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2018 Joint International Conference, Diaspora in Transnational Era: Space, Area, Network

Parahyangan Center for International Studies (PACIS) in collaboration with Chonnam National University Korea held an international conference entitled “Diaspora in Transnational Era: Space, Area, Network” on Thursday (22/2) at FISIP Unpar Building.

The opening ceremony started the conference with several opening remarks from Kyung-Hak Kim Director of BK21 + Global Diaspora Creative Talent Development Team Chonnam National University, Korea; Elisabeth AS Dewi, Ph.D Chairman of PACIS; and a congratulatory speech delivered by Dr. Pius Sugeng Prasetyo, Dean of FISIP; and Woo-Kwon Chang, Director of Planning and Coordination of Chonnam National University, Korea.

In his speech, Kyung-Hak Kim thanked the participants from various universities and other institutions / institutions for taking part. He hopes this conference and other related activities can continue into the future.

Elisabeth AS Dewi Ph.D who is familiarly called Mbak Nophie conveyed the same thing. With a few words in Korean, she greeted the participants. He said, ” We are very happy to have many friends from Korea, Australia, Vietnam, and also from Indonesia, and different universities (from Indonesia). It’s a very mixed combination of the representatives of a beautiful Indonesia as a country.”

“And we’re going to have a very fruitful discussion. As I mentioned before, Friendship, collaboration, joining together are the most powerful words for today. So, be ready for a very good, active, challenging, and fruitful conference, ” said Mbak Nophie.

A number of presenters started the first session’s panel discussion moderated by Sylvia Yazid Ph.D, Head of the International Relations Study Program (HI) Unpar. The speakers include Antje Missbach from Monash University, Australia with the topic “Moral comforts of remaining in exile: snapshots from conflict-generated Indonesian Diasporas”; Kim, Kyung-Hak; Miranda De Dios Ines (Chonnam National University, Korea) “Experiences of Motherhood in the context of migration: marriage migrant women in Korea”; Yearry Panji Setianto (Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University, Indonesia) “Understanding Indonesian Diaspora’s Transnational Politics Through the Lens of Communicative Figuration”; and Henny Rosalinda (University of Brawijaya, Indonesia) “Beyond Social Remittances: The Case of the Indonesian Diaspora in Hong Kong.”

On the occasion, the Rector of Unpar Mangadar Situmorang Ph.D became one of the conference presenters with the topic “Papua Problematiques: Seeking the Role of Papua’s Diaspora for Peaceful Solutions.” Also, Dr. Kris Aknolt Kristian Pakpahan (one of the lecturers of FISIP, Unpar) brought a discussion on the topic “Indonesia Diaspora: Building the Country, Building a Network.”

A number of lecturers of FISIP Unpar were appointed as moderators in the discussion session. Various topics around the diaspora color panel discussions in the inaugural conference between PACIS and Chonnam National University.

Not only hailing from Unpar and Chonnam National University, the conference participants also came from Universitas Brawijaya Indonesia, Hasanuddin University of Indonesia, Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta Indonesia, the University of Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa Indonesia, Vietnam Women’s Academy, Monash University, Australia, as well as participants from Kazakhstan, Spain, and others who are studying for a doctoral degree at Chonnam National University Korea.

The organizers also invited researchers and observers at the Indonesian Migrant Workers’ Union and the Ministry of Labor of the Republic of Indonesia as conference presenters .

In addition to the one-day conference, the participants had the opportunity to take a cultural tour to several tourist destinations in Bandung such as the Museum of Asian-African Conference (KAA), the Gedung Sate museum, Saung Angklung Udjo, and attractions in Ciwidey, South Bandung, and Kawah Putih .

The event closed with a closing dinner that took place at Bumi Sangkuriang Hotel, Ciumbuleuit Bandung, enlivened with a performance of traditional dance from the Student Activity Unit (UKM) Listra Unpar.