Nurturing Mindfulness in Southeast Asia:
Understanding Shared History, Embracing Diversity

25 July – 10 August, 2022

Key Facts



Indonesian and international students majoring in Communication or related/other majors. Graduate students and general publics are also eligible to apply.






13 days (only on weekdays)

Total hours



Daily study


1.5-hour of lecture and discussion & 1-hour of small group discussion; 1- hour of individual activities



Transferable 1-course credits (SKS) for successful participation in the full program (Eligibility of credit transfer may differ at different universities. Please check with your institution).

The course is FREE OF CHARGE.
Seats are available for 50 participants only. Register soon!

Important Dates

Registration round 1: 27 June – 8 July 2022
Announcement for round 1: 15 July 2022
Registration round 2: 9 – 22 July 2022
Ongoing announcement for round 2: 16 – 22 July 2022
Enrollment period: 16 – 22 July 2022
Course period: 25 July – 10 August 2022


Southeast Asia has been known as a region with the most diverse ethnicities, languages, religions, and cultural practices. Not only diversity in social aspects, but also known for its biodiversity for being located in the tropical region surrounded by the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The cultural diversity, as well as biodiversity, have made Southeast Asia a ground providing opportunities to learn for many scholars to understand the history, the development, the dynamic, and the challenges that take place in the region to better understand our contemporary globalized world.

However, the diversity in Southeast Asia is not only a reflection of historical and cultural richness, but is also the source of discord, discrimination, and hostility among the communities across the region. Diversity in religion has been proven to be the source of conflicts in several countries in the regions (e.g. Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, Moro group in the Philippines, Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia, etc.). Diversity in ethnicities has also often brought negative repercussions to the ethnic minorities (e.g. Hmong in Laos and Vietnam, Malay-Chinese in Malaysia, Chinese descendants-citizen in Indonesia, etc.). Furthermore, in the globalized economic competition nowadays, countries in this region strive to capitalize on their cultural richness in the area such as in the tourism industry. The claim to cultural artifacts (such as foods, dances, fabric design, etc.) becomes necessary to bring divergences and uniqueness of the country to be promoted to the visitors. This concern also leads to the unresolved discords about who claims what, since cultures in different countries could possibly possess the same roots in history. These examples of discord, discrimination, and hostilities among different groups in the regions show that diversity is not just something to take pride in, but also something that needs to be threaded carefully and managed vigilantly to bring peace and harmony to the region.

Having a better understanding of this diversity, both from history and the contemporary dynamic in society are pathways in bringing harmony to the region. Better knowledge and better understanding will lead to cultural awareness and mindfulness, where people can understand each other despite the group labels and symbols, and steer clear of stereotypes that more often than not lead to conflict and hostility. Holding a forum where this diversity can be discussed in open conversation will help to gain this knowledge and understanding, especially for a younger generation who will lead our global world in the future.

This Summer Course, then, has the objective to be the forum where students can gain an understanding of the history and roots of the diversity in Southeast Asia as well as to gain knowledge of how the different aspects of diversities play out in the contemporary societies in the region. This event is also intended to be a forum that brings students from different countries in Southeast Asia to have a conversation about their perspectives and their experiences of diversities in their local context. This course, nevertheless, is not only relevant and intended for students within the Southeast Asia region, but also welcomes students from different regions and countries outside Southeast Asia who are strongly encouraged and motivated to know and understand this region better. It is hoped that to learn together from the numerous scholars who have studied Southeast Asia as well as to have conversations regarding their reflections and perspectives on the issues, the students joining the Summer Course will become the knowledgeable interlocutors to their peers and also strive to bring cultural mindfulness to their communities.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the participants are expected to be able:

  • To have knowledge about the history (the migration and diaspora, the language spread and evolution, and the shared cultural practices) where parts of diversities in the region are rooted.
  • To have knowledge and understanding of the diversity aspects of contemporary Southeast Asia, in terms of freedom of speech, access to environmental resources, gender issues, and portrayal in popular cultures.
  • To have knowledge of cultural mindfulness as well as to be able to have perspectives that see the importance of cultural knowledge to understand contemporary globalized society.

