Indonesian Studies Conference 2012: Indonesia in Global and Transnational Perspective

UCLA Indonesian Studies Conference, April 27-28, 2012


Friday, April 27, 2012
Young Research Library

8:00  Breakfast and Registration
8:30 – 9:15 Opening Remarks:  Professor Michael L. Ross, and Dr. Robert Lemelson
9:15 – 10:00 Keynote Address:
               Dr. Azyumardi Azra, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University
                       "Cultural Pluralism: Indonesia in Local, National, and Transnational Contexts"
10:00 – 10:15  Break
10:15 – 12:15   Panel 1: Problems of Democratization
               Chair: Jacques Bertrand, University of Toronto
               Steve Beers, U. Madison, Wisconsin
                  From ‘Naming and Shaming’ to Organizational Consolidation:
                       The Changing Role of Transnational Labor Activism in Indonesia
               Risa Toha, UCLA
                  Towards Greater Political Representation? A Closer Look at Post-Soeharto Indonesia
               Colm Fox, U. Washington
                  Inevitability Victory: Religion, Ethnicity and the Media in Ambon’s 2011 Mayoral Elections
 12: 15 – 1:00  Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 Panel 2: Environment and Community
               Chair: Paul Barber, UCLA
               Greg Thaler, Cornell University
                   Roundtables, Moratoria, and Deforestation: Agri-Food Governance and Forest Conversion
                          in Indonesia and Brazil
               Jenny Goldstein, UCLA
                  Seeing the Politics from the Trees: Transnational Actors and the Governance of Climate Change
                          in Indonesia
               Rita Rachmawati, UCLA
                  Climate Change Impacts on Coral Reef Ecosystems in Indonesian Waters
3:00 – 3:15  Break
3:15 – 5:00   Panel 3: Social Networks and Education
            Chair: Karen Strassler, City University of New York
            Agus Mutohar, U. Texas, Austin
                 Indonesia 2.0: Education, Technology, Globalization
             Ray Friedlander, U.C. Berkeley
                 Claiming through the Classroom: The Role of Education in West Java’s Land Reform Movement
             Lance Nolde, U. Hawaii
                Encompassing Eastern Indonesia: Sama Movements and Socio-Economic Networks in Indonesia
                      Between the 17th and 20th Centuries
7:00  Dinner for Invited Participants

Saturday, April 28, 2012
Young Research Library
9:15 – 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 - 11:30  Panel 4: Religious Politics and Discourses
             Chair: Dr. Azyumardi Azra, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University
             Najib Burhani, U.C. Santa Barbara
                 Arabization and Pakistanization: A Study of the Treatment of the Ahmaddiya in Indonesia
             Saskia Schaefer, Freie University & Humboldt University, Berlin
                 Debating Religious Freedom, Blasphemy and Morality:  
                      The Situation of the Indonesian Ahmadiyah and Other ‘Deviant Sects’
           Melissa Teetzel, Pepperdine University
                  Attitudes Towards Plurality Among Muslim S-1 Level Students
              Alex Arifianto, Arizona State University
                 Globalization and the Propagation of Progressive Islam in Indonesia:
                       The Role of Moral Authority Leadership in NU and Muhhamadiyah
 11:30 - 12:30 Film Screening of "Memory of my Face" plus Q&A with Dr. Robert Lemelson, UCLA
12:30 – 1:15  Lunch
1:15 – 3:00 Panel 5: Gender and Sexuality
              Chair: Rachel Rinaldo, University of Virginia
             Mohamad Nasir, Emory University
                  The Pesantren Discourses on Gender and Sexuality in Indonesia
              En-Chieh Chao, Boston University
                  Not Fanatik: The Feminization of Public Rituals and the Muslim Counter Politics
               Nuning Purwaningrum, U. Buffalo, NY
                 Marriage Migration Post LIFE Act 2000
3:00 - 3:15  Break
3:15 – 5:00 Panel 6: Arts, Literature, and Performance
            Chair: Sylvia Tiwon, U.C. Berkeley
             James Edwards, UCLA
                 Myth and the Emergence of Postnational Consciousness in Indonesian Theater
             Nor Ismah, U. Hawaii
               The Formation of Islamic Popular Culture: Forum Lingkar Pena and Komunitas Matapena Movements
                        in Indonesia
              Megan Hewitt, U.C. Berkeley
                  Realism in The Story of Oey Se: The Intersection of History and Fiction



UCLA Indonesian Studies Conference 2012
The UCLA Indonesian Studies Program invites submissions from U.S.-based graduate students to participate in a 2-day interdisciplinary conference focused on Indonesia.  Though we will accept submissions from a wide range of disciplines, we ask that participants explicitly address the themes of transnationalism, global integration or diffusion within their conference papers.

Themes to Consider:

  • Problems of democratization, demilitarization and human rights
  • Migration, internal and international
  • Social media and telecommunications
  • Environment and community
  • Constructing, maintaining and policing ethnic/religious boundaries
  • Fluctuations in gender/sexual identity
  • New developments in Indonesian arts, literature, and performance

What to Submit:
1. CV/Resume
2. 500 word-abstract of conference paper that addresses one or more of the above themes
3. Writing Sample (10 pp., double-spaced, 12pt type): may be an excerpt from a journal article, dissertation chapter, or conference paper that reflects your academic interests

Please submit electronically to by January 15, 2012.  Questions can also be directed to this email address.

Other dates:

  • February 10, 2012: Notification of acceptance for participants
  • February 20, 2012: Confirmation of attendance from participants
  • March 30, 2012: Conference memo due from participants (5 pp. summary/outline of conference paper, double-spaced, 12 pt type)

Financial aid:  Student participants coming from a distance will be reimbursed for travel up to $500 with receipts and offered two nights lodging double occupancy.

The UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies is particularly grateful to Dr. Robert Lemelson for his commitment to funding the Indonesian Studies Program, now in its fourth year.  This Program not only supports conferences, and brings experts on Indonesia to UCLA, but it also provides Lemelson Fellowships to a cohort of UCLA graduate students to pursue research on Indonesia.

For more info please contact:
Barbara Gaerlan

Published: Monday, November 28, 2011