Pandemic of Humanity: Memory, Creativity, and Solidarity Pandemic of Humanity: Memory, Creativity, and Solidarity

Pandemic of Humanity: Memory, Creativity, and Solidarity

Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic State University Jakarta

Jakarta, 11-13 August 2021

This conference of Pandemic of Humanity: Memory, Creativity, and Solidarity will invite scholars to discuss the current pressing issue on pandemic, such as the on-going Covid-19, and how humanities have responded to address this issue. We argue that the times of pandemic are not always about the gloom and doom. They are also the crucial moments to attest and evaluate how humanity has been progressing (or digressing). From scholarly perspective, the on-going pandemic, we argue, is a momentum to look back to humanities and other related studies and highlight the studies’ relevance to shed light on the complexity of pandemics and their multidimensional impacts. Against this backdrop, this peer review conference welcomes contributions in English and Arabic from all relevant academic disciplines in search of diverse patterns of pandemic of humanity.
Our view is that pandemic and humanity are two things that are intertwined to each other. Humanity, humanism, and humanitarianism with all their distinctions, we argue, turned out to be highly crucial in the efforts to deal with pandemics or disasters. By pandemic, we refer to the term as not only dealing with anatomical suffering, but also with nonphysical crisis covering social, political and economic aspects affecting an entire country, continent, or the whole world. This conference aims to explore human’s strivings to save lives against pandemics. They are ranging from digging histories on previous pandemics and the responses, to various recent innovations in medical technologies, transportation, education, religious interpretation and so on. Our objective is also to investigate solidarity or tension among wide-ranging actors that are not limited to government authorities and medical experts, but also broader civil society such as religious leaders and ordinary citizens in responding to pandemics.


Keynote Speakers:

Collaborating Partners
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences UNSW, Peace Research Institute of Oslo, Faculty of Public Health of UIN Jakarta, Social Trust Fund of UIN Jakarta, and Journal of Insaniyyat, Buletin Al-Turas, and Journal Indo-Islamika

Conference Rundowns
11 August 2021
08.30 – 10.00am
Opening Session of The Conference

This conference was opened with welcome speeches from Prof. Amelia Fauzia, Ph.D (Chairperson), Saiful Umam, Ph.D (Dean of FAH), and Prof. Dr. Hj. Amany Lubis, MA (Rector of UIN). The opening session was followed by a discussion session guided by Dr. Usep Abdul Matin, MA as a Chair by inviting Hilmar Farid, Ph.D (Director General of Culture of The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of The Republic Indonesia) as a Keynote Speaker and Assoc. Prof. James B. Hoesterey (Emory University, USA) as a Invited Speaker.

11 August 2021
08.30 – 10.00am

Special Panel 1: Islamic Music and Qur’anic Arts (Calligraphy) in the Time of the Corona Pandemic

The pandemic has impacted many aspects of life including arts and cultural landscapes. Due to physical and social restrictions, venues such as music concerts, galleries and art festivals have been halted. Nevertheless, the pandemic does not stop people from being creative in expressing their arts. Following the pandemic, many artists have creatively utilised digital technology to perform arts such as live music concerts through social media and virtual galleries. Even arts themselves have been used to respond the pandemic from YouTube movies to increase people’s awareness to charity concert to raise funds for the pandemic’s victims. This sub-topic is calling for papers to discuss the intermingling of arts and the pandemic, how the pandemic has transformed arts and the role of arts in responding the pandemic.


  1. Dadi Darmadi, M.A. (Anthropology of Religion, Social Research Design, Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) UI Jakarta)
  2. Muhammad As’ad, M.A. (Hasyim Asy’ari University)
  3. Prof. Dr. Anne K. Rasmussen (Professor in Music and Ethnomusicology, College of William & Mary)
  4. Apipudin Syarif, M.A. (Lembaga Kaligrafi Al-Qur’an/LEMKA Indonesia)

11 August 2021
10.30 – 12.30am
Special Panel 2: Not Just Another Outbreak: Solidarity and Public Health in Colonial Indonesia

History has noted several major pandemics in the past such as Spain flu and SARS. Learning from previous pandemics could be of importance to shed light on how humanity has survived and withstood the current pandemics.


