Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras



Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras

Education

  • Philosophiae doctor (Ph.D.) (2012)
  • Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), UGM Graduate School, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (cum laude)
  • Magister Theologiae (M.Th.) (2005)
  • Post-graduate Program of Theology, Faculty of Theology, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (cum laude)
  • Bachelor of Science, in Computer Science (S.Si.) (1995)
  • Faculty of Mathematics, Immanuel Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Training/Summer Institute

  • Institute for Advanced Study in Asian Cultures and Theologies (IASACT) (June-July 2014), Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Drew University Institute of Religion and Conflict Resolution (June-July 2013), Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, United States of America

    Training Program on Indonesian Hinduism (February 25-March 9, 2013), Hindu University of Indonesia, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Non-degree course on violence and the politics of memory (2006)

    Graduate School of Religious and Cultural Studies, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Training on Human Empowerment for Peace and Conflict Resolution (March 25-27, 2004)
  • Center for the Study and Promotion of Peace, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Program on the Study of Religions (August-November 1998)
  • Institute of Inter-faith Dialogue in Indonesia (DIAN-INTERFIDEI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

Working Experience

  • Core Doctoral Faculty (2012 – Now)
  • Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Indonesia Lecturer on History of Religions in Indonesia (2013 – Now)
  • Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Indonesia Lecturer on Christianity (2013 – Now)
  • Humanities Course, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Lecturer on Christianity (2014)
  • Faculty of Letters and Humanities, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Lecturer on Biblical Hebrew (2006 – Now)
  • Faculty of Theology, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Lecturer on Judaic Studies (2008 – Now)
  • Faculty of Theology, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Associate Lecturer in the Master of Ministry Program (2010)
  • On the course of “Charismatic and Neo-Pentecostal Movements”, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • Editor and Officer of Communication Department (2006 – 2007)
  • Institute of Inter-faith Dialogue in Indonesia (DIAN-INTERFIDEI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Assistant Director (2005 – 2007)
  • The Centre for Spiritual Formation, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Book Editor (2003 – 2004)
  • Gloria Grapha, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Translator (2001 – 2002)
  • PT. Biro Data Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia Technical Support Officer and Manager (1991 – 2004)
  • Computa Computer Center (IT Company), Yogyakarta, Indonesia


Research interest:

Jewish-Muslim interaction in history, Jewish Studies, Hebrew Bible Hermeneutics, Interfaith dialogue and Conflict Resolution, Religious discourse in public sphere, Religion in Cyberculture, History and memory studies.

 

Membership:

  • Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), 2012-now.
  • American Academy of Religion (AAR), 2014.

 

Grant and Scholarship:

  • Bridging the Gaps (2004). Grant for thesis writing and research for Master of Theology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (2007-2012). Doctoral Scholarship in the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • Henry Luce Foundation (2008-2009). Sandwich program at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America.
  • Duke Islamic Studies Center (2009). Sandwich program at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America.
  • Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Research (2011-2012), at Hebrew Union College and University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States of America.
  • Sadra International Institute, 2012. Dissertation Writing Grant in the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS), Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

 

Book and Book’s Articles :

  • Sabat: Maknanya bagi Manusia Moderen (2002). The Indonesian translation of Abraham J. Heschel’s The Sabbath (1951).
  • “Damn! Beckham is a Jew”: The Jews in the Indonesian Public Discourse (Saarbrücken: LAP, 2010). ISBN: 978-3-8383-8626-3.
  •  “’So Help me God.’ American Civil Religion and Indonesia’s Pancasila” – Article in an anthology published by ICRS. Forthcoming.

 

Journal articles:

