25-26 October 2019

  • Universitas Airlangga
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Surabaya, East Java
  • Indonesia

Welcome, Selamat Datang!

The 5th ICUS 2019 in Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Airlangga in Surabaya focuses on the theme of rethinking Border, Transportation, and Space. As indicated by the number of ICUS, this year conference is the fifth conference under the ICUS (International Conference on Urban Studies) held by our Faculty.

This year’s theme is an expansion from the past 4th ICUS 2017 on Border and Mobility to accommodate the complexity in line with the current state of perspectives and praxis by adding aspects of transportation and space. In the context of Southeast Asia, the roles and future of state borders, with their pertinent issues on territoriality, have gradually become important themes in relation to borders and spatiality. The power of globalization gives birth to a new world mostly characterized by ‘flows’ and ‘networks’ leading to a thesis for a ‘borderless’ world. In this way, within the increasing interactions and networks, the roles of the state as a crucial organizer of territorial spaces, meaning, as well as the national interests are appealing as a field of inquiries.

Consequently, instead of being mere neutral lines, borders are important institutions and ideological symbols that are used by various bodies and institutions in the perpetual process of reproducing territorial power. Moreover, taking a situation of state border as a stand point, does not necessarily mean to consider borders solely as phenomena located at the ‘edges’ of state territories. However, border should be suggested on ‘all over’ territories in myriad societal practices and discourses such as in literary works, linguistics, everyday practices, and media. Such approaches are highly topical in the current condition where the processes of globalization, rather than making borders disappear, seem to be making them differ qualitatively from each other. Hence, the validity of general statements regarding the persistence or disappearance of borders and territoriality is becoming increasingly thought-provoking.

The ICUS 2019 seeks to respond concerns within respective fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Linguistics, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Cultural Studies, Transportation Studies, Urban Studies, Urban Planning, Law, Architecture, and many more. It is an opportune time to transfer knowledge, expertise, and valuable experiences on border, transportation, and space issues across the world through the interpersonal and inter-institutional networks that the ICUS conferences seek to build.

We thus welcome all the participants to the 5th ICUS 2019 in Surabaya

Lina Puryanti