The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

6 Credits     June 17th-July 13th    Cost: $4,995*



Please Email the following items to Alex Cromwell at

  1. Your Resume

  2. A Letter of Interest explaining: why the trip is important to you and your qualifications for participating in an advanced practice course in a conflict zone

  3. Contact Information of Two References

DESCRIPTION: This program is designed to provide graduate students with intensive training and practice in field research methods, as well as insight into the complex local dynamics of conflict. The course will take place in the city of Jogjakarta, Java, Indonesia, and will include visiting instruction by Indonesian and U.S.-based academics and grassroots activists committed to closing the gaps between theory, research and practice. Students will learn research methods by designing and conducting research projects on topics that may include local efforts to implement transitional justice and community memorialization in the aftermath of mass violence and serious human rights abuses; conflicts over land, natural resources and environmental degradation; gender-based violence and women’s rights; and conflicts over the meanings of customary law and religion in a globalizing world. Students will also gain an understanding of the local cultural, economic and political context, as well as basic Indonesian language communicative skills. Students will live on the campus of a local university.

6 CREDITS: For S-CAR Ph.D. students: CONF 812 (3 credits) or 813 (3 credits) and CONF 727 (3 credits); for S-CAR MS students: CONF 610 (3 credits) and CONF 727 (3 credits).  Students who do not need research methods (812 or 610) credit can take 3 credits of 695 (elective) and 3 credits of 727.  For CAR undergrad students CONF 385 (3 credits) and CONF 301 (3 credits).  Students from outside of George Mason will need to transfer these credits to their home institution. The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution is an interdisciplinary school located at George Mason University in Arlington, VA.  Due to the interdisciplinary nature of conflict analysis and resolution, home schools may be able to grant credit for a variety of disciplines including but not limited to: political science, history, international relations, cultural anthropology, social psychology, international affairs, Middle East Studies etc.  Please check with your academic advisor to find out what fits best for you.  Syllabi can be sent upon request.

*PROGRAM COST: This cost includes: 6 credits, housing at local university, cultural activities and visiting speakers and instructors, transportation to program activities, and some communal meals.  Flight is not included. Accomodations for partners/children available for a small additional fee.  Price subject to change if less than 10 students travel to Indonesia.


Dr. Leslie Dwyer will lead this program.  Dr. Dwyer is an anthropologist with 17 years of experience working in Indonesia. Her most recent projects have focused on the long-term cultural and political effects of the mass violenceof 1965-66 in Bali, debates over transitional justice inIndonesia, and the globalization of discourses of trauma and psychosocial repair. She has special interests in gender and conflict, ritual practice, power and inequality, and the ethics and politics of field research in conflict and post-conflict settings.

**Questions?  Please email Alex Cromwell at or call 703-993-4473**