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Democracy, Identities and Ideologies

Call for Papers

Theme: Democracy, Identities and Ideologies
Type: 6th International Conference on Nusantara Philosophy
Institution: Faculty of Philosophy, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Location: Yogyakarta (Indonesia)
Date: 13.–14.10.2018
Deadline: 25.5.2018

Democracy in Indonesia is undergoing a serious test. For over the
past fifteen years in the post-reformation era, Indonesian democracy
has been characterised by increasingly high cost politics. Such high
cost political practices, however, had been proven to be not
producing quality leadership, neither in national nor in provincial
and local level, not in the executive or worse in the legislative
bodies. Instead, it scales up the already deep rooted corrupt
practices, culture and mentality within the state institutions in
various levels. As an output of 2013’s election for example, the
previous top leader of the National House of Representative is now
undergoing legal prosecution for his orchestration in the mega case
of E-KTP corruption. Such trend of wide-spreading corruption seems to
worsen ahead. As the country is approaching the incoming 2018
district elections nationally, by March 2018 there are already eight
candidates of mayor and district head being suspected for corruption
by the Commission of Corruption Eradication (KPK), even before the
election is held. Meanwhile, religious identities is on the rise and
has been used to mobilise supports, along with religious sentiments
and moral notions, in democratic agenda through ways that produce
threats to the nation unity, heated tensions among society, and
expressions of hatred between the political factions. Lies, hoax and
misleading information are produced, distributed and employed to
build public opinion on a wide range of issues and directed to attack
political rivals in the name of democracy.

Challenge to democracy also arises from the ideological contestation
against the national ideology, the nation state, and finally against
democracy itself as a political concept. For more than ten years,
democracy had allowed the Indonesian section of a religious based
international organisation to confidently and openly express their
stance against the national ideology and political system, and to
step further by declaring their own ideological and political agenda
which against democracy itself. At the same time, the state ideology
and state political format (“NKRI”) have been subjects for
contestation between the nationalist oriented groups and the
self-proclaimed religious groups regarding who best represent the
nation’s voices. The narrative of religious associated legal doctrine
and the mobilisation of ethnic hatred are involved in this
contestation which implies a glimpse of threat against the nation’s
unity. As the nation is approaching the 2018 legislative election and
the incoming 2019 presidential election, what will emerge in these
democratic businesses is highly uncertain. Will it be businesses as
usual or worse?

Has Indonesian democracy failed? What are the philosophical, ethical,
cultural and ideological issues underlying the above mentioned
pathologies in democracy? Why does the ethical principle absence in
Indonesian democracy? What frameworks, then, are available to best
comprehend the dynamic and complexity of democracy in Indonesia? How
do we best understand the rise and contestation of the multiple forms
of identity and ideology in the nation in relation to democracy? What
lesson can we learn from practices or issues of democracy in
different settings including, but not limited to, education,
community engagement, economic, traditions or adat, political
participation, family, religious setting, organisation and youth
across the archipelago? Can we understand and practice democracy in
different ways? How should we think about democracy in the future of

The conference aims to mediate radical critics and fundamental
apprehension of democracy in Indonesia by bringing together the
current theoretical debates, studies and research on democracy,
identities and ideologies from various settings of time and space
within Indonesian context. For that purpose, we are inviting
theorists, scholars, researchers and practitioners working in the
fields of, but NOT LIMITED to: philosophy, political science,
sociology, anthropology, gender studies, religious studies, human
geography, psychology, public policy studies, media studies,
citizenship, criminology, maritime studies, education, international
relations, sexuality, history, language and legal studies.

Approach and Objectives

The conference will take a broad approach toward the theme by
inviting a range of different perspectives and crosscutting fields of
research in the areas of humanities and social sciences in order to
achieve theoretical, complex, and empirically grounded understanding
about the intersection of democracy as an ethical and political
concept, and the living and cross-cutting discourses of identity and
ideology in Indonesia.

The Conference aims to:

- Bring together the current studies, research and theoretical
debates about the philosophy and dynamic of democracy, identities and
ideologies within various settings of Indonesia.

- Explore theoretical inquiries about the dynamics of democracy,
identities and ideologies in Indonesian contexts.

- Mediate theoretical exploration and debates about models,
frameworks, and practice of democracy particularly in relation to
overlapping and often contradictory discourses of identity and
ideology in Indonesia.

- Seek alternative strategies and formats of democratic model to
achieve the understanding of democratic principle in its widest and
liberating meaning.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission:
1 April – 25 May 2018

Abstract Notification:
11 June 2018

Conference Program Launching:
20 June 2018

Paper Submission Final:
20 July 2018

Early Bird Registration:
2 July – 10 September 2018

Late Registration:
11 September – 11 October 2018

Conference Date:
13 – 14 October 2018


Pramulia Panani
Faculty of Philosophy
Universitas Gadjah Mada
Jl. Olahraga, Bulaksumur
Yogyakarta 55281
Phone: +62 857 2972-1499