News & Events

Upcoming events

Talk hosted by the Center for Global Asia, NYU Shanghai:
Saskia Schäfer: The Construction of “Mainstream Islam”: the Politics of Orthodoxy and Nationalism in post-1998 Indonesia

October 13, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm CST (11am – 12.30pm  Coordinated Universal Time)
Zoom Webinar

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Past events

Monday, 4 October, 4.45pm to 6.45 pm CET (2.45pm to 4.45pm Coordinated Universal Time)
A panel discussion hosted by the Conference of the DVPW-Comparative Politics Section: “Comparative Politics and Area Specialization: Making the tensions productive” 
Chair: Norma Osterberg-Kaufmann and Saskia Schäfer, both Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 4-6 pm
Lecture by Dr. Ferdiansyah Thajib on Violent Care: The Affective Dimensions of Anti-LGBT Campaigns in Indonesia organized by Dr. Rosa Cordillera A. Castillo and Dr. Saskia Schäfer (Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt-University Berlin)

Tuesday, 27 October
Saskia Schäfer gave a talk at the virtual launching of the journal “Islam Nusantara”.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 7-9 pm
Online discussion and book launch (held in German): “Zwischen Repression und Opposition – Indonesische Studierende in Deutschland zwischen 1965 und 1998“, in cooperation with Watch Indonesia! e.V.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Talk by Saskia Schäfer on “Autocratization in Indonesia in Comparative Perspective” at the Workshop “Rising Democracies, Interrupted” organized by Prof. Dr. Brigitte Weiffen (University of São Paulo) at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 6 pm Humboldt University Berlin, Dorotheenstr 24
Film Screening and Artist Talk: Taste of Hope by Dr Laura Coppens

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 6 pm, Humboldt University Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies
Talk by Dr Merlyna Lim (Carleton University), in cooperation with the department Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region (Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin)
Legally Brown: Living and Researching Media/Politics in the Critical Spaces

Thursday, 12 September 2019, EuroSEAS 2019, Humboldt University Berlin
Panel Conveners: Merlyna Lim (Carleton University) & Saskia Schäfer (Humboldt University Berlin)
Mediating and Mediatizing Political and Religious Authorities

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 7-9 p.m, Leipzig University, Café Alibi (Beethovenstraße 6)
Film Screening and Discussion, in cooperation with Watch Indonesia! e.V.
Screening Religion: “Mata tertutup (The Blindfold)” by Garin Nugroho

Dr Saskia Schäfer discusses the Council of Indonesian Islamic Scholars with Dr Dirk Tomsa at the Talking Indonesia Podcast
Dr Saskia Schäfer – The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI)

April – June 2019, Humboldt University Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies
Lecture Series: Why Do Elections Matter? Analyzing the 2019 Elections in Indonesia, India, Tunisia and Turkey


Saskia Schäfer’s article “Islam Nusantara: The Conceptual Vocabulary of Indonesian Diversity” has been published and is freely accessible here.

Saskia Schäfer reviewed John Sidel’s “Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia” for the New Left Review.

We congratulate our team member Leona Pröpper on receiving a Master’s degree scholarship by the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).

We congratulate our team member Dissa Julia Paputungan on receiving a PhD scholarship by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

Saskia Schäfer’s article on Southeast Asian Area Studies has been published and is freely accessible here.

Saskia Schäfer’s article “Democratic Decline in Indonesia: The Role of Religious Authorities” was shortlisted for the 2019 William L. Holland Prize and is now freely accessible on the website of Pacific Affairs.

Saskia Schäfer has published a commentary in the German Journal “Forschung” on competition and democracy in the German higher education system: Wettbewerbs- und Konformitätsdruck: Welches Wissenschaftssystem kann sich eine demokratische Gesellschaft leisten?”