Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas) through the Department of Japanese, Faculty of Cultural Sciences (Fakultas Ilmu Budaya/FIB), in collaboration with Faculty of Cultural Sciences of Universitas Diponegoro (Undip) and of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), held a webinar with the theme "Japanese Indonesian Microhistory". The activity begun at 14.00 Wita virtually using zoom meeting application on Tuesday (25/08).
Prof. Kurasawa Airo (Professor Emeritus Keio University) and Dr. Agus Suwignyo, M.A (Lecturer at the Department of History, Faculty of Cultural Sciences of UGM) attended the webinar as speakers.
Microhistory is an approach in historical studies that views one event with one character. It does not emphasize the issue of scale, but as a window to see broader matters such as mentalité, belief, family system, and social relations in rural areas as a reaction to history with big concepts.
This practice was originally introduced by Giovanni Levi, a historian of the 1970s at the University of Turino.
Starting the activity, the Head of the Japanese Department of Unhas, Meta Sekar Puji Astuti, S.S., M.A., Ph.D. said that the activity aimed to provide a local historical overview of the relationship between Indonesia and Japan.
"Actually, we planned to carry out this on Independence Day. But there are several obstacles, so that it is conducted today. Through this webinar, we hope to generate some joint steps to increase cooperation between the two countries," Meta explained.
The activity continued with a presentation session from the speakers. Prof. Kurasawa Airo (Professor Emeritus Keio University) started it with a topic related to "A Story of a Stateless Woman in Indonesia: Hide Miwa"
Meanwhile, Dr. Agus Suwignyo, M.A (Lecturer at the Department of History, Faculty of Cultural Sciences of UGM) continued the presentation with a topic related to "Japanese Indonesian Microhistory: Seeing Ordinary Things as Ordinary, But Full of Meaning".
After the presentation, the activity moved to question and answer session from the participants who took part in the activity.
Approximately 300 participants attended the webinar which was guided by Dias Pradadimara, M.A., (Lecturer at the Department of History, FIB Unhas). It went well until the end of the event at 16.30 WITA. (* / Mir)
Editor: Ishaq Rahman, AMIPR
Head of sub-directorate of Public Relation and Information
Directorate of Communication Hasanuddin University
Translator: Kumara Tungga Dewa and Karmila Mokoginta