Conference Announcement

19th Biennial General Conference
Evolving Transnationalism: Challenges and Opportunities; a Social Science Perspective. 17-19 October 2011, Manado, Indonesia

The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has appointed Dr. Aswatini Raharto Deputy for Social Sciences and Humanities, replacing former Deputy Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar. As an ex-officio appointment Dr. Aswatini will also replace Professor Anwar as President of the Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils (AASSREC) for the period of 2010-2011.

Dr. Aswatini Raharto’s AASSREC President’s 2010-2011 message

In my capacity as AASSREC President, I am pleased to use this opportunity to announce that our 19th General Conference is to be held in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia on 17-19 October 2011. The conference is organized by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIP) in collaboration with AASSREC and Indonesian Political Science Association (AIPI). AIPI is one of the important professional organizations in Indonesia that aim to contribute knowledge and understanding on development of the political situation in Indonesia by organizing national seminars on political issues to assist society and government in supporting democracy in Indonesia. The theme for the conference, as agreed at the AASSREC Executive Board Meeting in Jakarta, 19 October last year is “Evolving Transnationalism: Challenges and Opportunities; a Social Science Perspective.”

Today, transnationalism is a strategic issue for governments, and a rich source of research for social scientists. Many countries in our region and elsewhere enjoy similar opportunities and face many comparable problems. Transnationalism embraces both opportunity and challenges characterized by rapid and continuous flows of people, ideas, goods, and capital across increasingly borderless national entities. The concept of transnationalism includes a wide array of potential topics for discussion; population movements, including human trafficking, diasporas, intermarriage, guest workers, brain circulation, refugees, transnational crime, terrorism, drug and weapon smuggling, but also captures the hope offered by employment opportunities, travel, migration, trade and educational opportunities. The conference will consider how the region’s disciplinary social scientists understand the issues and prospects presented by changing patterns of transnationalism, and how the social sciences can contribute to ethical, moral and effective evolution in how people, their governments and cultures are changing in the Asia-Pacific region.

I am delighted to invite all social scientists, especially the association representatives, to attend the 19th AASSREC Biennial Conference. I am counting on your contribution as speakers and active participants for the success of the 19th General Conference, as we have come to enjoy from previous AASSREC conferences. We look forward to welcoming you at the conference in Manado, which is known as a city with diverse populations and culture, not to mention the beautiful Sea Garden of Bunaken.

Dr. Aswatini Raharto
President

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