quo Vadis Laskar-Laskar Ormas Islam” dilanjutkan dengan buka puasa bersama yang insyaallah akan diselenggarakan pada:

    Hari/Tangggal                    : Kamis, 25 Juni 2015

    Waktu                                   : Pukul 15.00 s/d 19.00 WIB

    Tempat                                                : Kantor MUI Lantai 4 Jalan Proklamasi No. 51 Jakarta Pusat

    Keynote Speech                               : Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman Mas’ud (Kepaala Balitbang Kementrian Agama R.I)

    Narasumber                       : 1. Dr. KH. Ma’ruf Amin (Wakil Ketua Umum MUI)

    1. Dr. H. M. Cholil Nafis (Ketua Komisi Dakwah MUI)
    2. Prof. Dr. Ronald Lukens Bull (AIFIS Fellow, Peneliti Laskar-Laskar Ormas Islam dari U.S.A)
    3. H. Alfa Isnaeni (Komandan Nasional BANSER)
    4. KH. Ahmad Sobri Lubis, S.Pdi (Ketua Umum FPI)

    Mengingat pentingnya acara tersebut, kami harap Bapak/Ibu/Saudara hadir tepat pada waktunya.

    Demikian undangan ini kami sampaikan, atas perhatian dan kehadirannya kami ucapkan terima kasih.


    Map to Kantor MUI Lantai 4
  • Religious Visit #1 : Visiting Pesantren Krapyak - July 2, 2015,

    In the Ramadhan Fasting Month, AIFIS will facilitate some American Scholars to visit Pesantren. The aim of this visit is to give a better understanding of Islam, especially in the aspect of Religious Education System in Indonesia. Pesantren is Islamic Boarding School where santri (students) learn the Koran, religious philosophies, traditions of exegesis, law, etc. Pesantren that provide housing or dormitory at low or no cost for santri are led by religious leaders known as Kyai. The Kyai is respected teacher who play important roles in Pesantren and its surrounding area.
    This visit is also to discuss Nusantara Islam. It is a distinctive Islam resulting from vivid, intense and vibrant interaction, contextualization, indigenization and vernacularization of universal Islam with Indonesian social, cultural and religious realities--this is Islam embedded. Nusantara Islamic orthodoxy (Ash'arite theology, Shafi'i school of law, and Ghazalian Sufism) nurtures the Wasatiyyah character--a justly balanced and tolerant Islam. Nusantara Islam, no doubt, is very rich with Islamic legacy.

    AIFIS will conduct the 1st Religious Visit to Pesantren on:
    Date : Thursday, 2 July 2015
    Time : 16.30 – 18.00 WIB
    Venue : Pesantren Krapyak, Jl. KH. Ali Maksum, Yogyakarta
    Resource Person : Dr. Phil. Sahiron Syamsuddin, M.A.
    (Alumni of Pesantren Krapyak and Associate Professor at Universitas Islam
    Negeri (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta)


    Map to Pondok Pesantren Krapyak

Five Upcoming Events:

  • Mental Health Week (Pro Jiwa), Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia - October 5, 2015,


    Mental health is a one of health issues that is still misunderstood by the community. Mental health is actually “... a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community” (WHO). It shows that mental health problems cannot only be solved from the biomedical treatment due to the number of economic, socio-cultural and political issues behind it. The latter factors are true for Indonesia, a country with such diversity in its social-economic-political and cultural landscape. Therefore mental health should be treated comprehensively, inter-disciplinary and cross culturally.

    The problem is the fact that Indonesia regulation on mental health tends to be seen and dealt in the biomedical context. Treatment for mental illness has been programmed from community health centers called Puskesmas. There is an urgent need to promote a more comprehensive treatment and to encourage social scientists, social workers, families, and the community to be involved in making a better place for those living with mental illnesses.

    Film is a media of learning to understand a social issue. As a product of popular culture and an educational media, film could easily influence the life of a community.


    The main goal of this event is to increase public and professional awareness and understanding on mental health and its social-cultural context.

    More specifically, the goals are: (1) increasing public and community awareness and understanding on mental disorder and how to deal with it, especially in the context of Indonesia, through films; (2) opening up more space for mental health professionals such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, field activists, volunteers, as well as family of those with mental illness, to share knowledge and experiences on dealing with mental illness in Indonesia’s socio-cultural context; and (3) increasing the interdisciplinary involvement of professionals and activist working in the area of mental illness in Indonesia.


