Every individual in this world has the right to live peacefully and feel freedom. These two things are still expensive items for Rohingyas in Myanmar there. After the SEA Talks 17 session which discussed the Rohingya crisis in terms of history and background, the PSSAT UGM held a discussion on SEA Talks 18 entitled “Rohingya: Perspective of International Human Rights Law”. This discussion invited Eko Riyadi, M.H. from the Center for Human Rights Studies at the Islamic University of Indonesia and Muhadi Sugiono, M.A who also became one of the researchers at the PSSAT UGM as a resource person. Collaboration between the two institutions is a manifestation of Pusham UII and PSSAT UGM’s active participation which focuses on academic studies of human rights in Southeast Asia.
Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies hosted a guest presence from the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, Thailand on Monday (10/07/2017). The meeting was held to discuss the cooperation agenda between CESASS and Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University. This visit also further strengthened the relationship between CESASS and Thammast University which has been collaborating in various programs such as SEA-GATE and Visiting Program.
The visit was attended by the Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Associate Professor Dumrong Adunyarittigun and Associate Professor Penpimol Premaswad as Associate Dean of Administrative Affairs, Jiraporn Phornprapha as Associate Dean for International Affairs, Assistance Professor Adisorn Muakpimai as Head of Department of History, Philosophy, and English Language and Literature, Torpong Jamtawee as Director of Southeast Asian Studies Program, Natthaphon Tripornchaisak as Director of ASEAN-China Program, Hamam Supriyadi as Lecturer of Indonesian Studies Wannee Khumbumrung as Secretary of Faculty of Liberal Arts, and Orawan Changklungmoh as International Affairs Officer.
On Friday (22/06/18), Faculty of Liberal Arts students from Thammasat University arrived at the Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) of Universitas Gadjah Mada for SEA Gate 2018 program for the next three months. The opening of SEA Gate 2018 program was held at PSSAT UGM Library, opened by Dr.phil. Hermin Indah Wahyuni as the director of PSSAT UGM and Dr. Hamam Supriyadi as lecturer of ASEAN Studies, Thammasat University.
In her speech, Dr.phil. Hermin Indah Wahyuni together with Aditya Indra Nugraha, S.Ant. as SEA Gate 2018 Program Manager, said that the program is expected to further strengthen the relationship between PSSAT UGM and Thammasat University which has been collaborating in two programs: SEA-GATE and Visiting Program.
On Friday (25/5/18), Miranda Traeger, a student of Faculty of Law at The University of Adelaide Australia, presented her views on the education system in Australia and Indonesia at a monthly discussion, SEA Chat # 8.
In a friendly ambience at CESSAS Library UGM, Miranda started her presentation by inviting each participant to share their research and personal interests on Southeast Asia. She then drew their attention on education issues while comparing fundamental and practical elements of Indonesian and Australian education framework. The discussion was fruitful, some participants who used to live or study in Australia for several years remarked on the distinctive teaching method of Australian teachers.
On Friday (11/5/18), SEA Talk #21 was conducted on “Corporate Power and Global Governance: Australian Miners in Indonesia” with Lian Sinclair from Murdoch University as the presenter. This topic was based on his fieldwork on Australian Mining companies operating in three different locations in Indonesia namely Kulonprogo, Kutai Barat and Halmahera Utara.
Lian discussed that mining companies tend to be benefited from global governance (UN, WTO, and others) when conflicts with local communities occurred. One of strategy of dealing with those conflicts was CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). CSR helped the companies to reduce possibility of clash with local societies as they indirectly involved in companies’ management process. However, many conflicts still persisted because of the localities of the problems.
Indonesia as one of the countries that is very vulnerable to natural disasters is considered to require socialization to handle them. In fact, not all sections of society in this country are able to accept the socialization held by the government. Therefore, PSSAT UGM held a discussion titled “Community Resilience on Maritime Disaster in Indonesia” with Dr. Rahman Hidayat, assistant deputy of Assistant Deputy of Infrastructures for Shipping, Fishery, and Tourism of Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs, and Dr. Widjo Kongko at PSSAT UGM Library (16/03/18). The discussion in the afternoon was also attended by Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe, Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Freiburg, Germany, some researchers from PSSAT, and academics.
