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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December 2016
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Upcoming Events:

  • On the Importance of Combining Epigraphic, Art Historical, and Archaeological Data at the National Museum of Indonesia - December 13, 2016,


    In recent years there has been a fundamental transformation taking place in our understanding of the Hindu-Buddhist period in Indonesia, that is, from the 5th through the 14th centuries. Today, epigraphers, archaeologists and art historians are critically revisiting old data and long held truisms in the light of newly emerging research and data particularly as regards        inter-Asian dynamics and esoteric Buddhism. They emphasize that the tendency in the past has been to uncritically accept and reproduce past knowledge as established fact rather than to question those interpretations.

    By focusing on a number of all important specimens in the National Museum of Indonesia in light of newly published data and emerging controversies, this talk will provide a few illustrations of the kind of vibrant debates taking place at the moment around the epigraphic, art historical and archaeological  record. In doing so, I will emphasize the importance of museums as sites for university research and especially the critical need for inter-active open-access digital archives for making such museums more effective in enhancing education and pluralism in Indonesia.

    Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Zilberg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

    Audience: Lecturers, researcher, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni


    Day, Date  : Tuesday, 13 December 2016

    Time          :  10:00 – 11:30 WIB

    Location    : Gedung K2, lantai 2, ruang 203, Unika Atma Jaya


    Map to Gedung K2, lantai 2, ruang 203, Unika Atma Jaya
  • "Navigating Global Flows of Capital, Policy and Values: Conceptualizing Trajectories toward Alternative Modernities in Indonesia" An International Conference & Workshop Programme, Palu, Central Sulawesi Indonesia, 19-22 December 2016 - December 19, 2016,
    1. Rationale

    The economic, political, and social transformation of Indonesia since decolonization, especially in recent decades, has been massive. Linked to these processes numerous parameters crucial to guaranteeing a humane and dignified future require in-depth examination: self consciousness and otherness, citizenship and community, the effects of the neoliberal capitalist turn in development and conservation, among others. Such issues are linked to the expansion of governmentality across various agencies tied to the expansion of the global market and concomitant agendas. Reacting to such trends has been the political resurrection of various symbolic vehicles of socio-cultural identity in endeavors that seek to make claims on various resources through revitalization of traditions in the context of new political engagements and more pragmatic projects. Such phenomena are expressions of the various global forces interacting with local aspirations and actions leading to diverse trajectories toward various forms of modernity. Analyses of just how such interactions have arisen and are playing out in a context. It requires not just commentary on the overt politics of such transformative confrontations, but also deeper examination of the epistemological bases of action of the contending participants.

    Many social and humanist scientists who have confronted these issues in their field research often have found themselves confronted with various dilemmas in their analytical work: How is the analysis of the communal and cultural repertoires of Indonesia a distinctive endeavor? How do the humanizing phenomena analyze in this nation represent unique constellations and how are they variants of other examples of the effect of such social forces and transnational networks? What is it that makes the study of Indonesia, among other forms of sociocultural analysis, possible in the contemporary situation? Alternatively, other potential questions include: How can the social scientist work in Indonesia and elsewhere begin to explore critically the “saturations and meaning impasse” occasioned by the ontological and ethical turns in development discourse and practice? And, in a more practice sense with interventionist implications: how can the environmentalist, historians, the political scientists as well as the anthropologist and the economist begins understanding values in inclusive ways that enable development and its agencies to fulfill its transformative potential? These challenges are deeply embedded in political conditions that inflect how those parties produce their vantage points in the quest to produce mutually all-embracing understandings.

    The aim of the conference is to throwing down a gauntlet to the social researches in order to foster original ideas, new narratives and alternative ways of thinking about the central concepts in the sociocultural analysis of Indonesia and beyond. The enmeshing of intellectual and activist concerns can be seen to produce certain ‘sociocultural knots’, quandaries of analysis in dealing with the local manifestations of capital formations, power and resilience spheres, regarded in the larger context of changes in the regional, national and global discourses and policies guiding historical trajectories and the dynamics of contemporary realms. Those questions are aimed atthinking about an inclusive engagement within the world of which they are part of it as a whole—in terms of both activism of particular intellectual and political implications of different ways of social and cultural exegesis. Setting up the debate in this way is intended to ensure a mutually constitutive, entanglement amongst scholars of various orientations, as they reflect upon the historical dynamics which simultaneously which have created not only the situations they study, but also their own positions.

