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Religion & Diversity: CRCS Newsletter

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The Center, in its partnership with the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia, is proud to feature CRCS’ new newsletter. The monthly-published issues will be featured in the CSEAS newsletter and highlighted here on our website. Check out our Religion & Diversity Initiative page to see more publications from CRCS.

May Highlights

Last month CRCS published two articles analyzing the highly polarizing Jakarta election: one discusses the topic of what the election means for Islamist groups, and the other examines the relation between identity and inequality in shaping the election. We also featured an opinion piece on the Trump presidency by a local expat, our latest publication on intolerance in Yogyakarta, and a report from a field visit as part of our Religion and Tourism Course.

View the May 2017 issue in the browser and subscribe here.

View the April 2017 issue in the browser here.


  • Islam and democracy in Indonesia after the Jakarta election
  • Between inequality and identity in Jakarta polls
  • Does religion help the environmental cause in Indonesia?
  • Playing the Trump card in Indonesia


  • The “Keistimewaan” crisis: Violence against minorities in Yogyakarta
  • CRCS field trip: On sacredness, authenticity, and contested sites
  • Two Islams: That in the eyes of God and that interpreted by humans
  • Encyclical letter Laudato Si’ and our care for the environment


  • Intersession Seminars 2017
  • Wednesday Forum Overview

May Addendum

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  • Admission to CRCS is now open for the 2017-18 year. Applications are due June 15, 2017.
  • Intersession seminars are still open for application. Seminars will run May 15 – July 31, 2017 (at CRCS in Indonesia).