Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian fiction author and a lecturer in media and film studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. She received her Ph.D from New York University (2014). Both her fiction and academic works explore the intersection between gender and sexuality, culture, and politics.

Her short story collection Apple and Knife, translated into English by Stephen J. Epstein, was published by Brow Books (Australia) and Harvill Secker (UK) in 2018. The book is based on two story collections in Indonesian language: Sihir Perempuan (Black Magic Woman, 2005) and Kumpulan Budak Setan (The Devil’s Slaves Club, 2010, with Eka Kurniawan and Ugoran Prasad).

Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu (The Wandering: Choose Your Own Red-Shoes Adventure, 2017), her debut novel on travel and displacement where readers choose their own narrative path, was selected as Tempo Best Literary Work for Prose Fiction in 2017. The novel received the PEN Translates Award from English PEN and the PEN/ Heim Translation Fund Grant from PEN America, and it will be also be published by Harvill Secker in 2020.

Intan Paramaditha received the 2013 Kompas Best Short Story Award and was shortlisted for the Khatulistiwa Literary Award (2005; 2017).  In 2011-2012 she collaborated with Teater Garasi in adapting her short story, “Goyang Penasaran” (Obsessive Twist), for a stage play.

Prior to joining the Department of Media, Music, Communication & Cultural Studies at Macquarie University, she taught at the University of Indonesia and Sarah Lawrence College. She received the 2014 Jay Leyda Award for Academic Excellence from New York University, and her doctoral dissertation (awarded distinction) was supported by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council IDRF, American Council of Learned Societies/ Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and American Association of University Women. She has been an invited speaker at universities and literary/ film festivals, and her articles appear in journals including Film Quarterly, Jump Cut, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and Visual Anthropology as well as edited volumes such as Southeast Asian Independent Cinema and Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Her research focuses on media, cultural activism, and sexual politics in the convergence and tension between national and cosmopolitan trajectories. She is actively involved in several feminist projects focusing on cultural activism in Indonesia.


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