    Underpinning the conference’s aim above, five themes that possibly could be explored are: 1)Tracing Value and Agency: Capital Formations in Indonesia’s Historical Trajectories; 2) Recycling Values: Ideological and Power Metaphors on Contemporary Capital Expansions in Indonesia; 3) Interlocking Imagined Values: Encounters and Asymmetries in the Age of Cultural Capitalism; 4) The Naked Face of the Clash of Values: Conflicts and Insecurity in the Age of Capital Hybrid; and 5) “Traditional” and “Modern” Medicine: Colonial and Postcolonial Legacies of Healthcare in Indonesia. Together these four themes present a context for dialogue between academic self-reflection and an outward looking applied practice in contemporary society that is endemic to contemporary sociocultural research. While some of the thematic topics focus on the changing conditions for knowledge and practice productions in general and the transformation of the fields of social research, others topical discussions will exemplify how sociocultural frameworks can be applied in new ways, approaching new kinds of materials from different perspectives. The themes all point toward the crucial interaction between the conditions for knowledge production and the applications of that research, where changes in the economic and political context within which research is undertaken are important not only for the researchers themselves, but also for what cross-disciplinary researches can hope to achieve and what role it can play in society.

    The conference will involve presentations from a number of prominent speakers who have worked in and on Indonesia, including many scholars from the social sciences and humanities more generally, all of whom have, in some way or the other, conducted research and/or formulated conceptual models that articulate the urge for new discourses on values and capital, and their wider implications in policy domains. Foci of discussion will include attention to the implications of the ‘ontological and ethical turn’ for research beyond localities, as well as other perspectives that seek to bring a more rigorous and historically grounded consideration of values into analysis. Papers will engage not only with the fundamental philosophical and ethical stances sociocultural and political economy perspectives, especially as these have engaged with key terms such as ‘capital’, ‘value’ and other, but also with unpacking the notion of local within human and non-human interface systems. The conference framework thus seeks to place analysis of the specificities of historical emergence in Indonesia within more encompassing views of the process of transformation of capital forms in the contexts of global markets, human-technology interfaces, law and governance, economic and environmental crises, and the developmental and conservation initiatives being formulated and implemented to confront them.

    Methodologically, this event is also intended to reveal how the reflexive turn in sociocultural discourses and development research of capital and value interfaces can reshape and deepen our understandings. Consequently, this activity also gives special attention to the importance of the young scholar and activist generations in constructing and even disentangling our sociocultural knots. Young scholars and activists, wherever they have been engaged themselves, despite actually having tremendous potential in reshaping theoretical ideas and methodologies for formulating and answering relevant questions seem not to have received adequate attention in many social research agendas. Moreover, the event will valorize the spirit of young scholars in Indonesia and developing countries in their endeavors to configure alternative modes of scholarship, endeavors and communication strengthening. For this concern, the event will specifically design a collaborative workshop for the young scholars prior to and in parallel with the conference sessions.

    Event Website:

    Anthropology Study Program

    Faculty of Political and Social Sciences

    Tadulako University

    Jl. Sukarno Hatta KM 09, Palu Central Sulawesi Indonesia

    Phone/Fax: 62-451-429739



    Contact Person:

    Muhammad Nasrum

    Event Coordinator

    Cell: 62-811-4585372


    Event Venue

    The venue of this event will be held in the IT Center Building, Campus of Tadulako University, Palu, Central Sulawesi Indonesia.


