Indonesia Focus 2014

Call for Paper

Acara ini diselenggarakan bersama oleh the Asian Society for International Relations and Public Affairs (ASIRPA)  dan Ohio State University dan didukung sepenuhnya oleh Kedutaan Besar RI di Washington DC, Konsulat Jendral RI di Chicago, PERMIAS Ohio State University, dan PERMIAS Pittsburgh.

Toward a Better Future: Embracing Opportunities and Overcoming Challenges in Social, Economic and Political Change in Indonesia.

2014 is a big year for Indonesians due to the presidential election and the expected changes in a range of different sectors from politics, education, poverty alleviation and others. Sixteen years after the reform movement, Indonesians experienced social change. However, a significant economic development in the country has not strongly influenced the social condition of many Indonesians. The 2013 Indonesia Focus Conference indicated that there is a strong growing trend shown in the last ten years, but the economic state of Indonesia is still behind many neighboring countries. Human Development Index shows that Indonesia’s scores in several aspects of human quality and social infrastructure are the lowest among other Asian countries.

The conference aims to identify challenges that Indonesia has faced for the last few years from the perspectives of human development as well as social, economic and political sectors. In this conference, focus will be given to discuss not only challenges, but more importantly identifications of existing or possible opportunities that the country can pursue for the greater good. Discussion and research presentations from a wide range of disciplinary areas are expected to produce ideas, suggestions, and more importantly recommendations on how to strengthen these positive factors in the near future in Indonesia.

Divisions: The conference welcomes papers, especially in the area of:

  • Politics and International Relations
  • Social and Economy
  • Communications, Media and Technology
  • Education and Culture
  • Science and Engineering

Below are some explanations for each division:

Politics and International Relations

Under the current administration, Indonesia has made great economic development by about 5.5% to 6.5% every year from 2004 to 2014, except in 2008 when there was a great recession across the world. Indonesia also has been making a great stride to reach Millennium Development Goal (MGD) by reducing the number of people living in poverty – from 20.6% in 1990 to 11.9%  in 2012 – providing universal elementary education for children and reducing infant mortality from 68 per 1,000 births in 1991 to 34 in 2007. The 2014 election will create a mark in Indonesian political change, which can be in the form new presidency and different political system that can create an impact not only to Indonesians but also to people around the world. The conference encourages papers discussing the current political system as well as future change that might happen in terms of politics, social programs and international relations. Paper highlighting challenges in Indonesian politics and opportunities to create better relation with other countries are highly encouraged. Other topics related to politics and international relations are also welcome.

Social and Economy

The conference welcomes, among others, papers analyzing social and economic development practices applied in Indonesia such as micro-finance, the role of religion, the role of informal sectors, as well as papers that look into patterns and trends of factors affecting social and economic conditions such as population aging, general demographic changes, rural-urban migration and rapid urbanization, improvement in health and educational attainment, etc. The conference also encourages submission of papers that examine changes in the Indonesian social and economic characteristics after the financial crisis and how they affect the country now or in the near future, how well Indonesia is integrating itself into the international world through not only exports and imports, but also the advancement in the financial/stock market as well as more open policies toward foreign investments, etc. The conference also encourages papers that address the contribution of human and social capital in the development of the Indonesian social and economic system.

Communication, Media, Technology (CMT)

The Communication, Media, Technology focuses on original scientific research about the roles of communications, media and technology in identifying challenges in this area in Indonesia. Communication, Media and technology also have provided opportunities such as channels to voice changes and ideas for improvements and a better life. The division is looking for research areas that include access to media, audience research, popularity of TV shows in Indonesia, advancement in technology related to business development, government and development. Other areas of research in this division include new media, social media, human computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, and mobile communication in personal as well as business settings.

Education and Culture

The committee specifically welcomes papers that analyze: 1) political education development with emphasis on understanding political and economic trends as well as political choices in the society; 2) early childhood education with emphasis on the importance of early childhood development on future successes; 3) development of rural and urban education model as resources, constraints, and objectives for urban and rural education are distinct; 4) indigenous education and its sustainability as Indonesia consists of many indigenous communities and each has distinct values and knowledge; 5) development of education quality in developing countries, for example local government expenditure on education, student and teacher ratio, teachers’ education, and learning methods; 6) development of education and industry linkage, with emphasis on coordination between competencies building in schooling and the needs of industries. The conference committee also welcomes other topics in relation to education and culture.

Science and Engineering

Global warming and reducing poverty are two global interest discussed during the World Economic Forum in Davos last fall. The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, have challenged heads of nations, political and business leaders, as well as community leaders to work together toward global low-carbon economy, a term that has been viewed as an oxymoron for near a century. As nation with large deposit of green energy resources such as solar, wind, tidal wave, and geothermal, Indonesia must contribute toward efforts that lead to reduction of carbon emission and pollution, particularly by industry and transportation. The challenges put forward by the UN must be viewed as a motivation for advancing the science, technology, and engineering of the nation through research and development programs, improving the educational systems and products, while at the same time prospering the economy and public health. The conference invites papers that discuss challenges and opportunities for the efforts toward advancing engineering and technology in Indonesia. The total research expenditure of Indonesia has reached a record high of merely 0.08% of the GDP in 2009, comparable to Saudi Arabia and Iraq, but lower than Malaysia of 1.01% and Turkey of 0.85% and much lower than the top expenditure by Israel of 4.5%. Topics that are welcomed include but not limited to 1. Analysis of the social, economic and political impact stem from the research and development expenditures fluctuation as the percentage of the GDP. 2. efforts on how government and private programs that (a) will boost the high tech export, (b) will invite high tech venture capital to be invested in Indonesia, (c) will inspires high tech expatriate Indonesian to go back to work and invest in Indonesia, (d) will embolden Indonesian start up to go international (e) and other program that will benefit Indonesia research and development in general.3. Challenges and opportunities for sustainable green technology with economic incentives.

General Submission Guidelines

Indonesia Focus Conference accepts 2 categories of submissions.

(a) Extended abstracts of completed projects (empirical, methodological, theoretical, or critical). It should be 500-words in length. Submissions should use topic categories listed above.

(b) Fully developed panel or round-table proposals (400-word description, with 100-word abstracts for each paper and contact information for each author).

All abstract submission must be completed online no later than June 8th, 2014. The abstracts MUST be written in English. To avoid technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. To avoid confusion, please use only one e-mail address for each conference participant. Please include your e-mail address at the bottom of your abstract. For more information, you can send e-mail to:

There will be review process. Notification for acceptance or rejection will be sent out to the participants no later than July 15th, 2014.

Conference Leadership

Conference Committee Chair: Dr. Nurhaya Muchtar, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Host Site Committee Chair: Dr. Adrian Rodgers, The Ohio State University

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