International Symposium“Mobilities among ASEAN and Japan: Its Future and How We Shape It”

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The Japan Foundation (JF) and Institute of Social Science and Humanities (ISSH), National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) of Indonesia will host an international symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. Titled " Mobility between ASEAN and Japan: Its Future and How We Shape It." The symposium will be held at the BRIN Thamrin, Jakarta Pusat from Tuesday, 25 July to Wednesday, 26 July 2023. It is also lively streamed online.

In the context of post-pandemic circumstances, the year 2022 has been acknowledged as a period of recovery, whereas the year 2023 is anticipated to foster growth as both ASEAN and Japan endeavor to move beyond the challenges imposed by the pandemic. Reflecting this outlook, Indonesia has timely selected "Epicentrum of Growth" as the theme for its ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023.

After the pandemic, which provided an opportunity to rethink globalization, scholarly research on "Mobilities" is timely and crucial for understanding the transformative effects of global movement and connectivity in ASEAN-Japan relations.

Recognizing the significance of sociocultural networks and mobilities among ASEAN and Japan, this symposium invites speakers from various backgrounds, to delve into the challenges and potentials that mobilities present, placing an emphasis on its role in fostering collaboration, connectivity, and growth between ASEAN and Japan in sociocultural aspects.


Project title International Symposium on the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation “Mobilities among ASEAN and Japan: Its Future and How We Shape It”
Organizer The Japan Foundation, Institute of Social Science and Humanities (ISSH), National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) of Indonesia
Supporting Partner Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Mission of Japan to ASEAN
Date Tuesday, July 25, 2023: 12:30-18:55 (Japan Standard Time)
Wednesday, July 26, 2023: 12:00-17:40 (Japan Standard Time)
Venue BRIN Gatot Subroto Campus (Jakarta, Indonesia)
Format Hybrid (In-person attendance & online streaming)
Language English
Participation fee Free (Pre-registration is required for in-person attendance only. Online streaming is available from the links indicated below without registration). Registration will close when the capacity is reached)
For In-person Participation in Jakarta
For Online Streaming Day 1:
Day 2:


First Day (25 July) *All schedule is indicated in the Japan Standard Time (JST).

11:30 – 12:30
Registration (In-person participation only)
12:30 – 13:00
Opening and welcoming remarks
13:00 – 13:15
Keynote Speech
Laksana Tri Handoko (Chairman of BRIN)
13:15 – 13:45
Panel 1 “Why Mobilities Matter?”
13:45 – 14:45
Lunch Break
14:45 – 16:45
Panel 2 “Mobilities of People: Students, Workers, Experts and Migrants”
16:55 – 18:55
Panel 3 “Mobilities in Academic knowledge: Studies on/in ASEAN and Japan”

Second Day (26 July)

11:30 – 12:00
12:00 – 14:00
Panel 4 “Mobilities of Culture: Media, Youth Culture, Entertainment and Arts”
14:00 – 15:00
Lunch Break
15:00 – 17:00
Panel 5 “Challenges to Mobilities: How to embrace diversity and create coexistence”
17:10 – 17:40
Wrap-up session “Mobilities in the Future: Collaboration, Co-creation across the borders”


[Keynote Speech]

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Laksana Tri Handoko (Indonesia)
Chairman, Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency
Laksana Tri Handoko is the Chairman of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) of the Republic Indonesia. Before appointed as the Chairman of BRIN in 2021, from 2018 to May 2021 he was the Chairman of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. He completed his undergraduate study at Kumamoto University, and received his Master’s and PhD from Physics Program at the Hiroshima University. He has published more than 70 scientific articles in various journals and international scientific meetings. He is a member of the Japan Physical Society (JPS), the American Physical Society (APS), the Japan Theoretical Particle Physicist Group, Indonesian Physical Society (HFI) and the Indonesian Computational Society (MKI).

[Panel 1] Why Mobilities Matter?

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Fadjar Ibnu Thufail (Indonesia)
Head, Research Center for Area Studies, Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency
Fadjar Ibnu Thufail is the Head of Research Center for Area Studies of the Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). He received his Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. An anthropologist by training, he has been conducting research on science, technology, and society studies (STS), disaster humanities, maritime anthropology, and environmental studies. Currently he leads research programs on “More-than-Human Lab” and on the relation between the STS and area studies knowledge. He has been working with the Japan Foundation to initiate and develop Japanese Studies at the BRIN and with Ritsumeikan University to digitize Borobudur temple. He was a visiting fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, the University of Goettingen, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and the University of Tokyo.
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Sato Yuri (Japan)
Executive Vice President, The Japan Foundation
Sato Yuri joined the Japan Foundation in 2021. Prior to this she was working as a researcher on Indonesia, especially economy, industry, business studies at the Institute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO) from 1981. She stationed in Indonesia as a researcher in 1985-87 and 1996-99, and as a special advisor for the KADIN Indonesia in 2008-10. In 2015-19 she served as Executive Vice President of IDE. She obtained a doctorate in economics from University of Indonesia. She is the recipient of the 24th Grand Prix Asia Pacific Awards and the 16th Okita Memorial Prize for International Development Research on her book on Indonesia.

