Dr.phil. Saiful Akmal

PERSONAL DATA

 

  • Name                    : Saiful Akmal
  • Place/Date of Birth   : Banda Aceh/1 March 1982
  • Nationality                  : Indonesia
  • Email                              : saiful.akmal@gmail.com

 

EDUCATION

Academic Degree

  • 2010 – 2015

Doctoral Degree, Department of Southeast Asian Studies

Institute for Oriental & East Asia Studies, Faculty of Language, Culture,

Civilization & Arts, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany (Cum Laude)

  • 2006-2007

Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics (Political Discourse Analysis)

Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (Pass)

  • 2000-2005

Bachelor of Arts in English Education Department, Faculty of Education & Teacher Training, State Islamic University Ar-Raniry, Indonesia (Cum Laude)

 

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Language Certificates

  • 26 Mar. 2010

Goethe Zertifikat Mittelstufe (B1.2) / German Language : Intermediate Level

Göthe Institute Jakarta, Indonesia (Score: Befriedigen/Satisfactory)

  • 24 September 2010

Zertifikat Oberstufe II (C-1)„Deustch als Fremdsprache“ / Advance Level (Score:2-3)

S+W Speak and Write Sprachunterricht Marburg-Germany (Gesamtnote: 2-3)

  • 01 Sept. 2009

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Score 6.5)

  • 2008

Institutional Test of English as Foreign Language (ToEFL) (Score 550)

State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • 23 July 2006

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Indonesia-Australia Language Foundation (IALF) Surabaya-East Java, (Score 7)

 

Other Languages Studied

  • 2000-2001

Arabic (State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh, Indonesia)

 

Language Proficiency

Indonesian                : Mother Tongue (with teaching experience)

Acehnese                   : Mother Tongue (no teaching experience)

Malay                                     : Fully proficient (with teaching experience)

English                       : Fully proficient (with teaching experience)

German                     : Intermediate (with teaching experience)

Arabic                                     : Basic (no teaching experience)

 

EXPERIENCES

Working Experiences

  • 1 Oct. 2016 – present

Deputy of English Language Education Study Program, Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, Ar-Raniry State Islamic University

  • 2016 – present

Chairman and Founder of Padebooks Publication (http://padebooks.com/)

  • 2016 – present

Senior Program Assistant, International Center for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies

  • March 2016 – present

Senior Program Manager, The Aceh Institute

  • June 2016 – present

Program Manager, Center for Area Studies, Ar-Raniry State Islamic University

  • 2015

Liaison Officer-Authors Supervisor, Frankfurt International Book Fair, Locations and Ideas, Event Company (Part-time).

  • – September 2015

Host and Information Service, Eventence – Frankfurt Messe (Part-time)

  • – Dec. 2014

Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (Research Assistant), Goethe Uni-Frankfurt.

  • 2013

Interpreter/Translator, Dolmetscher Büro Kelles, Frankfurt (Part-time).

  • Jan 2008 – 2014

Senior Research Fellow, The Aceh Institute, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • Nov 2007- Jan 2008

Manager of Analyst Team, Kata Hati Institute Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • March – Sept 2007

International Ambassador-Phone Campaign Officer, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (Part-time).

  • March – Sept 2007

Interpreter/Translator, Global Accent, Liverpool, United Kingdom (Part-time).

  • 2007

Surveyor, The Times Universities Ranking Project (Part-time)

  • 2006-Sept.2007

Freelance field reporter and writer for various Aceh local media (Serambi Indonesia Daily, Aceh Magazine, Political Tabloid of Kontras)

  • Dec 2005 – July 2006

Community Engagement Village Facilitator, AIPRD LOGICA-AUSAID, Project in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

  • March – April 2006

Youth & Mass Organizations Facilitator in Civilian Advocacy Strengthening Program, Acehnese Society Task Force (ACSTF) Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

  • Jan-Feb 2006

Psychosocial Trainer American Red Cross, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • 2004

National Direct Election Volunteer, LKIP Aceh, Indonesia.

