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Seminar Invitation: Accelerated Developments in Indonesia

November 7, 2013 - 12:00-16:30

The seminar discusses recent social, political, religious and environmental developments in Indonesia. It puts an anthropological focus on the complexity created by new regimes of governance and the mixture of shifting priorities in land and natural resource use.

Indonesia is the country with the world’s biggest Muslim population and ranks third in biodiversity. Presently its government aims for accelerated industrial development based on natural resource exploitation. Shortly prior to adopting this strategy, Indonesia has experienced a succession of policy changes towards agrarian transformation, agricultural estate economies, and public finances management. The country is increasingly the scene of mining and fishing activities by foreign-owned corporations and the host of international climate change mitigation and environmental conservation programs.

Aside from creating conflicts over land and resource rights, the simultaneous presence of these policies, programs, and industries produces a sense of accelerated historical change among affected areas and people. The aim of the seminar is to explore the local, national and global underpinnings of this change and look for productive theoretical approaches for analyzing it.

The seminar presents  Dr. Dedi Supriadi Adhuri from LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences) as the guest speaker of the seminar. Other speakers include Ratih Dwiyani, Isabell Herrmans, Marjaana Jauhola, Timo Kaartinen, Maija Lassila, Anu Lounela and Kenneth Sillander.

The seminar is organized by Finnish Indonesia Research Network (FIRN, coordinator anu.lounela@helsinki.fi) in cooperation with Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki and the Doctoral School of Contemporary Asian Studies (DAS).

LocationUniversity of Helsinki main building, Fabianinkatu 33, hall 13

Seminar Invitation: Accelerated Developments in Indonesia


November 7, 2013