As part of a newly established Australian-German academic exchange program, we are organizing a summerschool on ‘Local, National and Transnational Modes of Belonging in Indonesia and Beyond’ (Kleinwalstertal, Austria; 20-26 July 2014). The workshop is organized by anthropologists from the Australian National University, Canberra, and the Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. We are inviting interested PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers (Postdocs) to submit their paper abstracts by 25 January 2014 the latest.
Local, National and Transnational Modes of Belonging in Indonesia and Beyond
Kleinwalsertal, Germany, 20-26 July 2014
A joint Australian-German Project
Organizers: Prof. Kathryn Robinson (The Australian National University), Prof. Karl-Heinz Kohl (Goethe-University Frankfurt), Prof. Susanne Schroeter (Goethe-University Frankfurt), Dr. Birgit Braeuchler (Goethe-University Frankfurt), Dr. Kristina Grossmann (University of Passau), Dr. Ross Tapsell (The Australian National University)
Format: Presentations with group-based and individual feedback, discussion of participants’ work-in-progress and future ideas, text work … complemented by various activities to explore the beautiful Kleinwalsertal
Who: PhD candidates and Early Career Researchers (Postdocs)
Submission Deadline: 25 January 2014
Notification: by 3 February 2014
Costs per participant: appr. € 300 (or AUS$ 420), including accommodation (6 nights), transport (Frankfurt, Germany, to Kleinwalsertal) and meals
Course description: What does national belonging mean in the 21st century? How does it intersect with other forms of identification, couched in, for example, local, universal or global terms. The last few decades in Indonesa have semingly tested national belonging. The conflicts that accompanied the fall of Suharto led to fears of national disintegration; the ‘Big Bang’ decentralisation has fostered localised power bases and ‘nativist’ claims. However, the economy is booming and the move to electoral democracy following thirty years of authoritarian rule hailed a success by political allies and commentators alike. How do we understand expressions of sub-national difference that continue to flare up, which include local identity (including claims of indigeneity) and rights claims; demands by religiously motivated groups to redefine the terms of the nation; and protests by groups (including women) that feel left out by dominant forms of ideology and public policy. The current period has thus also been marked by new fundamentalisms – religious and cultural – including resurgence of claims by ‘traditional’ elites of their right to rule, anti-migrant ‘nativist’ discourse or the introduction of local laws purportedly based on sharia. Such claims pose challenges to state/national ideologies, and the very idea of the nation. They are potentially inflammatory as they do not acknowledge the historic heterogeneity of local populations in Indonesia and can lead to the emergence of conflict between, for example: locals and migrants; Muslim ‘traditionalists’ and purification movements drawing on global discourses; promoters of local culture versus sympathizers of western-derived notions of democracy.
Such dynamics are not unique to Indonesia and some (religious fundamantalisms; assertion of rights in terms of indigeneity; demands for gender equity) invoke international or indeed universal ideologies and principles. The Summerschool will assess current ‘modes of belonging’ by taking differing vantage points, including the peripheries, and from below. We would encourage contributions to be based on theoretical reflections in areas such as concepts of citizenship; national identity and community formation; transnational social movements; and forms of representation and communication; analysed through field research.
Particular foci or themes could be:
- ‘revival of tradition’
- internal and transnational migration
- religious radicalization
- interlinkage between different normative orders (state, customary, religious, etc.)
- local, national, transnational identities (including media representations)
- changing resource use and access
- gender relations
Please send a short letter outlining your reasons for wishing to attend, your paper title and abstract (maximum 250 words), along with your institutional affiliation and a short bio sketch (maximum 150 words), to Birgit Braeuchler (birgitbraeuchler[at]gmx.net) and Kristina Grossmann (rossarigo[at]gmx.net) by 25 January 2014.
The initiative takes place in the framework of a newly established Australian-German exchange program funded by the DAAD (GU-Go8).