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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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Research Outputs

The Wandering

Paramaditha, I., 13 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) London: Harvill Secker. 439 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Five Indonesian authors you should read, or: Intan Paramaditha on the inescable politics of lists

Paramaditha, I., 8 Mar 2019, Literary Hub.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Apple and Knife

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

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Mother, Monster

    Paramaditha, I., Dec 2018, In : Oh Comely. 46, p. 24-25 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access


    • 2 Invited talk

    Merrily we go to hell

    Karen Pearlman (Speaker), Kathryn Millard (Speaker), Nicole J Anderson (Speaker), Catharine Lumby (Speaker), Intan Paramaditha (Speaker), Stefan Solomon (Speaker)
    26 Jun 20191 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Sydney Writers Festival

    Intan Paramaditha (Speaker)
    30 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk