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Faculty of Letters’ 29th Anniversary: Literature Continues to Thrive Alongside Digital Transformation

In celebrating its 29th anniversary, Sanata Dharma University’s Faculty of Letters held a festival seminar with “Literature and Digital Transformation” as its theme. The first day of the festival was held on 4 April 2022 from 11.00 to 13.00 WIB and was followed by the second day on 11 April 2022 at the same time. 

In the first session, Dra. Theresia Enny Anggraini, Ph.D. as the first day’s main speaker shared her paper titled “Digital Transformation in Children’s Literature in the United States of America”. Unlike the ordinary topic in which people tend to focus on how the authors impact the readers, Dra. Theresia Enny Anggraini, Ph.D. tried to focus on how the readers and their situations affect the author and their works. 

The change of the readers’ generations plays a big part in the development of literary works. The readers who are part of the baby boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y are used to traditional books. On the other hand, with the development and innovation of technology, the readers from Generation Z, Generation Alpha, and digital natives are accustomed to e-books. Moreover, in America, the development of Children’s Literature can also be seen through the model or the form of literary works such as multimodal books, radical change books, and wordless books. After the first session ended, the event was followed by the panel session which was divided into 5 breakout rooms. In each breakout room, two papers were delivered by the Faculty of Letters of Sanata Dharma University’s lecturers. Some of the papers are Sony Christian Sudarsono, S.S., M.A. with his paper titled “Hiperkoreksi pada Google Document”, Adventina Putranti, M.Hum. with “Tantangan dan Peluang dalam Pengajaran Penerjemahan di Era Google Translate”, “The Purpose of Sarcastic Utterances in Nigel Ng’s Comedy YouTube Channel: Uncle Roger Works at Food Truck” by Anindita Dewangga Puri, S.S., M.A., Drs. Hirmawan Wijanarka, M.Hum. with “Cinderella Formula: The Romance Begins”, “Penggunaan Kata Anak dalam bahasa Indonesia dari Perspektif Ekolinguistik” by Prof. Dr. Praptomo Baryadi I, and etc. Through this seminar festival, Sanata Dharma University’s Faculty of Letters hoped that literature will continue to thrive alongside digital transformation.



Journalist: Atalya Zarah Septirina

Editor: Baby Lois Augustine Nabasa & Fransiskus Nino Boby Laksono (QC)

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Faculty of Letters’ 29th Anniversary: Redefining Literature Study in the Era of Digital Transformation

In the series of its 29th Dies Natalis celebration, the Faculty of Letters Sanata Dharma University hosted the second “Literature and Digital Transformation” webinar via Zoom Meeting on April 11, 2022, at 11:00-13:00 WIB.  The webinar was held in collaboration with Petra Christian University and was attended by more than one hundred participants. Similar to the previous webinar, this event was divided into two main sessions.

The first session of the event saw Mr. Sony Christian Sudarsono as the moderator and Mr. Setefanus Suprajitno, M.A., Ph.D., a lecturer from Petra University, as the main speaker. In this session, Mr. Setefanus presented his paper under the title of “Transformasi Digital Pembelajaran Sastra: Studi Kasus di Prodi Sastra Inggris Universitas Kristen Petra”.

To begin with, Mr. Setefanus explained that over the years, the internet and digital technology have become an important necessity. The era of digital transformation has given a massive impact on every aspect of our life, including education. Thus, there is a shift of focus in educational institutions where scholars are expected to adapt to the demand for modern skills compared to conventional learning.

“The development of digital skills is a challenge and an opportunity for the faculty of literature,” said Mr. Setefanus. For this reason, he conducted the Sandbox Project in the English Letters Department of Petra University where students were divided into small groups to collaborate, experiment, and create a digital literature product in the form of interactive performances or games. As an outcome, the project successfully enhanced their digital skills, collaborative strategies, and self-learning methods.

The presentation from Mr. Stefanus was welcomed with great curiosity from the audience. Here are some of the most interesting discussions during the Q&A session.

Q: Every student has different financial capacities and levels of accessibility to technological tools. Wouldn’t this project create more gaps between the students?

A: There is no need to worry because the course is accessible for every student. The only requirement is that they have internet access.

Q: How did Petra University prepare its lecturers to teach the young generation about digital skills, while lecturers (older generation) are usually the ones who got left behind?

A: The lecturers of the UK Petra’s Faculty of Letters were given digital training in advance so that they could first develop innovative teaching methods and provide the students with a wide range of credible learning resources.

Q: If we follow the digital transformation era, how will the fate of classical literature (e.g., Shakespeare, Jane Austen) be?

A: Indeed, sacrifices need to be made. The reality is that our young generation prefers to learn about creative writings with lesser length and complexities. That is why Petra University decides to prioritize the skills on demand in the current literature industry even though other big universities are still persistent to prioritize the teaching of traditional literature.