  • “Israel, Yahudi dan Gereja” [Israel, the Jews and the Church] – Kairos, 1994.
  • “Mengurai Bencana, Membangun Harapan” [Unravel the Disaster, Building the Hope] – Interfidei Newsletter, March 2007.
  • “Collateral Damage: the Predicament of History and Memory in the Traumatic Event,” Melintas, vol. 25, no 2 (August 2009): 207-225 (A Quarterly Journal of Philosophy and Religion, published by Parahyangan Catholic University). ISSN: 0852-0089.
  • “Jewish Sufism in Medieval Islam,” Kawistara, vol. 1, no. 3 (December 2011): 274-288 (Journal of Social Sciences and Humanity, Universitas Gadjah Mada Graduate School, Yogyakarta, Indonesia). ISSN: 9772088541003.
  • “Unhoming Homeland: Jewish Diaspora and Neturei Karta Community,” Melintas, vol. 26, no. 3 (December 2010): 255-270 (A Quarterly Journal of Philosophy and Religion, published by Parahyangan Catholic University). ISSN: 0852-0089.
  • “Yahudi Nusantara: Realita Sejarah dan Dinamika Identitas” [Jews of Indonesia: Their History and the Dynamic of Identity Formation], Religió, vol. 3, no. 2 (September 2013): 31-66 (Journal of Religious Studies, published by State Islamic Institute Sunan Ampel, Surabaya, Indonesia). ISSN: 2088-6330.
  • “The Condition of Jewish Minority in Medieval Egypt: A Study Case of Jewish Sufi’s tractate Al-Maqalat al-Hawdiyya,” Al-Jami’ah, vol. 51, no. 2 (2013): 163-196 (Journal of Islamic Studies, published by State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia). ISSN: 0126-012x.
  • “Dinamika Persepsi akan Nilai Luhur Kejawaan di Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta dalam Konteks Hubungan Antar-Iman” [Perception toward Javanese values in Yogyakarta Special Region in the Interfaith context]. Forthcoming (2014), Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies and Universitas Gadjah Mada Graduate School.
  • “Memahami Ingatan Kultural Yahudi dalam Konflik Israel-Palestina” [Understanding Jewish Cultural Memory in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict], Kawistara, vol. 3, no. 2 (2013): 153-164 (Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, published by Universitas Gadjah Mada Graduate School, Yogyakarta, Indonesia). ISSN: 9772088541003.


Other Papers and Articles:

  • “Konflik Israel-Palestina: Sebuah Pandangan Kristen” [Israel-Palestine Conflict: A Christian Perspective] – EskolNet Mailing List, November 2000. Republished in Forum Teologi, September 16, 2009 (http://forumteologi.com/blog/2009/09/16/konflik-israel-palestinasebuah-pandangan-kristen/).
  • “The Jews in the Imagination of the Indonesian Muslims: The Case of Republika Daily” – Paper presented at the Symposium on the History of Jews and Antisemitism in South East Asia, organized by the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 2, 2005.
  • “The Root Causes of Religious Conflict: Some Indonesian Cases” – Paper presented at the International Youth Consultation on InterÔÇÉreligious Dialogue, Malang, Indonesia, July 21 – 26, 2007. Republished at Forum Teologi (http://forumteologi.com/blog/2007/07/31/root-causes-of-religious-conflict/), and at Tepian Sempadan (http://ruangberbagiku.wordpress.com/2013/08/26/the-root-causes-of-religious-conflict-some-indonesian-cases/).
  • “Konflik Israel-Palestina terbaru: Berharap Damai Bersama Jimmy Carter” [The latest Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Hoping the Peace with Jimmy Carter] – Book Review of We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land: A Plan That Will Work by Jimmy Carter, February 2009. Published in Tepian Sempadan (http://ruangberbagiku.wordpress.com/2012/11/23/konflik-israel-palestina-terbaru-belajar-berharap-damai-bersama-jimmy-carter/).
  • “Menelusuri akar sejarah relasi Palestina-Yahudi: Sebuah Pengantar Diskusi” [Tracing the Historical Genealogy of Palestinian-Jews Relationship: a Prefatory Remark] – Paper presented at the Institute for Syriac Christian Studies (ISCS), Surabaya, Indonesia, April 14, 2009.
  • “Because a Devil Would Not Come Close to a Woman,” July 2009. A Review of Mohja Kahf article "Braiding the Stories: Women's Eloquence in the Early Islamic Era," in Windows of Faith: Muslim Women Scholar-Activists in North America, ed. Gisela Webb (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2000). Published in Perempuan Poso.com, June 2010 (http://perempuanposo.com/index.php/artikel/gender/75-becauseadevilwouldnotcomeclosetoawoman).
  • “Kita Mengingat Lebih Banyak Daripada Yang Dapat Kita Katakan: Menimbang Kembali Ingatan Kolektif dan Individual” [We Remember more than We can tell: Reassessment of the notion of Collective and Individual Memory], June 2006. Republished in Perempuan Poso.com, June 2010 (http://perempuanposo.com/index.php/artikel/politikingatan/87-kitamengingatlebihbanyakdaripadayangdapatkitakatakanmenimbangkembaliingatankolektifdanikitamengi).
  • “Lubang Buaya: Situs Ingatan dan Konstruksi Sang Liyan” [Lubang Buaya Monument: Site of Memory and the Construction of the Other], October 2, 2010. Published in Perempuan Poso.com (http://perempuanposo.com/index.php/artikel/politikingatan/141-lubangbuayasitusingatandankonstruksisangliyan).
  • “Memahami ingatan kultural Yahudi dalam konflik Israel-Palestina” [Understanding Jewish Cultural Memory in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict] – paper presented at the National Seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the 2012 United States Post-Election, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, November 29, 2012. Published at Tepian Sempadan (http://ruangberbagiku.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/memahami-ingatan-kultural-yahudi-dalam-konflik-israel-palestina/).

