Dr Edwin Jurriëns is Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at the Asia Institute of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Melbourne, and Visiting Fellow with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra. Before joining The University of Melbourne, he was Lecturer in Indonesian Studies and Southeast Asian Social Inquiry at UNSW Canberra (2004-2012) and Postdoctoral Fellow at Leiden University, The Netherlands (2001-2003). He holds a PhD (2001) and double Master’s (1996) and undergraduate degrees in Literature and Indonesian Studies from Leiden University. He also studied at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta (1994-1995) and Andalas University in Padang (1992).
His research, teaching and engagement interests are in contemporary art, media, culture, language and society in Asia, particularly Indonesia. His research focuses on theories and manifestations of media ecology; participatory art and media; new media art; environmental art; discourse, representation and aesthetics; globalisation, cosmopolitanism and local culture; identity politics; the public sphere; urban space; the creative industry; and disaster relief. His monographs include Visual media in Indonesia: video vanguard (Routledge, 2017), From monologue to dialogue: radio and reform in Indonesia (KITLV Press/Brill, 2009), and Cultural travel and migrancy: the artistic representation of globalization in the electronic media of West Java (2004). He is co-editor of Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence (ISEAS, 2017), Disaster relief in the Asia Pacific: agency and resilience (Routledge, 2014) and Cosmopatriots: on distant belongings and close encounters. (Rodopi/Brill, 2007). He is also co-editor of the Asian Visual Cultures book series of Amsterdam University Press.
He has developed and published his research in various collaborative research programs, including the 2016 ANU Indonesia Update and DFAT-sponsored ‘Digital Indonesia’ project focusing on the political economy, activism, creativity, knowledge production, identity politics and commercial activity surrounding digital media in Indonesia; the 2014 Australian Awards Fellowship program with academics, curators, artists and cultural activists from Indonesia and Timor Leste focusing on the role of creativity in cultural diplomacy and trauma healing; the 2011 UNSW Asia-Pacific Seminar Series on disaster relief in the Asia-Pacific region; and the Leiden University-based research programs Indonesian Mediations, sponsored by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) from 2001 to 2003, and Verbal Art in the Audio-Visual Media of Indonesia, sponsored by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) from 1996 to 2001, which both focused on creative mediations of culture, society and politics in Indonesia.
His postgraduate supervision covers contemporary and media with a focus on Asia/Indonesia. His current undergraduate teaching includes all levels of Indonesian language, Asian Arts: Networks and Hubs, Media and Urban Culture in Asia, Creative Industries in Indonesia, Literature: Reading Indonesian Lives, Analysing Indonesia: Concepts and Issues, and Diversity: Identities in Indonesia.