Call for Papers NISN Workshop on Developing Indonesia at NIAS, COpenhagen 21-23 April 2010.
Open to all MA students, PhD candidates and senior researchers with an interest in Indonesia. Maximum number of participants: 35.
Theme of the workshop: Developing Indonesia
Indonesia has long held a special place in debates on development and development policy. International donor agencies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have advanced Indonesia as a model for other developing nations. Since the late 1960s, Indonesia has followed the advice of these agencies, focusing on agricultural expansion, industrialization, the developmental state and, more recently, good governance and democratic decentralization.
Under former president Suharto’s rule (1966-98), significant economic progress was often highlighted by donor agencies. The country showed substantial annual growth figures, sometimes reaching double digits. Likewise the poverty rate decreased and the standard of living increased dramatically. While the country developed impressively, the improvements and benefits were unevenly distributed throughout the archipelago. Resources were channelled to the centre in Jakarta from the natural resource-rich Outer Islands.
At the fall of the Suharto regime, Indonesia was not only a developing country; it was also a country struggling to maintain political and national unity. As a consequence, the democratically elected leaders of Indonesia have, since 1998, been faced with formidable challenges to usher the country into democracy – hampered by widespread corruption and chaotic local politics – and make the economy recover to pre-crisis levels. It is this development process since 1998, the challenges encountered and possible roads into the future that the workshop will focus on.
Invited keynote speakers and resource persons:
• Aris Ananta, PhD, Senior Researcher, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) (confirmed)
• Vedi Renandi Hadiz, PhD, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore (confirmed)
• Michele Ford, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Sydney (confirmed)
• Gerry van Klinken, PhD, Senior Researcher, KITLV, Leiden (confirmed)
• Hans Antlöv, PhD, USAID, Jakarta (to be confirmed)
• Eva-Lotta Hedman, PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford University (to be confirmed)
Aim of the workshop
There are many scholars focusing on Indonesia in the Scandinavian countries but they are often isolated within their countries and, sometimes, also within their research environments. This workshop will give these researchers a chance to meet and discuss ongoing projects. In addition, international keynote speakers are invited to participate and comment on the participants’ papers. The workshop also presents an opportunity for new collaborations. Thus, the aim of the workshop is to gather as many Indonesia scholars and students as possible for a workshop at which current and future research projects can be discussed. The theme of the workshop is deliberately kept broad to include people from all social scientific disciplines.
Format and speakers
We aim for a workshop of maximum 35 participants and six keynote speakers.
The opening day of the three-day workshop consists of presentations by keynote speakers. On the second day participants will present and discuss their papers in groups of five persons, each chaired by one of the invited speakers. A panel discussion with all the keynote speakers will close the workshop on the third day.
Participants will receive by email, and are expected to have read, all papers of her/his discussion group before the workshop. One hour will be allocated for the discussion of each paper. We hope this format contributes to underlining the WORKshop element, and that participants will receive useful and inspiring comments on their papers.
Papers may be in the form of a draft article, a draft grant proposal, a draft chapter for a thesis etc, of maximum 15 pages. We welcome papers from researchers at various levels; from the most experienced Indonesia hands to the youngest researchers who are just commencing their studies, and from all disciplines within the social sciences.
The application for the workshop is to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 19 February 2010, including an abstract of maximum 500 words. The deadline for submitting papers is 30 March 2010. Papers are to be sent to the above email address in either PDF or DOC format. Please note that applications from the Nordic countries will get primary consideration.
Please visit www.norindo.org for further information about NISN and the workshop. Expected website launch by December 2009.
Since MA and PhD students cannot be expected to have travel funds of their own, we hope to have a small amount available for travel grants to most of these participants. The sooner you apply, the better the chance of receiving funding. However, students who wish to apply for travel grants should do so no later than 19 February 2010.
The organising committee includes senior researchers, PhD scholars and MA students from three Nordic countries. We are
Timo Kivimäki (PhD Political Science), Professor, University of Copenhagen
Cynthia Chou (PhD Anthropology), Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen
Tobias Axelsson, (PhD Economic History, Lund Uni.), lecturer, Lund University
Michael Eilenberg, (MA Anthropology, AU), PhD candidate, Roskilde University
Gyda Marås Sindre (MA Political Science and Indonesian, SOAS), PhD candidate, Oslo University
Jakob Trane Ibsen (MA Political Science, KU), PhD candidate, Roskilde University
Maj Nygaard-Christensen (MA Anthropology, AU), PhD candidate, Aarhus University
Dennis Raith Nilsson (MA student SEA/Indonesian Studies), University of Copenhagen
Kristine Hansen (MA student SEA/Indonesian Studies), University of Copenhagen
Mette Skriver (MA student SEA/Indonesian Studies), University of Copenhagen
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