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Friday, February 8, 2019
8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
314 Royce Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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This conference will gather academics, teachers, researchers, and graduate students who are involved in or have conducted research about the empowerment of women in contemporary Indonesia. It aims to highlight research and work that analyze the various socioeconomic, religious, or legislative changes that have advanced or hindered the empowerment of women in Indonesia in recent decades. The conference will not only discuss the progress that have been made, but also the challenges that the country continues to face.


Friday, February 8, 2019

8:30-9:00: Registration and Breakfast

9:00-9:15: Opening Remarks

  • Professor George Dutton (Professor, UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures; Director, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies)
  • Ms. Julianty Dwieliza (Acting Consul General of the Indonesian Consulate General in Los Angeles)

9:15-10:45: Panel 1: Women in Economy and Industry

  • "Women's Empowerment in Fisheries: The Study of Indonesian Fisherwomen Sisterhood" - Annisa Meutia Ratri and Susan Herawati (The Indonesian Institute of Sciences)
  • "Women's Environmental Leadership in Urban Agriculture" - Janice Jap (Universitas Indonesia)
  • "Women-led SMEs in Creative Industry in Indonesia: Opportunities and Challenges to Advance Socioeconomic Development" - Naimah Lutfi Abdullah Talib (Australian National University)

Panel Chair: Dita Cahyani (UCLA)

10:45-11:00: Break

11:00-12:30: Invited Speakers’ Panel

  • Parwati Surjaudaja (President Director & CEO of OCBC NISP Bank)
  • Sonita Lontoh (Global Technology Marketing Executive, Thought Leader and Angel Investor)

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Panel 2: Women in Trade and Labor

  • "Women’s Leadership in Indonesia Trade Union: Women’s Agency in Bi-causal Pathways" - Andi Cipta Asmawaty (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • "Border Struggles and the Political Subjectivity of the Indonesian Domestic Workers" - Tri Murniati (University of Arkansas)
  • "Repairing (and Exploiting) the Underclass Image: Indonesian Women Abroad under the State’s Eye" - Michelle Phillips (University of California Berkeley)

Panel Chair: Triwidyaningsih Harjito (UCLA)

3.00-3.15: Break

3:30-5:00: Panel 3: Women in Arts, Education, and Media

  • "Women in Higher Education in Indonesia: Policy, Changes and Challenges" - Iskhak Fatonie (University of California Berkeley)
  • "Mutik Nida, Drum Queen: Claiming Space for Women in Dangdut" - Rebecca Selin (University of Michigan)
  • "Looking at Women Artists’ Works in Indonesian Visual Art Past to Present" - Farah Wardani (National Gallery Singapore)
  • "The Power of Emak‐Emak as New Digital Political Influencers in Indonesia's Disruptive Era" - Ken Ayu Galuh Satiti and Nurry Aidawardhani (Universitas Gadjah Mada)

Panel Chair: Kimberly Clair (UCLA)

5:00-6:00: Film Screening: Bitter Honey (45 min)

  • Q&A with Director & Producer Professor Robert Lemelson and Editor Chisako Yokoyama

6:00-8:00: Reception & Dinner


Saturday, February 9, 2019

8:30-9:00: Registration & Breakfast

9:00-10:30: Panel 4: Women in Islam

  • "Muslimah Bela Islam: Conservative Muslim Women's Activism across Social Networks" - Moniek van Rheenen (University of Michigan)
  • "(Un)Veiling Tarbiyah’s Hijab Symbolization: Feminism against Islamic Conservatism in Indonesia" - Ayu Regina Yolandasari (Northwestern University)
  • "Indonesian Female Ulama: Education, Movement, and Networks" - Nor Ismah (Leiden University)

Panel Chair: Zezen Mutaqin (UCLA)

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:15: Panel 5: Women Empowerment & Activism

  • "Unlocking the Potentials of Women’s Economic Empowerment through Joint Land‐Titling" - Mirisa Hasfaria (United Nations Development Programme Country Office Indonesia)
  • "Legalizing Gender Equality: The Indonesian and Thai Women's Movements" - Sabina Satriyani Puspita (Northwestern University)
  • "Sultanah Yogyakarta : Women's Justice in Feminist Legal Theory Perspective" - Linda Sudiono (Universitas Atma Jaya Yogyakarta)

Panel Chair: Dian Tri Irawaty (UCLA)

12:15-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:30: Invited Speakers' Panel

  • Jennifer Kussoy (Federal Reserve Bank of Los Angeles)
  • Nana Firman (Greenfaith)
  • Agnes Muljadi (Ballerina, Actress & Photographer)

3:30: Indonesian Women Alliance Presentation



Download file: UCLA-Women-Empowerment-Conference-2019-Book-final-24-wuy.pdf

Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Co-organized by Dr. Juliana Wijaya (Indonesian Studies Coordinator), Nguyet Tong (Assistant Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies) and Melany Lintuuran (Indonesian Women Alliance)