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Talking About Women’s Representation in the Media Through the “More Than Work” Film Screening

Yogyakarta, 13 September 2019—Due to the rapid advancement of technology, the media industry grows at a remarkable pace. “Today, Indonesia has one of the world’s highest number of media,” as stated by Luviana, the director of the “More Than Work” film. This film was screened in the Mandiri Auditorium at the 4th floor of the Fisipol UGM building.

As a woman, Luviana has experienced the ups and downs throughout her career in the media industry. “I have worked in various jobs in the media industry, such as on the radio, printed media, online media and the television.” Currently, she works as a journalist in Metro TV. Her film acts as a platform to share her experiences to the public. read more

Bambang Sunaryo’s Retirement Seminar: Fisipol Has a Responsibility in Developing the Tourism Sector in Indonesia

Yogyakarta, 10 September 2019—Fisipol, especially the Department of Public Policy and Management, has an important responsibility of contributing to the development of the tourism sector in Indonesia. This issue was the main idea of Drs. Bambang Sunaryo, SU., M.Sc.’s retirement seminar. Bambang recently ended his tenure as a lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Management of UGM.

In his retirement seminar that was held last Tuesday in the Eastern Seminar Room of Fisipol, he conveyed the importance of public policy formulation in the tourism sector, especially in selecting key destinations. Proper public policies can bring not only sustainable economic growth, but also a multiplier effect that can reduce inequality for the local community. read more

Enhancing Our English Proficiency in IREC 2019

Yogyakarta, 8 September 2019—Eloquence in public speaking is indeed an important asset. Hence, International Relations English Competition (IREC) 2019 was held in order to improve the English public speaking skills of high school students. “Harmonizing Humanity to Work Alongside the Industrial Revolution 4.0” was the grand theme of this year’s edition of IREC. IREC itself is one of the programmes of the Association of International Relations Students, and was consisted of debate, storytelling and speech competitions. This event was held from the 6th until the 8th of September. read more

Responding to the Conflict in Papua, Fisipol held a Discussion on Papua and Nationhood

Yogyakarta, 6 September 2019—“Papua disagrees with the currently existing notion of nationhood. Modern nationhood emphasizes on the notion of nation-states, while in Papua, the integration process has been done without a proper deal. Since the past, we have been trying to clarify Papua’s history, as how other ethnicities have done, such as the Javanese, the Bugis, and the others. Papua’s demands will never be accepted by Jakarta, but it through a referendum. Just give what Papua want!,” as stated by Frans, a representative of the Papuan students that were present on this discussion. This discussion was entitled “Papua and Nationhood” and was held last Friday on Fisipol’s Digilib Café. read more

CfDS: How Much Do We Know About the Dark Web?

Yogyakarta, 30 August 2019—The internet greatly helps us in providing the necessary information daily, but the internet also has its rather illicit side, known as the dark web. The dark web was the main focus of the Center for Digital Society’s (CfDS) 15th edition of Digital Future Discussion (Difussion), entitled “Dark Web: What Should We Know About It?” on Thursday at Antologi Collaborative Space. This event featured three researchers from CfDS.

The first speaker, Felice Valeria, focused on political activism in the dark web. The dark web provides anonymity, which can be useful for political activists. Different governments have different stances in regard to the dark web. In China, the dark web is banned, while it is not in the United States. “For sensitive issues, the dark web can greatly facilitate activists, as activists can organize their underground movements. We can use the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States as an example,” Felice stated. In Indonesia, criminal activities, pornography and human trafficking activities can be found in the dark web. read more

Institute of International Studies UGM: Discussing Alternative Deradicalization Methods for Terrorists

Yogyakarta, 29 August 2019—In regard to countering terrorism, very little research has been done to understand the appropriate method for deradicalization after a terrorist has been arrested. Hence, most attempts of countering terrorism only focus on short-term goals, while neglecting the long-term aspects. Therefore, the Institute of International Studies (IIS) UGM held a discussion to dive further on this matter.

This discussion was led by Cut Intan Auliannisa Isma from IIS and featured two guest speakers from different backgrounds. The first speaker was Hardya Pranadipa, which recently earned his M.A. degree from the International Institute of Social Studies in Den Haag, and also an alumnus from the Department of International Relations of UGM. Meanwhile, the second speaker was Abu Tholut Al-Jawiy, an expert of Islamic social movements and a former member of Jemaah Islamiyah. read more

CCUC: Doing Cultural Exchange While Exploring Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta, 24 August 2019—This edition of “Cross-Cultural Understanding Club (CCUC): Know Your City” was held at the beginning of the academic year. “Foreign students, as well as Indonesian students that originated from outside Yogyakarta, were introduced to Yogyakarta’s history on this programme,” as stated by Yusuf Dhimas, the Project Manager of CCUC in Fisipol UGM’s Global Engagement Office (GEO).

CCUC is GEO Fisipol’s monthly program and invited both foreign and local students as a platform for cultural exchange. CCUC usually visits historical and interactive places. In this edition of “Know Your City”, the participants visited three historical places in Yogyakarta; Pakualaman, Keraton Yogyakarta and Sonobudoyo Museum. read more

Future Studies in Sociology: Optimism Towards the Future

Yogyakarta, 23 August 2019—Prof. Dr. Jianbang Deng, from the Graduate Institute of Future Studies of Tamkang University, Taiwan, provoked the audience to predict the future. This Studium Generale, entitled “Future Studies in Sociology”, was held by the Department of Sociology. The lack of future studies-related resources in Indonesia motivated the Department of Sociology to organize this event. “At the same time, nobody can guess what will happen in the future,” Deng stated.

Deng opened the discussion by explaining several data published by Edison Research and the National Election Pool. These data focused on the demographic composition of the population of the United States during the last presidential election. These data were utilized by the campaign teams of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton widely. read more

Research Workshop Between Fisipol UGM and the University of Melbourne Discusses Political Islam in Indonesia and Turkey

Yogyakarta, 19 August 2019—Under a collaboration with the University of Melbourne, Fisipol UGM held a workshop in the form of focus group discussion entitled “Research Workshop on Political Islam in Indonesia and Turkey.” This workshop was aimed to provide a comprehensive discussion on political Islam in Indonesia and Turkey. This workshop was held on the 4th floor of the Fisipol UGM building, from 9 am until 3 pm.

Indonesia and Turkey were chosen due to their similarities. In the contemporary era, both have experienced Islamic populism and radicalism. Historically, left-wing parties have also influenced the politics of both states. Research has shown that cities that were once dominated by left-wing parties in the past tend to shift to support Islamic parties today. This research workshop discussed further on this ideological shift. read more

BEKRAF Held BEKUP Once More to Support Digital Businesses in Indonesia

Yogyakarta, 16 August 2019—The development of startup companies is affected by the growth Indonesia’s digital economy. Hence, BEKRAF for Pre-Startup (BEKUP) was held to strengthen the competencies of Indonesia’s startup founders and to integrate their businesses with the existing economic system.

BEKUP will be held in three cities. Bandung is the first city to be visited on June until August, while Yogyakarta is the second city to be visited, which will be held until October. Meanwhile, Bogor is the third city, in which this event will be held from October until December. BEKUP was designed to take two months to complete. This programme is consisted of five parts, which are bootcamp, team consultation, mid-evaluation, routine review journey and final evaluation. Competences such as business plan drafting, market analysis and prospective consumer observation are the focus in BEKUP. read more