Artist Interview

Back in October, I was interviewed by Lisa Takahashi from the Jackson's Art. Not as a scholar, researcher, or professor, but as an artist. Below is an opening paragraph from the interview. Merlyna Lim won the People’s Choice Award in our Urban Sketching Competition back in July. Her sketch of Cadiz was an ambitious composition …

ALiGN Media Lab

The media lab I'd been working on for years was finally launched on September 18th, 2017. It is called ALiGN Media Lab -- ALiGN is short for Alternative Global Network. The launch went well, attended by colleagues, (future) partners, students, and friends. It was quite an adventure to prepare for the launch itself. But beyond …

Podcast: social media, politics and the ‘freedom to hate’

"The Jakarta gubernatorial election, held earlier this year, was perhaps the most divisive and bitterly fought campaign seen in modern Indonesian politics. Social media and the internet played a large role in the campaign, which was characterised by racism and sectarianism. But how much can we blame the internet for the bitterness of the campaign …

Freedom to Hate: Social Media, Algorithmic Enclaves, and the Rise of Tribal Nationalism in Indonesia

Sometimes, when emotion runs high, I take a really long walk, daydream, debate with myself, and then write a lot. Oh well, probably "write a lot" needs to be expanded to: sleep, write, write, write, sleep, sleep, sleep :-D. My latest article article was produced in one of such moments. Of course, this situation is …

#Scholartivism: Traveling professor-scholar-doodler

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js My scholarship brings me places. In the last fifteen years, since I published my first international journal article, I've been blessed with hundreds of invitations from many great and generous individuals all over the world that enable me to experience new places and cultures and, moreover, engage with diverse people. Traveling has become my middle …