6th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, 26th-28th July 2016

Post-Reformasi Indonesia: 
The challenges of social inequalities and inclusion 

Since Reformasi began in 1998, Indonesia has experienced tremendous political, economic, social, and cultural transformations. The nation has made significant progress in building a more democratic polity. The general election in 2014 was an important turning point. The newly elected president, Joko Widodo (widely known as Jokowi), is the first with no ties to the Suharto regime which many people take as a positive sign of change.

When we organized the first Symposium of Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia in 2000, we were optimistic that Reformasi would improve the lives of Indonesians everywhere. In particular, we believed that greater political equality and increased multiculturalism would lead to greater social and economic equality. However Indonesia is experiencing rising income gaps, conflicts over access to resources and jobs, increasing religious intolerance, and continued marginalization of groups and individuals. Some scholars predict that these problems will continue because reformasi alone could not address the root causes of inequality.

For the 6th International Symposium of the Journal of Anthropology Indonesia, we invite Indonesian and foreign scholars to propose panels and papers to discuss pressing issues associated with inequality. The objective of the symposium is to explore the social, political-economic, and cultural dimensions of these inequalities, their underlying causes, and the challenges of addressing them. We seek contributions that critically analyze various forms and processes producing inequalities, including government and non- government initiatives and interventions meant to address these problems.

The following are some key questions we hope participants will address.

1. In what ways are ethnic, gender, and other forms of social difference linked to inequality?
2. In what ways might corruption contribute to current patterns of inequality?
3. How are socio-economic inequalities exacerbated by social and political responses to environmental factors? ( for example, preventing and addressing environmental disasters, climate change, pollution, or regional differences in resource endowments.)
4. In what ways do people resist and find ways to overcome the inequalities that they experience in daily life?
5. In what ways are processes of inequality being shaped by International agendas and national policies (for example ASEAN Free trade, global investment, international development agenda)?