  1. Gani Jaelani: The Unexpected Consequences Of People Circulation: The Cholera Outbreak In 1821’s Java
  2. Rangga Ardia Rasyid & Muna Nur Azizah Ashidiqi: Islam And Colonialism During The Time Of “Pandemics”: The Bubonic Plague In Java In The Early 20th Century
  3. Endi Aulia & Prof. Jajat Burhanuddin: An Ambassador Of Imperial Knowledge: Doctor Ahmad Ramali And “Pandemics” In Colonial Indonesia
  4. Fear Of Cholera: Sanitation Syndrome And The Making Of Urban Governance In The Colonial City Of Surabaya In The Late Of 19th To Early 20th Century
  5. Bondan Kanumoyoso and his topic: International Cooperation To Overcome Diseases In Indonesia During 1950s
11 August 2021
19.30 – 21.00pm
Special Panel 3: Academic Journal’s Open House and Editor Secrets

This panel aims to share experiences in writing and publishing academic products. In this special panel, an open house will be held, which will present the managers of leading scientific journals in Indonesia. Through this activity, participants are expected to understand scientific journals editorial performance and management to support the academic community ecosystem and scientific journal publishing.


  1. Jajang Jahroni, Ph.D. (Studia Islamika)
  2. Dr. Muhammad Farkhan, M.Pd. (Buletin Al-Turas)
  3. Dr. JM. Muslimin, MA (Indo-Islamika)
  4. Ida Rosida, M.Hum. (Insaniyat)
  5. Apt. Ismiarni Komala, M.Sc., Ph.D (Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences)
  6. Andi Achdian (Jurnal Sejarah)
12 August 2021
08.30 – 10.30am
Special Panel 4: Pandemic and Public Health

In this special panel, we collaborate with Faculty of Health Sciences, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta. We have 3 speakers who talk about the relevance of public health and the current pandemic.

Ellen L. Idler, Ph.D. (Emory College, US), she has a topic about “Religion as a Social Determinants of Health in the Context of Pandemic”.
She giving the example in focus about Religion as a Social Determinants of Health in the Context of Pandemi to the ebola crisis in west africa by sierra leone. And also give five lessons for the covid 19 response.

Prof. Dr. Oman Fathurrahman, M.Hum. (Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta), he has a topic about “Health Seeking Behavior in the Time of COVID-19 Pandemic: an Islamic Perspective”
He talking about minor controversial “religious” attitudes toward pandemic. He giving historical fact about muslim word experienced repeated plague from justinian plague (541-542 M) until the covid 19 (2019-2020) in around the world, including in indonesia. That is giving fact about Pandemic Era in the world will definitely happen. How they or muslim responses the pandemic : there are cattegorize by three attitudes (Preventing, Treating, and Handling Jenazah).

And the last, Prof. Dr. Andria Agusta (Indonesian Institute of Sciences), he has a topic about “The Current Research of Natural Products Based on Islamic Legitimisation to Prevent COVID 19”
He giving knowlegde of some plants and natural products that recomended by Holy Qur’an and hadits for medicine. The conclusion with multiple pharmacological effects possessed by black cumin, bee honey, and propolis, placing these naturals ingeredients is very suitable for use in supporting the treatments of patient with infection covid 19. Along with standard treatment from medical doctors, especially from people who have comorbidities such as diabetes, blood hypertension and heart disease.


