The Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies (CRCS) at the Graduate School, Gadjah Mada University, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, was established in 2000 as the only interdisciplinary academic program focusing on religious studies at a non-religiously affiliated university in Indonesia. Students and faculty at CRCS come from diverse religious and disciplinary backgrounds, creating an environment of lively and critical exchange on the study of religion in cultural contexts. Its more than 250 alumni are now working in Islamic, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist as well as non-religious educational institutions and civil society organizations, in Indonesia and abroad.
CRCS is also a public education hub, which works to disseminate its research findings to the public and develop different types of programs such as teaching diversity to high school students and inviting NGO activists, journalists, and academics to its “diversity management school” two-week seminars. The Center is a dedicated to investigating the role that religion plays in society and advocating a multicultural, just and democratic Indonesia.