International Conference on Business and Human Rights: Holding Governments Accountable in Asia

The International Conference on Business & Human Rights: Holding Governments Accountable in Asia will focus on the role of governments in protecting human rights from the impacts of business operations in Asia, under Pillar 1 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights. Participants will include academics, researchers, practitioners and members of civil society, from Southeast Asia and around the world. Full details on themes and objectives can be found at the event website and Facebook event page, and I have attached the conference poster to this email as a PDF. After the conference, selected good-quality papers will feature in a book to be published by a reputable international publisher.

We are accepting abstracts up until the final deadline of 28 May 2018. In addition, we are accepting expressions of interest for partnership with the conference. More information on this is available at the partnership site.

All abstracts and queries can be sent to


Resilience In Resolution: How The Indonesian Economy Withstood The Financial Crisis

April 23, 2018 - 4:00pm

NYU Global Center of Academic and Spiritual Life (GCASL), Room 375.

Please join NYU ISA and Permias NYC in welcoming Dr. Halim Alamsyah, Chairman of the Indonesia Deposit Insurance Corporation (ICDC), former Deputy Governor of The Central Bank of Indonesia and former Commissioner of Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (FSA). 

He will be speaking about how the Indonesian economic infrastructures maintained resilience amidst the Asian financial crisis, as well as how it has continued to improve since. In addition to that, Dr. Alamsyah will provide an outlook of the current developments, challenges, and opportunities within the Indonesian economy.

This discussion will be moderated by Professor Ismail Fajrie Alatas of New York University. Please join this event by registering below (non-NYU guests may enter the Kimmel Center or the Global Center by registering at the registration desk):


Registration link

Hosted by: 

  • Permias NYC
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New Luce Foundation Grant Funds Asian Studies Initiatives

The SSRC has received a three-year, $660,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for Asian studies development. The grant funds two initiatives: the SSRC Global Scholars Initiative and the AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series. On the latter, the SSRC is partnering with the Association for Asian Studies.

The Global Scholars Initiative will develop the capacity of Asian scholars to produce English-medium articles, making their research accessible to broader academic audiences while supporting these scholars in their careers; the AAS-SSRC Dissertation Workshop Series, a renewal by the Luce Foundation, offers intensive feedback and networking to PhD candidates at strategic points in their careers, thereby supporting the next generation of scholars of Asia.

The Global Scholars Initiative will be managed from the SSRC’s Tokyo office, while the AAS-SSRC Dissertation workshops will be managed from the SSRC’s Brooklyn headquarters.

More information on both initiatives is forthcoming. For those interested in learning more, please email Nicole Levit at


ACC-R Fellow 2018



The Asia Culture Research Institute (ACRI) in the Asia Culture Center (ACC) is seeking ACC Residency Fellows (ACC-R Fellow), in order to promote diversity of research surrounding Asian culture and enhance cooperation between institutes and researchers focused on the subject.

The ACC-R Fellow will contribute to humanistic discourse and expand cultural horizons, it is a program which seeks to support researchers who have developed original research themes on the subject of Asia. The program will run for two to six months from June to November, 2018, depending on the duration stipulated on the participants’ application.

During the program, each visiting researcher will be actively involved in exchanges with other participants. They will have many opportunities to enhance their own expertise with the possibility of follow-up studies through various academic events in the ACC, such as symposiums and seminars, etc.

We are looking forward to receiving applications from passionate, dedicated researchers who would like to join in our sincere effort to look at Asia in a new way and promote cultural diversity.

To apply, click here.


YSEALI Professional Fellows Program

The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and the U.S Department of State, in cooperation with The United States - Indonesia Society (USINDO) are pleased to announce the application process and deadlines for the Fall 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellows Program. The YSEALI is the US government's signature program to strengthen leadership development as well as networking in Southeast Asia, particularly between young leaders from United States and Southeast Asia.