After the Q&A session was closed, a certificate was given to Mr. Stefanus as a form of appreciation for being the main speaker of the webinar. 

In the second session, a parallel seminar was held in seven break-out rooms. In each room, there was one moderator and two speakers who were the lecturers of the Faculty of Letters at Sanata Dharma University, ready to present their papers. The subtopics varied from #Instapoetry to the digitalization of theatrical art in Indonesia. Participants could choose to join any break-out room whose speakers and subtopics won their interest.

In the end, the second webinar, “Literature and Digital Transformation”, leaves us literature students with a big question: what meaning does literature hold for you in the midst of the digital transformation era?



Journalist: Agnes Seraphine 

Editor: Vivi Julianti & QC Cherry Larissa Hendranata (QC)

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A Process to Thrive: Integrity Registers to Get ISSN Number

Integrity, the monthly online magazine of the English Letter Department, has been working on getting an ISSN number for the past few months. ISSN (International Standard of Serial Number) is an eight-digit number that identifies a publication, whether it is through printed media or electronic media. ISSN works similarly to ISBN (International Standard Book Number), but ISSN is used for periodical publications such as magazines, websites, newspapers, and journals.

An ISSN number is not compulsory for a publisher. However, having an ISSN number is significant and could benefit the publisher. First and foremost, an ISSN gives the publication credibility. ISSN provides a unique way to identify publishers, and it enables the publication to be recognized globally regardless of the country and the language it is written. Since ISSN works uniquely to identify a serial publication, it is easier for the publisher to track down and distinguish the same published title between serials.

Although obtaining an ISSN number is relatively easy, several requirements and files must be prepared before application, depending on the country. “We’re still trying to file the documents because our main concern is the Integrity website’s design. We need to adjust it with the regulations,” stated Alma Anindita, the Editor-in-Chief of Integrity, regarding the latest progress of getting the ISSN number.

Alma hopes that the people working behind Integrity could have higher credibility when entering journalism by obtaining an ISSN number and receiving the certification. Obtaining an ISSN number will open up the chances for the members to get paid as well. Alma also hopes that with this step, Integrity could be more known by the public and recognized by the government and the country.

Journalist: Yohana Satvika Wahyuvenda

Editor: Arih Oviana Putri Kusuma, Fransiskus Nino Boby Laksono (QC)

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LCYA Reading Club’s 4th Online Book Discussion

Literary for Children and Young Adults (LCYA) Reading Club held the 4th online book discussion on 12 March 2021. This discussion raised a book by Katherine Applegate titled “Wishtree” as the discussion material. This discussion was held in Zoom and attended by 40 participants.

This discussion talked about the topics contained in the book. The event, which was attended by members of the LCYA club and several lecturers, discussed the opinions and views of all participants on the events or moments that occurred and was told in the book.

The discussion flowed smoothly. Participants expressed their views on the questions posed by the Moderator. The question itself was a critical question about the events that took place in the book.

One of the participants, Rr. Arielia Yustisiana, lecturer at the Faculty of Communication Studies, English Language Study Program, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya, said that holding this discussion was a very good event for students and other people to explore their thoughts and interests in reading literary works, such as children’s literature.

“This event invites us to read more extensively, in my opinion, because we inevitably want to participate in analyzing the books that we want to discuss at the event. I agree if this event continues,” said Mrs. Arielia.

Mrs. Enny Anggraini, as the supervisor of the LCYA Club, said that this event could be a means for students and lecturers, who are often busy and don’t have much time to read, to have the opportunity to enrich their reading.

“This reading club event can be a means to enrich our reading with discussion, so we are “forced” to read and make time for it. The book that is the subject of discussion is also the book of choice, good in quality, so you don’t have to bother looking for books to read,” said Mrs. Enny Anggraini.

She also hopes that in the future, more and more people will join this event, both inside and outside the USD, and will be more active in joining this discussion.

To ensure the quality of the discussion, the selected book must also go through a selection process. The selection of books that became the material or topic of this discussion was carried out carefully. The PIC team from LCYA made the selection by proposing candidate books that would be the subject of discussion.

“We, from the PIC reading section, select the candidate books that will be used as material for the book discussion, and then we continue with the discussion and voting on which book to use,” said Cherry Larissa, the PIC Reading of LCYA club.

The book, Wishtree, is written by Katherine Applegate and was published in 2017. This book tells the story of an oak tree called “Red” from which people in the city hang their dreams, hopes, and dreams by hanging ribbons, scraps of paper, and others. “Red” has a friend a crow named “Bongo”. The story of this book revolves around a boy named Samar, who comes from a Muslim family who recently moved to the neighborhood. Several difficulties and problems began to roll and became the core of the story of this book.


Journalist: Vincensius Radhitya

Editor: Desca Geovani Kristi, Cherry Larissa Hendranata (QC)