Dicky Sofjan, MPP, M.A., Ph.D.



Dicky Sofjan, MPP, M.A., Ph.D.

Emails: dickysofjan@ugm.ac.id & dickysofjan@yahoo.com

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT 

  • Core Doctoral Faculty, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) (International Ph.D. Program), located in Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Graduate School, Yogyakarta (since 2011)
  • Graduate Lecturer in “Interdisciplinary Islamic Studies (IIS)/ Middle Eastern Studies” and “Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies”, State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga (since 2015)
  • Graduate Lecturer in Political Science and American Studies Program, UGM (since 2011)

 

ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS 

  • Treasurer, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) Foundation (since 2016)
  • Board Member, Educational Exchange Committee (EEC) Fulbright-AMINEF (American-Indonesian Exchange Foundation)(since 2014); previously, Bi-National Review Committee and Selection Panel (2011-2014)
  • Co-Convener and Original Signatory to Punta Del ’Este Declaration on Human Dignity for Everyone, Everywhere (2018-onwards)
  • Adviser/Associate Member, US-Indonesian Council on Religion and Pluralism (since 2016)
  • Carnegie Council Pacific Fellow on “Asian Dialogues” (2016-2018)
  • Associate and Co-Creator, Global Center for the Study of Sustainable Futures and Spirituality (GCSSFS) (since 2013)
  • Expert, Washington, D.C.-based Middle East Institute – Middle East-Asia Project (since 2013)
  • Member, Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Community, The Nippon Foundation (since 2007)
  • Member, American Academy of Religion (AAR)(since 2011)
  • Member, Association of Asian Studies (AAS)(since 2017)
  • Associate Member, British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS)(since 2017)

 

EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER

  • Executive Editor, International Journal of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies (IJIIS), UNHI, Denpasar-Bali (since 2018).
  • Afkar (Biannual Research Journal of Islamic Studies), Institute of Social Sciences and Development, Karachi, Pakistan (since 2018)
  • Rahat-ul-Quloob (Biannual Islamic Research Journal), Research Academy Quetta, Baluchistan, Pakistan (ISSN: 2520-5021)(since 2018)
  • Jurnal Lensa Budaya, Universitas Hasanuddin, Makassar (ISSN: 0126-351x)(for 2015-2017)
  • Islamic Education Journal, Faculty of Tarbiyah, Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga (ISSN: 2301-9166; ISSN Online: 2356-3877)(since 2016)
  • Kanz Philosophia: Journal of Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism (ISSN: 2088-8511; ISSN Online: 2407-1056)(since 2013)
  • Kawistara: Journal of Social Science and Humanities, UGM Graduate School (ISSN: 2088-5415; ISSN Online: 2355-5777)(since 2012)

 

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS 

  • Principal Investigator for a collaborative research program on “Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia” (2013-2017) involving nine countries (Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar and USA), funded by the Henry Luce Foundation. Completing a three-part Book Series on “Managing Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia”, “Religion, Identity and Gender in Southeast Asia” and “Religion in the Public Sphere in Southeast Asia” with Geneva-based Globethics.
  • Religious Freedom Institute, co-author with Josiah Ponnudurai for religious freedom reports on Indonesia and Malaysia (2017-2018), with Georgetown University, Baylor University, Hudson Institute and Templeton.
  • Research on “The Shi’as of Nusantara: Islamic Diffusion and Diversity in Indonesia” (2016), funded by the ICRS-Ford Foundation program on “Foundations for Social Justice”.
  • Research on “The Tabut in Bengkulu” as collective memory and marginalized community ritual (2016), funded partially by the UGM Graduate School.
  • Creator/Principal Investigator for the building of a prototype system on the Indonesian Interfaith Weather Station (IIWS)(since August 2014-now), initially funded by the US State Department.
  • Team Leader, Religious Literacy Program: Social Justice, Religious Harmony and Multiculturalism: Pilot Project in Six Sites in Indonesia (2017-2018), funded by the British Council. The Phase II is currently underway.
  • Collaborative research on Religion and Society in Indonesia, China and India, sponsored by Hong Kong University and United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA).
  • Principal Investigator, “Dialectics of Religious Freedom and Harmony in Indonesia”, sponsored by the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta.
  • Conceptor and Researcher, “Co-Designing Sustainable, Just and Smart Urban Living in Indonesia”, funded by the Ford Foundation.