The YSEALI PFP Fall 2018 will be held from October 6 - November 17, 2018. This year will focus on the theme of governance and society. It is open to young political and policy leaders from Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. The YSEALI PFP includes a week of political and policy discussions in Washington, DC; a month-long individual fellowship in an American office; and participation in a three-day global Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, DC. This exchange of ideas and knowledge will serve as a foundation on which to establish sustainable two-way partnerships between the young political and policy professionals from these Southeast Asian countries and their American counterparts, with the goal of strengthening good governance, enhancing economic empowerment, and increasing civic engagement. With the invaluable experience gained from this fellowship, the young leaders from Southeast Asia may identify their generation's greatest challenges in the region and develop ideas in tackling them. 

Eligibility Requirements:

• Must be a citizen of Indonesia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, or Vietnam and have a professional background and project related to the legislative process and governance

• Between the ages of 25-35

• Fluent in oral and written English

• Provide a comprehensive, well-conceived written framework for a project to benefit civil society or governance in your home country

• Self-directed and able to work effectively in cross-cultural settings

• Demonstrated commitment to public service

• Leadership potential in the government, private sector, or civil society

• Committed to organizing an 7-10 day program in their country for an American mentor

• Committed to become an active member in the YSEALI community

• Cannot hold a dual-US citizenship or have traveled on a J-1 VISA for a Department of State sponsored program in the past two years.

International Fellows Overview

The international fellows from each country will travel to Washington, DC for a 5-day program orientation and federal government overview as well as cultural outings.

Each fellow will participate in a 4-week intensive fellowship in a separate political, policy, or civil society office with day-to-day mentoring and guidance from a single point of contact, their fellowship host. The fellows will meet their American mentor, an ACYPL alumni, to attend meetings pertaining to current events in the area, and together will develop action plans for a series of follow-on activities to be conducted in the fellows' home country. 

At the conclusion of the program, all international fellows will return to Washington, DC for a 3-day Professional Fellows Congress where they will interact and share their experiences with other international fellows from different programs.

Upon returning to their home countries, select international fellows will work with their American mentors to create an 7-10 day program in which the American mentor will visit each of fellows' places of employment to learn more about what they do, assist in the continuing implementation of their project, meet with local leaders, as well as enjoy cultural outings.

Application Instructions and Deadline:

The application is accessible through here or if you would like to see the program at-a-glance you can access this link first. Kindly note, we do not accept direct or hard copy submission.

Eligible candidates are required to submit the complete application form byMarch 30, 2018 the latest. An incomplete or late submission will not be considered. If you were recommended or learned about this program from USINDO (ACYPL's in-country program partner), please indicate it in the application form.

Only shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the panel consisting of representatives from ACYPL, U.S. Embassy, and USINDO.

Should you have any further inquiries and questions, please contact Mr. Elliot Bell-Krasnerat at or Ms. Kaylee Boalt at kboalt@acypl.orgor by phone at +(1) 202-857-0999.

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Gamelan Dharma Swara: Spring Revolution

Gamelan Dharma Swara is part of the Spring Revolution Festival, National Sawdust’s annual two week festival celebrating the musical revolution created by Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Held from March 1st through March 11th, this year Spring Revolution celebrates the voice of multicultural women, with every night featuring female curators, artists and composers because the female perspective is the human perspective and the human perspective should be inclusive.

The presentation includes the world premiere of ‘No Ma Den’ by groundbreaking composer I Dewa Ketut Alit, and the New York premiere of ‘Sari Ing Kerta’ by I Gusti Nyoman Darta, Gamelan Dharma Swara’s Artist-in-Residence.

Buy tickets here.

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Call for Papers: New York Conference on Asian Studies (Innovation and Invention)

May 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

Rochester Institute of Technology

Membership in NYCAS is open to all persons interested in Asian Studies. While the organization draws its membership primarily from New York State, participants in the annual conference come from throughout the United States and indeed the world. Each person registering for the annual meeting pays a membership fee to NYCAS, which is part of the registration fee, and then is considered a NYCAS member eligible to participate in the annual meeting and to vote in all NYCAS elections for that year. The membership is invited to nominate members of the Executive Board, who are elected in rotation at the annual meetings.

