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Intan Paramaditha (born in Bandung, November 15, 1979) 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 relations between gender and sexuality, culture, and politics.

Many of her stories are inspired by horror fiction, myths, and fairy tales. She has published two collections of short stories: Sihir Perempuan (Black Magic Woman, 2005), shortlisted for the 2005 Khatulistiwa Literary Award, and Kumpulan Budak Setan (The Devil’s Slaves Club, 2010), a tribute to Indonesia’s most prolific horror writer, Abdullah Harahap, which she co-wrote with Eka Kurniawan and Ugoran Prasad. In 2011-2012 she collaborated with the theatre group Teater Garasi in adapting her short story, “Goyang Penasaran” (Obsessive Twist), for a stage play. She received the 2013 Kompas Best Short Story Award for her short story, “Klub Solidaritas Suami Hilang” (The Solidarity Club of the Missing Husbands). Some of her short stories were translated into English and German and published in a trilingual mini book, Spinner of Darkness & Other Tales (2015).

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 film festivals, and her articles appear in journals including Film Quarterly, Jump Cut, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, and Visual Anthropology (forthcoming) 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. 

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