Navigating Global Flows of Capital, Policy and Values: Conceptualizing Trajectories toward Alternative Modernities in Indonesia

Country: Indonesia

City: Palu

Abstr. due: 15.10.2016

Dates: 16.12.16 — 23.12.16

Area Of Sciences: Economics and management;

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Organizers: Tadulako University


The economic, political, and social transformation of Indonesia since decolonization, especially in recent decades, has been massive. Linked to these processes numerous parameters crucial to guaranteeing a humane and dignified future require in-depth examination: self consciousness and otherness, citizenship and community, the effects of the neoliberal capitalist turn in development and conservation, among others. Such issues are linked to the expansion of governmentality across various agencies tied to the expansion of the global market and concomitant agendas. Reacting to such trends has been the political resurrection of various symbolic vehicles of socio-cultural identity in endeavors that seek to make claims on various resources through revitalization of traditions in the context of new political engagements and more pragmatic projects. Such phenomena are expressions of the various global forces interacting with local aspirations and actions leading to diverse trajectories toward various forms of modernity. Analyses of just how such interactions have arisen and are playing out in a context. It requires not just commentary on the overt politics of such transformative confrontations, but also deeper examination of the epistemological bases of action of the contending participants.

Many social and humanist scientists who have confronted these issues in their field research often have found themselves confronted with various dilemmas in their analytical work: How is the analysis of the communal and cultural repertoires of Indonesia a distinctive endeavor? How do the humanizing phenomena analyze in this nation represent unique constellations and how are they variants of other examples of the effect of such social forces and transnational networks? What is it that makes the study of Indonesia, among other forms of sociocultural analysis, possible in the contemporary situation? Alternatively, other potential questions include:  How can the social scientist work in Indonesia and elsewhere begin to explore critically the “saturations and meaning impasse” occasioned by the ontological and ethical turns in development discourse and practice? These challenges are deeply embedded in political conditions that inflect how those parties produce their vantage points in the quest to produce mutually all-embracing understandings.

The aim of the conference is to throwing down a gauntlet to the social researches in order to foster original ideas, new narratives and alternative ways of thinking about the central concepts in the sociocultural analysis of Indonesia and beyond. Underpinning the conference’s aim above, five themes to be explored in this international conference are:

1.    Tracing Value and Agency: Capital Formations in Indonesia’s Historical Trajectories
2.    Recycling Values: Ideological and Power Metaphors on Contemporary Capital Expansions in Indonesia
3.    Interlocking Imagined Values: Encounters and Asymmetries in the Age of Cultural Capitalism
4.    The Naked Face of the Clash of Values: Conflicts and Insecurity in the Age of Capital Hybrid
5.    “Traditional” and “Modern” Medicine: Colonial and Postcolonial Legacies of Healthcare in Indonesia

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