This year’s conference is hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology and the theme is “innovation and invention.” The conference will be held September 21-22. Scholars, both affiliated with an institution as well as independent scholars, are invited to submit proposals for a panel or an individual paper.

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Post Doc at the University of Sydney

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC), Reference no. 295/0218

Full-time fixed term for 12 months, extendable to two years for high performers, remuneration package: AUD 114Kp.a. (including base salary, leave loading and up to 17% super)

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC) is a university-wide multidisciplinary centre at the University of Sydney that promotes scholarly engagement with Southeast Asia. Our postdoctoral positions are available to postdoctoral researchers working on topics related to our five research clusters—economic and social development, environment and resources, health, heritage and the arts, state and society—in any Southeast Asian country (or countries) and in any discipline. This year, we are offering a postdoctoral position in the area of economic and social development.

Appointees, who may sit within the centre or in a relevant host department, are required to spend up to 20% of their time on centre duties, allocated at the discretion of the SSEAC director. The remaining 80% of their time is available for their own research projects, with research targets set in consultation with the SSEAC director. Candidates who have held their PhDs for no more than five (5) years are eligible to apply. Appointments are for one year, with a possible extension for a second year for high-performing appointees.

In this position, you will:

* conduct your individual research according to an agreed timeline and scope
* prepare and submit high-quality publications according to an agreed timeline
* design, plan, schedule and prepare for implementation of future research projects
* contribute to the life of SSEAC through a range of SSEAC-related duties

About you

The successful candidate will have:

* an interest in social and/or economic development in Southeast Asia
* a PhD in a relevant field of study
* experience conducting original research related to Southeast Asia
* experience publishing in high-quality journals
* the ability to actively contribute to the life of SSEAC

To be considered for this position it is essential that you address the online selection criteria. For guidance on how to apply, click here search for the position number.


Symposium - Bali and Beyond

February 26, 2018 - 1:00pm

38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall, Bard Graduate Center

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles, this symposium expands upon themes of religion, power, and cultural resilience to include textiles from various parts of the Indonesian archipelago. Speakers include anthropologists, textile historians, and curators each of whom will offer reflections on the agency of Indonesian textiles ranging from their spiritual or ritual uses in their culture of origin to their re-contextualization in Western ethnographic and art museums.

For more information, click here.

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Call For Papers: ISEAS Conference on "Religious Authority in Indonesian Islam"

January 31, 2018 - 12:00pm

ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore


  1. To study conventional accounts of traditional structures and figures of Islamic religious authority.
  2. To understand the underlying forces that shape and animate the construction, contestation, fragmentation, and pluralization of authority in contemporary Indonesian Muslim society.
  3. To analyze the role and influence of democracy, globalization, new media in the contestation and pluralization of religious authority. The proliferation and establishment of private television channels and new forms of information and communication technologies like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube would be one of the main focuses.
  4. To examine efforts to politicize religious authority in Indonesia for disparate political objectives.
  5. To identify diverse trends of religious authority in Indonesian Islam and to speculate on the future of mainstream organizations, particularly the NU and Muhammadiyah.

Venue and Date: This two-day conference will be held at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. Date : 3-4 July 2018Important Dates Deadline for Proposal Submission: 31 January 2018

Click here for more information,  or download the attached document for the full abstract.


Democracy and Political Development in Asia

Date/Time: January 24, 2018 - 6:30pm
Location: Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY  10021

2018 marks the 150th anniversary of Japan’s Meiji Restoration, an important period in Japanese history  credited for ushering in an era of major political and social change. The subsequent transformation during the Meiji period resulted in Japan’s modernization and democratic transition.  This program will discuss political transitions in Indonesia and Myanmar, each of which face crucial challenges in shaping the future of their democratic practices. Through examining democratic transitions, the panel of experts will address issues related to interaction between democracies and authoritarian regimes that continue to influence the future of the region.

Members $20; Students/Seniors $30; Nonmembers $40

Click here for more information.