[Panel 2] Mobilities of People: Students, Workers, Experts and Migrants

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Nyi Nyi Kyaw (Myanmar)
Research Chair on Forced Displacement in Southeast Asia,
The Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University Nyi Nyi Kyaw is Research Chair on Forced Displacement in Southeast Asia at the Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development, Chiang Mai University. He is also an honorary fellow at Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, University of Melbourne and associate at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. He is currently working on forced displacement, (il)legalities and (im)mobilities. He has published papers in peer-reviewed journals including Social Identities, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Asian Journal of Law and Society and Review of Faith & International Affairs and book chapters on citizenship, nationalism and constitutional change, among other topics.
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Vilashini Somiah (Malaysia)
Senior lecturer, Gender Studies Programme, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya
Vilashini Somiah an Anthropologist and Gender Scholar whose work often covers the agency of Bornean women, migrants, indigenes, and other sexual and gender minorities, which are often underrepresented. “Irregular Migrants and the Sea at the Borders of Sabah, Malaysia: Pelagic Alliance” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) is her first single authored book. She is currently a senior lecturer at the Gender Studies Programme, Universiti Malaya.
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Thu Nguyen (Vietnam)
Lecturer, Hue University of Foreign Languages and International Studies
Thu Nguyen has more than 10 years of researching and teaching on human rights and human security in Australia and Vietnam. She obtained her PhD degree in Political Science and Policy Studies from Griffith University, Australia. Her research focuses on situations where humans are in the face of vulnerability: forced displacement, gender discrimination, mass atrocities and climate change. Her research contributes to show how the institutions in the Asia-Pacific region shape the political responses to protect populations at risk. Thu Nguyen has been a lecturer at the Department of International Studies, Hue University of Foreign Languages and International Studies, Vietnam for 10 years and currently is an Associate Lecturer at the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia.
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[Moderator] Faudzan Farhana
Researcher, Research Centre for Politics, Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency
Faudzan Farhana is a researcher at the Research Centre for Politics, Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency. She got her Bachelor of Law from Hasanuddin University, Indonesia in 2011 and LL.M in International Maritime Law from Swansea University, UK in 2019. In BRIN, she is a member of two research teams, namely ASEAN Research Group and Forced Migration Studies. Her research interests are strategic issues of ASEAN, international maritime law, and migration studies.

[Panel 3] Mobilities in Academic Knowledge: Studies on/in ASEAN and Japan

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Beng Choo LIM (Singapore)
Associate Professor, Department of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences National University of Singapore
Beng Choo LIM is Associate Professor at the Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore. Her earliest training was in traditional Japanese theatre and literature, although her research interests include different fields of Japanese culture, both traditional and contemporary. She is the author of Another Stage – Kanze Nobumitsu and the Late Muromachi Noh Theatre (Cornell East Asia series, 2012). She is currently working on two projects: the relationship between traditional Japanese theatre and digital technologies, as well as Karamono manifested in Noh plays. The Presentation is co-authored by Dr. Lim and Dr. Yuen Shu Min , Lecturer, Department of Japanese Studies, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences National University of Singapore.
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Kiba Saya (Japan)
Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Kiba Saya is Associate Professor at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies and a member of the Expert Panel for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her major fields of interest are Southeast Asian studies, civil-military relations, and security sector governance. She has experience as a practitioner, working in the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and Embassy of Japan in Thailand. She also served as a staff to Diet member/ former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara from 2010 to 2012 when his Democratic Party of Japan was the ruling party. Her recent works include a co-edited book, Pathways for Irregular Forces in Southeast Asia: Mitigating Violence with Non-state Armed Groups (Routledge, 2022). She serves as a member of the Expert Panel for the 50th Year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation.
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Maria Serena Diokno (Philippines)
Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of the Philippines Diliman
Maria Serena I. Diokno is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of the Philippines. She was the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs from 1999-2005 and was named one of the University’s twelve Centennial Fellows in 2008. In 2011 she was appointed Chairperson of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines until 2016. Dr. Diokno sits on the board of various educational institutions. She is also actively involved in international academic associations, foremost among which is the SEASREP Foundation, an organization of Southeast Asian scholars that promotes Southeast Asian studies in the region.
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[Moderator] Khanisa Krisman (Indonesia)
Researcher, Research Center for Politics, National Research and Innovation Agency
Khanisa Krisman is a Researcher at the Research Center for Politics, National Research and Innovation Agency. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the Department of International Relations (HI), Gadjah Mada University, in 2010 and completed her Master of Arts (International Relations) and Master of Diplomacy from the Australian National University in 2015. She focused her research on ASEAN and Southeast Asia issues.