  1. Ellen L. Idler, Ph.D. (Emory College, US)
  2. Prof. Dr. Oman Fathurrahman, M.Hum (Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta)
  3. Prof. Dr. Andria Agusta (Indonesian Institute of Sciences)
12 August 2021
13.00 – 15.00pm
Special Panel 5: Pandemic Discourse in Literature and Language Learning

This panel addresses and explores the ways Indonesian people experience the pandemics as represented in the realm of language and literature. We have 5 speakers who provide study experiences about pandemic discourse in literature and language learning.


  1. Dr. Mundi Rahayu, M.Hum (Maulana Malik Ibrahim State Islamic University Malang) “Pandemic Discourse Represented in “Sholawat Burdah” “
  2. Dr. Zakiyah Arifah, MPd. (Maulana Malik Ibrahim State Islamic University Malang) “Project Based Learning in AFL During Pandemic”
  3. Vita Nur Santi, M.Pd. (Maulana Malik Ibrahim State Islamic University Malang) “The Pandemic Discourse in the Woman Traveler Blog”
  4. Dyah Wahyuningtyas (Postgraduate Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia) “BIPA in Pandemic: Connection and Application”
  5. Muammar Nur Islami (Postgraduate Maulana Malik Ibrahim State Islamic University Malang) “The Challenges of Literacy Festival in Pandemic Time”
12 August 2021
13.00 – 15.00pm
Special Panel 6: Muslim Philanthropy’s Responses to Pandemic in Indonesia, Pakistan and Nigeria

In this panel we will explore the role religion in responses to the Covid 19 pandemic, addressing how the pandemic is made sense of and dealt with by Muslim religious authorities, and the role of Muslim humanitarian actors in religious practice and ritual in times of pandemic.The panel will focus on three countries namely Indonesia, Nigeria and Pakistan. Although it has different cases in each country, there is an interesting topic that equates all those differences is about conspiracy theory in pandemic covid-19. Then different perspective from muslim philantropical organizations between other country which adds to the interest in the current discussion.


  1. Dr. Kaja Borchgrevink (Peace Research Institutte Oslo, Norway) and Prof. Dr. Amelia Fauzia, M.A. (Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta), they discussed about their study in Indonesia case.
  2. Prof. Abdul Rauf Khan (Peshawar University, Pakistan), Muhammad Ihsan Qadir (Peshawar University, Pakistan), and Dr. Abdul Rehman Cheema (Pakistan), they discussed about their study in Pakistan case.
  3. Dr. Mustapha Hashim Kurfi (Bayero University Kano, Nigeria), Gina Lende (Norwegian University of Theology), and Dr. Maikano Madaki (Buyero University Kano, Nigeria), they discussed about their study in Nigeria case.
12 August 2021
15.30 – 17.30pm
Special Panel 7: Humanitarianism and Covid-19: Reflection from Humanitarian Organizations

In this panel, organized as an exchange between humanitarian practitioners, we will learn from the experiences of Muslim humanitarian actors dealing with the pandemic. There are 4 speakers guided by Dr. Arne Strand (Research Director, Chr. Michelsen Institute Norway) as a Chair, and we also inviting Prof. Johnathan Benthall (Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology, University College London) as a Discussant.


  1. Shahid Iqbal (Secretary General, Al Khidmat Foundation, Pakistan), he explained about Al-Khidmat Foundation (AKFP) is NGO that provides humanitarian service across Pakistan. They provide service such as: Al-khidmat Corona Task Force, Awareness Campaigns, Disinfecting Campaigns, Covid-19 Care Wards in Hopitals, Virology Labs for Covid-19 testing, Healthline services, Food distribution ,etc. AKFP also facing several challanges during the pandemic, for example: Convincing people that the pandemic danger is real, Fighting conspiracy theories, supply chain, etc.
  2. Indah Prihanande (Harfa Foundation, Indonesia), she explained that LAZ Harapan Dhuafa do during this pandemic is : Formation and training of the Covid-19 Task Force, Provision of handwashing facilities, spraying disinfectants in village public facilities, food barn, Provision of PPE, etc.
  3. Syed Amjad Ali Shah (Country Director, Minhaj Welfare Foundation, Pakistan), he explained about Minhaj Welfare Foundation is a worldwide humanitarian aid organization with his HQ in Manchester, UK. It supports the poor and needy in marginalized communities by securing their basic human rights.
  4. Arief Haryono (The Zakat Forum Association, Indonesia), he explained about range of works: upgrading competencies and accountabilities, advocacy, and collaboration and synergy. They have 4 main problem during this pandemic in Indonesia is: Economic, Dissorientation, HOAX, and Public Health.
12 August 2021
19.00 – 21.00pm
Special Panel 8: Editing and Publishing Articles

