Tue 10 Nov 2015 | PhD defense of Sunarwoto | 'Contesting Religious Authority. A Study on Dakwah Radio in Surakarta, Indonesia' | Tilburg University
On Tuesday 10 November, NISIS PhD candidate at the School of Humanities of Tilburg University, Sunarwoto, defended his dissertation 'Contesting Religious Authority. A Study on Dakwah Radio in Surakarta, Indonesia' at Tilburg University.
Time: 14.15 hours
Venue: Ruth First room, Cobbenhagen building (access via Koopmans building), Warandelaan 2, Tilburg.
This research project is about dakwah (Islamic propagation) radio in Indonesia and their roles in making Muslim public sphere and producing religious authority. It explores the emergence of dakwah radio, its social, economic, cultural and political contexts, and its role in Indonesia’s Muslim society. It also analyses media production and media reception within a specific background of the ecology of communication in Indonesia. It examines a complex relation between the radio and the reception of its listeners, including power relations, religious authority, and mediated Islamic identities. This is a study of the relationship between religion and media. The data was gathered both from bibliographical and field research. This project was supervised by Prof. Herman L. Beck and Prof. Jan Blommaert of Tilburg University.
Sunarwoto (1975) earned his BA in Quranic exegesis and Muhammadan tradition from Faculty of Usuluddin, IAIN (State Institute for Islamic Studies) Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta. He completed his MA in Islamic studies at Faculty of Arts at Leiden University, within the framework of TIYL (Training Indonesia’s Young Leaders) in 2008. His main academic interest includes Quranic studies, history (esp. of Indonesian Islam), anthropology of Islam, political Islam, and religion and media.
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