Mapping Global Populism — Panel #3: Religious Populism and Radicalization in Indonesia

More than 200,000 Muslim protesters descended on Jakarta to demand the governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok, be arrested for insulting Islam on November 4, 2016. Photo: Shutterstock.

Date/Time: Thursday, May 25, 2023 – 10:00-12:00 (CET) / 16:00-18:00 (WIB)

This panel is jointly organised by The European Center for Populism Studies (ECPS) and The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) .


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Dr Ihsan Yilmaz (Research Professor and Chair of Islamic Studies and Intercultural Dialogue at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia). 


“Main drivers of populism in Indonesia,” by Dr Inaya Rakhmani (Director of Asia Research Centre, Universitas Indonesia).

“Radicalism, extremism and civilizationalist populism in Indonesia,” by Dr Pradana Boy Zulian (Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang, Indonesia).

“Gender roles in Indonesia’s religious populism,” by Dr Kurniawati Hastuti Dewi (Senior Researcher at the Research Center for Politics, National Research and Innovation Agency – BRIN, Indonesia).

Populism and foreign policy: The Indonesian case,” by Dr I Gede Wahyu Wicaksana (Senior International Relations Lecturer in the Department of International Relations Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia).


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Brief Biographies

Ihsan Yilmaz is a research professor of political science and international relations at Deakin University’s ADI. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Oxford University’s Regent College and Brussels-based think tank, the European Center for Populism Studies (ECPS). Previously, he worked at the Universities of Oxford and London and has a strong track record of leading multi-site international research projects to successful completion. At Deakin, his projects have been funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), Department of Veteran Affairs, Victorian Government and Gerda Henkel Foundation. He is the author of Authoritarianism, Informal Law, and Legal Hybridity (Palgrave Macmillan) and Creating the Desired Citizen (Cambridge University Press).

Dr Inaya Rakhmani is the Director of Asia Research Centre, Universitas Indonesia. Rakhmani uses cultural political economy to study media and communications as well as knowledge and information in order to explain broader capitalist changes. She is deeply concerned about social sciences, social inequalities and democratic developments. She has been researching the role of social and mass media in hindering democratic developments; in Indonesia, with comparisons to India, Egypt, and Turkey (from 2015 to now). She recently finalized a study on social sciences and policy responses in Southeast Asia (eleven countries) in partnership with the Global Development Network and the IDRC. She is also an honorary member of the Indonesian Young Academy of Sciences (ALMI). Her work has been published at the prominent journals and she also the author of ‘Mainstreaming Islam in Indonesia: Television, Identity and the Middle Class’ published by Palgrave MacMillan, 2016. Her publication on populism is “Authoritarian Populism in Indonesia: The Role of the Political Campaign Industry in Engineering Consent and Coercion.” Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 40(3) (2021), 436–460.

Dr Pradana Boy Zulian is an Associate Professor in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of Muhammadiyah Malang in Indonesia. He currently holds a position as Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs, Faculty of Islamic Studies. In 2015, he gained his PhD in sociology of Islamic law from Department of Malay Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). In addition, he studied politics at University of Massachusetts, US in 2017; and Islamic thought and philosophy at al-Mustafa International University, Qom, Iran, in 2020. His current publication is “Indonesia: A Complex Religious Diversity Governance,” in Anna Triandafyllidou and Tina Magazzini (eds). Routledge Handbook on the Governance of Religious Diversity. New York: Routledge, 2020 and “Radicalisation and Resilience Case Study: Indonesia,” in GREASE Religion, Diversity and Radicalisation, European University Institute (EUI), 2020.

Dr Kurniawati Hastuti Dewi is a senior researcher at the Research Center for Politics, National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). Her research interests are in gender and politics, women and politics, gender and Islam, local politics, and civil society. She is the founder and coordinator of the Gender and Politics research team at BRIN since 2015. She received her Doctoral Degree in Asian Studies from the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies (ASAFAS) at Kyoto University in Japan in 2012. Her publications are numerous, including “Indonesian Women and Local Politics: Islam, Gender and Networks in Post-Suharto Indonesia. Singapore: National University of Singapore Press and Kyoto University Press, 2015 and “Motherhood Identity in the 2019 Indonesian Presidential Elections: Populism and Political Division in the National Women’s Movement”, Contemporary Southeast Asia 42(2) (2020): 224–50.

Dr I Gede Wahyu Wicaksana is a senior International Relations lecturer in the Department of International Relations Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Airlangga Surabaya Indonesia. His research interests include Indonesian politics, security and foreign policy, ASEAN regionalism and international relations of great powers in the Indo-Pacific, and non-traditional security challenges in Southeast Asia, focusing on climate change and transnational terrorism. He has published in numerous articles in acclaimed international journals. His current publication is “Populism and foreign policy: The Indonesian case,” Asian Politics and Policy 13(3) (2021): 408-425.

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