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Public Guest Lecture: Religion, Atheism and the Quest for Indonesian Identity
June 23, 2016 - 13:15-15:00
The state of Indonesia is neither a theocracy, nor it is a laical state. In both the state ideology of Pancasila and in the constitution, Religion – conceptualized as monotheistic believe – is portrayed as the foundation of the state. Religion is crucial for the construction of a national Identity in the culturally highly diverse country. The state supposes to guarantee the freedom of believe. This freedom, however, is limited to the acknowledged religions. Public expression of atheist thoughts is prohibited by law since it is considered to be a thread to Indonesian Identity and the cultural standards of the nation.
The lecture is part of the Southeast Asia Signature Series (SEASS)
Venue: University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies (CCRS), Room 10.3.28 (lunch/meeting room)