 

Teaching Experiences

  • 2005 – Present

Senior Lecture, English Language Education Study Program, Faculty of Education and Teacher Training and at Language Development Centre, Ar-Raniry State Islamic University Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Linguistics
  • English Language Research I-II
  • English for Academic Purposes I-II
  • English for Islamic Studies
  • Communication Management
  • Public Speaking

 

  • March 2016 – Present

Senior Lecture, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Ar-Raniry State Islamic University Banda Aceh

  • Political Communication
  • Leadership and Communication
  • Islamic Movement Typology

 

  • 2010 – December 2014

Tutor at Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany

  • Indonesian Language (Bahasa) Tutorium

 

  • 2008 – Oct. 2009

Teaching Staff, Department of Broadcasting and Communication, Faculty of Islamic Communication, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry Banda Aceh.

  • Public Opinion

Research Experiences

  • 2009-Dec. 2014

The Language of ex-GAM in the Media: Political Rhetoric in Post-Conflict Aceh,    DAAD Germany

  • – Apr. 2009

Baseline Survey Research on Economy and Education in Banda Aceh, Aceh Besar, Aceh Jaya, Aceh Barat (Project Supervisor), World Vision & The Aceh Institute

  • – Nov. 2008

Women and Peace: Ex-Combatant’s Widows and Their Roles in Family Education, (Research Principal), SERASI USAID-The Aceh Institute

  • – Mar. 2008

Ulema and Social Change in the Dynamic of Aceh Conflict Resolution, (Research Principal), TIFA Foundation – The Aceh Institute

  • 2006-2007

The Language of Power and Justification, Views of The Iraq War: Analyzing Obama, Bush, Galloway and Blair Political Speeches, University of Liverpool, British Council.

  • November 2007

The Ex-Rebels Political Transformation in Aceh, (Research Assistant), Berghof Peace Support Foundation, Berlin, Germany

  • -Dec.2008

The Role of Ulema in the Dynamic of Aceh Conflict: Historical and Normative Perspective of Traditional Ulema Dayah Tgk. H. Ibrahim Bardan (Research Principal), BRR NAD NIAS-The Aceh Institute.

  • 2008

The Development of Aceh Conflict and Democratization (1999-2008),  (Research Assistant), Prof. Jacques Bertrand, Munk Institute, University of Toronto, Canada.

  • 2008

The Implementation of Sharia in Indonesia: Case Studies in Aceh, Cianjur (West Java), Banten, and Makasar (South Sulawesi), (Research Assistant), State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta, Indonesia

 

Administrative Experiences

  • 2016 – Oct.2020

Deputy, English Language Education Study Program, Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, Ar-Raniry State Islamic University, Banda Aceh

  • 2005 – Oct.2009 :

Deputy Director. Dept of English Language Education for Student Affairs

Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

 

 

  • 2008 – Oct. 2009

Political Discourse Analyst and Academic Discussion Manager, The Aceh Institute, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • 21-22 Oct. 2008

Member of Organizing Committee International Conference and Cultural Event on Aceh (ICCE), Honolulu-Hawaii, USA.

 

Bachelor Theses Supervisions

  • Muhammad Ravi: “The Language of Propaganda in Political Speeches: A Rhetorical

Analysis,” English Language Education Department, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2009)

  • Dian Elisa: “Messages Behind ‘A-Mild’ Smoking Advertisements: A Study of Semiotic

Analysis,” Bachelor Thesis in English Language Education Department, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2009)

  • Faiza: “An Analysis of Evaluative Language of Barrack Obama and Tony Blair

Inauguration Speeches,” English Language Education Department, State Institute for   Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2009)

  • Izzatil Isma: “Figurative Languages in Barrack Obama’s Political Speeches,”

English Language Education Department, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2009)

  • Juliana Sari: “Enhancing Student’s Speaking by Drama,” English Language Education

Department, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2009)

  • Hasdiana Hanum: “The Influence of Generating Ideas on Students’ Writing Ability,”

English Language Education Department, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2009)

  • Asrul Hadi: “Applying Team Teaching to Improve Student’s Ability in Understanding

English Narrative Texts,” English Language Education Department, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2008)

  • Hilda Zahara: “Non-Native English Teacher and Students’ Speaking Ability,” English

