Malaysia and Indonesia to Host Joint Seminar on Southeast Asia Studies, Makassar – The STIA Abdul Haris, Makassar, Indonesia announced today that they will be co-hosting a seminar on Southeast Asia studies. The event will take place in Melaka, Malaysia and will bring together leading experts from both countries to discuss the latest developments in the field.

The seminar will feature keynote speeches, panel discussions, and workshops on a wide range of topics related to Southeast Asia studies. The goal of the event is to foster greater collaboration between Malaysia and Indonesia in this important area of research.

“We are excited to be working with our Indonesian counterparts to host this important seminar,” said Ismail Suardi Wekke, Chairperson STIA Abdul Haris.

“Southeast Asia is a dynamic and rapidly changing region, and it is essential that we continue to deepen our understanding of its history, culture, and politics,” explained Ismail.

The seminar is open to academics, researchers, and members of the public with an interest in Southeast Asia studies.

Malaysia and Indonesia are two neighboring nations that share many similarities in history, culture, religion, and language. Their national languages, Indonesian and Malaysian Malay, are closely related and largely mutually intelligible.

The two countries have a long history of interaction and migration between their peoples. Some Indonesian ethnic groups such as Acehnese, Minangkabau, Javanese, Banjarese and Bugis have formed significant communities in Malaysia.

Despite their close ties and shared heritage, the relationship between the two countries has not always been smooth. However, their shared history and cultural similarities have facilitated unique sociocultural relations and allowed for a special relationship often referred to as “serumpun” (kinship).