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Political Dynamics in Southeast Asia (NYC)

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What role are religious communities and leaders playing in civic life in Southeast Asia today? Learn more on Friday, November 8, during a full-day conference and exclusive screening of the documentary Exiled.

In partnership with the NY Southeast Asia Network (NYSEAN), this full-day conference will include a documentary screening as well as feature expert panelists from across the US and abroad. These scholars and activists will present their work on a range of topics and questions, including:

  • >> Is there pushback from the church in the Philippines or from Buddhist groups in Thailand to the weakening of civil rights?
  • >> Has religious practice or theology responded to political changes or are they driving them in some way?
  • >> Are we seeing cultural (art, music, cinema, TV, etc.) responses to increased religiosity (in Myanmar or Indonesia, for example)? What do these responses look like and where and from whom do we see them?
  • >> Are there deeper historical comparisons that can be made by looking at earlier periods of religious identity formation and earlier ties between religious communities and ruling structures?

We hope to see you there for this important discussion! Please RSVP in order to attend this event.

Friday, November 8, 2019
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Bianco Room
NYC Campus

Panelists include:

  • >> Christopher Ankersen, Clinical Associate Professor at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University
  • >> Alexander R. Arifianto, PhD, Research Fellow with the Indonesia Programme, Institute for Defence and Strategic Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
  • >> Amy Freedman, PhD, Department Chair and Professor of Political Science, Pace University
  • >> Joshua Gedacht, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic World History, Rowan University
  • >> John Gershman, Clinical Professor of Public Service and co-founding member of the New York Southeast Asia Network
  • >> Idzuafi Hadi Kamilan, Parliamentary Research Officer, Parliament of Malaysia
  • >> Danielle N. Lussier, PhD, Associate Professor of Political Science, Grinnell College
  • >> Ioana Emy Matesan, Assistant Professor of Government and Tutor in the College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University
  • >> Verena Meyer, PhD candidate in the Department of Religion, Columbia University
  • >> William “Billy” Noseworthy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Asian History, McNeese State University
  • >> Siti Nurjanah, Director of the Women and Youth Development Institute of Indonesia and Resident Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University
  • >> James D. Reich, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Pace University
  • >> Bilal Shakir, doctoral student in Political Science, McGill University
  • >> Susy Tekunan, Lecturer of International Relations, Universitas Pelita Harapan

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