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The Rise in Religious Intolerance in Indonesia

From Wednesday 24 August to Friday 26 August 2016, a workshop will be held in Jakarta on the broader theme of  'The rise in religious intolerance in contemporary Indonesia'. The workshop is organised and funded by the Indonesia Studies programme at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) , Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The workshop will be attended by a range of local and international academics, including key advocates from organisations such as Setara Institute and Wahid Institute.


The program for the conference is as follows:

First Session: Intolerance in General Context
Paper Title : “Blaspheming Islam: The Courts and Fatwa in Indonesia”
Speaker : Dr. Melissa Crouch (Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)

Paper Title : Faith and Friendship: Religious Bridging and Religious Tolerancein the Muslim World
Speaker : Nathanael Gratias Sumaktoyo (Ph.D Candidate at Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, US)

Paper Title : “Jihads of the Pen: Histories of Islamist Intolerance in Modern Indonesia
Speaker : Dr. Teren Sevea (Assistant Professor, Department of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania Visiting Fellow at Nalanda Sriwijaya Centre ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore)

Paper Title : “Religious Intolerance as a Reflection of Governance Failure”
Speaker : Dr. Airlangga Pribadi Kusman (Lecturer at School of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Airlangga)

Second Session: Local Traditions and Beliefs
Paper Title : TBA
Speaker : Syafiq Hasyim (Deputy Chairman of Lembaga Perguruan Tinggi Nahdlatul Ulama)

Paper Title : The State’s Paradoxical Policies on (Indigenous) Religions: Praised, but Discriminated
Speaker : Dr. Samsul Maarif (Secretary and Lecturer of Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS) Gadjah Mada University (UGM))

Paper Title : “Rising of the Neo-Padri in West Sumatra
Speaker : Adri Wanto (Associate Research Fellow at the Indonesia Programme, IDSS, RSIS Singapore)

Third Session: Cases of Institutionalized Intolerance
Paper Title: Practicing What It Preaches? Understanding the Contradictions between Pluralist Theology and Religious Intolerance within Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama”
Speaker : Dr. Alexander R. Arifianto ( Research Fellow at the Indonesia Programme, IDSS, RSIS Singapore)

Paper Title: “Between Conflict and Harmony: Localising the Spectrum of Religious Intolerance on Shia Muslims in Indonesia: Case Study on Sampang and Jepara”

Speaker : Hertasning Ichlas (Lecturer at Faculty of Law, Universitas Pelita Harapan; Executive Director of Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Universalia) 

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