Monday, April 07, 2008

Islam and Neoliberalism in Contemporary Indonesia

The Critical Introductions to Islam and Muslim Politics Lecture Series
presents: Spiritual Economies: Islam and Neoliberalism in Contemporary Indonesia

A lecture by Daromir Rudnyckyj, Department of Pacific and Asian Studies,
University of Victoria.

5PM, Tuesday, April 8, 2008: Wyatt 101

Professor Rudnyckyj will discuss the convergence of religious ethics and business management knowledge through the formation of spiritual economies. Spiritual economies conceptualize how economic reform and neoliberal restructuring are conceived of and acted upon as matters of religious piety and spiritual virtue. His talk will describe a moderate Islamic spiritual reform movement active in state-owned companies, government bureaucracies, and private enterprises in contemporary Indonesia. Proponents of spiritual reform consider the separation of religious ethics from economic practice as the root of Indonesia's economic crisis because this disjunction resulted in rampant corruption, inefficiency, and a lack of discipline at the

Daromir Rudnyckyj is Assistant Professor of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria. His research examines Islam and globalization in contemporary Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei.

This lecture is part of the Critical Introductions to Islam and Muslim Politics lecture series. The purpose of this lecture series is to provide undergraduate students and members of the Puget Sound campus community with accessible academic lectures on Islam and Muslim politics. The overall aim of the lecture series is to deepen students' understanding of Islam and Muslim politics in a manner that moves beyond popular and media accounts of complex political and religious dynamics. Lectures will include 40-45 minutes for a presentation and a 30-minute question and answer period.

Refreshments will be served.

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