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14 September 2017

The CESASS academic team from Indonesia coming to AUT's PMC

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Borobudur, a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple near Yogyakarta, one of the world-renowned landmarks by the Indonesian city that hosts the Centre for SouthEast Asian Social Studies (CESASS) at Universitas Gadjah Mada. Image: UGM
14 September 2017

A team of seven academics from the Centre for Southeast Social Studies at the Universitas Gadjah Mada is visiting Auckland University of Technology next month.

They will be hosted by the School of Communication Studies and the Pacific Media Centre for a setries of workshops, seminars and professional exchanges. They will be in Auckland from October 1-13.

The Gadjah Mada University academics visiting AUT:

Dr Hermin Indah Wahyuni, director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS), Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia: Dr Wahyuni was born in Jember, East Java, Indonesia. She earned her doctoral degree in Leipzig University, Leipzig, Germany (2006). The title of the dissertation was “The Struggle to Create a Democratic Broadcasting System in Indonesia: Re-regulating Television after Political Transformation 1998”.

Now she dedicates her passion and knowledge to teaching at her Communications Department, Faculty of Politics and Social Science, Gadjah Mada University, where she finished her undergraduate and Master's degree studies.

Since 2015, Dr Hermin has been the director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada. She has research interests in Political Communication, Media Regulation, Media Governance, Press and Law, Journalism, Political Economy of the Media and Exploring Southeast Asian studies from the perspective of media and Communication Policy.

She has carried out several research projects in these topics and published in journals. Her best known books in Indonesia are titled Television and State Intervention, which was published in 2000, The Indonesian Broadcasting System (2008), and her latest book published in (2013) was The Policy of New Media in Indonesia.

She recently carried out research in “Digitalisation and Transforming Public Communication” (2013-2016). She is focusing on research about New Media Policy in Southeast Asian countries. Besides her academic interests, Dr Hermin loves orchids and gardens.

Dr Bevaola Kusumasari: She is a lecturer in the Department of Public Policy and Management, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

She graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Her expertise is in public policy, disaster management, and social policy.

Currently she serves as assistant dean on academic and research at the faculty.

Dr Muhamad Sulhan: He is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

He is the author of Dayak Menang, Indonesia yang Malang (Dayak Win, and Indonesian Lost), Media Barudi Indonesia (New Media in Indonesian Country), Film Indonesia Mencari Wajah Baru (Find Out Indonesian’s Cinema), and of numerous chapters on qualitative research, television studies, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) studies, and other aspects of communication studies.

He is interested in media studies and sociological aspect of politic. Sulhan finished his PhD’s programmes in the Department of Sociology UGM with the dissertation “Homo Ludens as Political Communication in Television Talk Show” (2014).

Dr Budi Irawanto: He is associate professor (lektor kepala) in the Department of Communication Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. He completed his research on cultural politics of contemporary Indonesian and Malaysian cinema for his PhD programme in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

He wrote two books on Indonesian cinema and contributed articles to the Asian Cinema journal, and edited the volume Asian Documentary Today (2012) and Politics and the Media in the Twenty-First Century Indonesia: A Decade of Democracy (2011). Since 2006, he served as director of Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival. He also served as jury members in many national and international film festivals.

Dr Novi Kurnia: Sheis a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Communication Science at Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Dr Kurnia is also a researcher at Pemantau Regulasi dan Regulator Media (PR2Media), a research centre on media regulation and regulator, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Dr Kurnia finished her PhD study at Flinders University, South Australia, in 2014. Her thesis is about women film directors and their films in post-New Order Indonesia.

Dr Kurnia is also the founder and the chairperson of IFfest (Indonesian Film Festival) which held in Adelaide in 2006, 2008, and 2009. She is also organiser as well as a judge for several local and international film festivals. Her main interests are gender and media, film studies, political economy of media, media regulation, and digital literacy. Her works have been published in national and international journals and books.

Andi Awaluddin Fitrah, MA: Andi Awaluddin Fitrah is a junior reseacher in the Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies (CESASS). He is originally from South Sulawesi. He graduated from the Communication Department, Universitas Gadjah Mada.

His research interests are new media policy, digital divide and social aspects of internet. His current research project is "Southeast Asia Digital Policy Landscape: Analysis of Ideas, Structure, and Actors of Digital Policy in Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, and Myanmar". In CESASS, he has also served in the publication and workshop division.

Apriline Widani, MA, MPhil: Apriline Widani received her BA degree in English Literature from Universitas Gadjah Mada with a cum laude honours in 2012. She just recently earned her MA degree in Religious and Crosscultural Studies from Universitas Gadjah Mada and MPhil degree in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Oslo.

She wrote two masters theses on the issue of gender equality and Islamic radicalisation in Indonesia. She presented her research entitled “Radicalisation and Women’s Issues Seen in Women’s Participation in Islamic Radical Movements: A Case Study of Java, Indonesia” at the Asia Research Institute (ARI), the National University of Singapore in July 2017.

Her strong interests in human rights fields are refugee and asylum law, development, democracy, poverty reduction, gender equality and religious freedom. She has been actively involved in some volunteer works related to refugees, development and social workers.


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The CESASS office at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. Image: UGM

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