Local Information 2019

Malang is the second largest city in East Java with a rapidly growing population of about 1.2 million. This is a city of great historical significance. The oldest existing record of Malang as a regency is from the 8th century when it was the seat of government of the ancient Kanjuruhan and Singhasari kingdoms. The city officially became part of the all encompassing Javanese Mataram kingdom in the 17th century which by that time was controlled by the Dutch colonialists. Unsurprisingly given that history, there are several interesting Hindu relics in this area. The city quickly became very popular with the Dutch due to its cool climate, very attractive rural surrounds and easy reach from the main trading port city of Surabaya.

Modern day Malang, although significantly urbanised, has retained much of its historical character, remains vibrant and is regarded as by far the most attractive large city in the East Java region. Malang Regency is located between two groups of mountains with Mount Semeru, the highest mountain on Java, and Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park to the east. The biggest attraction here must be the beautiful landscape, in addition to which there are some temples not far away.

Malang’s Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport (MLG) is a small airport with a few flights every day mainly from Jakarta on Garuda Indonesia [1], Sriwijaya Air [2], and Citilink [3]. Regional airline Wings Air (subsidiary of Lion Air) [4] also flies to Denpasar, Bali. Prepaid taxi from the airport costs (March 2015) Rp 75,000 to the city center.

Alternatively, Malang can be reached via Surabaya Juanda International Airport (SUB), served by many domestic and international flights. From Surabaya airport, you can reach Malang using a private shuttle service (Rp 80,000-100,000/pax), public transportation (DAMRI airport bus to Bungurasih bus terminal, then an intercity bus to Malang, see the main Surabaya article), or taxi. A 100 km journey will take 2-3 hours or more, depending on traffic and mode chosen.

In a city of such great cultural and historical significance there are lots of cultural attractions and any visitor to Malang should dedicate some time to exploring these. There are also a number of beautiful sights in the rural areas surrounding the city.

Balekambang Beaches (about 60 km south of Malang). There are actually three beaches here: Balekambang, Ngliyep and Sendang Biru. All three are quite beautiful, are close by to each other and locals most often refer to all 3 as just Balekambang. It is best to visit on weekdays as this is a very popular weekend escape and it can get crowded. It is not safe to swim here but these are great relaxation beaches which offer some stunning coastal scenery. There is an offshore island called Pulau Sempu which can be visited by chartering a boat from Sedang Biru beach. At Balekambang beach there are three little islets just offshore which are attached to the beach by walkways. Of the three beaches, Balekambang itself is perhaps the most attractive but all three are worth visiting. The beaches can be easily visited as a da-trip from Malang in a car but for the adventurous there are basic places to stay at and around all three.
Ijen Boulevard, Malang. This is a quite beautiful street. It is lined with well-tended bougainvillea against a backdrop of old colonial structures. The street houses a number of interesting buildings including the Brawijaya Army Museum, the Catholic Church and the city library. Usually every Sunday, there is an event called “Car Free Day” when almost all of Ijen Boulevard is free of motorised vehicles. There is also a “Pasar Minggu”, a traditional market which offers a wide range of items to buy, from traditional foods to clothing, even pets. It starts from 06:00 to around 10:00, depending on the number of events held. You should take in this area as part of a becak or walking tour of the historic downtown area
Padepokan Seni Mangun Dharma (Mangun Dharma Art Centre), Desa Tulus Besar Tumpang, e-mail: psmd@indo.net.id. Arts centre dedicated to the research, promotion and performance of traditional East Javanese art forms including dance, batik, shadow puppetry and carving. Superb place. Dance performances can be arranged on demand and are of excellent quality as the dancers are trained from childhood.
Purwodadi Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya Purwodadi, Pasuruan), Jl Raya Purwodadi (about 20 km north of Malang), e-mail: kriblipi@bogor.wasantara.net.id. Opened in 1941, This is one of the four official botanical gardens in Indonesia (the others being the headquarters at Bogor, Bedugul in Bali and Cibodas in West Java. The 85 hectares of gardens house an impressive collection and the splendid Baung waterfall
Singosari Temple (Candi Singosari), Singosari, Malang (about 12 km north from Malang). This well preserved Hindu temple dates from 1300 AD and is a reminder of the great Hindu kingdoms that ruled East Java before the arrival of Islam. A visit to the nearby bathing pools at Ken Dedes combines perfectly with Singosari Temple. Ken Dedes was the wife of the first King of Singhasari (later Singosari) and these bathing pools are believed to have been part of the royal court. There are some quite wonderful statues here. The whole area has some other fine relics from the early Hindu kingdoms including Candi Jago and Candi Kidal. Ask your guide or at Singosari Temple for further directions
Go next
Batu – nearby hill town. Very cool, fresh and visually extremely attractive, with
Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park – active volcanoes and unearthly scenery
Wendit – a little lake with woody place full of monkeys, nice to see and to swimm
Sengkaling – a place for swimming with crystal clear water
Semeru – the highest mountain in Java island
East Java Tourist Office, Jl Jendral Basuki Rachmat 6. ☎ +62 341 323966.
Indonesian Guides Association, Jl Semeru 4. ☎ +62 341 366852.
Malang City Tourist Office, Jl Tugu 1. ☎ +62 341 327661.
Malang Tourism Center, Jl Jenderal Basuki Rachmad 11 ☎ +62 341 7570999
Bromo Tourims Center, Jl Panglima Sudirman 92. ☎ +62 8564 910 0851
Malang Travel Guide, Jl Raya Candi . ☎ +62 8233 469 9923

