SOUTHEAST ASIAN THINKSHOP: THE QUESTION OF WORLD CULTURE

 BALI THINKSHOP,  SEPTEMBER 9,2016

THEME: SOUTHEAST ASIAN THINKSHOP: THE QUESTION OF WORLD CULTURE

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SSH-Net Thinkshops and IFSSO (International Federation of Social Sciences Organization) have been held in several places including Turkey, Argentina, Mexico and Iran, to mention a few, which have served as venues for three main matters: (1) Lectures on social and humanities theories with the presentation of papers and discussion on relevant contemporary issues in social sciences and humanities in the world; (2) Exchange of information on activities of institution/individual members of SSH-Net; and (3) Initiating and forming collaborations among member institutions/individuals. The themes of the Thinkshops have varied in accordance with crucial topics at the time either in a particular region or the world.

To take advantage of the World Culture Forum in Bali in October 2016, the SSH-Net Thinkshop will be held on 9 September 2016, in Bali, Indonesia and be organized by Center of Bali Studies of Udayana University in collaboration with International Federation of Social Science Organizations (IFSSO) and supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Network (SSH-NET), History Studies Program-Faculty of Cultural Sciences and Humanities of Udayana University under the title of: SOUTHEAST ASIAN THINKSHOP: THE QUESTION OF WORLD CULTURE. As has been widely debated, globalization has had an impact on various issues related to culture with the entire world encountering similar problems – from Europe to Asia. For example, the question of existing ‘pure’ or ‘authentic’ cultures has been problematic even in the so-called homogenous nations such as South Korea or Japan. Yet, there are many more cultural problems ranging from the rise of multicultural societies and their management; the overlapping of cultural heritage in neighboring countries; the development of heritage cultures to become ‘smart’ cities; questions of local culture and universal culture; identification of local identities; contesting cultural identities; and, national identity.

It is in relation to such issues that the Thinkshop is expected to develop a better understanding of world culture issues and to pave the way for social scientists to contribute to these issues. The 2016 Thinkshop will be held in the following venues: Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Building and Prof. Dr. Poerbatjaraka Building at Udayana University in Denpasar. Therefore, we invite the participation of academics and administrators from universities and government officials to speak in plenary sessions.

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