As a form of cooperation between CESASS UGM with University of Freiburg, Prof. Dr. Judith Schlehe accompanied by a researcher from CESASS UGM, Vissia Ita Yulianto, shared their knowledge in the form of workshops (08/03/18). The workshop held in the Indonesian Room of CESASS UGM Library presented the topic of waste management which is still one of the problems in Indonesia. This problem is certainly very influential with the stability, including the stability of undersea ecosystems. Therefore, this study took a case study in the southern maritime area of Yogyakarta which includes part of Gunung Kidul Regency under the title “Waste, Worldview, Morality: An Inclusive Approach”.
Social science has a central position and power to understand social problems, organize the bureaucracy, organize the economy, regulate policies and public communications in support of community life both in regional and global. The problems of social imbalances, multiculturalism, religiosity, racial intolerance, marginalities, practical politics, human trafficking , regional and global power relations, migrant workers, and social aspects of disaster need clear social-humanities academics to understand and provide referrals to policy makers (quoted from Terms of Reference).
The problem is that Indonesia as a developing country still desperately needs help from experts and scientists to do development, especially in the field of physical infrastructure, the ones that are seen to be more able to give practical contribution to society. Without realizing it, the government requires development in physical form and ignores the social infrastructure. Thus, the more days pass, social science seemed increasingly disregarded. It indicates that the government has not looked further into contribution of social-humanities sciences based research.
Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) UGM, supported by Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, as the Center of Science and Technology in the social field must surely question the waiver of this social sciences. Thus, CESASS invited social scientists to discuss their own discipline and even cross the boundaries of their discipline to attend Series Discussion II titled “Social Sciences: Its Roles and Challenges” (13/02/2018). Prof. Sjafri Sairin & Prof. Djoko Suryo, the head of CESASS, Dr. Phil Hermin Indah Wahyuni, along with other researchers from CESASS namely Muhadi Sugiono, M.A., Dr. Phil. Vissia Ita Yulianto, Putu Yogi Paramitha, M.H., Fatkurrohman, M.Si, and two students of the doctoral program of Department of Public Policy and Management UGM discussed the social science roles and challenges in this era.
Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) UGM got a visit from New Zealand again. This time, the two guests were Khairiah A. Rahman, M.A. from the School of Communications Studies, Auckland University of Technology and Dr. Adam Brown from Auckland Institute of Studies. Their visit to CESASS UGM Office was to share knowledge related to international journal writing. The event was packed in a workshop titled “Communicating and Publishing in International Academic Forum”.
The barrier of language differences is one of the issues that Indonesian academics often encounter when they will write English-language articles in accordance with international rules. Looking at the phenomenon, CESASS UGM tried to bridge the difficulties by holding a brief workshop on writing and publishing international scientific articles. The workshop which took place on Thursday, December 28, 2017 was held at Ruang Indonesia, CESASS UGM Library.
After working hard from August to November to realize the World Class Professor (WCP)Program of Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) UGM, Center for Coastal Rehabilitation and Disaster Mitigation Studies (CoREM) of Universitas Diponegoro, and Tsunami Disaster Mitigation Research Center (TDMRC) of Universitas Syiah Kuala held a research seminar themed “Ecological Communication on Maritime Disaster Management in Southeast Asia” at the Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Mataram (15/12/2017).
In the seminar, there were two panels consisting of six research topics to be presented by the research team of this consortium. Various research topics presented in the first panel include “The Importance of Integrated Research in Disaster Risk Reduction” by the Head of TDMRC, Dr. Khairul Munadi, “Coastal Geo-hazard at Semarang and Demak, Central Java” by the Head of CoRem, Dr. Muhammad Helmi, and “Ecological Communication: Social Adaptation to Maritime Disasters in Indonesia” by Head of CESASS, Dr. Phil. Hermin Indah Wahyuni. In the second panel, various studies discussed were “Study of Earthquake Hazard and Its Mitigation in Northern Sumatra” by Dr. Muksin Umar of TDMRC, “The Effects of ENSO on the Variability of SST and Chlorophyll-a in the Maluku Sea” by Dr.Sc. Anindya Wirasatriya, and “Waste as an Environmental Disaster: Socio-Religious Practices at the South Coast of Java” by Dr.Phil. Vissia Ita Yulianto of CESASS.
The results seminar was attended by academic community members of Universitas Mataram and practitioners who have interest in environmental issues and maritime disasters. Those various studies will be published through international scientific journals. Thus, the purpose of the WCP program as a means to support the capacity of academics and improve international publications has been achieved. The WCP program not only opens opportunities for academics and institutions in the country, but also the potential for cooperation with academics and institutions from abroad. (Meike)