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.
She is the author of the novel Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu (The Wandering: Choose Your Own Red-Shoes Adventure, 2017) and two collections of short stories: Sihir Perempuan (Black Magic Woman, 2005) and Kumpulan Budak Setan (The Devil’s Slaves Club, 2010, with Eka Kurniawan and Ugoran Prasad). Apple and Knife (translated by Stephen J. Epstein), an anthology based on her two story collections, was published by Brow Books (Australia, March 2018). Harvill Secker (Vintage/ Penguin Random House) will be publishing Apple and Knife (UK, December 2018) and Gentayangan/ The Wandering (2020).
Intan Paramaditha received the 2013 Kompas Best Short Story Award and 2017 Tempo Best Literary Work for Prose Fiction for the novel Gentayangan. Her story collection Sihir Perempuan was shortlisted for the 2005 Khatulistiwa Literary Award. 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. 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.