Post on 10 Apr 2018 18:31

Muhammadiyah University of Surakarta’s Center for Cultural Studies and Social Change (PSBPS) in collaboration with the Islamic Education Study Program (PAI) held the second colloquium or academic review forum in the form of presentation from Prof. Shahnaaz Suffla and Prof. Mohamed Seedat (University of South Africa /UNISA), followed by a documentary video screening. The colloquium was held on April 4, 2018 in Siti Walidah Building seminar hall, attended by more than 170 participants. Prof. Seedat and Prof. Suffla are the Director and Deputy Director of the Institute for Social and Health Sciences and the Center for Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit (UNISA). Both are internationally-renowned intellectual-activists. UMS has been in collaboration with UNISA since April 2017, through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by Rectors of both Universities, facilitated by the UMS Bureau of Collaborations and International Affairs (BKUI). This colloquium is one of the realizations of MOU cooperation between the two universities which covers Education, Research and Community Service. As emphasized by UMS Vice Rector IV, Dr. M. Abdul Fattah Santoso, M.Ag. in his speech, academic collaboration between Indonesia and South Africa is important to promote "Global South Collaboration" or cooperation between countries in the Southern part of the world. This collaboration was initiated and developed through the international network of Peace Psychology by a lecturer of the Faculty of Psychology who is also the Executive Director of PSBPS UMS, Dra. Yayah Khisbiyah, M.A. The topic of the colloquium was "Visual Methods in Compassionate Critical Community Practice. This topic is relevant to academics, researchers, activists, and practitioners or social workers from social science disciplines such as psychology, theology, social health, political science, sociology, education and from natural science disciplines and engineering, who actively participate in community service or empowerment. The visual method is the use of images, photographs, films and various other visual forms in research, as an alternative to the commonly used speech and written methods. Prof. Seedat and Prof. Suffla exemplified that visual methods have a more stirring effect on the stakeholders to address various issues that the society face, especially for vulnerably marginalized communities such as the poor, and minority groups such as women and children. Both speakers pointed out that the community practice must be carried out following these principles: using a participatory approach and a critical awareness of power hierarchy, motivated by compassion to uphold social justice for all citizens, and creating a positive, advanced, and sustainable transformation for society. Yayah Khisbiyah, who was also the moderator in this colloquium affirmed that these principles are in accordance with the prophetic social science paradigm that becomes the philosophy of UMS, namely Humanization, Liberation, and Transcendence. Scientifically, the paradigm is also a necessity to strengthen the indigenous perspectives and scientific integrity of the Southern countries in order to balance the scientific dominance from the Northern and Western countries.