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Workshop on Peacebuilding, Interreligious Relations, and Diversity in Southeast Asia

July 24 – August 15, 2015

The Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies, Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Indonesia, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), University of Hawaiʻi, are pleased to announce a call for applications to join our summer 2015 workshop focusing on issues of peacebuilding, interreligious relations in majority Islamic Indonesia, and diversity in the Southeast Asian public.

What does this project entail?

The project will introduce select university and community college educators, business leaders, and professional school/graduate school students associated with U.S. Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), to issues of importance in the management of peacebuilding, interreligious relations in majority Islamic Indonesia, and cultural diversity in Southeast Asia.

Through the lens of Indonesia, we’ll explore the political and social challenges facing one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world; the role of religion in everyday life and local politics; Indonesian Islam and its relation to the wider Muslim world; the legacy of colonialism on intergroup relations; the position of the state in framing questions of identity; the struggles of indigenous practitioners to gain rights and recognition; and the vital role that civil society plays in addressing these questions in Indonesia’s young democracy. Participants will have the opportunity to work with local scholars and to meet with community groups in the field in Yogyakarta, one of country’s most diverse urban spaces and an internationally recognized center for the arts and education. As representatives from MSIs, program participants will also be given the opportunity to share their expertise on the challenges of teaching about issues of diversity (religious and otherwise) in their own communities.

What is the desired project outcome?

Workshop participants will be expected to develop (either individually or as a group) educational resource materials that present various aspects of religion and diversity in Southeast Asia/Indonesia (with a focus on Islam). These materials might range anywhere from the development of themed modules (gender, ethnicity, role of religious minorities, etc.) incorporating the Southeast Asian experience of diversity, etc., into course syllabi; to creating digital resources that encourage a greater use of interactive teaching/learning; to building sustainable diversity projects in your community. Project outcomes will then be made accessible for use by educators and those working the fields of interreligious and cross-cultural relations in the U.S. and Indonesia.

What type of applicants are we seeking?

  • US citizens/permanent residents, university and community college educators, business leaders, and professional/graduate school students at U.S. Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)
  • MSI educators, business leaders, and professional/graduate school students with a strong background in outreach materials/educational program development
  • Energetic MSI participants who are adaptive to new learning environments and cultures.

Workshop dates (Tentative)

  • Transit from the US to Indonesia: July 24-26, 2015
  • Indonesia workshop: July 27-August 14, 2015 – Gadjah Mada University campus, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Transit from Indonesia to the US: August 15, 2015

What the workshop will cover:

  • Round trip airfare from major US city to Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Layover accommodations in Singapore/Jakarta, if needed
  • All major ground/air transfers in Indonesia (personal transportation remains the responsibility of the participant)
  • Accommodations in Yogyakarta
  • Per diem to cover meals and incidentals in Indonesia
  • Indonesia visa charge
  • Special site visit costs

What the participant will cover:

  • Ground transportation from your US location to major city airport and return
  • Travel insurance (to be verified upon selection)
  • Valid passport (check to make sure that your passport is valid for more than six months past the workshop date)
  • Cell phone SIM card change/purchase of local phone in Indonesia
  • All in-country medical expenses should they arise
  • Extra baggage charges on air travel legs
  • Purchases of gifts, extra resource materials not provided by the workshop, etc.

Program application here:

For contact information and more on who we are, please visit our respective websites:

The Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), part of Gadjah Mada University’s Graduate School, is a graduate program and resource center dedicated to investigating the role that religion and culture, in their broadest definitions, play in Indonesian life and society. CRCS is actively engaged in public education and programs focused on interreligious relations, working to connect communities in the pursuit of a just and democratic Indonesia.

CRCS Web | Contact: Dr. Kelli Swazey

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) is one of eight National Resource Centers (NRC) for the study of Southeast Asia in the United States as funded by the US Department of Education. CSEAS works to promote Southeast Asian studies nationally through its support of teacher training and work with minority serving institutions by providing in-country educational exchange experiences. CSEAS, with Fulbright Group Program Abroad (FGPA) support, took K-12 teachers to the Philippines and Viet Nam in the summer of 2013. This current project focusing on interreligious relations and diversity in the Southeast Asian public is the first of a two-part series with the next workshop scheduled for summer 2017.

CSEAS Web | Contact: Paul Rausch