Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Bandung's School of Peace: An Alternative Space Addressing Interfaith and Minority Groups Through Dialogue and Cooperation
Fanny Syariful Alam

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 126
Date: 2019-07-24 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Last modified: 2019-06-25


The prevalence of radicalism and discrimination against minority groups in Bandung over the past two decades is undisputable. Former city mayor Ridwan Kamil’s claim that Bandung is a city of human rights is questioned, particularly due to numerous violations towards religious minorities, like blocking the building of houses of worship and other discriminative regulations. Discriminative environments in Bandung emerge partly due to the negligence of the city’s officials which results in the tendency to allow for intolerant groups and their movement to grow stronger. The officials’ disregard along with the support of intolerant groups produce cases such as the delay of the Monologue of Tan Malaka, or the arrest of Wanggi Hoed’s at the celebration of International Body Day, both in 2016. Well-informed anticipation of such cases is key to halt emerging intolerant and discriminative practices in the future. Through direct observation, group conversations, literature study, as well as dialogue and cooperation with various stakeholders in minority and activists’ circles, Bandung’s School of Peace provides an alternative space for students to engage critically with Bandung’s discriminative environments. The weekly meetings contribute to a bottom-up movement of tolerance along the acceptance and engagement with various groups of society, regardless of their religious, ethnic, political, or social backgrounds.

Keywords: Bandung; discrimination; human rights; intolerance; minority groups