Keynote Speakers

Francis Loh Kok Wah

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Francis Loh was Professor of Politics in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, until his retirement in 2012. He received his PhD (Government and Southeast Asian Studies) from Cornell University. Currently, he is Senior Adviser, Forum of Federations (Ottawa), and conducts workshops on federalism, democracy and good governance in Burma. Loh is also president of Aliran, a multiethnic human rights organisation based in Penang. He has authored, edited or co-edited Beyond the Tin Mines (1988); Fragmented Vision: Culture and Politics in Contemporary Malaysia (1992 )Democracy in Malaysia: Discourses and Practices (2002); Southeast Asian Responses to Globalisation (2004); Politik Baru di Malaysia? (2005); Old vs New Politics (2009); and Building Bridges, Crossing Boundaries (2010). His latest article was a tribute to his mentor Ben Anderson.

Hilmar Farid

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Hilmar Farid is a scholar, cultural activist, and lecturer. He is co-founder and now chairman of Institute of Indonesia Social History. He received his doctorate degree from National University of Singapore on Cultural Studies in Asia Programme by writing a dissertation titled “Rewriting the Nation: Pramoedya and the Politics of Decolonization”. He is a part of editorial board of Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA) and the Journal of  Inter- Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACS).In November 2014, he was selected to deliver the annual cultural speech titled “Cultural Turning Point: History as Critic” at the Jakarta Art Council. He is now temporarily teaching at the Universitas Indonesia and Jakarta Institute of Arts. At the end of 2015, he was inaugurated as the General Director of Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs of Republic of Indonesia.