The Faculty of Humanities Universitas Indonesia revamped its annual international event, the International University Symposium on Humanities and Arts (INUSHARTS) 4.0. This conference aimed to become a dissemination platform for excellent and innovative research works, especially for undergraduate and postgraduate students, lecturers, independent scholars, and practitioners. The targeted outputs were 8 edited volumes (indexed by Scopus), 1 special issue in IRHS journal (indexed by Copernicus), and an ISSN national proceeding.
In 2019, INUSHARTS 4.0 was held in the Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia on 23 –25 July. The symposium looked at the theme of “Emerging issues in the humanities and arts”, which were divided into 8 subthemes: Interdisciplinary in applied linguistics: an Indonesian perspective, information science and archiving in contemporary knowledge production, articulating identity in the era of mobility, critical (cultural) perspectives on religion and spirituality in Indonesia, excavating Indonesian cultural artefacts and rejuvenating cultural heritage, the politics of public memory and history in Indonesia, environmental sustainability within Indonesian regional development, and gender relations and social inequalities.
In the opening ceremony, the opening remarks were delivered by Julia Wulandari, M. Hum. (conference director), and the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia Dr. Adrianus Laurens Gerung Waworuntu, S.S., M.A. This was followed by plenary session 1 with two speakers: Dr. Richmond Stroupe (Soka University, Japan) presenting “In response to diversity: Allowing for voice and identity through language education”, and Dong Geun Oh, Ph.D. (Keimyung University, South Korea) presenting “Developing, revising, and maintaining national classification system: Lessons from Korean Decimal Classification”. After coffee break, the plenary session 2 had Dr. Bart Barendregt (Leiden University, The Netherlands) delivered a session on “Articulating Sound Identities; Southeast Asia’s Modern; Mobile Age in About 4 Records”, and Dr. Monika Arnez (Asia Research Institute, Hamburg University, Germany) presented “Hey, Siri, play my practice playlist! Exploring the link between digital voice assistants and action movies”. Plenary session 3 invited Dr. Heinzpeter Znoj (Bern University, Switzerland) to deliver a presentation on “Growing rice according to the Hijrah Calendar: A political-ecological Riddle from Central Sumatra” and Dr. Ahmad Najib Burhani (Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Indonesia) to present “Orthodoxy and Tolerance State and Religious Minorities in Indonesia”. The last plenary, the Plenary 4, welcomed Dr. Chiara Zazzaro (the University of Napoli “L’Orientale”, Italy) to present “Strategies and methods for recording and managing maritime cultural heritage”, and Dr. Paul Bijl’s (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) with his presentation on “Studying Cultural Memory in Indonesia History”.
On the second day of the conference, panel and round table sessions were held. There were 20 panels consisted of 57 presentation titles. Meanwhile, the round table had 71 presentations. The sessions were continued to the last day, with 73 panel presentations, and 28 round table discussions. The day was closed with an assembly meeting for the round table discussions.
Previous INUSHARTS conferences produced more than 500 articles that had been processed in national and international publication platforms. In the spirit of pursuing a more rigorous academic and research atmosphere, INUSHARTS has become a part of University’s and Faculty’s mission in disseminating research results which are expected to benefit the society in general.