Guest Lecture “Indonesian Food is the Best! Indonesian Experiences with Food during the Hajj” with Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D
The guest lecture entitled, “Indonesian Food is the Best! Indonesian Experiences with Food during the Hajj” with Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D. dari Universität Zu Köln (Cologne University) Germany as the speaker, was held in Faculty of Cultural Studies University of Brawijaya (FCS-UB). In this occasion, Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D. describes Indonesian food issues mentioned in the books of Indonesians on hajj, as Indonesians on pilgrimage often talk about the food they carry on the hajj. “It was a phenomenon that has only emerged since the 90’s, which was not previously touched, then the question arises as to why it was since the 90’s that it began to be important for Indonesians.” said Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D. Appart of that, Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D. stated that “My curiosity always arises from the story of the Indonesians on the hajj. Why Indonesians always talk about Indonesian food and think it’s important especially on pilgrimage”. Therefore, the topic was taken as his research and presented in this guest lecture.
Ika Nurhayani, M.Hum., Ph.D. as the Head of Linguistics Master’s Study Program of FCS-UB revealed that in this guest lecture aims to provide insight into the study of Indonesian culture in connection to the study of the Hajj. In addition, Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D. believes that the purpose of this guest lecture is that the students of the Linguistics Master’s Study Program of FCS-UB also learn that the seemingly ordinary topics can be taken for research, since the usual topic can also produce unusual research. He hopes that this will encourage Indonesian students to examine the phenomenon around them.
The guest lecture was held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, located in Building A of FCS-UB hall on the 2nd floor, and it was started from 9.00 a.m. The guest lecture was attended by approximately 40 students of Linguistics Master’s Study Program and the lecturers of FCS-UB. The guest lecture which was opened by Vice Dean I FIB UB was held in the framework of routine activities of Linguistics Master’s Study Program of FCS-UB by bringing in experts from Indonesia and abroad as the speakers.
“I hope to continue working with Prof. Edwin, so we can invite again on other occasions, or to continue cooperation in terms of guest lectures or cooperation in joint research,” said Ika Nurhayani, M.Hum., Ph.D. Moreover, Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D. has the same hope that the establishment of good relationship between his institutions in Germany and UB. “This guest lecture is just one example of my own research, so it’s kind of a way to introduce myself, because this is my first time come to UB, so people can know me and my research,” Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D.
At the end of the lecture, Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D. revealed that he was very happy because there were many interesting suggestions from the audience, so he also learned. “That is something important, because I just started this research. I also really hope there is information from the audience of Indonesia because maybe they have other assumptions or not. I received some questions and also suggestions which are very good one for me, so I am very happy “, Prof. Edwin Paul Wieringa, Ph.D. stated. [DT/MSH/PSIK FIB]