Language Education Department, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda    Aceh, Indonesia (2008-2009)

  • Lilis Suadah: “Analysis of Metaphor in Dickinson’s Poem,” English Language

Education Department, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh

Indonesia (2008)

 

EDITING AND REVIEWING APPOINTMENTS

  • 2016 – present

Jurnal Ilmiah Islam Futura, Postgraduate Program, Ar-Raniry State Islamic University (Managing Editor)

 

 

  • 2013-Present

SHARE- Shariah Economic Journal, Faculty of Islamic Law, State Islamic University Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (Editorial Advisory Board)

  • 2012-Present

Aceh Development International Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Paper Reviewer)

  • 2007-2010

Aceh Institute Website (Opinion and Articles Reviewer)

  • 2008-2009

Jurnal Kompetensi, Faculty of Education and Teacher Training, State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry (Co-Editor)

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

  • 2-3 May 2013

Travel Grant for Academic Presentation from McGill Institute of Islamic Studies Graduates Symposium, McGill University, Canada (The Language of the Arab Spring in Egypt 2011-2013)

  • 2-5 July 2013

Travel and Accommodation Grant for Academic Presentation from Dept. of Southeast Asian Studies Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany and EUROSEAS/ICSP (The Changing Discourse on Political Islam within the (ex) GAM Rebels in Aceh)

  • 22-24 June 2007

Travel Grant for Academic Presentation from Indonesian Student Union & Indonesian General Embassy-London, United Kingdom (Towards an Anti-Corruption Generation)

  • 2010-March 2014

Scholarship Award for Ph.D – Aceh Scholarship for Excellence from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and Aceh Local Government, Indonesia (Political Rhetoric in Post-Conflict Aceh)

  • 2006-Sept.2007

British Scholarship Award for Master Degree from British Council – 13 Universities British Universities Consortium

  • June – July 2005

Travel and Accommodation Grant Winner from Commission on Legal Pluralism Conference (MoU Helsinki and the Democratization in Aceh)

  • 26 August 2006

Lecturer Award for Teaching English for Islamic Studies from Rector of State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • December 2002

Bachelor Students of the Year Award from State Institute For Islamic Studies.

CONFERENCES

Academic Papers and Presentations

  • “Where Do We Go from Now?: Predicting The Development of News Portals in Post

Conflict Aceh,” 14 Aug. 2015, International Conference European Association of South East Asian Studies (EUROSEAS), University of Vienna.

  • “Pessimism or Optimism?: The Image of Post-Conflict Aceh in Europe,” 9 Oct 2014,

International Seminar: Indonesia’s International Image in Post-Suharto Era, Centre for Research and Development, Indonesian Ministry for Education and Culture- Dept. of Southeast Asian Studies, Goethe-University of Frankfurt

  • “Aceh Literature in Post-Conflict Setting: A Promising Future,” 28-29 June 2014,

Southeast Asian Library Group (SEALG) Conference and Annual Meeting, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany.

  • “The  Language of the Arab Spring in Egypt 2011-2013,” 2-3 May 2014, McGill Institute

of Islamic   Studies Graduates Symposium, McGill University, Canada.

  • “Political Discourse in Post-MoU Aceh,” 3-4 March 2014, Roundtable Discussion of

Malay Studies organized by Dept. of Southeast Asian Studies, Dept. of Southeast Asian Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt–Akademi Pengajian Brunei–University of Brunei Darussalam, at Westend Campus – Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

  • “The Media and Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia,” 23 September 2013, Seminar on

Media, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia, organized by Indonesian General Consulate in Frankfurt, Indonesian Community Association in Frankfurt and Presse Club Frankfurt at Palais Livingston Conference Room Frankfurt, Germany.

