2024 AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies: Indonesia Ascendent?
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) Asian Studies Center, will hold the 4th annual AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies between June 25 - 29, 2024.
The Conference continues to highlight and celebrate the growing and evolving academic study of Indonesia, and aims to expand research dissemination and collaboration by connecting Indonesian scholars with international colleagues in a bilingual and virtual format. We welcome diverse communities of scholars, practitioners, policy makers, creators and artists, and look forward to hosting a virtual gathering that will attract broad participation worldwide.
This year's conference theme, Indonesia Ascendant?, seeks to capture Indonesia's ascendance on the global stage that is drawing a lot of attention and interest. Notably, Indonesia’s success stands out compared to other contexts as the nation continues to be a global exemplar of religious pluralism and democracy. And yet there is a sense of the Indonesian project being somehow “unfinished,” stuck, or backsliding in some ways. What progress (kemajuan) has been made and how do we know? In environmental management, Indonesia is either on the cusp of fulfilling great opportunity as a leader in global climate change or of resource degradation and collapse. Inspired images of the plan to construct a national eco-capital city, Nusantara, symbolizes Indonesia’s sustainable future but contrasts with continued dependence of resource extraction evident from the many coal barges pummeling past the banks of the Mahakam river.
A discourse of Indonesia’s ascendance suggests there is great change on the horizon: hopes for a just transition of power, improvements in the downstream impact of governance and policy (hilirisasi), decreased forms of digital authoritarianism and legal discrimination, sustainable development achievements at a rate faster than ever before, and strengthened relationships between civil society and the state. There is a great sense of creative energy within Indonesia, and as a by-product, within Indonesian Studies. Poverty pressing with genius, a landscape in which people are emboldened to assemble things together in new ways, not just as a means of survival but a reflection of innovation and resilience.
The program committee invites abstract submissions from scholars across broad disciplinary perspectives in the study of Indonesia. While abstracts on any topic focusing on Indonesia are welcome, the committee is especially interested in research that engages discourses on the trajectory of Indonesia, past and present, and broadly defined.
Deadline for the submission of Abstracts: Thursday, March 24, 11:59pm ET
Types of Proposals Accepted:
Paper Presentation (Individual/Co-authored Submission) : Individuals and co-authors may submit abstracts for paper presentations. The conference organizers will form panels based on accepted abstracts submitted. The panel sessions are 90 minutes long with a maximum of 4 live paper presentations (15 minutes each), followed by a discussion. Co-authored papers are given the same 15-minute time allotment as individual papers. A session chair will moderate and monitor time. Presenters are encouraged to volunteer as session chairs for the panel in which they are presenting. Paper presentation submission includes an abstract of up to 300 words. Each person may only submit one paper abstract. Co-authored papers can only be represented by two presenters in the conference. Please submit multi-authored individual paper abstracts within this category.
Panel Session (Group Submission) : A group of presenters may propose a panel session of 3 or 4 separate paper presentations based on work that share a set of common themes, issues, or research questions. The panel sessions are 90 minutes long. The panel organizers must identify a chair and a discussant (who must also register for the conference) in the proposal submission. The organizers encourage panels with presenters from different countries. Panel submission includes a panel abstract of up to 300 words, and individual paper abstracts of up to 300 words.
Roundtable Session (Group Submission) : Roundtable sessions are intended to foster connections and substantive exchanges among a community of researchers and practitioners on a collaborative project, or a particular issue with implications on research and policy. The roundtable sessions are 90 minutes long and feature up to 4 presentations on the roundtable topic, as such the presentations do not have individual separate titles. Roundtable organizers should identify a chair who will moderate the discussion. The roundtable session submission includes a brief description of the intended discussion for the roundtable of up to 300 words, and a preliminary list of invited participants (including name, affiliation, and contact information, who must also register for the conference).
Conference registration will be required for all (paper, panel, and roundtable) presenters and conference participants.
Conference registration is NOT required at the time of submission.
Conference Registration Fee:
- Indonesian Participants - Rp. 250.000
- US participants (with annual income below $75k) - $35
- US Participants (with annual income of $75k and over) - $60
To register and for other information, please visit the 2024 AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies Website.