This special panel aims to provide insight for conference participants regarding the strategy of editing and publishing an article. Through this panel, participants will get presentations from resource persons about their experiences in preparing their articles to be published in a prestigious publication. There are 2 speakers guided by Muhammad Nida’ Fadlan, M.Hum (Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta) as a Moderator.


  1. Ayang Utriza Yakin, Ph.D (Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), he explained about good book should countains 4 elements: background of issue, The state of the arts (literature argue), methodology, Summary of argumentation (outline) telling the experience of authorizing describe about journal, how important articles in online world, and things that have to do when editing and publishing the articles.
  2. Prof. Dr. Eka Srimulyani (Ar-Raniry State Islamic University Banda Aceh, Indonesia), she explained about basic intruction of journal, quality of writing is absolutely needed, choosing exciting topics, simple sentences is a vital necessary of Writing, reviewing our journal from the viewer, telling her experience on journals, and share the formula of thesis statement.
13 August 2021
08.30 – 10.00pm
Special Panel 9: Muslim Women Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship: Challenges Arising from Pandemic

In this panel focus on research on women entrepreneurship in the last few years has showed the increase of women entrepreneurs all around the world, including those from Muslim majority countries.


  1. Assoc. Prof. Minako Sakai (University of New South Wales, Australia), she explained about why Indonesian women can be sucsessful, it is because entrepreneurship tradition in Indonesia strong, government training and education that support the existing women’s trade tradition.
  2. Dr. Felix Tan (School of Business, UNSW), he explained that there are so many digital entrepreneurship in Indonesia, such as GOJEK, Tokopedia, and so on. Where do we start challeges and opportunities? In 2014, 2 billion or 38% of adult were unbanked. Another 780 million or 15% did not use their accounts. India, China, Indonesia held the largest populations of unbanked. Under banked are more likely to be older, female, poor, and rural.
  3. Prof. Amelia Fauzia, Ph.D. (Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, Indonesia), she explained that muslim women in Indonesia don’t have difficulties to work or own a business. However, they are still facing traditional gender role divisions in the society. Almost 100% or business entities in Indonesia are in informal sectors. 93% of them are employed women or are owned bye women. Most of womenpreneurs aware of the importance of technology for their business, however, 72,84% of the women even still find it difficult to use the digital means.
13 August 2021
08.30 – 10.00pm
Special Panel 10: Ph.D Candidates Coaching Clinic

This panel aims to share experiences in the process of writing a Dissertation. In this special session, will offers discussion assistance for Ph.D. Accompanied by a chosen mentor, this activity is expected to provide constructive input in order to support the writing of a dissertation. In this panel, you have got a lot of the best suggestions for your Ph.D studies:

1. You can start your Ph.D. studies, after it you have to faced the struggle with your topic, and then build relationship with your topic, and then fieldwork and have to start writing and submit journal, and the last is start writing for your dissertation.
2. You must show your idea clearly; concentrate on your core message. And try to talk to lay people: make it easy for lay-people (who do not know your topic very well) to understand and respond, because your professor will ask the basic question that lay-people ask.


  1. Prof. Dr. Jajat Burhanudin (Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, Indonesia)
  2. Raihana Nadra Alkaff, SKM, MMA, Ph.D (Faculty of Health Sciences, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, Indonesia)