 

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & RESEARCH GRANTS 

  • Ford Foundation Grant on Co-Designing Sustainable, Just and Smart Urban Living in Indonesia (2018-2020)
  • Netherlands Embassy Grant on Religious Freedom and Harmony (2018-2019)
  • British Council Grant for Religious Literacy Program in Indonesia (Phase I and Phase II)  (2017-2018)    
  • European Union Visitor’s Program (EUVP) to Brussels, Belgium (2017)                  
  • Erasmus+ Visiting Professorship at Sofia University, Bulgaria (2017)
  • British Council Grant to attend British Association for Islamic Studies (Brais) (2017)
  • Ford Foundation on “The Shi’as of Nusantara: Islamic Diffusion and Diversity in Indonesia” (2016)
  • US State Department on “Indonesian Interfaith Weather Station (IIWS)” (2014-2015)
  • Henry Luce Foundation on “Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia” (2013-2017)      
  • The Nippon Foundation’s Asian Public Intellectuals (API) Collaborative (2013-2014)
  • Research Project on “Policy Brokering on Sustainability Transition in Five Communities in Asia” Globethics.net on “Religion and Television in Indonesia” (2013)
  • Henry Luce Foundation on Planning Workshops for “Engaging Southeast Asia: Religion, Foreign Policy and Public Affairs” (2012-2013)
  • Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (Cordaid) on “Religion and Gender in Indonesia” (2012)
  • The Nippon Foundation’s API Regional Project on “Community-Based Initiatives toward Human-Ecological Balance” (2008-2012)
  • API Fellowship by The Nippon Foundation and Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) on “Inklings of Progressive Islam in Malaysia” (2007-2008)
  • National University of Singapore (NUS) Dissertation Research Travel Grant to Iran and Indonesia (2003)
  • National University of Singapore (NUS) Research Scholarship (2001-2004)
  • J. William Fulbright Award (United States Information Agency) (1999-2001)
  • Sultan of Brunei DarussalamASEAN Scholarship (1998-1999)
  • Istituto per il Commercio con l’Estero (Italian Institute for Foreign Trade) (1998)
  • Chevenings Award (British Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (1997)
  •  ASEAN Visiting Fellowship (Singapore International Foundation) (1995) 


