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Ariel Heryanto is Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia, and Director of Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre. He is also affiliated Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences.

Ariel’s long-standing contribution to the international scholarly community has been distributed in three broad and related areas: (i) the everyday politics of identity; (ii) trans-regional collaborations for building a post-Cold War Asian studies; and (iii) a search for innovative dialogues between area studies and the “new humanities”, particularly cultural studies, media studies, and postcolonial studies. While Indonesia is the country he knows best, he is keen on comparative studies across Asia and beyond.

He is the author of Identity and Pleasure; the politics of Indonesian screen culture, Singapore: NUS Press (2014); State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia: Fatally Belonging, London: Routledge (2007), editor of Popular Culture in Indonesia: Fluid Identities in Post-Authoritarian Politics, London & New York: Routledge (2008. His current research investigates Indonesia’s postcoloniality. Hundreds of his published writings, in English and Indonesian, are available for download, click here.

Research area keywords

  • Indonesia
  • culture
  • identity
  • power
  • violence
  • postcolonial

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Projects 2013 2022

Research Output 1995 2019

Heroism and the Pleasure and Pain of Mistranslation: The Case of The Act of Killing

Heryanto, A., 26 Mar 2019, Heroism as a Global Phenomenon in Contemporary Culture. Korte, B., Wendt, S. & Falkenhayner, N. (eds.). 1st ed. New York NY USA: Taylor & Francis, p. 167-188 22 p. (Routledge Studies in Cultural History).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Decolonising Indonesia, Past and Present

Heryanto, A., 2018, In : Asian Studies Review. 42, 4, p. 607-625 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Popular Culture and Identity Politics

Heryanto, A., 3 Jan 2018, Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia. Hefner, R. W. (ed.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 357-368 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

A Postcolonial Amnesia

Heryanto, A., 2016, Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia. Black, D., Khoo, O. & Iwabuchi, K. (eds.). London UK: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, p. 13-29 17 p. (Asian Cultural Studies: Transnational and Dialogic Approaches).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Benedict Anderson: A great inspiration

Heryanto, A., 2016, In : Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints. 64, 1, p. 159-166 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review