  • “The Changing Discourse on Political Islam within the (ex)-GAM Rebels in Aceh,” 2-5

July, 2013, International Conference European Association of South East Asian Studies (EUROSEAS), School of Social and Political Sciences-ISCSP, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

  • “Being The ‘Black Chinese’: The Concept of Merantau in Pidie Regency–Aceh,”, 30-31 March 2011, International Seminar of Merantau: Imagining Migration in the Malay World, of Southeast Asian Studies, Goethe University of Frankfurt, Germany.
  • “Towards the Future of Aceh,” 26-28 March 2010, 4thAceh Development International Conference (ADIC), University of Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • “The Language of Criticism in Andrea Hirata’s Novel (An Analysis of Socio-Educational Critical Discourse Analysis in Laskar Pelangi),” 8-10 December 2009, 56thTEFLIN International Conference, Malang-East Java, Indonesia.
  • “The Role of Ulema within the Dynamic of Conflict Resolution and Peace Process in Aceh during 1999-2006,” 21-22 October 2008, International Conference and Cultural Event on Aceh (ICCE), Honolulu-Hawaii, USA.
  • “A Note on The Acehnese Participation on Democracy,” 29-30thDecember 2007, 2nd Aceh Development International Conference (ADIC): From A Bitter Past Towards a Better Prospect,  Malikul Saleh University, Lhokseumawe, North Aceh, Indonesia,
  • “Towards an Anti-Corruption Generation,” 22-24 June 2007, Indonesia Masa Depan-Suara dan Peran Kaum Muda Conference, Indonesian Student Union in Europe, Den Haag-The Netherlands.
  • “Aceh: Jakarta’s Political Laboratory,” 2-5 August 2007, in The 5thInternational Conference of Asian Scholars (ICAS), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • ‘’MoU Helsinki and the Democratization in Aceh,” June-July 2006, International Course and the 15thCongress on Legal Pluralism’, University of Indonesia-Jakarta.

 

Invited Keynote Addresses

  • Keynote Address, “Political Discourses within ex-GAM Rebels in Aceh,” 6 August

2013, in Indonesian General Consulate’s Monthly Discussion, Indonesian General Consulate Frankfurt am Main, Germany

  • Keynote speaker, in “An Open Dialogue with Greater Aceh Subdistrict Local

Governance-An Effective Communication Strategies” Workshop, 12 December 2007, held by Aceh Mandiri Foundation Grand Nanggroe Hotel, Banda Aceh

  • Keynote speaker, in Acehnese Student Congress :’The Role of Student Activist in the

Acquisition Phase of Rehab-Recons of Aceh in 2009,” 5 December 2007 held by State    Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry’s Student Council, Wisma Kompas Banda Aceh

  • Keynote Speaker, in General Lecture for English Department Students, “Introduction

to Political Discourse Analysis,” 1 December 2007, held by State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry’s English Student Association,  Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • Keynote Speaker, in Political Education Training for IAIN Ar-Raniry Student Activist:

‘Systemic Conflict Transformation,” 25th Nov 2007

  • Keynote Speaker, in Open Discussion Forum, IAIN Ar-Raniry, “Who is Noam

Choamsky?,” 24 November 2007, held by State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry’s

  • Keynote Speaker, in Sincerity Forum, 9 December 2006, “Women Position in Islam,”

London, United Kingdom.

 

Conferences and Seminar Attendances

  • Participant, International Conference, Co-hosted by Aceh Institute in cooperation

with ICES and Oxford University, Theme: ‘The comparison between Aceh and Srilanka, the Geo-Politics post Tsunami Study’. 2008

  • Participant of Aceh Institute Position Paper Meeting, FGD Civil Society and

Democracy, Hermes Palace Hotel, Banda Aceh,  Saturday, 1st Dec 2007.

  • Participant, Working Group for Law and Politic, Theme: “Bureaucracy Reformation in

the Local Governance, What Next?” 30 November 2007, facilitated by GeRAK Ace

and Partnership, Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

  • Participant of Blue Print Presentation: “Aceh Blue Print Transparency as The Entry

Point To Build Public Trust in Aceh Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Process,” December 2005, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh

 

TRAININGS and SEMINARS

  • Participant of Language and Globalization, One Day Seminar, Banda Aceh, 2

February 2016, by University of Syiah Kuala.

