SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Workshop on Indonesian Cinema


Date: 17 October 2013Time: 9:30 AM

Finishes: 18 October 2013Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Royal Asiatic Society

Type of Event: Workshop

The Centre for South East Asian Studies at SOAS will be hosting five days of Indonesian film screenings from 16 to 20 October 2013. To coincide with this event, a workshop is planned which will bring together academics and students from the UK, Europe, Indonesia and the USA working on Indonesian cinema. The theme of the workshop will be as broad as possible in order to allow colleagues to exchange ideas regarding their current research. Hopefully a number of the papers presented at the workshop will be brought together for publication in a journal special issue.

The event will be held at Royal Asiatic Society, and is open to all. Registration is not necessary and students, academics and members of the public are welcome to attend the whole event or individual sessions. Those who will be attending are encouraged to email ( in advance so that sufficient refreshments may be provided. There is no fee for attendance though an appropriate donation is encouraged on the day to pay towards costs of the event.

The workshop is sponsored by the Indonesian Embassy in London, the Journal Indonesia and the Malay World, the Centre for South East Asian Studies, SOAS and the Centre for Film and Screen Studies, SOAS.

Dr Ben Murtagh and Ekky Imanjaya (co-organisers)

Watch Dr Ben Murtagh speak about the event

Thursday, 17 October 2013
9.30-10.00 Arrival and registration



Panel 1

(Chair Dr Ben Murtagh)

  • Dr Gerald Sim (Florida Atlantic University), The Act of Killing: A Study of Politics and Style
  • Eric Sasono (Nottingham, MA Student), Documentary film and democracy: The Act of Killings and representation of the 1965-66 mass-killings in Indonesia
11.00-11.30 Break
Film Screenings

Short films from BINUS students

Panel 2

(Chair Alicia Izharuddin)

  • Liza Ramli (SOAS, MA Student), Orientalism in Ayat-ayat Cinta
  • Katie Whitcombe (Oxford, Rhodes Scholar), Conversations on Tolerance: Exploring Religious Tensions in Indonesia through Film
13.00–14.00 Lunch
Panel 3

(Chair Tito Imanda)

  • Dr Carlo Bonura (SOAS), A Montage Ambivalence: Post-Authoritarian Indonesia in Amir Muhammed's The Year of Living Vicariously
  • Dag Yngvesson (Minnesota, PhD Candidate), Kuldesak and the Inexorable, Pulpy Cul-de-sac of Indonesian Film History
  • Ekky Imanjaya (East Anglia, PhD Candidate), Tromatized: The Political Economy of Dubbing in Troma Team’s Ferocious Female Freedom Fighters
15.30–16.00 Break
Panel 4

(Chair Dr Yvonne Michalik)

  • Tito Imanda (Universitas Bina Nusantara), Images from the Village: Indonesian Short Films made by Peasants
  • Ilma Fathnurfirda (Universitas Indonesia), Prioritization of motion picture industry strategies:using a swot-ahp analysis
Friday, 18 October 2013



Panel 5

(Chair Ekky Imanjaya)

  • Dr Yvonne Michalik (University Hamburg and Goethe University Frankfurt Main), Women Filmmakers in Indonesia
  • Dr Ben Murtagh (SOAS), Class and Gender Ambivalence in Two Dorce Films from the 1980s
11.00–11.30 Break
11.30 –13.00

Panel 6
(Chair Dag Yngvesson)

  • Kartika Susanti (Westminster, MA Student), Discourse of Development in Indonesian Commercial Film
  • Suraji (Search for Common Ground, Indonesia), The Transformative Power of Film in Indonesia
  • Short Films from Pesantren
13.00–14.00 Lunch
Guest Speaker

Dr Rachel Harrison (SOAS)

Film Screenings

Short films  from the village 

15.30–16.00 Break

Panel 7
(Chair Eric Sasono)

  • Alicia Izharuddin (SOAS, PhD Candidate), The Muslim female body in Indonesian cinema and the face veil as  ĽOther’
  • Ari Purnama (Groningen, PhD Candidate), Rise of the Religious Figure Biopic in Contemporary Indonesian Cinema

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