Developing From the Margins:

Exploring Marginal Groups as Part of Indonesia’s Nation-State


Date: 9 – 10 Nov 2016
Time: 08.30 am – 17.00 PM – Daily
Venue: Widyaloka Convention Centre, Universitas Brawijaya

About the Seminar

Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world in term of its population size after China, India and the United State of America. Geographically, Indonesia is an archipelago, the largest in the world, inhabited by diverse ethnic and religious communities, rendering cultural identities contentious issues. The state’s ideological platform, Pancasila, and its constitution, have been created to accommodate differences to achieve a just and prosperous society. The contemporary reality, however, is seemingly distanced from the ideal goals stated in the constitution and the state’s ideology. As recently admitted by President Jokowi, inequalities between different segments of the population, as well among the regions, are alarmingly increasing, and calling for the government to stop the increasing gaps between the rich and the poor and between the developed and the backward regions. The presidential address is indeed in line with the government’s political platform, namely developing from the margin, giving attention to the border regions and the marginal groups that are neglected from mainstream development agendas.

About the Speakers

Keynote speakers at this event include, among others: Dr. Hilmar Farid, the Director General of Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture; Dr. Ahmad Erani Yustika, Director General of Development and Empowerment of the Village; Dr. Greg Acciaioli (The University of Western Australia), Dr. Birgit Bräuchler (Monash University), Prof. Robert W. Hefner (Boston University), Prof. John Roosa (The University of British Columbia), Prof. I Nyoman Nurjaya (University of Brawijaya). These expert presentations will be also be scheduled as important public lectures in understanding the contexts and conceptualizations of marginal groups in Indonesia. Besides the public lectures, there are three parallel sessions, set up to discuss intensively issues concerning: (1) Adat Communities; (2) Minority Religious Groups ; (3) Other marginal groups, such as the urban poor, migrant workers, fishermen, farmers, disabled, labour, women and political victims. The presentations at these parallel sessions will be given by selected invited speakers from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Brawijaya University, Gajah Mada University, other universities, research institutes, and various NGOs and civil society organizations.

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