[Panel 4] Mobilities of Culture: Foods, Sports, Entertainment and Arts

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Boreth Ly (Cambodia)
Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture Department,
University of California, Santa Cruz Born in the cosmopolitan village of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Boreth Ly is an associate professor of Southeast Asian art history and visual culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He coedited with Nora A. Taylor, Modern and Contemporary Art of Southeast Asia (2012). In addition, he has written numerous articles and essays on the arts and films of Southeast Asia and its diaspora. Academically trained as an art historian, Ly employs multidisciplinary methods and theories in his writings and analysis, depending on the subject matter. Last, Ly’s research focuses on the intersection between memory and historical trauma. He authored, Traces of Trauma: Cambodian Visual Culture and National Identity in the Aftermath of Genocide (University of Hawai’i Press, 2022).
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Iwabuchi Koichi (Japan)
Professor, School of Sociology and the Director of the Research Centre for Embracing Diversity, Kwansei Gakuin University
Iwabuchi Koichi is Professor of the School of Sociology and the Director of the Research Centre for Embracing Diversity at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan. He was nominated among the World’s Top 2% Scientists ranking by Stanford University in 2021. His main research interests are cross-border dialogue and diversity, cultural citizenship & public pedagogy. He is groping for the creation of dialogic (un)learning process that encourages citizens to embrace diverse differences and live together with care for each other. His recent English publications include; Resilient Borders and Cultural Diversity: Internationalism, Brand Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Japan (Lexington Books); “Transnationalism, Inter-nationalism and multicultural questions”, K. Smets et al. (eds), The Sage Handbook of Media and Migration (Sage);“Dialoguing with diversity: Towards an inclusive and egalitarian society”, Dive-In: An International Journal on Diversity & Inclusion, (No.1, 2021).
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Siti Mazidah Mohamad (Brunei)
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Director of the Centre for Advanced Research (CARe),Universiti Brunei Darussalam Siti Mazidah Mohamad is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and Director of the Centre for Advanced Research (CARe) at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She is a geographer researching Muslim youth culture and engagements with popular culture and new media in Southeast Asia focusing on mobilities, everyday socio-spatial affective engagements, practices, and realities of young people reflected through various new social media platforms. Her main research interest lies at the intersection of young people, digital media and popular culture, and everyday lived religion studies.
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[Moderator] Parichat Jungwiwattanaporn (Thailand)
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre, Thammasat University
Parichat Jungwiwattanaporn is known for both her academic and artistic roles. Currently, she is a faculty member at the Department of Theatre, Thammasat University, Thailand. Her academic interests include political theater/performance, theater/performance for social change, and contemporary theater/performance in Asia. Her publications include three co-authored books and two books on Thai contemporary theater and criticism as well as a number of articles. She has also written, directed, and produced many theatre productions both in Thailand and the USA. In 2022, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar researching in Documentary Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY, New York.

[Panel 5] Challenges for Mobilities: How to Embrace Diversity and Create Coexistence