Course Titles 

Our Courses

In this summer course, we will explore several topics in regard to shared history and diversity of Southeast Asia to bring cultural mindfulness in the communities

Opening Ceremony & Introduction to the Course
History of Southeast Asia: Migration, Diaspora, and Spread of Religion
  • Students will possess the knowledge of the migration pattern and diaspora leading to the spread and the composition of religions in Southeast Asia.
  • Students will be able to understand, link, and think critically regarding how history has also shaped the dynamics and interactions of networks of religion and their influences in the contemporary local context.
History of Southeast Asia through Literature and Language
  • Students will gain knowledge about the ways in which the languages in contemporary Southeast Asia can show the trace of the history of migrations as well as the trace of networked communication and interactions in the past.
  • Students will gain knowledge about the similar roots of many different communities that are seemingly separated nowadays.
Contemporary Southeast Asia Multicultural Identity: Diversity in Shared Roots
  • To understand the historical roots of shared cultural identities in Southeast Asian nation-states.
  • To develop critical thinking in seeing the example of cultural claims in recent cases in the region.
  • To develop critical thinking in developing a proportional point of view in seeing ownership and belonging of certain cultural practices or artifacts.
Shared Identity and National Heritage
  • At the end of the lecture, students will be able to understand what values shape their identity as citizens of the Southeast Asian nation.
  • At the end of the lecture, students will be able to explain the extent to which shared identity as a region can be built by the same set of values and traditions.
Journalism Landscape in Southeast Asia
  • At the end of the lecture, students should have an understanding of basic journalistic principles and the factors that influence day-to-day practice in several Southeast Asian countries.
  • At the end of the lectures, students will have knowledge about the media landscape in Southeast Asia.
Viewing Southeast Asia Through the Screen
  • Students will be able to understand how the filmmaker shapes the perspective of Southeast Asia’s diversity through the film’s depiction.
  • Students will be able to analyze the accuracy and impact of the depiction from the films in their respective countries.
Views of Gender Equality on Younger Generation of Southeast Asia
  • At the end of the lecture, students will gain basic knowledge of the gender equality empowerment and movement in Southeast Asia.
  • At the end of the lecture, students will be able to analyze the gender equality movement and provide as well as contribute their new ideas.
Politics and Environment in Southeast Asia
  • At the end of the lecture, students will understand the dynamic changes taking place with respect to the environment, natural resources, and communities across Southeast Asia.
  • Students will also gain knowledge about the implications of state policies in striving for sustainability and community resilience.
Freedom of Speech in Southeast Asia
  • Students will gain knowledge on the challenges of freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian countries both faced by the press as well as by citizens (public).
  • Students will be able to build critical argumentation about the problem and provide alternative solutions to the problem.
Project Presentation 1
Project Presentation 2
Summary and Closing Ceremony

Invited Lecturers

  • Prof. Melani Budianta | Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Prof. Aquarini Priyatna | Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
  • Prof. Kim Kierans | University of King’s College, Canada
  • Micah R Fisher, Ph.D | The East-West Center, Hawaii, USA
  • Dr. Sunarto | Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia
  • Dr. Budi Irawanto | Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • Dr. Triyono Lukmantoro | Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia
  • Mon Mon Myat | Journalist from Myanmar
  • Hellena Yoranita Souisa, PhD | ABC, Asia Pacific Newsroom
  • Muhamad Ali., Ph.D | University of California, Riverside, USA
  • Pittayawat Pittayaporn, Ph.D | Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
  • Dr. Jiraporn Laocharoenwong | Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


  • Free of charge
  • Lecture session recordings and material handouts
  • Certificate of completion
  • Academic transcript

Participant Requirements

  • Participants must possess the required devices and internet connectivity
  • Participants must have Zoom application installed
  • Participants are willing to participate in the entire program

Required Documents

  • 1-page Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • 300-500 words statement of motivation
  • Passport-size (4×6) photograph

Ready to join this summer course?

Contact Persons

If you have further questions regarding this summer course, don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are very happy to help you.

Thian Budiarsa

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Putri Anggraeni

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