 

Researches:

  • Researcher in the research project of “Penelitian Pendidikan dan Harmonisasi Kehidupan: Suatu Eksplorasi Nilai Luhur sebagai Dasar Pengembangan Karakter dalam Hubungan Antar Iman Masyarakat Yogyakarta” [Education and Life Attunement: Moral Formation and Interfaith Relationship in Yogyakarta Society] (UGM Graduate School, June-Nov 2013).
  • Researcher in the research project of “Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia (ICRS and Henry Luce Foundation, 2013-2016).
  • “The Name of God as the Frontier of Indonesian Interreligious Interaction: An Exploration of the Identity Border,” a research on the Messianic Christianity in Indonesia (2014).
  • Researcher in the Research Project of “Merawat Budaya Keberagaman untuk Kemandirian Bangsa, di Yogyakarta: Perspektif Agama dan Budaya” [Nursing the Culture of Pluralism in Yogyakarta: Religion and Cultural Perspective] (UGM Graduate School, April-July, 2014).

 

Public Lectures and Forums:

  • “The Jews in the Imagination of the Indonesian Muslims: The Case of Republika Daily” – Lecture delivered at the Symposium on the History of Jews and Antisemitism in South East Asia, organized by the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation (NIOD), Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 2, 2005.
  • “Wacana Yahudi di Indonesia” [The Discourse of Jews in Indonesia] – Lecture delivered at Saturday Forum, Graduate School of Religious and Cultural Studies, Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, March, 2006.
  • One of the speakers of Resonansi TV talk show program on the topic of “Konflik Israel-Palestina” [Israel-Palestine Conflict] held on July 27, 2006. Resonansi program was cooperation between TVRI (Televisi Republik Indonesia) Yogyakarta Station and Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Universitas Gadjah Mada.
  • “Perang Israel-Libanon dalam Perspektif Kristen” [Israel-Lebanon War in a Christian Perspective] – Lecture delivered at the Purwodadi Christian Forum, Purwodadi, Indonesia, October 14, 2006.
  • “The Root Causes of Religious Conflict: Some Indonesian Cases” – Lecture delivered at the International Youth Consultation on InterÔÇÉreligious Dialogue, Malang, Indonesia, July 21 – 26, 2007.
  • “Arab Jews and the Politics of Zionism in Israel” – Lecture delivered at the ICRS-CRCS Wednesday Forum, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, February 27, 2008.
  • “Gonjang Ganjing ‘Dermagandhul’ Posmo?” [A Disruption by a Postmodernic Dermagandhul] – A review of Fitna Movie, delivered at Lembaga Pembinaan dan Pengaderan GKJ-GKI, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, April 25, 2008.
  • “Jews as the Other in Indonesia” – Three Public Lectures at Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC), Duke University, Durham, USA, February 6, 9 – 10, 2009.
  • “Menelusuri akar sejarah relasi Palestina-Yahudi: Sebuah Pengantar Diskusi” [Tracing the Historical Genealogy of Palestinian-Jews Relationship: a Prefatory Remark] – Lecture delivered at the Institute for Syriac Christian Studies (ISCS), Surabaya, Indonesia, April 14, 2009.
  • “Beyond Syncretism: ‘Jewish Sufism’ in Medieval Islam” - Lecture at the ICRS-CRCS Wednesday Forum, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, October 7, 2009.
  • “The World is Utterly Unsafe: Gauging Religious Talk on Risk and Danger, The Case of an Indonesian Christian Website” – Presentation at the International Research Seminar on Discourse Analysis, organized by the Center for Religion and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS), Gadjah Mada University (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, November 5 – 6, 2009.
  • “Yahudi yang Stérek: Zionisme dan Politik Tubuh” [The Muscular Jew: Zionism and the Politics of Body] – Public Lecture at the Department of Philosophy, Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia, June 21, 2010.