Committee 2019

Scientific Committee:
Professor Raghavendra Rau (University of Cambridge)
Professor William Megginson (University of Oklahoma)
Professor Claudio Morana (State Milan University)
Professor Jamie Davidson (National University of Singapore)
Professor Ansari Mahfooz (University of Lethbridge)
Professor Henk von Eije (University of Groningen)
Professor Graham Partington (University of Sydney)
Professor Alexander Kostyuk (Ukrainian Academy of Banking)
Professor Masykuri (University of Islam Malang)
Professor Made Sudarma (Brawijaya University)
Junaidi Mistar, PhD (University of Islam Malang)
Dr. M. F. Arrozi (Esa Unggul University)
Adam Zakaria, PhD (State University of Jakarta)
Dr. Suherman (State University of Jakarta)

Conference Chair and Co-Chair:
Nur Diana, MSi, Akt (University of Islam Malang) – Chair
Afifudin, MSA, Akt (University of Islam Malang) – Co-chair

Registration Fees 2019

Registration fees for the conference are listed below.

Early bird

(until Mar 7)


(Mar 8 – Apr 1)

International Academics USD 400 USD 500
International Student USD 300 USD 400
Local Academics IDR 2,500,000 IDR 2,750,000
Local Student IDR 2,000,000 IDR 2,250,000

Registration fee includes participation in the program, coffee breaks, luncheon, proceedings, conference program, hand bag, name tag and certificate of presentation.

Registration fee excludes the accommodation.

There is a USD 200 (IDR 2,000,000 for local) for each additional paper.

No refunds are available.

The registration form should be accompanied by the appropriate payment for the registration fee and made payable by the following method:


Beneficiary Name: Herni Kurniawati
Account No.: 0948294462
Bank Name: Bank Central Asia (BCA)
Bank Address: Jl. Paus 81, Rawamangun, Jakarta Timur, Indonesia
Swift Code: CENAIDJA
Message: (Please indicate the name of the participant)

Please email the transfer slip to;

Venue and Accommodation 2019

The venue of the conference is at Atria Hotel, Malang

address: Jl. Letjend S. Parman No.87 – 89, Malang,


Malang offers a full range of accommodation through from simple homestays to star-rated hotels.


