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 dissertation, 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.
email: iskandar dot zulkarnain dot 78 at gmail dot com
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