To enhance the academic atmosphere, CRCS established a weekly public discussion in 2002. The initial idea was to give more space to students to learn from professional and experts whose ideas might not be heard in the formal classes. The forum was not only for guest speakers from all over the world but also CRCS professors and students. In 2006, we agreed with Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) to hold the discussion every Wednesday. CRCS-ICRS Wednesday forum provides space for the CRCS-ICRS community to learn more about a variety of topics in religion and culture.
The forum has been considered a prominent space for scholars and researchers from Indonesia and abroad to share their ideas and research findings. We host different level of speakers ranging from graduate students to prominent scholars on Indonesia and religious studies such as Martin Van Bruinessen, Mark Woodward, Farish Noor, Julia Howell, Robert Hefner, Peter Carey, etc. Speakers usually gained benefit from discussion with our academic community (mostly our graduate students, researchers, faculty members), and external audiences. The forum is open for presentation or talk on various aspects of religious and cultural issues.
Every year we open two rounds of Wednesday Forum. First round starts from January to May. Second round starts from September to December. Anyone interested to present in the forum can send an email request to the host (see below) along with an abstract of the research and a brief CV.
Contact Person: Subandri Simbolon (Bandri) at firstname.lastname@example.org.