  • “Chinese minority and discrimination in Indonesia” – Guest lecture of Indonesian Language course at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, October 28, 2011.
  • “Jews of Indonesia and Jews in Indonesia: Between Allegory and Corporeality” – Public lecture at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, USA, November 29, 2011.
  • “Jews of Indonesia and Jews in Indonesia: Between Allegory and Corporeality” – Public lecture at Valley Beth Shalom, Los Angeles, USA, December 3, 2011.
  • “Signifikansi pemikiran Homi Bhabha: Sebuah Pengantar Teori Poskolonial” [The Significance of Homi Bhabha: An Introduction to Postcolonial Theory] – Public Lecture at the Department of Philosophy, Parahyangan Catholic University, Bandung, Indonesia, November 9, 2012.
  • “Jewish-Sufism in Medieval Egypt” – Lecture at the Wednesday Forum, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies and Center for the Religion and Cross-cultural Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, November 28, 2012.
  • “Memahami Ingatan Kultural Yahudi dalam Konflik Israel-Palestina” [Understanding Jewish Cultural Memory in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict] – Speaker at the National Seminar on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the 2012 United States Post-Election, Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, November 29, 2012.
  • “A Common Word Between Us and You: A Christian Response” – Speaker at the Young Interfaith Peacemaker National Conference, Magelang, July 15, 2013.
  • “Yahudi Indonesia: Antara Realita dan Wacana” [Jews of Indonesia: Between Reality and Public Discourse] – Speaker at the Studium Generale on the Jews of Indonesia, Sunan Ampel State Islamic Institute, Surabaya, Indonesia, October 7, 2013.
  • “Sejarah Kekerasan Agama di Indonesia” [The History of Religious Violence in Indonesia], Interfaith Youth Pilgrimage, November 11, 2013, sponsored by Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2013, supported by the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS).
  • “The Condition of Jewish Minority in Medieval Egypt: A Study Case of Jewish Sufi’s tractate Al-Maqalat al-Hawdiyya,” 6th Al-Jami’ah Forum: “On Plurality and Minority,” December 8, 2013, State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
  • “Inter-religious Interaction in Indonesia: Challenges and Prospects,” Year-end Reflection, a lecture organized by Kedaulatan Rakyat Newspaper and Yogyakarta Forum of Inter-religious Harmony, Yogyakarta, December 22, 2013.
  • “History of the Jews of Nusantara: The Dynamics of Identity Formation and Perception,” Lecture at the Wednesday Forum, Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies and the Center for the Religion and Cross-cultural Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, February 12, 2014.


Thesis Examiner and Promoter (non-ICRS):

  • Thesis Examiner of “Negara Zionis bukan Negara Yahudi: Telaah atas Pandangan Abdel Wahab El-Messiri” [Zionist State is not the Jewish State: The Examination of Abdel Wahab El-Messiri’s view on Zionism] by M. Nursaid Ali Rido (CRCS), in August 4, 2006.
  • Thesis Examiner of “The Notion of Redemption in Isaac Luria’s Perspective” by Aris Fauzan (CRCS), in 2006.
  • Thesis Co-Promoter of “Simbol dan Representasi Yahudi dalam Pandangan Kristen Karismatik di Indonesia” [Jew as Symbol and Representation among Indonesian Charismatic Christianity] by Abdul Kholiq Mahmudi (CRCS), defended in September, 2010.
  • Thesis Co-Promoter “Muslims and Christians Eco-Theology” by Nafisah Syaroni (CRCS), 2013.
  • Thesis Examiner of “Pengaruh Orientasi Keagamaan Politik-Teologis terhadap Sikap Toleransi Siswa Muslim SMA di Purwokerto” [The Influence of Religious Orientation toward the Tolerant Attitudes among the Students of Senior High Schools in Purwokerto] by Wiwit Kurniawan (CRCS), defended in September 6, 2013.