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AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies

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AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies

Co-organized by
 The American Institute for Indonesian Studies & Michigan State University
June 23 - 26, 2021

Important Dates:

  • Call for Abstract - Submission is now closed (Deadline: April 14, 2021)
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification: May 10th, 2021.

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) Asian Studies Center, will hold the inaugural Conference on Indonesian Studies in 2021. The Conference seeks to expand research dissemination, activities, as well as collaboration on Indonesian studies. The Conference will be held in a virtual format with a goal of building and connecting networks of scholars and academic communities from a range of disciplines—within applied sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities based in Indonesia and the United States, as well as Asia Pacific and other global contexts.

The 2021 AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies welcomes scholars with academic backgrounds and research expertise in history, culture, anthropology, sociology, language, and arts, and those advancing understandings of the ways that historical, sociocultural, economic, and political contexts shape contemporary and historical issues in Indonesia.

Conference Theme: Indonesian Studies - Paradigms and New Frontiers

The academic study of what is now referred to as Indonesia has several long, interwoven, and at times troubling, histories. What was once an area of inquiry borne from colonial curiosities and necessities has transformed into a broad, multi-disciplinary effort by Western and Indonesian scholars alike to better understand the archipelago's historical, cultural, linguistic, literary, artistic, economic, environmental, and political dimensions, as well as its role in the Indo-Pacific and the world.

The AIFIS-MSU inaugural bilingual conference on Indonesian studies celebrates the academic study of Indonesia and connects Indonesian scholars with Western colleagues. In this spirit of mutual intellectual inquiry, we welcome Indonesianists across disciplines to share their research, consider the state of our field, and to help to chart its future. 

Conference Registration

US & International participants: Register and complete registration fee payment using any major credit-card via Eventbrite. Enter Registration-US International Site here

Indonesian participants: Register and complete registration fee payment via direct electronic bank transfer. Enter Registration-Indonesia Site here.

For more information, please go to Registration tab. 

Conference Institutional Partners within the AIFIS Consortium 

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Conference Program

Schedule Overview

View the conference SCHEDULE OVERVIEW here.

View the conference WIB PROGRAM here.

 View the conference EDT PROGRAM here.


Program Type

Plenary Mainstage Sessions

Keynote Sessions

Special Panels

Special Sessions: Documentary Screening & Performing Arts 


Parallel Session  

Panel of Paper Presentations

Panel sessions are 90 minutes long consisting of at most 5 paper presentations (12-15 minute each) followed by a discussion session. A session host will be assigned to each panel to assist in keeping presentation times and ensure that the virtual session runs smoothly. The Conference features organized panels as well as panels developed based on individual submissions of paper presentation based with overlapping themes, issues, or topics curated by the Program Committee. 

Refereed Roundtable Session

Roundtable sessions seek to foster connections and substantive exchanges among a community of researchers and practitioners on a collaborative project, or a particular issue with implications on research and policy. The sessions are 90 minutes long and feature up multiple presentations on the roundtable topic. Similarly, a session host will be assigned to each roundtable session to assist in ensuring that the session runs smoothly. All refereed roundtable sessions involve Session Chairs or Moderators, and multiple presenters. 


For more information about the AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies, contact:

American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS)

The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS) is a non-profit (501c3) educational organization incorporated in the United States. It was established with the generous financial support of The Henry Luce Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the United States and the Putera Sampoerna Foundation in Indonesia. AIFIS is a consortium of American universities and colleges that have expressed a keen interest in furthering the development of Indonesian studies in the United States. Its main goals are to foster scholarly exchange between Indonesian and U.S. scholars, to promote educational and research efforts by U.S. scholars in Indonesia, and to facilitate visits by Indonesian scholars to the United States.
Email: conference(at)

Michigan State University Asian Studies Center

The Asian Studies Center at Michigan State University directs one of the largest, most diverse programs of education about Asia in the Midwest. Unlike other programs, the Center is distinguished by its approach to East, Central, North, West, South, and Southeast Asia in the design of its curriculum, focus on faculty research, and outreach activities. Presently, the Center’s 220+ affiliated faculty members represent 41 academic departments in all of MSU's 17 colleges.
Email: asiansc(at) 


Conference Registration Fee:

Indonesian participants: Rp. 200,000

International participants:

  • Annual income below US$ 75,000: US$ 20
  • Annual income US$ 75,000 and above: US$ 40