PUBLICATION AND WRITING

Academic

  • “Pancasila and the Dignity of the Humankind” in International Journal on Interreligious and Intercultural Studies, UNHI, Denpasar, Bali, October 2018. ISSN: 2654-2706.
  • “All in the Name of God” in Poetry and Ethics: Inventing Possibilities in which We are Moved to Action and How to Live Together, Globethics.net, Geneva, Switzerland, 2018: pp.47-52. ISBN: 978-2-88931-242-9 (online version) and 978-2-88931-243-6 (print version).
  • Landscape Reports 2018 – Indonesia and Malaysia, Religious Freedom Institute, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., co-authored by Dicky Sofjan and Josiah Ponnudurai.
  • Draf Modul Lokakarya Pengayaan Wacana Agama dan Keragaman (Draft Module on Religious Literacy) by Dicky Sofjan et. al., published by the Ministry of Religious Affairs, ICRS and British Council, 2018.
  • “Javanese and Muslim Perception of Reality and Worldview: A Critical Response” in Visions of a Good Society by Bernard Adeney-Risakotta, Trinity College, Singapore: 2018: 116-121. ISBN: 978-981-11-5790-5.
  • Modern Tasawwuf (English Translation) by Hamka, Penerbit Republika, Jakarta (pp.364), 2017.
  • Dunia Kali Code: Partisipasi, Pengetahuan Lokal dan Pengembangan Masyarakat di Bantaran Sungai (The World of Kali Code: Participation, Local Knowledge and Community Development in Riverine Community) by Dicky Sofjan and John Haba (editors), 2017. ISBN: 978-60-2868-3128.
  • Agama, Identitas dan Gender (Seri Buku 2), Agama, Kebijakan Publik dan Transformasi Sosial, Pustaka Sempu (Grup Insist Press), 2017. ISBN: 978-602-0857-44-2.
  • Three-part Book Series entitled Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia, Vol.2 on Religion, Identity and Gender, Globethics: Geneva, Switzerland, 2017. ISBNs: 978-2-88931-202-3 (print version); 978-2-88931 (online version).
  •  “Tuhan, Toleransi dan Pluralisme: Sebuah Refleksi” [God, Tolerance and Pluralism: A Reflection] in Elis Z. Anis, God is Everywhere [Tuhan Ada Dimana-Mana], Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM and ICRS, Yogyakarta, 2017: 155-164. ISBN: 978-602-8683-16-6.
  • Mengelola Keragaman Beragama (Seri Buku 1), Agama, Kebijakan Publik dan Transformasi Sosial, Pustaka Sempu (Grup Insist Press), 2017. ISBN: 978-602-0857-39-8.
  • “Religious Diversity and Politico-Religious Intolerance in Indonesia and Malaysia” in The Review of Faith and International Affairs special issue on “Religion, Law and Society in Southeast Asia,” Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 14(4) Winter 2016: 53-64. ISSN: 1557-0274 and 1931-7743.
  • Three-part Book Series entitled Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia, Vol.1 on Managing Religious Diversity, Globethics: Geneva, Switzerland, 2016. ISBNs: 978-2-88931-115-6 (print version), 978-2-88931-114-9 (online version).
  • “Minoritization and Criminalization of Shia Islam in Indonesia” in Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Villanova University, Pennsylvania, 39(2) Winter 2016: 29-44. ISSN: 0149-1784.
  • Knowledge, Power and Politics: Where is Humanity Heading To? (Conference Proceeding) (Reviewer and Contributor for the Introductory Chapter), Sekolah Pascasarjana UGM, Yogyakarta (2015), pp.859. ISBN: 978-602-8683-06-7.
  • Pendidikan Karakter Khas Yogyakarta: Tantangan Bagi Dunia Pendidikan dan Masyarakat (The Unique Character Education in Yogyakarta: A Challenge for the Educational Sector and Society) in Mendukung Keistimewaan Yogyakarta: Melalui Perspektif Multidisiplin Guna Membangun Kemandirian Bangsa (Supporting the Uniqueness of Yogyakarta: Through Multidisciplinary Perspective to Build National Self-sufficiency), UGM Graduate School, Yogyakarta (2014), pp.47-79. ISBN: 978-602-8683-02-9.
  • Science, Spirituality and Local Wisdom: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Current Global Issues (Conference Proceeding)(2014), pp.928. ISBN: 978-602-8683-04-3.
