On March 21/2023, a weekly sharing session via zoom was conducted by Mr.Aniello Iannone who comes from Italy. He presented and lead the sharing session with his Master’s Degree thesis topic, “Responding to Anti-human trafficking: The Role and Challenges of NGOs in Indonesia”. He is been a lecturer at the Faculty of Social and Political Science in Universitas Diponegoro (Undip) Semarang and a researcher who explores various topics focusing on democracy, politics, political economy, and international relations in Indonesia and Southeast Asia regions. His thesis was intended to find out the challenges faced by NGOs that are working on Human Trafficking issues, the law enforcement towards anti-human trafficking in Indonesia, and the motives of people who got trafficked. He used qualitative research analysis, specifically the interview method, and 3-5 NGOs in Indonesia had been interviewed.
On 15 March 2023, CESASS student interns conducted a weekly sharing session at the PAU Building. Putu Prisca Lusiani, a postgraduate student from the International Relations Department at Fisipol UGM, volunteered as the speaker for this week’s session, titled “Indonesia’s Chairmanship in ASEAN 2023: What to Expect?” She considered the topic relevant because Indonesia is the largest member country of ASEAN. Thus, other member countries expect Indonesia to be able to solve several problems that have happened over the decades, including the political instability in Myanmar.
Last Friday (3/3), a weekly agenda known as the “sharing session” was held for CESASS internship students. The speaker for the week was Wiweko Rahadian Abyapta, an undergraduate student from the Faculty of Law at Universitas Gadjah Mada, who is also an intern from the first batch of this year. Wiweko presented a topic titled “Sustainable Agriculture in the Philippines” from a policy-making perspective. He shared this topic because he won Best Policy Paper at the Young ASEAN Leaders Policy Initiative 2023.
On Monday (6/3/2023), an intern named Dyny Wahyu Seputri, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in American Studies at Gadjah Mada University, presented her thesis research entitled “Towards a Transnational View: Pencak Silat in the United States of America” in a forum at the PSSAT office. The forum was the 39th Seachat, which is one of the internal activities at PSSAT. The speaker presented her ideas on the direction of the development of Pencak Silat martial arts in the United States.
On 9th February, 2023, an intern, Yumna Amalia Maghfirah, presented about the Philippines Beauty Pageant industry and how it helps the country itself diplomatically and economically, and how the Filipinos support the beauty pageants. SEA CHAT #38 was attended by 13 Indonesian interns and 3 international interns from Myanmar and the Philippines.
The speaker started the presentation by explaining how the beauty pageant emerged from the ancient Greek and 19th century until the 21st century through different major shifts year by year. Later in the 1950s, this developed as decolonisation and rising nationalism. When the beauty pageant became an example of “women empowering women”, and with the purpose of using femininity to represent world issues and raising awareness for culture, the Philippines also applied this as national aspiration.
On Friday (24/02/2023), a student from Myanmar shared her presentation about “Reflection on Childhood” in sharing session as a part of intern’s activity in CESASS office. Her name was Phoo Wai Yan Myint, an international student majoring International Relation in Gadjah Mada University and she shares her opinion about how childhood experience has an impact on behaviour of an adult. This sharing session attended by Indonesian interns and 4 international students from Myanmar and Phillipines.