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History of Religions: Cosmopolitanism and the Formation of Indonesian Religions

  February 7th 2022

About the Course

The course offers fresh insights into seeing the history of religions in Indonesia within cosmopolitanism. More specifically, the historical formation of the Indonesian religious community and identity is understood as a dynamic process of flowing and closure within networked societies. The participants will engage with the topics related to the Indonesian religious landscape such as Inter-Asia Cosmopolitanism, History, Disaster and Communicable Disease, Women as Cosmopolitan Agents, Missionary as Cosmopolitan Moment, Cosmopolitan Tragedy, and Redemptive Reading of the Past through modern media. They are encouraged to explore those topics through the frame of thinking of religious interactivity and encounter, human dignity, global citizenship, cosmopolitan acclaim, and its trepidation and vulnerability.

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Who is this course for?

The course is a graduate-level course (MA or Ph.D.) intended primarily for religious studies students but is also appropriate for political science, law, anthropology, and theology students.

Why should you learn this course?

In this course, the students will deal with the history of religions, notably in Indonesian. The history discourse is presumed necessary if not essential for any religious and inter-religious research and elaboration. It may give a diachronic perspective in dealing with religious issues. A historical perspective might also help frame the religious discourse in understanding the genealogical and larger patterns of the present-day religious expression. Furthermore, religions are always interactively part of the historical, social, political, and cultural development of Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and the world. Cosmopolitanism framed this interactivity. Hence, in this course, the students will investigate the role of religions in shaping those processes in some selected historical phases and places.


Among others:
1. Archaic Cosmopolitanism
2. Inter-Asian Cosmopolitanism (India, China, Islam)
3. Missionary as a Cosmopolitan Moment
4. Religion, Colonialism & Nationalism
Religion, Disaster & Communicable Disease
6. Women as Cosmopolitan Agents
7. (New) Media and the Politics of Memory
8. Nation-state building and Cosmopolitan Tragedy


Form of Engagement

Synchronous and asynchronous meetings


1. Dr. Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras (Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana).
Dr. Abdul Wahid (Department of History, Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Leading scholars as guest lecturers in specific topics.