Digital Peripheries features writings about digital cultures and theories by Iskandar “Izul” Zulkarnain.

I did my Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies (VCS) at the University of Rochester. My interests broadly cover digital media studies, new media art, postcolonial and counter-culture discourses, technocultures, popular cultures, and digital humanities.

My book manuscript project, Programming Archipelago: Digital Visual Cultures and Nationalism in Indonesia, examines various forms of digital nationalism in post-authoritarian Indonesia and connects them to the historical trajectory of media technologies and nationalism in the country. Among the things that I look at in my dissertation are Indonesian Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) movement, development of nationalistic Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, and nationalistic activisms through social media. Currently I am in the process of turning my dissertation into a book manuscript. The book project aims to demonstrate the impact of the digital on new forms of collaboration in emerging economies and to shed light on how non-mainstream, non-western digital actors work through tensions around nationalism, technology, creativity, and community.

From 2010 to 2014, I have been involved as a member of the Editorial Board for InVisible Culture, a journal on visual culture run by graduate students in VCS at the University of Rochester. In 2015 I held a position as a visiting assistant professor in Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Currently, I am a Mellon/CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Visual Studies at the University of Rochester where I am affiliated with the Digital Humanities Center and my alma mater department, Graduate Program of Visual and Cultural Studies.

Contact Info:

email: iskandar dot zulkarnain dot 78 at gmail dot com

twitter: at zhoel13

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/iskandar-zulkarnain/20/421/796

Academia: https://rochester.academia.edu/iskandarzulkarnain


  1. Hakim

    Halo Pak, I am Hakim from Indonesia. It is a fortune for me to reach your blog here. Presently I am working on my PhD thesis proposal about the psychological aspect of digital nationalism in Indonesia. Its just a beginning, so your articles help much! Hope we discuss more later by email. Thanks!

    • zhoel13

      Hi Hakim,
      Thanks for your kind words. It’s really great to see other Indonesians doing similar research on digital nationalism. Sure, you can email me anytime, I’m more than happy to discuss about Indonesian digital nationalism with you. Best of luck with your proposal!

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