(6th ICIIS, 2021)
11 February 2021

Towards the Era of New Normal:
Intercultural and Interreligious Perspectives in Coping with the Pandemic

Natural and human-induced disasters have been occurring for a long time in human history. These disasters have not only happened in the modern world but also in the past, even in the pre-historic era, where disasters in similar and different forms had repeatedly been experienced by people throughout the world. Despite such past experiences, the discussion on the recent outbreak of Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic is very crucial as every country, including Indonesia, have different strategies and ways of coping with the pandemic. Indeed, the pandemic has impacted badly all aspects of life, especially health, economic, political, as well as social, and cultural aspects. Certainly, each country in the world has its own ways on how to resolve its multidimensional problems as a direct impact of the pandemic.

In addition to employing scientific analysis and methods in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, societies make use of their local beliefs and religious practices from different religions, such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Catholicism, as well as a cultural value system in coping with the impact of the recent pandemic. Discussing, sharing, and understanding different solutions could indeed be meaningful for people to take lessons from other best practices and experiences. In relation to these, it is time to hold a conference on “Towards the Era of New Normal: Intercultural and Interreligious Perspectives in Coping with the Pandemic”

There is a whole host of significant issues that relate to the role of local customary laws, religious communities and leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians in dealing, anticipating, and resolving the natural and human-induced disasters in general and the recent pandemic outbreak in particular in different parts of the worlds, like the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Pacific Region, and particularly in Southeast Asia. To questions to bear in mind are the following:

  • To what extent does each party contribute to resolving the problems derive from the impact of pandemics in those countries?
  • How has the role of governments, entrepreneurs, and local and religious communities around the world in managing the public health crisis?
  • What is the relationship between the scientific method and local wisdom, cultural and religious approaches in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic?

It is, therefore, crucial to building a better understanding of how different parties – governments, entrepreneurs, politicians, local and religious communities resolve the multidimensional challenges and problems related to this ongoing pandemic.

The International Conference of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies Journal (ICIIS) is aimed:

  • To develop a better understanding of the role of local and religious communities in managing the outbreak of the pandemic.
  • To comprehend the dynamics of social, cultural, economic, and political aspects during the spread of diseases around the world.
  • To build a comprehensive information dataset and analyses on the local, national, and international policies in coping with the humanitarian crisis during the outbreak of the pandemic.
  • To get access to comparative experiences on how each local and religious community in different countries work together synergically in coping with the pandemic.


  • Prof. dr. Abdul Kadir, Ph.D. Sp.THT-KL(K) M.A.R.S. (Director General of Health Services, The Ministry of Health, the Republic of Indonesia)
  • Dr. Tri Handoko Seto, S.Si., M.Sc. (General Director of Hindu Religious Affairs the Minister of Religion the Republic of Indonesia) – “Coping with the Pandemic from a Hindu Perspective”.


  • Prof. Dr. Veysel Bozkurt (Department of Economics, Istanbul University, Turkey, and member of Coronavirus Social Sciences Board of Turkish Health Ministry) – “Turkish Experiences in Coping with Social Impacts of the Covid-19 Outbreak”.
  • Prof. Dr. Hakan Gullerce, (Harran University, Turkey), “A Muslim Response to Pandemic: Experience of Covid-19”
  • Prof. Dr. Kim Yekyoum (Faculty of Southeast Asian Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies, South Korea) – “Lessons Learned from South Korea in Handling the Recent Pandemic”.
  • Prof. Gert Pickel (Institute for Practical Theology, the Theological Faculty of Leipzig University, Germany) – “Theology in the midst of COVID-19”.
  • Prof. Amarjiva Lochan, Ph.D. – Deputy Dean University of Delhi, India. – “India and Its Struggle to Deal with the Wide Spread of the Pandemic”.Discussant: Dr. Dicky Sofjan (Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies/ ICRS-UGM)
    Moderator: Prof. Dr. Yekti Maunati, M. A. (Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Jakarta, Indonesia

Social, Cultural, and Religious Perspectives:
1. Pandemic from Religious Perspectives
2. Culture and Local Wisdom to Confront Public Health Crisis
3. Discrimination and Forced Migration during Lockdowns and Social Restrictions

Political, Economic, and Global Perspectives:
1. Psychological, and Economic Impacts
2. Covid-19 and Its Impact on Globalization and International Relations
3. Strategic Policies in New Normal Era
4. Critical Perspectives on the P[l]andemic and the New Abnormal

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All presented papers will be published in the ISBN e-Proceeding which required:
1. Publication fee of 450000 IDR/35 USD should be paid before 31 January 2021 by wire transfer to BNI Branch Denpasar – IDR Account # 0792572215 – SWIFT: BNINIDJAXXX – Recipient: Nevi Diah Pratiwi
2. All submission should only to ijiis@unhi.ac.id (any submission to other accounts or platforms will not be processed)

Online: Zoom platform
Host: Universitas Hindu Indonesia (UNHI) Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, Jalan Sangalangit, Tembau, Penatih, Denpasar-Bali, Telp. 0062-361-462486, email: ijiis@unhi.ac.id.

The 6th ICIIS is organized by the International Journal of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies – Universitas Hindu Indonesia (UNHI) Denpasar in cooperation with:
• International Federation of Social Sciences Organization (IFSSO)
• Indonesian Consortium of Religious Studies (ICRS), Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta.
• Society of Indonesian Historians, Masyarakat Sejarawan Indonesia (MSI) Bali-Indonesia

dr. Ida Bagus Wiryanatha, M.Si., Faculty of Ayurvedic – Universitas Hindu Indonesia (UNHI) Denpasar
Ni Made Putri Ariyanti, S.Psi. M.Psi., Faculty of Ayurvedic – Universitas Hindu Indonesia (UNHI) Denpasar
Putu Lakustini Cahyaningrum, S.Si., M.Si. Faculty of Ayurvedic – Universitas Hindu Indonesia (UNHI) Denpasar
Nevi Prativi, S.E. (Yayasan Pendidikan Widya Kerthi)

• Ni Made Putri Ariyanti
Phone: 0812 3903 3953 (putriariyanti95@gmail.com)
• Made Adi Widyatmika
WA 0877 6154 3739 (ijiis@unhi.ac.id)

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