Ariel Heryanto

Professor Emeritus Ariel Heryanto

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2016
  • Section(s): Cultural And Communication Studies, Asian Studies


Ariel is Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia at Monash University. Previously he was Professor at the School of Culture, History and Language of The Australian National University. He is the author of Identity and Pleasure; the politics of Indonesian screen culture, Singapore: NUS Press (2014); State Terrorism And Political Identity In Indonesia: Fatally Belonging, London: Routledge (2007), editor of Popular Culture in Indonesia: Fluid Identities in Post-Authoritarian Politics, London & New York: Routledge (2008), and co-editor of Pop Culture Formations Across East Asia, Seoul: Jimoondang (2010).

Ariel Heryanto’s long-standing contribution to the international scholarly community has been distributed in three broad and related areas: everyday politics of identity; trans-regional collaborations for building a post-Cold War Asian studies; and a search for innovative dialogues between area studies and the new humanities, particularly cultural studies, media studies, and postcolonial studies. While Indonesia is the country he knows best, he is keen on comparative studies across Asia and beyond. His current research investigates Indonesia’s postcoloniality.

Acknowledgement of Country

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