  • “Asian Ecology and the Sacred: Communal Rituals, Cultural Meaning and Community Inventiveness” in Living Landscapes, Connected Communities: Culture, Environment and Change Across Asia by Justine Vaz and Narumol Aphinives (editors), Areca Books, Penang-Malaysia (2014). ISBN: 978-967-5719-11-0.
  • “Making Connections Across the Region” in Living Landscapes, Connected Communities: Culture, Environment and Change Across Asia by Justine Vaz and Narumol Aphinives (Editors), Areca Books, Penang-Malaysia (2014), pp.344. ISBN: 978-967-5719-11-0.
  • Religion and Television in Indonesia: Ethics Surrounding Dakwahtainment, published by Geneva, Switzerland: Globethics, October 2013. ISBNs: 978-2-940428-81-6 (print version) and 978-2-940428-80-9 (online version).
  • Agama dan Televisi di Indonesia: Etika Seputar Dakwahtainment (translation), published by Geneva, Switzerland: Globethics, October 2013. ISBNs: 978-2-940428-79-3 (print version) and 978-2-940428-78-6 (online version).
  • Sejarah dan Budaya Syiah di Asia Tenggara (History and Culture of the Shias in Southeast Asia) published by Graduate School of UGM, Yogyakarta, July 2013. ISBN: 978-979-25-0118-6.
  • “Persian Influence on Muslim Intellectual Tradition in Indonesia” in Media Syariah, Vl.XV (1), January-June 2013 (UIN Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh).
  • “Gender Construction in Dakwahtainment: A Case Study of Heart to Heart with Mamah Dedeh” in Al-Jami’ah (Journal of Islamic Studies), State Islamic University of Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, 50 (1) 2012/1433: 57-74. ISSN: 0126-012X.
  • “The Challenge of Building a Multi-Ethnic State in Malaysia” (with Ewa Trojnar) in Journal of Hemispheres (Studies on Cultures and Societies), No.26, Institute of Mediterranean and Oriental Cultures, Polish Academy of Sciences, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Askon, Warszawa, Poland, 2011. ISSN: 0239-8818, ISBN: 978-83-7452-057-7.
  • “Social Disintegration and the Increasing Incidences of Suicide in Gunung Kidul” in Coping with Disintegration: From the Perspectives of Local to Global by Vira Somboon (editor), Chula Global Network (CGN),December 2011. ISBN: 978-616-551-374-6
  • “The Malaysian Dilemma: Race, Religion and the Quest for National Unity” in The Meaning of Asian Identities and Experience in Asian Alternatives for a Sustainable World, 2009.
  • “The Sound of Silence: Moderate Muslims’ Response to 9/11 and the War on Terrorism” in The Asian Public Intellectuals Quarterly, Issue No.17/August 2008.
  •  Why Muslims Participate in Jihad: An Empirical Survey on Islamic Religiosity in Indonesia and Iran, Australian Theological Forum Press and Mizan International, 2006/2007. ISBN: 978-979-43-3399-9.
  • “Concerns over Participation in Genetic Research among Malay-Muslims, Chinese and Indians in Singapore: A focus group study” (with Wong M. Lee. et. al) in Community Genetics, Karger: Basel, Switzerland, 2004: 44-54. DOI: 10.1159/000080303.
  •  “Behind Closed Doors: Managing Ethnic Minority Issues in Singapore” (with Sol Iglesiaas) in Public Policy Conflicts: Proceedings of the Third Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network, Regional Workshop: Khon Kaen, Thailand and Vientiane, Lao PDR, May 6-8, 2002 (by Suwit Laohasiriwong and David J. H. Blake (editors), Southeast Asian Conflict Studies Network-Thailand). ISBNs: 978-974-32-8200-3, 974-328-2009.
  •  Book Review (invited) on “Civil Islam: Muslims and Democratization in Indonesia” in Journal of Studies in Contemporary Islam, Youngstown University, Ohio, Vol. II, No.1, Spring 2001. Cited by Princeton University Press [See: http://pup.princeton.edu/titles/6966.html].
  •  Menentang Negara Sekular (Editor for translated version) (The New Cold War: Religious Nationalism Confronts the Secular State by Mark Juergensmeyer), Bandung: Penerbit Mizan, 1998. ISBN: 979-433-1600.
  •  Islam dan Mitos Konfrontasi (Editor for translated version) (Islam and the Myth of Confrontation by Fred Halliday), Bandung: Penerbit Mizan.

