The Commemorative Academic Conference for the 60th Anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia

BATH UnivBandung, UPI

Studies Programs of Social Studies Education, Civic Education, and History Education (School of Post-Graduate Studies & Faculty of Social Studies Education), Indonesia University of Education (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia) in collaboration with the University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom, and sponsored by Bandung: Journal of the Global South (Springer Open), will organize International Conference on “The Commemorative Academic Conference for the 60th Anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference in Bandung, Indonesia”. The conference will be convened on 4 – 6 June 2015 at Gedung Merdeka and Indonesia University of Education campus.

Conference Rationale

1955 has always been a most remarkable moment in contemporary world affairs. On18-24 April 1955, delegates from the newly independent states of Africa and Asia arrived at Bandung, Indonesia. Attempting to create a new world order after centuries of colonialism and imperialism, the Asia-Africa conference successfully gathered the state representatives from 25 countries of Asia and Africa. The Bandung conference then gave births to the Afro-Asian People’s Solidarity Conference in Cairo of Egypt (1957) and the Belgrade Conference (1961) in Yugoslavia, which formalized the Non-Aligned Movement in 1961. As of 2012, the Non-Aligned Movement had gathered a robust membership of 120 member-countries and 17 observer-countries, all from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America as well as the Oceania.

During the 1stCold War (1950s – 1980s) when the Soviet-led Eastern bloc competed for the allegiances of the Global South states against the US-led Western bloc, the Asian, African and Latin American states and societies continued to find themselves haunted by such structural problems of dependency, neo-colonialism, wars, putsches and economic deprivations as well as foreign control. Basic human rights protections in terms of social welfare, housing, food, education and health care had not been ensured.

In the year of 2014, despite the general well-beings in the Global South have seemingly improved, the struggles between the East and West continued. Following the annexation of Crimea, the ensuing Ukrainian crisis, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the plummeting oil price and the depreciations of various major currencies have signaled that the land of Eurasia has been put back under the shadow of a new Cold War. While ideological divisions seem to be less relevant in this2ndCold War, the largest land power – Russia is seemingly joined by a rising China which has pivoted to as far as Latin America, posing themselves as a new Eurasian bloc versus the US-led Western bloc.

At this critical juncture, since his 2013 visit to Indonesia, President Xi Jin ping of China has gradually launched the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’ and the ‘Maritime Silk Road’ initiatives, known as the ‘Belt & Road’ initiatives. Such overarching strategy attempts to forge multiple trans-continental railway networks, telecommunication networks, economic and trade corridors, transnational pipelines, trans-oceanic strings of hub of natural resources and alternative energies, sea ports, new international financial and monetary institutions, all-rounded human security cooperation, and, cultural-scientific collaborations together across time and space into one pillaring ‘national security’ agenda of sustainable development for China and the Global South.

In the midst of such major geo-political shifts, the 2015 Bandung conference aims to re-gather scholars and practitioners from the Global South to renew past connections and rebuild solidarity in order to remake their own destinies.

Conference objective

The 2015 Bandung conference invites panel and paper proposals in any fields of humanities and social sciences pertinent to the Global South. In line with the Non-Aligned Movement’s geographical coverage, the idea of Global South for the 2015 Bandung conference includes all the states and societies in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Oceania.

Theme and Subthems


Remaking Bandung: Renewing Solidarity, Strengthening Educational Cooperation and Remaking Destinies for the Global South


  1. Revitalization of Bandung Spririt
  2. Equal International Cooperation
  3. Remaking Connectionsfor Asia-Africa Nations
  4. Remaking Solidarity for Europe-Oceania-Latin America Nations
  5. Global Risks and Resilience
  6. Role of Education for International Understanding and Peace
  7. Social Studies Education and Global Citizenship
  8. Strengthening Cooperation in Education in the Global Era
  9. Environment and Climate Change

