Symposium: Academic Writing for International Publication


Each year, universities in Indonesia produce graduate theses and dissertations, yet only a small proportion of this research appears in scholarly journals and books, and the impact of material that is published is low. Several reasons explain why. One is that writing a dissertation is vastly different from writing for publication; the graduate student learns how to do the first but not necessarily the second. Academics today face great pressure to publish research findings in highly regarded journals. Hence the need for training in academic writing is felt more strongly now than before. A further challenge arises from the fact that English is not the first language of Indonesian scholars.

The purpose of the symposium is to help researchers prepare manuscripts that will clear an initial editorial screening and be sent out for peer review. The presentations will:

• Explain what editors look for when reviewing submissions;

• Explain the evaluation process and how to respond to referees’ reports;

• Highlight the underlying dynamics or argumentation in a research article so that the presentation is clear and effective;

• Increase awareness of linguistic conventions that help convey ideas accurately, clearly and appropriately;

• Discuss strategies for planning and revising a manuscript.

In lectures and breakout sessions, the Mentors conducting the workshop will address some of the most common weaknesses in academic writing, including the following.

• Absence of a clearly stated research question;

• Lack of an argument developed in response to the research question;

• Failure to identify the central issue when writing the abstract and introduction;

• Failure to identify a target audience;

• Insufficient explanation of the significance of the research;

• Inclusion of irrelevant material;

• Excessive detail in the supporting data; and

• Failure to provide adequate support for the argument.



Wednesday, March 7 2018

at 13.00 - 17.00



Gedung 2 (Ruang 2401)

Fakultas Ilmu Pengetahuan Budaya.

Universitas Indonesia

Jalan Prof. Dr. Selo Soemardjan

Depok, Jawa Barat 16424



Siddharth Chandra (Michigan State University) is President of the American Institute for Indonesian Studies.

Paul Kratoska is Publishing Director and formerly Managing Director for NUS Press at the National University of Singapore. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the US Association for Asian Studies, past editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies and the current editor of the Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. Before moving into academic publishing, he taught Southeast Asian history at the Ateneo de Manila (1975-77), Universiti Sains Malaysia (1977-87) and the National University of Singapore (1987-2005).

Susan Lopez-Nerney taught language, writing and professional communication in the Centre for English Language Communication at the National University of Singapore from 1992 until 2013. She now designs and conducts writing workshops for graduate degree candidates and junior faculty.

Paul Nerney taught language, writing and critical thinking for the Centre for English Language Communication at the National University of Singapore and for the University Scholars Programme. He helped design the academic curriculum for the university’s residential college, and currently designs and runs writing workshops for graduate degree candidates and junior scholars.

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Poets and Publishers : US and Indonesia Perspective, UNY, 31 Jan 2018

Public Lecture "Poets and Publishers : US and Indonesia Perspective"


Publishing is a business and publishing houses will not take risk to publish books that will not make money to run the business. This is a challenge faced by poets that their works will not be accepted easily by publishing houses since publishing poetry mostly will not make profit for publishing houses. Only well-known and respected poets will get better opportunities to publish their works through major publishing houses. This fact does not mean that poets stop writing poetry since publishing houses are not the only media to publish their works. Internet is one of mediums where poets can place their works. This lecture will discuss current poetry books in US and Indoesia and some challenges faced by poets to publish their works. The two speakers will share their view on this topic from different perspectives: US and Indonesia.


AIFIS in cooperation with Faculty of Language and Art, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (UNY) will conduct this event on:

Date                : Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Time               : 10.00 – 12.00 WIB

Venue              : Faculty of Language and Art,, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (UNY), Jl.   

                          Colombo No.1 Caturtunggal, Depok, Yogyakarta


Dr. Nurhadi is a lecturer at Faculty of Languages and Arts, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta (UNY). He finished his Doctoral Program on Indonesian Literature from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. He has presented various topics on Indonesian literature at national and international conferences.

Daniel Owen is a Brooklyn-based writer and member of the Ugly Duckling Presse editorial collective. He is the author of the chapbooks Authentic Other Landscape (Diez, 2013) and Up in the Empty Ferries (Third Floor Apartment Presse, 2016). His writing has appeared in Where Eagles Dare, Elderly, Lana Turner, The Brooklyn Raol and elsewhere. He is a graduate of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Long Island University (Brooklyn).


Faishol Adib, M.A , e-mail:  Mobile: 0815 799 2089           


A Series of Workshops Presented by the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) to Promote the Research of Indonesian Scholars Sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation

With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, AIFIS is organizing a series of workshop to assist Indonesian researchers preparing manuscripts for submission to international refereed English-language academic journals. The workshops will take place between 2018 and 2020, and will focus on obstacles Indonesian scholars face when submitting English-language materials to highly ranked publications, and on strategies and methods to overcome these obstacles. Indonesian scholars face steep challenges when trying to publish and disseminate their research findings internationally, and their publications have limited international impact. Qualified mentors selected by AIFIS will help participants identify weaknesses in the structure of their manuscripts and in the presentation of information. The goal is to help authors meet the expectations of editors of international publications, and of the referees who evaluate submissions. The workshops will give participants a greater understanding of the publication process, including submission and evaluation of manuscripts, and insights into why manuscripts are accepted or rejected.