  • ArdjunoJl Brigjen Slamet Riadi No122, Malang +62 341 326929(). A bit distant from the city center but closer to shopping mall Town Square. Free WiFi. From Rp 55,000-110,000.  
  • Bamboe DennJl Arjuna No1, Malang +62 341 366256A bit of legend on the backpacker circuit, this dorm is attached to an English language school and you will be asked to talk to the kids. From Rp 30,000.  
  • Gress HomestayJl Kahayan no.6, Malang +62 341 491386(), [8]A nice budget option. Stay in a family house owned by the charming Mrs Grace Marten who speaks English, Dutch and Indonesian. Rp 100,000-110,000.  
  • Hotel HeliosJl Patimura No37, Malang +62 341 362741(), [9]Great value place aimed at backpackers. Very new and clean rooms, but cheap ones are really small and have a shared (also very clean) bathroom. Free wifi. English, Dutch and Indonesian speaking. Tours can also be booked here which are not overpriced. Rp. 250,000 to 450,000.  
  • Kampong TouristJl Patimura No37, Malang +62 341 345797(), [10]The best place for backpackers. Clean, good atmosphere, hot water, wifi, local tours, cafe and bar, tv. English and Indonesian speaking. Rp. 55,000 to 140,000.  
  • Hotel MenaraJl. Pajajaran no.5, Malang +62 341 362871(). Same area as Helios, a few minutes walk from the train station. Rooms are slightly worn but large. The restaurant serves very cheap and delicious Indonesian food (10-20, 000 Rp). From Rp 135, 000(incl. breakfast, May 2015).  
  • Citihub HotelJl Jaksa Agung Suprapto No11, Malang +62 341 369385[11].Rp. 210,000.  
  • Homestay InformationJl Bunga Camalia No 9, Malang +62 82232798131(), [12]The best place for backpackers. You can ask about tourism, and you can ask about homestay as your budget. Rp. 95,000 to 500,000.  
  • Jonas HomestayJl Sutomo no. 4 Malang +62341-324678 (), [13]Homestay with low budget, not far from train station. Comfortable and clean, feels like home.Rp. 60,000 to 250,000.   .


  • Amaris HotelJl Letjend Sutoyo No. 39 (Near intersection of Jalan Sarangan and Jalan Letjen Sutoyo),  +62 341 419 191 (), [14]. checkin: 12.00 am; checkout: 14.00 pmClean and affordable budget hotel owned by the Santika group, and ideal for business and budget travellers. It is also a convenient base for exploring the area’s many attractions. Wi-fi access, pool, meeting room facilities all available. From Rp 340,000.  
  • Kertanegara Premium Guest HouseJl Semeru 59 (Near intersection of Jalan Ijen and Jalan Semeru),  +61 341 368 992 (), [15]. From Rp 330,000.  
  • Hotel PelangiJl Merdeka Selatan 3, Malang 65119 +62 341 365156(fax+62 341 365466). Centrally located mid range hotel in the city. From about Rp 400,000.  
  • Graha Cakra HotelJl Cerme No16 +62 341 324989(), [16]A converted colonial building that dates from 1930s. Designed by Dutch architect Ir Mueller. Has been operating as a hotel since 1994. 52 rooms, large swimming pool and restaurant. From €50.  
  • Regent’s Park HotelJl Jaksa Agung Suprapto 12-16, Malang 65111 +62 341 363 888 (), [17]Large 100 room modern hotel which is a little lacking in character but offers good value and service. From Rp 430,000.  
  • Savana Hotel and ConventionJl Letjend Sutoyo No. 32-34 (Near the intersection of Jalan Sarangan and Jalan Letjen Sutoyo),  +62 341 495 555(), [18]Modern, clean and spacious hotel at the heart of the city. ATMs, Garuda Airlines office, Shuttle service, Wi-fi access, indoor swimming pool, gym, spa, meeting room facilities and three dining places in site; after 5ive dine and lounge in the sky, Terrata Restaurant, and Kayu Manis Lounge. 


  • Tugu HotelJl. Tugu No3, Malang, East Java, Indonesia +62 341 363891(), [19]The sister hotel of the famous Tugu Hotel in Canggu, Bali and a similar type of property. It is fitted and furnished with a range of fine Javanese antiquities. The owners of the Tugu rescued and relocated many splendid old trees here when property developers razed the old Malang botanical gardens. Located in the heart of the old town and looks out on the Tugu Monument which commemorates the independence struggle in Indonesia. A four star property but it feels better than that. Highly recommended From US$105 for a deluxe room up to US$1,000 for the Apsara suite.  
  • Villa in Malang (Perfect for Groups), [20]. checkin: flexible; checkout: flexibleComfortably and peacefully located near Apple garden, surrounded by Arjuna, Kawi and Welirang mountains, the villa offers beautiful scenery for its visitors. At an altitude of 1300m above sea level, the sea views are magnificent and the cool fresh air rejuvenates travelers at the villa. Suitable for groups such as family gatherings, group retreat, and also New year’s firework ritual. This 6 bedroom villa has also a kitchen for you to prepare meals. USD 235 per night

Keynote Speakers 2019

1)Othman Yong

Professor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Othman Yong is a Professor of Investments at UKM-Graduate School of Business. He received his bachelor’s degree in Statistics from California State University, his MBA from Missouri State University, and his doctorate in Finance from Mississippi State University. His current research interest is in the area of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs).  He is currently the Chief Editor of Journal Pengurusan, and a reviewer for international journals such as Journal of Banking and Finance (JBF), Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money (JIFMIM), and Pacific-Basin Finance Journal (PBFJ).  To date, he has authored, co-authored and edited more than 30 books.  He is listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Who’s Who in Asia, as well as 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.


