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Malaysia and The World Conference to be held at OHIO March 24-26


Ohio University will host the Malaysia and The World Conference on March 24-26, bringing together leading scholars from around the globe.

During the conference, Ohio University will host officials such as the Vice Chancellor of the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in Malaysia. Ohio University’s Tun Abdul Razak Chair, Professor Jayum Anak Jawan, and the OHIO Office of Global Affairs and International Studies are coordinating the conference, which has a theme of “Cross Regional Perspective on Race, Religion and Ethic Identity.”

One highlight of the weekend will be the opening reception featuring keynote remarks from UPM Vice Chancellor and Professor Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris on Friday, March 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the 1804 Lounge on the fifth floor of Baker University Center.

The Vice Chancellor will speak on the topic of “Research Universities as a Tool to Generate Knowledge for Nation Building – Malaysian Perspective.”

Also during the reception, the release of the new book, “Nation Making in Malaysia: Issues and Challenges,” will be celebrated. The book is the first publication in the Tun Abdul Razak Occasional Paper Series.

The second keynote speech for the conference will be presented on Saturday, March 25, in a 9 a.m. session led by Shamsul Amri Baharuddin, Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of the Institute Ethnic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. The remarks, which will be held in Baker University Center 231, will focus on “Redefining Unity in Malaysia: The Making of Malaysia’s National Unity Blueprint.”

More than 15 experts will give presentations during the conference, including:

  • UiTM Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and International Affairs Prof. Sr. Ir. Dr. Haji Suhami Abdul Talib, who will give a presentation on “Changing The Bumiputra’s Socio Economic Landscape through Education: The UiTM Story.”
  • Donald L. Horowitz, the James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science Emeritus at Duke University, who will lecture on “Interethnic Coalition Politics in Malaysia.”
  • Political Science Professor Meredith Weiss from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the State University of New York at Albany, who will give a presentation on “Payoffs, Parties, or Policies: 'Money Politics' and Malaysia’s Electoral Authorization Resilience.”
  • UPM’s Visiting Professor at Wailalak University, Thailand, Professor Ahmad Tarmizi Talib, who will speak on “Muslim – Non-Muslim Relations in Malaysia."
  • UNIMAS Professor Stanley Bye Kadam Kiai, who will speak on “The Politics of Federalism: Reflecting on the Role Sarawak and Sabah Played in the Formation of Malaysia."
  • Associate Professor Johan Fischer from the Department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University in Denmark, who will give a presentation on “Islam, Standards and Technoscience in Contemporary Malaysia.”
  • Political Science Associate Professor Myra Waterbury from Ohio University, who will give a presentation on “Ethnic Parties in Eastern Europe: Between Domestic and Regional Politics.”

Faculty, staff, students and area residents are invited to attend the presentations and the opening reception, all of which will be held in Baker University Center. For more information or for the full schedule, please click here

For additional information, please contact the Office of Global Affairs at 740-593-1840.

This article was provided by the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.