Intersession Seminar Courses June – July 2016


Religion, Women, and Literature: Women of Spirit in Christianity, Islam, and Other Religious Traditions

Lecturer : Maria Lichtman (Appalachian State University, USA)
Guest Speaker : Dewi Chandraningrum (Jurnal Perempuan)
Schedule : Monday and Wednesday, June 1 – July 30, 2016
Time : 09.00 – 12.00

This course lifts up from a neglected history those women mystics and visionaries within the Christian and Islamics as well as other world religious traditions whose lives raise questions of what it meant to be a woman of spirit in a thoroughly patriarchal system. It examines briefly the patriarchal context that failed to suppress these women’s spirit and dynamism. The course will look at issues of gender consciousness, dualism vs. integration of soul and body, self-denigration vs. self-affirmation. To what extent do these women transcend their socially constructed identities in reclaiming repressed and persecuted elements of female religious power to become models of spiritual empowerment? To what extent is this possible for women of spirit today? The course will employ as much as possible methods of connected knowing, connecting course readings and discussion to our own experiences and stories. It will seek connections to women within our own religious traditions who embody new possibilities for the place and power of women within religious communities.

Religion, Disaster and Science

Co-Lecturers : Dr. Suhadi (Graduate School, UGM)
Lecturer : Prof. Dr. Toshiaki Kimura (Tohoku University, Japan)
Guest-Lecturer : Prof. Dr. Junun Sartohadi (Graduate School, UGM)
Schedule : Tuesday and Thursday, June 7 – July 26, 2016
Time : 09.00 – 12.00

This course seeks to explain the relationships among disaster, religion and science. Disasters are never merely “acts of God” or “acts of nature.”  They are the result of complex human interactions that involve risk and exposure to natural hazards and vulnerabilities and they require human societies to explain how and why they occur, to find meaning that is essential for recovery.  This course focuses on four areas of inquiry (a)  mapping the connections among disaster, religion, and science, (b) introduction to scientific and historical perspectives on the experience and perception of disasters, with examples from Indonesia and Japan, (c) the process of religious interpretations of disaster and post-disaster religious meaning making in diverse cultural and religious contexts, and (d) several case studies related to religion’s role in post-disaster recovery, including ritual, conflict based on religious identity , and controversy over humanitarian work by faith based organizations.

Open for public, LIMITED SEAT.

IDR 300.000 (without credit)
IDR 750.000 (with credit)
For Registration please call (0274)544-976 at work hour




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