Current research

Intan is working on a manuscript based on her doctoral dissertation at NYU, focusing on film, activism, and sexual politics in a period of democratization and Islamic resurgence in Indonesia. She analyzes how a new generation of Indonesian cultural producers redefines the nation through sexual politics, which manifest in film practices and activism that range from cultivating art communities to proposing a judicial review of the Film Law at the Constitutional Court.

Read her dissertation abstract here:

  • Masyarakat Film Indonesia (Indonesian Film Society) and political activism
  • "Turun ke jalan" (take to the streets): the new performance of citizenship in post-authoritarian Indonesia
  • The rise of Islamic conservatism: The protest of FPI (Islam Defenders Front) against the Q! Film Festival
  • Q! Film Festival - queering the urban public sphere
  • The "Kill Bill": the Film Law no. 33/ 2009 New law, old repressive paradigms

Parts of the research have been presented in, among others: The Annual Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference/ASEACC (Ho Chi Minh City, 2010); Society for Cinema and Media Studies/ SCMS (New Orleans, 2011); “Religion and the Digital Age” conference, organized by the NYU Center for Religion and Media (New York, 2013); American Anthropological Association/AAA Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C., 2014).


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