National Workshop on Religion, Public Sphere and Internet in Indonesia

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016, 08:53 WIB


In the last few decades we have witnessed that internet especially social media plays important and significant role within the society. In Indonesia, the new media has given a lot of opportunities to the wider public to express their voices following the fall of the New Order Regime. These voices include religious expressions which were previously suppressed by the government. The latest development shows that while studies on the role of internet in the public life flourishes, there are not many of them touch the issue of the connection between internet and religion in Indonesia.

Addressing the problem above, ICRS, in partnership with Peace Generation and Jenderal Ahmad Yani (Unjani) Bandung, West Java conducted a National Workshop on Religion, Public Sphere and Internet in Indonesia at 101 Hotel, Bandung (2/3), which is part of nine countries collaborative research entitled; Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia. Around 30 participants from various backgrounds attended on the workshop that was aimed to gather perspectives on the research issue. After welcoming speech from the co-host, Irfan Amalee from Peace Generation, Dr. Agus Subagyo Dean of Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Jenderal Ahmad Yani, UNJANI, West Java officially opened the workshop. The opening ceremony also included MoU signing between FISIP UNJANI and ICRS represented by ICRS Director, Dr. Siti Syamsiyatun. 

The presentation and discussion as the main agenda of the workshop itself is divided into two sessions. On the first session, Dr. Leonard C. Eprafas presented his paper based on year 3 temporary research findings entitled; Religion, Public Policy and Internet in Indonesia focusing on the issue of “governmentality” within virtual world involving various actors. Meanwhile, Fazlur Rahman, M.A as the research assistant presented his paper entitled: Islamic Religious Authority in Indonesian Digisphere at second session focusing on the issue of “civility” related to the influence of internet on religious issue. Both presentations invited various responses from participants. At the end of the workshop, Dr. Dicky Sofjan as the Principal Investigator of the collaborative research gave his concluding remark and synthesis towards all the presentations and responses and questions delivered by participants to both presenters. (nanung)