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Intan Paramaditha is an academic and a fiction writer. She holds a Ph.D from New York University and teaches Media and Film Studies at Macquarie University, Sydney. Her research and teaching interests include feminism, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism, postcolonial studies, and global film, media, and activism.


Prior to her appointment at Macquarie University, she taught at the University of Indonesia and Sarah Lawrence College. Her academic articles have appeared in journals such as Visual Anthropology, Film Quarterly, Asian Cinema, Jump Cut, Social Identities, and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies as well as edited volumes such as Southeast Asian Independent Cinema, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures andDictionnaire des femmes créatrices. She has received awards and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, Mellon/ American Council of Learned Societies, NYU Jay Leyda Award for Academic Excellence, American Association of University Women, and Fulbright. She was a visiting scholar at the Royal Netherlands of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and is involved in the Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas Conference (ASEACC).

Literary Works 

She writes fiction in Indonesian language and has received national awards including Kompas Best Short Story Award (2013) and Tempo Best Literary Fiction (2017). She is the author of Apple and Knife, a short story collection translated by Stephen J. Epstein and published in Australia by Brow Books and in the U.K. by Harvill Secker/ Penguin Random House in 2018. Her novel The Wandering (trans. Stephen J. Epstein), winner of PEN Translates Award (UK) and PEN/ Heim Translation Fund Grant (U.S.), will be published by Harvill Secker in 2020.


She has been invited to present her research at academic institutions such as Yale University, University of Hawaii, New York University, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Leiden University, Goethe University Frankfurt, University of Minnesota, University of Melbourne, and University of Sydney. As an author she has been invited to international literary/ arts events and festivals including Sydney Writers’ Festival, Broadside Feminist Ideas Festival, New Zealand Festival, Europalia Arts Festival in Brussels, London Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, Jakarta International Literary Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, George Town Literary Festival, and Hong Kong International Writers Festival.


ICOM811 Issues in Contemporary Global Media (Postgraduate)

MAS304 Screens, Images, Ideas - with a focus on "Travel and Cinema" (Undergraduate)

Education/Academic qualification

Cinema Studies, Ph.D, New York University

English, M.A., University of California - San Diego

English, B.A., University of Indonesia

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Outputs 2008 2019

Narratives of discovery: Joshua Oppenheimer's films on Indonesia's 1965 mass killings and the global human rights discourse

Paramaditha, I., 2019, In : Social Identities. 25, 4, p. 512-522 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

human rights

Apple and Knife

Paramaditha, I. & Epstein, S. J. (Translator), 2018, Brow Books. 208 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Female Body

'Ponti' is about how society turns women into monsters

Paramaditha, I., 13 Sep 2018, Electric Literature.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Open Access

Q! Film Festival as cultural activism: strategic cinephilia and the expansion of a queer counterpublic

Paramaditha, I., 15 Mar 2018, In : Visual Anthropology. 31, 1-2, p. 74-92 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

film festival
middle class

Film studies in Indonesia: an experiment of a new generation

Paramaditha, I., 2017, In : Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde. 173, 2-3, p. 357 – 375 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Invited talk

Sydney Writers Festival

Intan Paramaditha (Speaker)
30 Jun 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk