Dr Edwin Jurriens

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Edwin Jurriëns is Lecturer in Indonesian Studies at The University of Melbourne and Adjunct Lecturer with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra. Before joining The University of Melbourne, Edwin 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 Master's (1996) and undergraduate degrees in Literature and Indonesian Studies from Leiden University, and he also studied at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta (1994-1995) and Andalas University in Padang (1992). Dr Jurriëns is co-editor of the Asian Visual Cultures book series of Amsterdam University Press and the principal supervisor of four current PhD projects on contemporary art and the media in various parts of Asia.

In 2016, he was co-convenor of the Australian National University (ANU) annual Indonesia Update conference on ‘Digital Indonesia’. In 2014, he was one of the academic leaders of a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-sponsored Australian Awards Fellowships program focusing on contemporary art, culture and society in Indonesia and Timor Leste. In 2008, he was Visiting Fellow with the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden. Dr Jurriëns’ main research interests are in the media and contemporary art. His research has focused on various form of social engagement represented in or facilitated by a diverse range of media and art forms in Indonesia.

His latest book, Visual Media in Indonesia: Video Vanguard (Routledge, 2017) deals with creative media creating awareness about and presenting more sustainable scenarios for the interconnection between virtual, material and natural environments. With Dr Ross Tapsell, he is currently editing a book on Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence, to be published by ISEAS in 2017. Previously, he has authored and edited books on the role of society, culture and art in disaster relief efforts in the Asia-Pacific region (Disaster Relief in the Asia-Pacific: Agency and Resilience; Routledge, 2014); the role of radio in facilitating discourse contributing to Indonesia’s transition to democracy (From Monologue to Dialogue: Radio and Reform in Indonesia; Brill, 2009); the role of art and the media in interconnecting expressions of cosmopolitanism and patriotism in Asia (Cosmopatriots: On Distant Belongings and Close Encounters; Brill, 2007); and the role of local-language television, radio and music in representing and creating hybridized forms of identity in West Java (Cultural Travel and Migrancy: The Artistic Representation of Globalization in the Electronic Media of West Java; Brill, 2004). Some of his work has been translated into Indonesian and Chinese.

Dr Jurriëns’ is strongly committed to area studies as a unique field of interdisciplinary, interdiscursive and intercultural research and teaching. His work approaches Asia-related studies not merely as the studies of geopolitical entities, but as a multi-layered scholarly paradigm in which the studies of language, society and culture are interconnected and mutually enriching. Dr Jurriëns’ undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision cover media, art, literature, culture and society in Indonesia and elsewhere in Asia. 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 (including gender, class and religion).

Dr Jurriëns’ has a strong record in public engagement activities in collaboration with various organisations in Melbourne, including Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Indonesian Film Festival and the Indonesian Language and Culture Centre for Victoria and Tasmania. 


Jurriëns E, 2017, Visual Media in Indonesia Video Vanguard, Routledge

Jurriens EC, 2009, From monologue to dialogue: Radio and reform in Indonesia, 1, KITLV Press, Leiden

Jurriens EC; de Kloet J, 2007, Cosmopatriots: On Distant Belongings and Close Encounters, Rodopi, Amsterdam-New York

Jurriens EC, 2004, Cultural Travel And Migrancy: The Artistic Representation Of Globalization In The Electronic Media Of West Java, Original, Kitlv Press, Leiden, The Netherlands

Book Chapters

Jurriens EC, 2015, 'Shaping spaces: video art communities in Indonesia', in Hatley B (ed.), Performing contemporary Indonesia: celebrating identity, constructing community, edn. Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-Land-, Leiden: Brill, pp. 98 - 119

Zhang J; Jurriens E; Sakai M, 2014, 'Lessons from disaster relief in the Asia Pacific', in Sakai M; Jurriens E; Zhang J; Thornton A (ed.), Agency in Asia Pacific Disaster Relief, Routledge, Oxton and New York, pp. 209 - 216, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356

Sakai M; Jurriens E; Thornton A; Zhang J, 2014, 'Coping with disaster: Agency and resilience in the Asia-Pacific context', in Sakai M; Thornton A; Jurriens E; Zhang J (ed.), Agency in Asia Pacific Disaster Relief, Routledge, Oxton and New York, pp. 3 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315884356

Jurriens EC, 2014, ''From early warning system to trauma healing: alternative media and disater relief in Central Java'', in Sakai M; Jurriens E; Zhang J; Thornton A (ed.), Disaster relief in the Asia-Pacific: agency and resilience, Routledge, London and New York, pp. 147 - 168

Jurriens EC, 2014, ''Mediating the metropolis: new media art as a laboratory for urban ecology in Indonesia', in Hjorth L; King N; Kataoka M (ed.), Art in the Asia-Pacific: intimate publics., Routledge, London and New York, pp. 173 - 190

