1st International Indonesia Forum, July 18-19, 2008

Indonesia, as the largest country in Southeast Asia and arguably the most pluralistic, is a perfect example of a society with a multi-cultural identity experiencing a myriad of socio-political and economic influences. This contemporary Indonesian society is struggling to adapt to the democratic process whilst having to accommodate the inherited unified state system.

Departing from a multitude of socio-political and economic aspects of diversity emphasized in Indonesia’s present multi-cultural identity, the conference aimed at mapping these different aspects of Indonesian society into the context of the present day Indonesian state system in order to explain how this political system accommodates this unique plurality and complexity of identity.

In order to successfully address this intellectual challenge embedded in this concept the conference invited the participation of a wide range of multi-disciplinary scholars both from Indonesia as well as from overseas. The diversity of this approach was aimed at allowing the participants to reach a deeper insight in the underlying theoretical, methodological concepts of issues important to Indonesia today.

Yogyakarta as city of education and culture forms a miniature model for the multicultural society of Indonesia and was therefore ideal for this conference. This enabled the speakers of the international conference to interact with participants from all parts of Indonesia and greatly enriched its contents.


18 July 2008
08.00 – 09.00
09.00 – 09.15
Opening Ceremony 
Dibyo Prabowa, 
President of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University
09.15 – 09.30
Coffee break
09.30 – 10.00
Keynote speech: 
Christoph Schuck
, Jena University, EA-IRU
10.00 – 12.00
Panel I 
Economic & globalization pressures and Indonesian Responses
Moderator: L. Bening Prawita Suci
1. Markus Paesler, Giessen University, EA-IRU
2. Naning Margasari, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta
3. Silverio R.L Aji Sampurno, Sanata Dharma University
4. Slamet S. Sarwono, Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University
12.00 – 13.00
Lunch break
13.00 – 15.00
Panel II
Speaking the same Language: Indonesia and Bahasa
Moderator: Yudi Perbawaningsih
1. Andre Hardjana, Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University
2. Thomas J. Connors, Max Planck Institute
15.00 – 15.15
Closing Statement Day I 
V.Sundari Handoko, FISIP DEAN

19 July 2008
08.00 – 09.00
09.00 – 11.00
Panel I 
Multiculturalism in Indonesia: Outward and Inward pressures
Moderator: Maria Hutapea
1. Martino Sardi, Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University
2. Kang Yoonhee, Nanyang Technological University
3. Frank Dhont, Yale University, YIF
4. Heddy Shri Ahimsha Putra, Gadjah Mada University
11.00 – 13.00
Panel II
Identity of an emerging Indonesian Civil Society
Moderator: D. Danarka Sasangka
1. Tobias Cepok, Giessen University, EA-IRU
2. Johanes Herlijanto, Macquarie University
3. Stefanus Nindito, Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University
13.00 – 14.00
Lunch break
14.00 – 16.00
Panel III
Touched By Islam: Indonesian Identity and the Influence of Islam
Moderator: Lukas S. Ispandriarno
1. Thomas B. Pepinsky, Cornell University
2. Inayah Rohmaniyah, State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga
3. Syuan-yuan Chiou, Utrecht University & Academia Sinica
16.00 – 16.15
Closing Statement
Frank Dhont, Yale University, YIF and Stefanus Nindito, Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University
17.00 –
Gala Dinner
Presentation of souvenirs by Atma Jaya Yogyakarta University to the speakers