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AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies

AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies




AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies 2023

July 11 - 15, 2023 (Virtual) 

The AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies continues to highlight and celebrate the growing and evolving academic study of Indonesia. The conference aims to expand research dissemination and collaboration by connecting Indonesian scholars with international colleagues in a bilingual and virtual format.

The Promises and Dilemmas of Indonesia

This year’s conference theme, “The Promises and Dilemmas of Indonesia,” seeks to inspire reflection on Indonesia’s successes, discontents, and efforts to rework, reinterpret, and negotiate all aspects of civic, legal, and cultural living, against and in light of Indonesia’s internal fractures and frictions and its important profile and positionality globally and in the Asia-Pacific region. The conference seeks to explore and investigate a broad range of topics, including kebangsaan, in its diverse and competing meanings, adat and law, gender and race, environment and climate change, business, politics, and religion, and Indonesia’s place in the world. Indonesia continues to grapple with internal tensions and regresses as she also reaps the rewards of developmental leaps and resilience amidst global uncertainties and adverse challenges from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting geopolitical relations, and economic volatility.

The Conference Program Committee selected a multidimensional theme for our conference, one which is at once capacious enough to welcome and allow for an array of scholars working in/on/from Indonesia to reflect the specificity of Indonesian Studies in our current global climate. We encourage scholars to present research and reflections on the ways scholars of Indonesia historicize the country’s past, navigate current times, and explore imaginative futures and possibilities, all while contributing to the richness of the community’s collective legal and ethical-epistemological frameworks.

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Abstract Submission

Abstract Submission 

WE ARE CURRENTLY NOT ACCEPTING ABSTRACT SUBMISSION! Please check back for the 2024 Call for Abstracts.

The conference program will feature regular panels (based on paper abstract submissions), organized panels (from group submissions), and roundtable sessions.

Paper Presentation (Individual Submission

Individuals may submit abstracts for (single- or multi-authored) paper presentations. For a multi-authored paper, the submission can be done by one person. The conference organizers will form panels based on accepted paper abstracts submitted. The panel sessions are 90 minutes long with a maximum of 4 live paper presentations (15 minutes each), followed by a discussion. A session chair will moderate and monitor time. Presenters are encouraged to volunteer as session chairs for the panel in which they are presenting. Paper presentation submission includes an abstract of up to 300 words. Each person may only submit one individual single-authored paper abstract.

Panel Session (Group Submission)

A group of presenters may propose a panel session of 3 or 4 presentations based on work that share a set of common themes, issues, or research questions. The panel sessions are 90 minutes long. The panel organizers must identify a chair and a discussant (who must also register for the conference) in the proposal submission. The organizers encourage panels with presenters from different countries. Panel submission includes a panel abstract of up to 300 words, and individual paper abstracts of up to 300 words.

Session Roundtable Session (Group Submission)

Roundtable sessions are intended 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 roundtable sessions are 90 minutes long and feature up to 4 presentations on the roundtable topic, as such the presentations do not have individual separate titles. Roundtable organizers should identify a chair who will moderate the discussion. The roundtable session submission includes a brief description of the intended discussion for the roundtable of up to 300 words, and a preliminary list of invited participants (including name, affiliation, and contact information, who must also register for the conference). 


Conference Registration


Registration Fee:

Indonesian participants: Rp 250,000 

US & International participants:

  • Annual income below US$ 75,000: $30.00 USD
  • Annual income US$ 75,000 and above: $50.00 USD

U.S. & International participants:

Register and complete the registration fee payment using any major credit card directly on the Virtual Conference Platform (on Whova). 


Indonesian participants: 

Option 1: Pre-Register and complete registration payment via direct electronic bank transfer. The Conference Organizers will then send instructions on how to complete the full registration on the conference platform. 

REGISTER NOW - INDONESIA (Payment by transfer)


Option 2: Register and complete the registration fee payment using any major credit card on the conference platform.

REGISTER NOW - INDONESIA (Payment by credit card)

 Conference Registration OPEN NOW!


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, promote educational and research efforts by U.S. scholars in Indonesia, and 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) 

Past Conferences

2021 AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies

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Conference Theme: Paradigms and New Frontiers 
Dates: June 23 - 26, 2021

WIB Program
EDT Program

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.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor AquArini Priyatna, Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
Keynote Address: Writing Women, Women Writing: Feminist Voice in Indonesian Literature

Professor Donald K. Emerson, Stanford University
Scholarship, Autonomy, and Purpose: Issues in Indonesian Studies

Program Committee: 

  • Yosef Djakababa, AIFIS & Pelita Harapan University
  • Jim Hoesterey, Emory University
  • Yanti, Atma Jaya Catholic University
  • Siddharth Chandra, Michigan State University

Planning Committee: 

  • Netta Anggia, AIFIS
  • Isabella Tirtowalujo, Michigan State University
  • Annas Bentari, AIFIS
  • Katharina Ehni, Michigan State University
  • Julia Grimm, Michigan State University

Conference Institutional Partners within the AIFIS Consortium 

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2022 AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies

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The American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS), in collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) Asian Studies Center, will hold the 2nd annual Conference on Indonesian Studies from June 21 - 25, 2022. The Conference celebrates the academic study of Indonesia. It seeks to expand research dissemination and collaboration on Indonesian studies by connecting Indonesian scholars with international colleagues in a bilingual and virtual format.

The 2022 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 ThemeEmerging Discourses and Collaborations in a New Age

This year’s theme draws attention to the importance of transnational dialogue as we work in concert to advance research on Indonesia amidst great global challenges. The pandemic has brought heightened awareness of our global interconnections and transformed the ways in which we engage in scholarship and collaborate with each other.

The AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies is borne out of our process of evolving and transforming, enabling expanded ability to connect and collaborate across our geographical divide, and to engage in a range of conversations with a greater diversity of individuals, communities, and institutions. It is in this spirit of kerja sama // collaboration and discourse building that we welcome paper proposals from Indonesianists across disciplines. 

Conference Institutional Partners within the AIFIS Consortium 

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