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Rising Discrimination Against LGBT in Indonesia

January 28, 2018 - 12:00pm

Mulberry Conference Room, NYU Wagner, 295 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

More than 300 Indonesians were arrested in 2017 for alleged LGBT-associated behavior, and countless others were intimidated and harassed. Already, several have been convicted under the Pornography Law and sent to prison. Andreas Harsono will explore whether this trend is related to the rise of Islamic populism and more sharia-inspired regulations in Indonesia. He also will ask what the Joko Widodo government is doing to stop this discrimination.  

Andreas Harsono has been the senior Indonesian researcher for Human Rights Watch since 2008. He has also had a long career as a journalist, and he has written several books about Indonesia.

Andreas Harsono

Andreas Harsono

Call for Papers - Gendered Violence Conference

Call for Papers Conference on Gendered Violence Across Time and Space: The Netherlands East Indies, Indonesia, East Timor (Timor-Leste)

To be convened by Dr Ana Dragojlovic, Dr Hannah Loney and Associate Professor Katharine McGregor

Across time and space Indonesian, Dutch and East Timorese people have been included to different degrees in versions of the modern nation state today known as Indonesia. From the Dutch colonial period and through the Japanese occupation and the Indonesian occupation of East Timor, the degrees of inclusion or exclusion of persons from those states, have had direct bearings on patterns of gendered violence. Those patterns of inclusion or exclusion introduced structural based economic, political, legal and social inequalities that made some persons more vulnerable to gendered violence. In these diverse contexts, through periods of conflict and peace, people have faced and tried to resist different forms of gendered violence including, for example, violence perpetrated by state agents in the context of conflict, violence against sex workers, and violence within homes.

Although scholars have offered many valuable case studies of gender based violence (GBV) across the region today made up of the nations of Indonesia and Timor-Leste, and related diasporas, rarely have such analyses been brought together to consider diverse forms of gendered violence and their causes. This particular region of the world is important to consider because of multiple experiences of armed conflict and occupation as well as the diversity of people affected by gendered violence and the complexity of the religious and cultural communities involved. It is also important that we stop now to reflect on what we can learn from historical and contemporary cases because gendered violence is today on the rise in the region.

This conference seeks to place gendered violence at the centre of analysis of this region and to invite critical conversations around how we might reframe discussions of what historically has been termed gender based violence. What is meant by gendered violence, and gender-based violence
(GBV)? Are these conceptualizations sufficient for the challenges that historians, human rights activists, anthropologists, feminists and queer studies scholars have been grappling with? How can we adequately capture the roles played by structural forms of inequalities such as economic, political, and racialized forms of marginalization? We are particularly interested in papers that offer critical lenses to our thinking about gendered violence beyond reproducing essentializing dichotomies of vulnerability versus resilience and pathologization of ethnic and religious ‘others’.

We invite papers that reflect on historical and contemporary cases of gendered violence in the region and across diasporas through the analysis of archives, testimonies, detailed ethnographies, activism, legal cases, film, literature and art.

Papers might take up themes such as:

  • affective and visceral aspects of violence
  • violence and embodiment
  • narrative modalities including silence
  • knowledge production and activism
  • visual and performing arts
  • the law and gender based violence

Key Information

Date: 10-12 May 2018

Location: The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Abstracts: Please send an abstract proposal of 250 words and a CV of publications to date to Hannah Loney (

Due date: 10 January 2017

Notifications of acceptance will be made by 19 December 2017. 

The expectation is that draft papers will also be circulated one month prior to the conference so that we can carefully consider plans for a conference publication.


Waged participants: $100

Students, non-waged participants, and participants from the region: $30

Postgraduate bursaries: 2 x postgraduate bursaries of $500 each to contribute to flights and accommodation are available. If you wish to be considered for one of these bursaries, please attach a short statement outlining how attending the conference will contribute towards your research and practice, and why you require funding to attend the conference, to your abstract proposal.

This conference is supported by the MAEVe and the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

For more information click here.