2)Professor Jamie Seth Davidson (Department of Political Science, NUS)


Indonesia: Twenty Years of Democracy (Cambridge University Press; Cambridge Elements, 2018, forthcoming).

Indonesia’s Changing Political Economy: Governing the Roads (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

[Reviewed in: Contemporary Southeast Asia, 37, 3, 2015; Journal of Southeast Asian Economies 32,2, 2015); Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde (2016); Pacific Affairs (2016); Indonesia (2016); Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2017); Sojourn (2017); Perspectives on Politics (2017); Southeast Asian Studies (2017)]

From Rebellion to Riots: Collective Violence on Indonesian Borneo (University of Wisconsin Press, 2008.)

[Reviewed in: Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (July 2008); Indonesia (October 2008); Australian Journal of International Affairs (December 2008); Borneo Research Bulletin (39, 2009); Crossroads (19,2, 2008); Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde (165, 2&3, 2009); Journal of Contemporary Southeast Asia (2, 2009); Pacific Affairs (82, 2009/10 Winter), South East Asia Research (18, 1, 2010); Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (42, June 2011).]

Edited Book
with David Henley, The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics: The Deployment of Adat from Colonialism to Indigenism (London: Routledge, 2007; 2012 softback).

[Reviewed in: Sudostasien Aktuell, 5, 2007; Moussons, 11, 2007; Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, No.3, 2008; Anthropos, 103(2), 2008]

Indonesian translation: Adat Dalam Politik Indonesia (KITLV-Jakarta dan Yayasan Obor, 2010)

Journal Articles (Refereed)

“Then and Now: Campaigns to Achieve Rice Self-Sufficiency in Indonesia,” Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde, 174 (2018): 188-215.

“Stagnating Yields, Unyielding Profits: The Political Economy of Malaysia’s Rice Sector,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 49, 1 (2018): 105-28.

“Indonesia’s New Governance Institutions: Accounting for their Varied Performance”, Asian Survey 56, 4 (2016): 651-75.

“Why the Philippines Chooses to Import Rice,” Critical Asian Studies (48, 1, March 2016): 100-22.

“The Demise of Indonesia’s Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency: An Alternative Perspective,” Contemporary Southeast Asia 37, 1 (2015): 109-33.

“Driving Growth: Regulatory Reform and Expressways in Indonesia,” Regulation and Governance, 4 (2010) :465-484.

“How to Harness the Positive Potential of KKN: Explaining Variation in the Private Sector Provision of Public Goods in Indonesia,” Journal of Development Studies, 46, 10 (2010): 1729-1748.

“Dilemmas of Democratic Consolidation in Indonesia,” The Pacific Review 22, 3 2009: 293-310.

“Visual Representations of Ethnic Violence: An Indonesian Portrayal,” Asian Ethnicity, 10, 2, 2009: 121-44.

“Studies of Massive, Collective Violence in Post-Soeharto Indonesia”, Critical Asian Studies, 41,2 2009: 329-49.

With David Henley, “In the name of adat: regional perspectives on reform, tradition and democracy in Indonesia,” Modern Asian Studies, 42, 4, 2008: 815-52.

“Politics as Usual on Trial: Regional Anti-Corruption Campaigns in Indonesia,” The Pacific Review, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2007, 75-99.

“The Politics of Violence on an Indonesian Periphery,” South East Asia Research, Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2003, 59-89.

[revised in Eva-Lotta Hedman (ed.), “Violence and Displacement in West Kalimantan,” Conflict, violence and displacement in Indonesia: Dynamics, Patterns, Experiences, Ithaca: Southeast Asian Publication, Cornell University, 2008, 61-86)].

with Douglas Kammen, “Indonesia’s Unknown War and the Lineages of Violence in West Kalimantan,” Indonesia, No. 73, April 2002, 53-87.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

• “Survival of the Weakest? The Politics of Independent Regulatory Agencies in Indonesia,” in D. Jarvis and T. Carroll (eds), Asia after the Developmental State: Disemedding Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 237-60.

•with Erik Mobrand, “Rule Making and Rule Breaking: Electoral Corruption in Asia,” in Ting G. and I. Scott (eds), Routledge Handbook on Corruption in Asia (London: Routledge, 2016, 69-82).