 

Government and Multilateral Documents 

  • “Stocktaking and Strategic Review of Indonesia’s International Development Cooperation” (SSTC)– Consultancy Report for UNDP-Bappenas-International Development Cooperation (with Carola Kenngett and Thomas Beloe), 2014.
  • “Indonesian Democratic Transformation Trust Fund (IDTTF)” – Program Document for Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (Kemitraan) and Bappenas-Political Affairs and Information, Jakarta, March-April 2014.
  • “Capacity Development Assessment and Strategy Report: Aid for Development Effectiveness in Indonesia” – Consultancy Report on Capacity Assessment on Aid Effectiveness in Indonesia in 2010/2011for UNDP and Bappenas-Multilateral Affairs.
  • “Trust Fund Mechanisms and Projects in Indonesia” – Consultancy Report on Capacity Assessment on Aid Effectiveness in 2010 for UNDP and Bappenas-Multilateral Affairs.
  • “International and National Policy Guidelines of Aid Management and Effectiveness” – Consultancy Report on Capacity Assessment on Aid Effectiveness in Indonesia in 2010 for UNDP and Bappenas-Multilateral Affairs.
  • “Institutional Analysis of Stakeholders on Aid Effectiveness” – Consultancy Report on Capacity Assessment on Aid Effectiveness in Indonesia in 2010 for UNDP and Bappenas-Multilateral Affairs.
  • “Aceh Local Elections Support Project (ALES) 2006”, jointly signed by UNDP-European Commission-MoHA-KIP.
  • “Programme of Support for Deepening Democracy in Indonesia 2006-2009”, jointly signed by UNDP-Government of Indonesia i.e. Bappenas, KPU, Home Affairs, DPR and MPR.
  • “Civic Engagement in Democratic Governance (CIVED) 2006-2009”, jointly signed by UNDP-MoHA.
  • “Strengthening Indonesian Democratic Electoral Systems (SIDES) 2006-2009”, jointly signed by UNDP and KPU.
  • “Final Review Report for Civic Engagement in Democratic Governance (CIVED) Project 2009” for UNDP-Indonesia.
  • “Final Review Report for Strengthening Indonesian Democratic Electoral System (SIDES) Project 2009” for UNDP-Indonesia.
  • “Establishing Substantive Democracy through Civic Awareness, Literacy Training and Engagement 2009-2013” for the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (Kemitraan).
  • “Democratic Restructuring Through Political Party Reform 2009-2013” for the Partnership for Governance Reform in Indonesia (Kemitraan).

 

Selected By-Line Articles & Editorials 

  • “Obama’s Forgettable Visit to Indonesia”, Opinion in Jakarta Post, November 2010
  • “Budak-Budak Cilik di Sudan” [Infant Slaves in Sudan], UMMAT, Jakarta, on 3/9/1998
  • “Bosnia Kembali Dipojokkan” [Bosnians Cornered Again], UMMAT, Jakarta, on 2/16/1998
  • “Lethal Redundancies” [on media bias], The Indonesia Times on 9/20/1997
  • “US Biased Policies Ruin Mideast Peace Process” [Middle Eastern politics], The Indonesia Times on 6/27/1997
  • “All Eyes on Algerian Election” [political violence], The Indonesia Times on 6/23/1997
  • “An Enemy Within” [on freedom of expression], The Indonesia Times on 6/21/1997
  • “Orphans of the Universe in Retrospect” [on plight of Kurdish Muslims], The Indonesia Times on 6/11/1997
  • “Erbakan Challenges Secularist Order to Revive Democracy” [on Turkish politics], The Indonesia Times on 5/2/1997
  • “When Investigative Journalism Heads Toward Intrusive Journalism” [on British media], The Indonesia Times, 4/10/1997, etc.

 

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS 

  • Saabatical, La Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose, Bologna, Italy (2019)
  • Visiting Professor (Erasmus+), Sofia University, Bulgaria (2017)
  • API Fellow, Institut Kajian Malaysia dan Antara Bangsa (IKMAS) Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia (2008) 
  • API Fellow, Institute for Developing Economies (IDE), Chiba, Japan (2008)
  • API Fellow, Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University (2008)
  • Fellow, Tehran International Studies and Research Institute (TISRI),  Iran (2003)

 

INTERNATIONAL SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES

  • February 19, 2019

Lecture on Management of Religious Diversity in La Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose, Bologna, Italy. Attended also the European Academy of Religion Conference (EuARC).

  • January 14-17, 2019

Panel 1 Speaker on the “Official Launching of the Asian Cultural Council (ACC)” in Seam Reap, Cambodia. Sponsored by ICAPP and Asian Cultural Council.

  • November 23-27, 2018

“32nd International Conference on Proximity and Unity of the Islamic Ummah” in Tehran, Iran. Sponsored by University of Islamic Denominations, Tehran.

  • December 16-19, 2018

Resource Person, Post-2018 Bangkok Forum at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Sponsored by Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • October 23-28, 2018

Resource Person and Panel Leader on “The Heartware of Sustainability”, 2018 Bangkok Forum on “Social Sustainability in Southeast Asia” at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • September 17-19, 2018

Speaker and Trainer, “Applying the Law to Guarantee Religious Harmony in Indonesia” in Religion and Rule of Law (RoRL) Training under the Ministry of Culture in Can Tho, South Vietnam.

