[Yogyakarta, November 2nd, 2023] – The Center for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) successfully hosted the third installment of its Talk Series on November 2nd, 2023. The event, held via Zoom, commenced at 10.30 a.m., bringing together renowned experts and participants from various disciplines and backgrounds to deliberate on the complex nexus of human trafficking, border studies, and the globalization of Southeast Asia.
Carrying the theme of “Bridging the Divide” the event sought to cultivate a comprehensive grasp of the intricate challenges and prospects pervading the Southeast Asian region. The movement of people across borders is predominantly motivated by economic considerations. However, this has amplified the gravity of human trafficking and smuggling, posing formidable challenges in the pursuit of effective countermeasures. Therefore, the discussions emphasized the imperative for collaborative endeavors and holistic strategies to effectively confront the pressing issues affecting the socio-political and economic fabric of the region.
Moderated by Agung Satriyo Nugroho, S.Si., M.Sc., from the Faculty of Geography—UGM, the CESASS Talk Series #3 kicked off with an opening speech from Prof. Dr. Rini Rachmawati, S.Si., M.T., the esteemed Director of CESASS. Prof. Rachmawati’s address set the stage for an engaging and insightful discussion that would follow.
This event featured distinguished speakers, including Prof. Dr. Purwo Santoso, M.A., a prominent figure from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at UGM, and Associate Prof. Dr. Mohd Na’eim Bin Ajis, a distinguished scholar from the UUM-Research Institute for Indonesia, Thailand & Singapore. With their extensive knowledge and research contributions in their respective fields, Prof. Santoso and Associate Prof. Dr. Na’eim Bin Ajis played a pivotal role in enriching the discourse, providing a comprehensive and holistic perspective on the critical issues under consideration.
The virtual event garnered active participation and engagement from the audience, reflecting the collective commitment to fostering meaningful change and promoting regional cooperation in addressing the challenges faced by Southeast Asia and the ASEAN community.
CESASS remains committed to advancing critical conversations and research initiatives that contribute to the sustainable development and well-being of the Southeast Asian region.
Nurina Aulia Haris, M.A.