Please click here for a full abstract and calendar for the workshops.  For the application, click here.

Please click here for the result of selection.

Lecture: Multicultural Challenges in Indonesian Higher Education

Multicultural Challenges in Indonesian Higher Education


This public lecture will discuss Multicultural Challenges in Indonesian Higher Education with the case of the migration of Eastern Indonesian university students who come to Java for higher education. Often from rural regions such as Flores, Sumba, and Timor in Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT), and the Kei Islands in Southeast Maluku, these young adults delay joining fisheries, agriculture, or tourism sectors. Instead these relatively high-performing students travel to the “center of the country” seeking skills and experiences promised by higher education in Javanese urban centers. Students from these economically and culturally distinct regions of Indonesia seek knowledge, economic opportunity, and an enriching experience in a new environment. Importantly, they also report wanting to use the education they receive in Java to benefit their families and communities, both specifically and generally. The journey of educational migration to and from Java takes years and substantial investment, and it is not without risk, despite high hopes for personal and community benefits. Their number has increased dramatically in recent decades, with important implications for a culturally—but also economically--diverse Indonesian society.


Dr. H. Mudofir, M.Pd. (Rector of IAIN Surakarta) and Chris Foertsch (Fulbright Researcher, USA)


AIFIS in cooperation with Dinika—Acedemic Journal of Islamic Studies—of IAIN Surakarta will conduct this event on:

Date: Tuesday, 3 October 2017                                                                                                       Time: 08.30 – 11.00 WIB                                                                                                               Venue: Graha IAIN Surakarta                                                                                                               Jl. Pandawa, Pucangan, Kartasura, Jawa Tengah

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Workshop: Introduction on Ethnographic Research

Introduction on Ethnographic Research


The use of qualitative methods and ethnographic methods is intended to complement the quantitative and technical methodology frequently used in other fields, giving voice to the human experience at the center of a given topic (Patton 2002, Bernard 2011, Creswell 2014). Qualitative, anthropological research complements other, more technical and economic approaches. Tools available to the ethnographer include formal and semiformal interviews, participant-observation, photography, among others. Collected data can be analyzed in a number of ways, including through transcription and coding for emergent themes. Through the use of ethnographic methods, a complicated portrait emerges of a particular group and its individuals, capturing essential aspects that can be missed in other approaches. The presenter’s ethnographic experience includes long term participant-observation of Indonesian university students and alumni in the islands of Java, Maluku, and Nusa Tenggara, as well a collaborative project in the US with dental patients and their parents.


Chris Foertsch:  Chris is presently in Indonesia on a yearlong Fulbright Research Fellowship from the US State Department, conducting fieldwork about Eastern Indonesian university students who migrate to Java for higher education. He earned an MA in Anthropology from Oregon State University, USA in 2016 and begins a PhD program at the University of Victoria, Canada in 2018.


AIFIS in cooperation with the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta will conduct this event on:

Date: Tuesday, 3 October 2017                                                                                                       Time: 13.30 – 15.00 WIB                                                                                                               Venue: Seminar Room, Faculty of Social and Politial Sciences                                               Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) Surakarta                                                                                       Jl. Ir. Sutami No. 36 A Surakarta, Jawa Tengah

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Seminar, 5 September 2017

The Role of Big Data in Supporting Digital Literacy

Today, we cannot be separated from the internet and digital technology including libraries. So, nowadays many users of the library or community are digital native. They use technological advances in information search activity. They prefer to use smartphones and social media to find and publish the information they have. Information technology change the habit of a person's ability in process and understand information while doing the process of reading and writing has changed. Currently users are doing a lot of literacy activities by utilizing the progress of IT. This is what is currently known as Digital Literacy. Digital literacy is "The capability to use digital technology and knowing when and how to use it." ( Rubble, M. and Bailey, G. (2007).

The rapid development of Internet also fuels the transformation of data from text to digital. With its ease, nowadays information is also widely presented online with web technology. Data exchange has also been done through a variety of data exchange technology available. These large data sets led to the creation of a field of big data. In another definition, we can define Big data as a collection of data from traditional and digital sources inside and outside of your organization. So, how to advancing digital literacy in an era of big data? We will find the answer in this seminar.

Speakers and Participants

Speakers in this seminar are experts in the field of information and library science. They are:

1.     Jasin M. Nurjadi. (Library of Congress, Field Deputy to Field Director)

2.     Nuraini Rakhmawati, PhD. (Institute of Technology Sepuluh Nopember)

3.     Edi Wiyono, S.Sos. (National Library)

4.     Sony Pawoko, M.TI (University of Indonesia)

Seminar participants come from among librarians, researchers, information practitioners, teachers and others.

For more information, download the PDF with a full itinerary for the seminar, or email the AIFIS office in Jakarta