• “The Political Study of Ethnicity in Southeast Asia,” in Erik Kuhonta, Toung Vu, and Daniel Slater (eds.), Southeast Asia in Political Science: Theory, Region and Qualitative Analysis,Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008, 199-227 [refereed].

•with David Henley, “Introduction: Radical Conservatism–the Protean Politics of Adat,” in Jamie S. Davidson and David Henley (eds), The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics: The Deployment of Adat from Colonialism to Indigenism (London: Routledge, 2007), 1-49.

•“Culture and Rights in Ethnic Violence,” in Jamie S. Davidson and David Henley (eds), The Revival of Tradition in Indonesian Politics: The Deployment of Adat from Colonialism to Indigenism (London: Routledge, 2007), 224-46.

•“Decentralization and Regional Violence in the Post-Suharto State,” in Maribeth Erb, Carole Faucher and Priyambudi Sulistiyanto (eds.), Regionalism in Post-Suharto Indonesia (London: RoutledgeCurzon 2005), 170-90.

•“Menyelundupnya Reformasi Keluar dari Pelabuhan Pontianak (Reform Smuggled Out Pontianak’s Port Door),” in Jim Schiller (ed.), Jalan Terjal Reformasi Lokal: Dinamika Politik Indonesia (Yogyakarta: Universitas Gadjah Mada Program Paska Sarjana, Fakultas Ilmu Sosial dan Politik, 2003), 323-54.

Book Reviews

•Economic Change in Modern Indonesia: Colonial and Post-Colonial Comparisons. Anne Booth (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016) in Journal of Southeast Asian Economies (2016), 419-21.

•Explaining Collective Violence in Contemporary Indonesia: From Conflict to Cooperation. Mohammad Zulfan Tadjoeddin (Bastingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) in Asian Journal of Social Science 43, 3 (2015), 326-28.

• Imperial Alchemy: Nationalism and Political Identity in Southeast Asia. Anthony Reid (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010) in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (42, 3) (October 2011).

• Collective Violence in Indonesia. Ashutosh Varshney (ed) (Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 2010) in Pacific Affairs (June 2011)

•Indonesia’s War Over Aceh: Last stand on Mecca’s porch. Matthew N. Davies (London: Routledge, 2006), in Asian Journal of Political Science (December 2007).

•The Indonesian Supreme Court: A Study of Institutional Collapse. Sebastiaan Pompe (Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia Program Publications, 2005), in Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 37, 3 (October 2006, 563-64).

•Roots of Violence in Indonesia: Contemporary Violence in Historical Perspectives. Freek Colombijn and J. Thomas Lindblad (eds.) (Leiden, KITLV Press 2002), in Pacific Affairs, 76, 4 (Winter 2004, 683-85).

•Golddiggers, Farmers and Traders in the “Chinese Districts” of West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Mary Somers Heidhues (Ithaca: SEAP Publications, 2003), in Moussons, 9, 10 (2006, 377-79).

Reviewer for Journal of Asian Studies (2x); Royal Netherlands Academy of Social Sciences (KNAW), Post-doctoral competition; Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (6x); Asian Journal of Political Science (2x); Australian National University, Ph.D examination; Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism; Indonesia (4x); National University of Singapore Press; History of Intellectual Culture; Journal of East Asian Studies (2x); Australian Journal of Asian Law; Critical Asian Studies (2x); International Studies Association’s Compendium Project; East-West Center’s Policy Studies; Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde (3x); Democratization; South East Asia Research; Minority Rights Group’s Annual Publication; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Asian Journal of Social Science (2x); Asian Survey (2x); Kyoto University Press; World Development (4x); Ethnopolitics; Journal of Peace Research; KITLV Press; Raffles Bulletin of Zoology; Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development; City & Society; ISEAS Press, Law and Policy; Pacific Affairs; Security Studies; World Politics; British Journal of Political Science; Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology; Contemporary Southeast Asia; Routledge; East Asian Science, Technology and Society​; Global Governance; International Relations of the Asia-Pacific; Asian Survey; University of Amsterdam Press; Comparative Political Studies, Geoforum, Asian Journal of Law and Society; International Studies Review; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG); Anthem Press

International Advisory Board Member, Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land-, en Volkenkunde (Leiden) & Asian Studies (University of the Philippines)

Palgrave Macmillan’s The Political Economy of East Asia Series