    • Robert Lemelson, Ph.D. (University of California at Los Angeles)
    • Irwanto, Ph.D. (Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya)
    • Suryo Dharmomo, Sp.KJ (Rumah Sakit Dr. Cipto Mangunkusumo/ Universitas Indonesia)
    • Nani I.R. Nurrachman Sutoyo (Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya)
    • Kusuma Dewi Suharya (DY Suharya)
    • Livia Iskandar, PhD
    • Yatna Pelangi & Mayk Wongkar


    • Lidia Laksana Hidajat, M.P.H
    • Evi Sukmaningrum, PhD.
    • Eunike Sri Tyas Suci, PhD.
    • Danny Irawan Yatim, MSc. Med
    • Wieka Dyah Partasari, MSi, psi.
    • Teddy Andika

    Date and Venue

    This seminar will be held on: October 5 – 8, 2015

    Universitas Katolik Indonesia Atma Jaya

    Jl. Jenderal Sudirman 51

    Ruang Multimdia, Fakultas Teknik

    Jakarta - 12930

    Map to Ruang Multimedia, Fakultas Teknik
  • MENYAMBUT KEMBALI BAHASA INDONESIA DI NEGERI SENDIRI, Diskusi dalam Rangka Menyambut Bulan Bahasa 2016 - October 29, 2015,

    Pembicaraan tentang bahasa Indonesia selama ini selalu dikerdilkan dengan meletakkannya semata dalam ruang linguistik dan kebudayaan yang kurang memikat perhatian banyak orang. Demikian pula ketika bahasa Indonesia terjepit oleh gerusan bahasa asing yang dari hari ke hari semakin merajai ruang sosial masyarakat kita (khususnya masyarakat perkotaan), perdebatan yang terjadi tidak bergerak keluar dari ruang tersebut. Padahal bahasa untuk sebuah bangsa dan negara adalah sama kedudukannya dengan kekuatan militer dan mata uang. Artinya bahasa sebagaimana kekuatan militer dan kekuatan mata uang sebuah negara, adalah benteng yang menentukan sejauh mana negara tersebut mampu berdiri kokoh ketika berhadapan dengan bangsa dan negara lain. Atau dengan kata lain bahasa adalah alat pertahanan nasional.
    Dalam perspektif itulah maka diskusi ini diselenggarakan untuk mempertanyakan hal-hal yang selama ini kita abaikan, yaitu seberapa kokoh kedaulatan bahasa Indonesia untuk menjadi tiang pancang bagi masyarakatnya sendiri. Diskusi ini akan difokuskan pada persoalan-persoalan yang mempertanyakan masalah-masalah berikut ini:
    1. Masihkah bahasa Indonesia menjadi tuan rumah di negeri sendiri?
    2. Di mana letak peta bahasa asing dalam pola pikir masyarakat Indonesia kontemporer?
    3. Bagaimana pola penggunaan bahasa asing dalam kehidupan kontemporer?
    4. Saluran apa yang menjadi arus utama masuknya bahasa asing dalam kehidupan tersebut?
    5. Siapa dan lembaga apa saja yang ikut meramaikan pemakaian bahasa asing?
    6. Bagaimana pola pertahanan yang dimiliki oleh masyarakat kontemporer untuk menyelamatkan bahasa Indonesia?
    Saran tema yang dibicarakan:
    1. Dapatkah bahasa Indonesia menjadi bahasa ibu bagi seluruh warga negara Indonesia?
    2. Melihat ulang kedudukan bahasa Indonesia dan bahasa daerah sebagai sistem pertahanan nasional
    3. Mati segan hidup tak hendak – bahasa Indonesia dalam masyarakat global
    4. Membaca ulang bahasa daerah sebagai sebuah sistem pengetahuan sosial
    1. Prof. Dr. Bambang Kaswanti Purwo (Unika Atma Jaya & MLI)
    2. Dr. Katharina E. Sukamto (Unika Atma Jaya & MLI)
    3. Dr. Risa Permanadeli (Pusat Kajian Representasi Sosial)
    4. Tim Pusat Kajian Representasi Sosial
    1. Dr. Yassir Nasanius (Unika Atma Jaya, Ph.D. dari Univ. of Delaware)
    2. Prof. Dr. Riris Sarumpaet (Universitas Indonesia, Ph.D. dari Univ. of Wisconsin)
    1. Dr. Clara Ajisuksmo (Unika Atma Jaya)
    2. Dr. Eunike Sri Tyas Suci (Unika Atma Jaya)

    Peserta diskusi ini antara lain adalah pemangku kepentingan di Badan Pengembangan & Pembinaan Bahasa Kemdiknas, dosen, guru, bahasawan, mahasiswa, dan pemerhati bahasa.

    Diskusi ini akan diselenggarakan pada:
    Hari/tanggal : Jumat, 9 Oktober 2015
    Pukul : 08.00 – 15.00 WIB
    Tempat : Gedung K2, lantai 2, Unika Atma Jaya

    Map to Gedung K2, Lantai 2
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