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Ahmad Nuril Huda (Indonesia)
Researcher, Center for Area Studies, Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency
Ahmad Nuril Huda is a researcher at the Center for Area Studies, Indonesia’s National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). He received a PhD degree from the Institute of Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University (2020). His research interest focuses on the entanglement between religion, media/technology, and the politics of (in)visibility among (young) Muslims in Southeast Asia. His recent publication includes Santri, Cinema and the Exploratory Form of Authority in Traditionalist Muslim Indonesia (2020) and The Rise of Cinematic Santri in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: Field, Figure, and Competing Discourse (Forthcoming).
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Ogawa Tadashi (Japan)
Professor, Faculty of Letters, Department of Humanities, Atomi University
Ogawa Tadashi earned his PhD in international studies at Waseda University. He joined the Japan Foundation in 1982. He served as Director-General of the Japan Foundation in New Delhi, Jakarta and then Planning Department assuming his current position in 2017. His research covers international cultural exchange policy, contemporary culture in Asia and comparative religion and society. Publications include Gyakushu suru shukyo: Pandemic to Genrishugi (Religions strike back: Pandemic and Fundamentalism; Kodansha, 2023), Jibunsagashi suru Asia no kuni guni (Asian countries looking for themselves, Akashi Shoten, 2021) and etc..
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Chalidaporn Songsamphan (Thailand)
Professor, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University
Chalidaporn Songsamphan is a professor of political science at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. She was the Co-President of the Asian Association of Women’s Studies (AAWS) from 2020 – May 2023. She also has been the President of the Service Workers in Groups Foundation (SWING) since 2010. Her main research interest includes politics of sexuality, gender-based and sexual violence, the armed forces and politics, and supernatural prophecy and political perception/decision. Her recent publications are “Contestation on Abortion in Thai Context: Health, Liberty, and Morality” and “Rage, Hatred, and Fear: Online Gender-Based and Sexual Violence.”
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[Moderator] Aurélio Sérgio Cristóvão Guterres (East Timor)
Senior lecturer, National University of East Timor,Former President/Rector of National University of East Timor & Former Foreign Minister of East Timor
Aurélio Sérgio Cristóvão Guterres, hold a degree in Law and Development Studies from Universities Kristen Satya Wacana, Indonesia and Masters and PhD from Massey University, New Zealand. He has 30 years of professional experience in education, development, migration, refugee, disaster management and international relations. He is a senior lecturer at Faculty of Social and Political Science, National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL) since 1992. He also has provided various professional and volunteer services in various national and international institutions. He has done several scientific works during his professional career as an academic, especially on migration. He also assumed the position of Rector of National University of Timor-Leste and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste.

[Wrap-up Session]

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Emilia Yustiningrum (Indonesia)
Senior Researcher, Research Centre for Politics, Indonesian National Research and Innovation Agency
Emilia Yustiningrum, is a senior researcher at the Research Centre for Politics (PRP) of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the Coordinator Cluster on Foreign Policy and International Issues in the PRP BRIN. Her research interests are foreign policy, international politics, and the politics of natural disaster management. She holds a PhD from the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University, Australia, awarded in 2021. She has an MA degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and a BA degree in International Relations from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. She wrote book chapters titled Indonesia’s Engagement on the Climate Change Negotiations: Building National Resilience (Elsevier, 2023), The Dynamics of Policy and Energy Issues in Indonesia (Springer, 2017).
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Kojima Hiroyuki (Japan)
Managing Director, Global Partnerships Department, The Japan Foundation
Since joining the Japan Foundation in 1992, Kojima Hiroyuki has been engaged mainly in intellectual and civil society exchange programs in Asia through three overseas assignments in Manila (1996-2000), Beijing (2006-2010), and Seoul (2013-2015). Prior to moving to his current position in April 2022, he served as Managing Director of the Planning Department, responsible for strategic planning and overall project evaluation of the Japan Foundation. He holds a B.A. from Kyoto University and an M.A. in Cultural Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS). He is one of the co-authors of Kokusai Bunka Koryu wo Jissensuru (Practicing International Cultural Exchange; Hakusuisha, 2020).

What is the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (ISSH)
National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN)?

The establishment and existence of the National Research and Innovation Agency (Badan Riset dan Inovasi Nasional, or BRIN) was mandated by Article 48 of Law No. 18 of 2019 on the National System of Science and Technology (Sinas Iptek). On 1 September 2021, based on Presidential Regulation (Perpres) Nos. 33 and 78 of 2021, various research institutes, such as the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), and the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), and research agencies in some ministries were integrated into BRIN.

The Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities (ISSH) is one of 18 research organizations at BRIN. It is a non-structural research organization that carries out research, development, assessment, and application, as well as inventions and innovations. The main activity of RO is only to produce knowledge. Therefore, the ISSH has the task of: i) producing knowledge that meets ethics and research integrity, and ii) conducting research and scientific activities that make a real contribution to answering Indonesian issues and contemporary dynamics.

There are 7 research centers under the ISSH: 1) Research Center for Area Studies; 2) Research Center for Politics; 3) Research Center for Society and Culture; 4) Research Center for Population; 5) Research Center for Education; 6) Research Center for Law; 7) Research Center for Religion and Belief. These research centers conduct research in Indonesia, except the Research Center for Area Studies that is focusing on comparative and transnational research on countries and regions outside of Indonesia.

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