  • August 16-18, 2018

Resource Person, Southeast Asia Freedom of Religion and Belief (SEAFORB) in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • August 3-4, 2018

“Pancasila and the Dignity of Humankind” in Human Dignity for Everyone Everywhere: Founding Figures, Foundations, and the Uses of Human Dignity, Christ Church, Oxford University. Paper read out by Professor Jane Wise of Brigham Young University.

  • August 1-4, 2018

Keynote Speaker on “Neoliberalism, Development and Ecological Crisis in Asia” in Asian Theological Forum (ATF), Mary Ridge Convent, Tagaytay-Manila, the Philippines.

  • May 12-19, 2018

“Religion and Society” Summer School, ICI (Indonesia-China-India) Program in Chennai, India.

  • May 2-4, 2018

“Citizens Roundtable: Charting Pathways for Pluralism”, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and European Union in Islamabad, Pakistan.

  • March 21-22, 2018

Seerat-e Rasul International Conference entitled “Compatibility of Seerat-e Rasul with Modern Age and Contemporary Challenges”, held by Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Government College Women University of Sialkot, Pakistan.

  • March 15-17, 2018

Religious Freedom in South and Southeast Asia, held jointly with Georgetown University, Baylor University, Hudson Institute and Templeton Foundation in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

  • February 8-11, 2018

“Faith and Urban Resilience” Workshop, organized by Nottingham University, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as a side event to the 9th World Urban Forum (WUF).

  • December 1-2, 2017

Seeratun-Nabi International Conference, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Islamabad, Pakistan.

  • November 8, 2017

Training Session on “Ethno-Religious Nationalism and Populism in Indonesia” and “The Moluccas Conflict: A Case Study” in the Executive Training Program of the Rajaratnam Institute for International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University.

  • November 6, 2017

Presentation on “Indonesian Interfaith Weather Station: Proof of Concept” in UNCTED (United Nations Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate) and Tech Against Terrorism conference in Conclave, Jakarta.

  • June 13, 2017

Political Briefing entitled “Islam, Democracy and Deradicalization” before the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from European People’s Party (EPP) in Strasbourg, France.

  • May 31, 2017

Public Talk entitled “Religion, Spirituality and Sustainability: Should We Be Hopeful?” held by the Center for Eastern Cultures and Languages, Sofia University, Bulgaria.

  • May 23-June 1, 2017

Visiting Professorship at Sofia University, Bulgaria, under the Erasmus+ Program of the European Union.

  • May 13-21, 2017

“Redefining Religious Pluralism” Summer School, ICI (Indonesia-China-India) Program at Hong Kong University (HKU).

  • April 11-13, 2017

“Islam and Religious Othering in Southeast Asia”, held by the British Association for Islamic Studies (Brais) at Chester University, United Kingdom.

  • March 14, 2017

“Religion and Pluralism in Contemporary Indonesia: Insights from the Jakarta Gubernatorial Elections” in the USINDO Public Forum on Religion and Pluralism in Indonesia: Three Perspectives, Washington, D.C.

  • March 10, 2017

“Religion and Public Policy in Southeast Asia”, held by the Council on Southeast Asia, Yale University, New Haven.

  • March 6, 2017

“Religion and Public Policy in Southeast Asia”, joint conference with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Washington in Seattle.

  • December 11-14, 2016

“Religion and Public Policy in Southeast Asia: Some Theoretical and Practical Implications” in Religion, Ethics, Values and Development Conference, jointly held by Amity Foundation and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Nanjing, China.

  • November 18-22, 2016

“Can Technology Prevent Intra- and Inter-Religious Conflicts? The Case for Indonesian Interfaith Weather Station (IIWS)” (abstract accepted) in the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

  • October 14-16, 2016

Regional Interdisciplinary Workshop on Ecological Sustainability, Culture and Religion in Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • September 20-24, 2016

“President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge”, invited by the White House and US Department of Education, co-hosted by Berkley Center (Georgetown University) and Hartford Seminary in Washington, D.C.