    Map to the IT Center Building, Campus of Tadulako University

Previous Events:

  • The 21st Century Learners, 21st Century Jobs, and 21st Century World Educators Sharing Network - Edufest 2016, November 12, 2016, Sampoerna University - November 12, 2016,

    Education is one of the most important keys for the development of a person; it plays significant role to improve a person skills and competences. In the 21st century, the paradigm of education has changed: from teacher-centered to student-centered, from textbook-driven to research driven, from fragmented curriculum to integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum. This change is stimulated by the belief that teaching students the most relevant, useful, and universally applicable skill should be prioritized in today’s school. 21st century students need to be taught different skill than those learned by students in the 20th century. The skills they learn should reflect the specific demands that will placed upon them in a complex, competitive, knowledge-based, information-age, technology-driven economy and society. The skill and competences needed in the 21st century education are critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, ICT literacy, communication skill, cross-cultural understanding, and self-regulated learning. Those skills will are relevant to all area of schooling and academic study, that may be taught in a wide variety of in-school and outside-of-school setting.
    This talk show is designed to facilitate high school students, educators, entrepreneurs to share their views on essential transformations that are happening in the 21st century, especially in terms of how people learn, what new professions emerged in the 21st century, and how the global culture is changing in the 21st century. It is expected that participants will gain insights on how to respond to all those rapid changes and participate in the global development
    This talk show will enrich participants with the concepts and principles of 21st century education but also the best practices from several educational institutions. Speakers will share their experiences in preparing, shaping, and promoting the 21st century youths, how their programs holistically aim to improve quality of education in Indonesia through training for in-service teachers, school personnel, and the management of school resources to meet the 21st century education paradigm.
    1. To discuss 21st century skills necessary for students, educators, and entrepreneurs.
    2. To inspire participants on how to respond to the changes.
    3. To develop network relations among pre-service educators and in-service educators.

    1. Students
    2. In-service Teachers
    3. Pre-service Teacher

    Speaker :
    Isabella Tirowalujo PhD (Michigan State University)

    Time: 01.30 – 02.30 PM
    Venue: Sampoerna University Campus


    Map to Sampoerna University


    Diversity is the Indonesia’s national identity which is proclaimed in the country’s motto “Unity in Diversity” (Bhineka Tungga Ika). As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia’s people has life in a diverse community. However, as a nation-state with a diverse and pluralistic society, the country is prone to social unrest and intra-group tension in terms of religion, ethnicity, and race. To counter this tension, multicultural educcation has been discoursed and implemented by education practitioners in Indonesia. This lecture will explore some initiatives in implementing multicultural education in the country and will discuss to improve it to support “Unity in Diversity.”


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

    Date      : Tuesday, 29 November 2016

    Time      : 13.00 – 15.00 WIB

    Venue         : Auditorium Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Yogyakarta (STAIYO)

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



    Eny Winarti, Ph.D. earned a Ph.D. Program from Ohio University. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, Universitas Sanata Dharma (USD), Yogyakarta. Her research interests include Primary Education, Teacher Education, and Curriculum Theory.


    Faishol Adib ( / 0815 799 2089)

    Map to Auditorium Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Yogyakarta (STAIYO)
  • SEA Talk “Comparative Perspective on Public Opinion Research: Indonesia & South Korea” - December 3, 2016,


    The title of the discussion is " Comparative Perspective of Public Opinion Research : Indonesia & South Korea". There are two speakers who will share about this topics and their relevant researches. First speaker is Prof. Sungkyum Cho from Chungnam National University, South Korea. Currently, he is a director of Korean Society for Journalism and Communication Studies (KSJCS). Prof. Cho also a former director of Asian Network for Public Opinion Research (ANPOR). Second speaker is Kuskridho Ambardi, Ph.D. He is the head of Communication Science Department of Universitas Gadjah Mada. He got his doctoral in political science from Ohio State University, USA.  The discussion will be organized by Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) and Communication Science Department of UGM, with support by AIFIS. The objective of this discussion is to compare the current development of public opinion research in both countries. This activity also aim to give shape to the possibility of cooperation between institutions.


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

    Date      : Saturday, 3 December 2016

    Time      : 09.00 – 12.00 WIB

    Venue     : 1st Floor PSSAT,

    Gedung PAU UGM  Jl. Teknika Utara, Sleman.


    Faishol Adib, M.A

    Email:  Mobile: 0815 799 2089

    Map to PSSAT-UGM, 1st floor
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