The 1st International Conference on Democratisation in Southeast Asia (ICDeSA)

4th-5th September 2019, Le Dian Hotel and Cottage, Serang – Indonesia


Southeast Asia has always been struggling with the idea of democracy. Even more, with the increasing influence of globalization in Southeast Asia, various countries within the region are facing more challenges in practicing democracy. On one hand, the influence of globalization might be regarded as positive. For example, the popularity of social media is undeniably amplified citizens’ participation in various sectors, from politics to economy. On the other hand, the prevalence of socio-political problems triggered by globalization cannot be ignored. This includes the cases of refugee crisis, transnational crimes, the South China Sea crisis, as well as the spread of fake-news on social media and online hate-speech. At the same time, we are still facing ‘primordial’ problems like discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities and even structural issues like the digital divide and the widening gaps between the rich and the poor.

These issues also challenge us to question: how does globalization reinforce or contest the practice of democracy in contemporary Southeast Asia? As Southeast Asian scholars at the intersection of political studies, anthropology, sociology, history, media and communication studies, these problems should be considered as an opportunity to better understand and provide advice for the governments, policy makers, and communities.

This 1st International Conference on Democratization in Southeast Asia (ICDeSA) 2019 in Banten, Indonesia invites contributions on the topics related to the democratization processes in Southeast Asian countries along with the challenges and opportunities. By focusing on these issues, it is expected that the discussions could further amplify public’s awareness as well as academic interest in conducting more empirical and theoretical research on matters related to democracy in Southeast Asian context.

This international conference is also the initial step for the establishment of Southeast Asian Center at Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University with the support from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Kyoto University.


1st International Conference on Democratisation in Southeast Asia (ICDeSA) is an international conference dedicated to the enhancement of research, theories, and practices of Democratisation process in SouthEast Asia. which will be held on 4th -5th September 2019 at Le Dian Hotel and Cottages, Serang, Banten 42118. This seminar is organized by Department of Government, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University and co-organized by Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Kyoto University Japan and supported by Kesatuan Program Studi Ilmu Pemerintahan Indonesia (KAPSIPI).

The aims of the seminar are:

  1. To provide an empirical understanding of the issues of democratisation in Southeast Asian countries;
  2. To discuss contemporary problems and obstacles on the process of democratizing society within Southeast Asian society.

Themes of ICDeSA 2019 is “Democratisation and Social Changes in SouthEast Asia

We are pleased to invite you to consider contributing papers or posters for the 1st International Conference on Democratisation in Southeast Asia (ICDeSA) 2019. The submission process will be done through an online system.


Abdul Hamid, Ph.D. (Sultan Ageng Tirtayasa University)

Call for Papers

2nd Call for Papers

Abstracts Authors should submit maximum 300 words abstract in English to the Organizing Committee by May 31, 2019. The should also explain: aim of study, research method, findings, and implication of the study. An author can only submit one paper as main author, but can be co-author in more than one paper. Full Papers Authors of the …


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further question regarding this conference by :

email: icdesa.2019@untirta.ac.id

Phone/WA: IKA ARINIA +6285747014100 (BAHASA)

Phone/WA: DIAN HIKMAWAN +6281284963876 (ENGLISH)

Phone/WA: BAYU NURROHMAN +6282128480694 (BAHASA)

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