  • May 17-18, 2016

“Religion in the Public Sphere: Looking at the Bigger Picture” in the Year 3 International Research Conference on Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia, co-hosted by the Institute for Asian Studies (IAS), Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • May 4, 2016

“US Engagement in Muslim Southeast Asia: Reflections on the Soft Power Approach” in Malaysian Association for American Studies (MAAS) Annual Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • May 3, 2016

“Indonesian Interfaith Weather Station Prototype System” in IMAN Research, Royal Selangor Club (RSC) in Kuala Lumpur.

  • April 1, 2016

“Reassessing Indonesia’s Islamic Conservatism: Political and Policy Implications” in the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.

  • March 30-31, 2016

Participant in Southeast Asian Regional Center for Countering Terrorism (SEARCCT) in Kuala Lumpur at the behest of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • August 11-12, 2015

“Religion in the Public Sphere” as Co-Host with the Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT) and Chulalongkorn University within the framework of the nine-country collaborative research program entitled “Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia” in Yangon, Myanmar.

  • April 30, 2015

Roundtable on “Islam and Public Policy: Impacts on Women in Indonesia” at Prince Al- Waleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • April 28, 2015

“Democratization of Truth” in Overseas Mission Study Center (OMSC) Public Lecture and Mission Research Colloquia, New Haven, Connecticut.

  • April 23, 2015

“The Politics and Policies of Religious Pluralism and Multiculturalism in Indonesia” in USINDO in Washington, D.C.

  • April 21-22, 2015

Co-Host and Principal Investigator for 2nd International Research Conference on “Religion, Identity and Gender” at the Berkeley Center, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

  • April 17-18, 2015

“Minoritization and Criminalization of Shia Islam in Indonesia” in 32nd American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies, Villanova University, Pennsylvania.

  • February 11-14, 2015

Co-Creator, Co-Designer and Session Leader for “Get Off the Highway: Taking U-Turns and Diversions” in Global Center for the Study of Sustainable Futures and Spirituality at Loyola College in Chennai, India.

  • December 24-25, 2014

“Decentralization and Its Negative Spillover Effects” in Chiang Mai University, Thailand, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.

  • October 2, 2014

Lecture Series on “Islamic Philosophy, Ethics, Education and Research”, School of Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • July 1-2, 2014

Co-Convener/Principal Investigator for Workshop on “Religion, Identity and Gender” with Chulalongkorn University and Pannasastra University in Seam Reap, Cambodia.

  • June 18-19, 2014

“Bringing the Spirits Back In: Sustainability and Spirituality in the Asian Context” in the Future Earth: Research for Global Sustainability and a Holistic Understanding of Sustainable Development in Asia, 14th Science Council of Asia (SCA) International Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  • May 9-10, 2014

“Sustainability and Spirituality from the Perennial Philosophy Perspective” with Hezri bin Adnan et.al. in the API Japan Country Workshop, Kyoto University, Japan.

  • June 10, 2013

“Democracy and Inter-Religious Relations in Southeast Asia: Experiences from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia” on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, Japan.

  • March 8, 2013

Co-Convener/Principal Investigator for Planning Workshop on “Engaging Southeast Asia: Religion, Public Affairs and Foreign Policy” with Chula Global Network (CGN) at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • February 27-28, 2013

“Dakwahtainment and Its Discontent: Ethical Considerations in Islamic Televangelism” in the International Conference on Akhlaak-e va Aadian (Ethics and Religions), Ma’arij Institute of Divine Sciences of the Esra Foundation in Qum, Iran.

  • February 8-9, 2013

Facilitator for Consultative Meeting on “Sustainability and Spirituality” in Chennai (Madras), India, with Global Center for Study of Sustainable Futures and Spirituality (GCSSFS).

  • November 19, 2012

“Reinventing the Ummah: An Indonesian Perspective on Muslim Collective Imagination” in the Wildcard Session Panel on Conflicting Social Imaginaries in the American Academy of Religion (AAR) Annual Meeting, Chicago.

  • November 15, 2012

“The Challenge of Building an Islamic Plural Society in Indonesia and Beyond” in Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, Washington, D.C.