The Session in the morning will focus on the changing self concept of the Indonesian Republic. Starting with a keynote by Kamala CHANDRAKIRANA, the understanding of Bhineka Tunggal Ika and the constitutional principles are summarized, its outcome for the people of Indonesia and for the International Discourse on Democracy and Diversity reflected. Current agendas to re-negotiate the foundation of Indonesia's Staatswerdung and their agents, constraints and conflicts, public discourse and political competition on a new Narrative about Indonesian-ness are in the focus of Anwar KHOLID, Dina DIANA and Wulan WIDYASARI. Their inputs are based on their ongoing PhD projects on development and social change, tensions between religions/tradition and modernity, struggles between majorities and minorities, and on the role of globalization and social media.

In the afternoon session, Yuventius NICKY NURMAN will contribute as second keynote his analysis on current trends on Indonesian political landscape, including an outlook on possible political scenarios after the 2019 elections. Rahmawati HUSEIN, Britta THEGE and Christoph BEHRENS will go into a deeper analysis of experiences with capacity development in the field of governance, and of the struggle of Indonesia's young generation with their educational system. They will offer their view on the ability of political and social sub systems to develop, and outline scenarios for a future of Indonesia. Their inputs are based on practical experiences with reform projects they designed and implemented since the start of democratization in 1998.

The afternoon will be completed with a panel of representatives of the German Political Foundations for Indonesia. They will comment on the inputs from our speakers and add their respective assessment on the key challenges for Indonesia's future.

It is our pleasure to announce that Gyde JENSEN, Member of the German Parliament (Bundestag) and Chair of the Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights will deliver welcome remarks to the conference.

All inputs will be sharp and precise, and are meant as an opener for a broader discussion with all participants. The symposium offers an open space for a vivid academic and political exchange.

For further details click here: The Agenda.