Keynote and Plenary Speakers


  1. Director Al Busyro Basnur, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia
  2. Manuel Mamba, President;s Cabinet, the Republic of the Philippines
  3. Ambassador Dr Jerzy Bayer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Poland
  4. Professor Graham Brown, University of Western Australia, Australia
  5. Professor Soenaryo Kartadinata, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia
  6. Professor Soosaipillai I. Keethaponcalan, Salisbury University, U.S.A.
  7. Professor Charles Lees, University of Bath, U.K.
  8. Professor Mohamed Salih, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  9. Dr Samah Elmorsy, University of Cairo, Egypt
  10. Dr Charmaine Misalucha, De La Salle University – Manila, the Philippines
  11. Dr Manickam Venkataraman, University of Madras, India
  12. Dr Eberhard Weber, University of the South Pacific, Fiji


Venues & Date:

Gedung Merdeka (the original 1955 Bandung conference site) Jalan Asia – Afrika Bandung & Indonesia University of Education, Bandung, Indonesia.

4 – 6 June 2015

Submission of Panel Proosals, Paper Abstract and Papers

Interested individuals may submit panel proposals and individual paper abstracts (250 words) to the conference secretary’s email address: by 26April 2015 for consideration. Panel proposals should include paper abstracts and panel members’ affiliation details. Once a proposal and an abstract will be accepted, paper presenters may submit full papers for consideration of publication by Bandung: Journal of the Global South ( after the conference.

Full papers may be in two forms. First is ‘Research Paper’ of maximally 8,000 words (including references and notes). Second is ‘Concept Paper’ of around 3,000 words (including references and notes). Full papers should be submitted by 30 June 2015. Whereas the former type should be an original research contribution to the intended field of studies, the latter type may just be experimental discussions, reviews and agenda-setting explorations which may (or may not) lead to a full research paper later.

Citation and referencing styles should be prepared in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style. Submitted papers will be considered for publication in Bandung: Journal of the Global South.

Registration fee

  • Foreign participants:

– Paper presenter:  USD $ 150

– Regular participant: USD $ 100


  • Indonesian participants

– Paper presenter: IDR Rp 600,000

– Regular participant: IDR  Rp 300,000


Payment Method

Bank transfer in US Dollars or Indonesian Rupiahs to the account number 1970111108 (Siti Nurbayani KN), Bank Negara Indonesia (Bank BNI), Cabang Perguruan Tinggi, Bandung, Indonesia.


Contact persons for general inquiry and conference logistics

For non-Indonesian

  1. Dr. Nana Supriatna, Indonesia University of Education, Bandung, Indonesia. (Email:
  2. Prof. Dr. Sapriya, Indonesia University of Education, Bandung, Indonesia. (Emails:;

For Indonesian

Ms. Mina Holilah (Email: (+62) (085860000370).

Organizing Committtee Secretariat

Social Studies Study Program, School of Post-graduate Studies, Indonesia University of Education (Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia)

Jalan Dr. Setiabudi No. 229 Bandung, West Java, 40154, Indonesia

Tel: +62-22-2001197; +62-22-75473203; Fax: +62-22-2005090.

 Suggested Accommodations

Hotels near to the Gedung Merdeka venue in Bandung:

  1. Savoy Homann (Bidakara Hotel),

Jalan Asia Afrika No. 112 Bandung 40261 – Indonesia

Phone: + 62-22- 4232244. Fax : +62-22- 4201407.




  1. Prama Grand Preanger

Jalan Asia Afrika No. 81, Bandung 40111, Indonesia

Phone +62-22-4231631  Fax  +62-22- 423 0034




  1. Ibis Styles Hotel Bandung

Jalan Braga No. 8, Bandung, 40111, Indonesia

Phone: +62-22-4213070



  1. Gino Feruci Hotel

Jalan Braga No. 67 Bandung 40111

Phone: +62-22-4200099



If the participants would need corporate rate, please contact the organizing committee. We shall help to book the hotel.

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