Jurriens EC, 2009, 'Where prose meets video meets poetry: The writings of Krisna Murti [Ind translated]', in Essays on video art and new media: Indonesia and beyond, edn. Original, Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Yoygakarta, pp. 15 - 22

Jurriens EC, 2009, '`Hidupkan TV Anda!` Sebuah Perbandingan Televisi Komunitas di Australia - Belanda - Indonesia. [English version] `Turn on your TV!` A comparison between community television in Australia - the Netherlands Indonesia', in Televisi Komunitas: Pemberdayaan dan Media Literas [English Version] Community television: Empowerment and media Literacy, edn. First, Ford foundation et al, Jakarta, pp. 90 - 99

Jurriens EC, 2009, 'Wars within: The Story of Tempo (Janet Steele)', in Asian Studies Review, edn. 32 (4) 2008., Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, England, pp. 127 - 129

Jurriens EC, 2008, 'Television dreams: Simulation, for a new reality of Indonesia', in Heryanto A (ed.), Popular Culture in Indonesia, edn. Hardback, Routledge Press, London and New York, pp. 143 - 163

Jurriens EC, 2007, 'The Cosmopatriotism of Indonesia`s Radio-active Public Sphere', in Cosmopatriots: On Distant Belongings and Close Encounters, edn. Original, Rodopi, Amsterdam-New York, pp. 105 - 132

Jurriens EC; de Kloet J, 2007, 'Introduction: Cosmopatriots: On Distant Belongings and Close Encounters', in Cosmopatriots: On Distant Belongings and Close Encounters, edn. Original, Rodopi, Amsterdam-New York, pp. 9 - 18

Jurriens EC, 2003, 'Community radio in Indonesia: new Brechtian theatre in the era of Reform?', in Nordholt HS; Asnan G (ed.), Indonesia in transition : work in progress, edn. Original, Pustaka Pelajar, Yogyakarta, pp. 201 - 218

Spyer P; Arps B; Jurriens EC; van Heeren K; Sushartami W, 2002, 'Indonesian mediations: the re-imagining and re-imaging of community(s) in transition', in Nordholt HS; Abdullah I (ed.), Indonesia in search of transition, edn. Original, Pustaka Pelajar, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, pp. 177 - 206

Journal articles

Jurriens EC, 2016, 'The rise of Indonesian digital art', APPS Policy Forum

Jurriens EC, 2016, 'Digital can breach the divide', New Mandala

Jurriëns E, 2016, 'Intimate video? Creative bodies in the age of the selfie', Continuum, vol. 30, pp. 1 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2015.1073688

Jurriens EC, 2016, '"TV or not TV": spelling the Indonesian media with Veven Sp. Wardhana', Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde / Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia, pp. 33 - 65

Jurriens EC, 2013, ''Social participation in Indonesian media and art: echoes from the past, visions for the future'', Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde 169(1), pp. 7 - 36

Jurriens EC, 2011, 'A call for media ecology: The study of Indonesian popular culture revisited', Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 39, pp. 197 - 219, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13639811.2011.575619

Jurriens EC, 2010, 'Day without television: Indonesians act on their concerns about the new tele-visual environment', Inside Indonesia

Jurriens EC, 2010, ''Loven, Klarijn: Watching Si Doel: Television, Language and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Indonesia'', Anthropos, vol. 106, pp. 277 - 278

Jurriens EC, 2010, ''Indonesian video art: Discourse, display and development'', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, vol. 43, pp. 165 - 189

Jurriens EC, 2010, ''Video spa: Krisna Murti's treatment of the senses'', Bijdragen Tot de Taal- Land- En Volkenkunde, vol. 166, pp. 1 - 24

Jurriens EC, 2009, 'Motion and distortion: The media in the art of Jompet and Tintin', Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 37, pp. 277 - 297

Jurriens EC, 2009, 'Frying the Wires, Freeing the Waves', Inside Indonesia

Jurriens EC, 2008, 'No false echoes: polyphony in colonial and post-colonial times', International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter (IIAS), pp. 21 - 21

Jurriens EC, 2007, 'Indonesian Radio Culture: Modes of Address, Fields of Action', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, vol. 41, pp. 33 - 70

Jurriens EC, 2007, 'Battle Royal: Challenge to Political Parody on Indonesian Television', Inside Indonesia, vol. 90

Jurriens EC, 2006, 'Review of Hill and Sen`s `The Internet in Indonesia`s New Democracy', Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs, vol. 40:2, pp. 52 - 54

Jurriens EC, 2006, 'Radio Awards and the Dialogic Contestation of Indonesian Journalism', Indonesia and the Malay World, vol. 34:99, pp. 119 - 149