Workshop on Religion and Diversity in Southeast Asia July 21-August 14, 2015

Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015

The Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Indonesia, and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), University of Hawai‘i, are pleased to announce a call for applications to join our summer 2015 workshop focusing on issues of religion and diversity in the Southeast Asian public.

What does this project entail?

The project will introduce select university and community college educators teaching at U.S. minority serving institutions (MSI) to issues of importance in the management of cultural and religious diversity in Southeast Asia. Through the lens of Indonesia, we’ll explore the political and social challenges facing one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world; the role of religion in everyday life and local politics; Indonesian Islam and its relation to the wider Muslim world; the legacy of colonialism on intergroup relations; the position of the state in framing questions of identity; the struggles of indigenous practitioners to gain rights and recognition; and the vital role that civil society plays in addressing these questions in Indonesia’s young democracy. Participants will have the opportunity to work with local scholars and to meet with community groups in the field in Yogyakarta, one of country’s most diverse urban spaces and an internationally recognized center for the arts and education. As representatives from MSIs, program participants will also be given the opportunity to share their expertise on the challenges of teaching about issues of diversity (religious and otherwise) in their own communities.

What is the desired project outcome?

Workshop participants will be expected to develop (either individually or as a group) educational resource materials that present various aspects of religion and diversity in Southeast Asia/Indonesia. These materials might range anywhere from the development of themed modules (gender, ethnicity, role of religious minorities, etc.) incorporating the Southeast Asian experience of diversity, etc., into course syllabi to creating digital resources that encourage a greater use of interactive teaching/learning. Project outcomes will then be made accessible for use by educators in the U.S. and Indonesia.

What type of applicants are we seeking?

  • US citizens/permanent residents teaching higher education courses on religion and diversity issues at minority serving institutions. We are also interested in MSI educators addressing issues of ethnicity, and gender.
  • MSI educators with a strong background in outreach materials/program development
  • Energetic MSI participants who are adaptive to new learning environments and cultures. Some group work will naturally be part of this workshop experience.

Workshop dates

  • Pre-departure orientation: July 21-24, 2015 – University of Hawai‘i campus, Honolulu
  • Transit to Indonesia: July 25-26, 2015
  • Indonesia workshop: July 27-August 13, 2015 – Gadjah Mada University campus, Yogyakarta
  • Transit to Honolulu: August 14, 2015

What the workshop will cover:

  • Round trip airfare from Honolulu to Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • All major ground/air transfers to/in Indonesia (personal transportation remains the responsibility of the participant)
  • Accommodations in Honolulu and Yogyakarta
  • Per diem to cover meals and incidentals in Hawai‘i and Indonesia
  • Indonesia visa charges
  • Special site visit costs

What the participant will cover:

  • Airfare from your mainland US location to Honolulu and return
  • Ground transportation from your US location to your local airport and return
  • Travel insurance (to be verified upon selection)
  • Valid passport (check to make sure that your passport is valid for more than six months past the workshop date)
  • Cell phone SIM card change/purchase of local phone in Indonesia
  • All in-country medical expenses should they arise
  • Extra baggage charges on air travel legs
  • Purchases of gifts, extra resource materials not provided by the workshop, etc.

Program application here:

For contact information and more on who we are, please visit our respective websites:

The Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), part of Gadjah Mada University’s Graduate School, is a graduate program and resource center dedicated to investigating the role that religion, in its broadest definition, plays in Indonesian life and society.

CRCS Web | Contact: Dr. Kelli Swazey

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) is one of eight National Resource Centers (NRC) for the study of Southeast Asia in the United States as funded by the US Department of Education. CSEAS works to promote Southeast Asian studies nationally through its support of teacher training and work with minority serving institutions by providing in-country educational exchange experiences. CSEAS, with Fulbright Group Program Abroad (FGPA) support, took K-12 teachers to the Philippines and Viet Nam in the summer of 2013. This current project focusing on religion and diversity in the Southeast Asian public is the first of a two-part series with the next workshop scheduled for summer 2017.

CSEAS Web | Contact: Paul Rausch


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