  • Participant of Research Methodology for English Lecturers, 16 January 2016 by Ar

Raniry State Islamic University, Banda Aceh,

  • Participant of Systemic Conflict Analysis and Transformation Training, Sabang,

Aceh, 1-4 August 2008, by SERASI-USAID

  • Facilitator FGD, Theme : Peace and Local Autonomy in Aceh, from Geneva to

Helsinki, 22 August 2008, by LIPI and The Aceh Institute

  • Participant of Integrating Internet into Classroom. 4-22 August 2008, by RELO and

Michael Krauss, USA,

  • Participant of Action Research Training, 4-8 August 2008, by DBE2 USAID and Syiah

Kuala University, Banda Aceh-Indonesia

  • Participant of TOEFL Training, August-November 2005, held by Language

Development Center, State Institute for Islamic Studies, Banda Aceh, Indonesia

  • Participant of Competence-Based Curriculum; December 2005, held by British

Council Indonesia.

  • Participant of Injecting fun into English Training, held by Dept. of English Education,

State Institute for Islamic Studies Ar-Raniry- Banda Aceh

  • Participant, Systemic Political – Conflict Analysis Workshop, held by Berghof Peace

Support Foundation, 17 – 19 November 2007, facilitated by The Aceh Institute

  • Participant, Monitoring and Advocacy Training of Local Governing on Aceh (LoGA)

Regulation, 2– 6 October 2007, held by GERAK Aceh (Indonesian Anti Corruption NGO), Indonesia.

  • Political Monographic Training, 29–30 September 2007, held by International

Republican Institute (IRI), Banda Aceh; Indonesia

  • IELTS Training, May-July 2006, IALF Surabaya
  • Journalism Training, February, 2006, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Work Plan Workshop, March, 2006, held By AIPRD-AUSAID-Hassal, Indonesia
  • Participant, Youth Training August, 2006, held by Indonesian Ministry of Sport and

Youth, North Sumatera-Indonesia.

  • Participant, English Subject Competency Based Curriculum, March, 29-31, 2006, held

by British Council Indonesia-Language Center of Syiah Kuala University.

  • Trainer in Village Cadre Training, February 2006, held by AIPRD-Ausaid, Indonesia
  • Participant, National Seminar and Workshop: “Solving National Crisis,” 2004, held

by Institute Technology of Bandung, Indonesia

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Language studies
  • Media Text Studies
  • Critical/Political Discourse Analysis and Political Communication
  • Political Rhetoric and Electioneering Rhetoric
  • Islamic Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies (Post-Conflict Aceh, Post-Reformation Indonesia)
  • Education Policy

 

PROFESSIONAL & SOCIAL ACTIVITIES

Professional and Academic Activities

  • Member, Association for Indonesian Professionals in Sciences, Technology and

Enterprise in Germany (AIFSE) (2010-present)

  • Member, East West Centre USA Alumnae Chapter Aceh (2009-present)
  • Member, The Association of Teachers of English as A Foreign Language in Indonesia

(TEFLIN), (2009-present)

  • Member, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conferenc

Alumnae, (2009-present)

  • Member, British Council Scholars Chapter Indonesia (2007-present)
  • Member, Acehnese Student Association in Europe for Education (JAROE) (2006

Present)

  • Host and Participant, Regional English Language Office (RELO), AUSAID, Indonesia

(2007-2008)

  • Member, Dept. of Science, Indonesian Student Association in the United Kingdom

(2006-2007)

 

Social Activities

  • Head of Legal and Public Communication, Aceh Futsal Association (2016-2020)
  • Deputy Leader, Indonesian Muslim Community’s Cultural Centre Project (2013-2015)
  • Advisory Board, Indonesian Student Union in Frankfurt, Germany (2012)
  • Chairperson, Acehnese Student and Society in Germany (2011-2012)
  • German Representative, The Aceh House International Foundation (2010-2012)
  • Member, Indonesian Muslim Society in the United Kingdom (2006-2007)
  • General Secretary, Acehnese Student and Community Association in the United

Kingdom (2006-2007)

  • Division of Knowledge and Science, Indonesian Student Union, United Kingdom

(2006-2007)

  • Student’s President, Ar-Raniry State Islamic Institute, Banda Aceh, Indonesia (2003

2005)