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

I teach in the Department of Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges as a visiting assistant professor.

My research deals with global digital media cultures, with particular interest in Indonesia. I am currently working on a project that 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 are Indonesian Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) movement, development of nationalistic massively multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG), and nationalistic activisms through social media. 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. Besides this project, I am also researching the early history of videogames in Indonesia and global animation.

Since 2016, I have been co-organizing the Global Digital Humanities (DH) Working Group with funding from the Central New York Humanities Corridor/Mellon Foundation. The Global DH Working Group is created to explore issues and debates key to the development of a more critical, comprehensive, and global perspective of digital humanities practice. The working group has organized events such as public lecture by Lisa Nakamura titled, “Decolonizing Digital Networks: Women of Color Feminism, Open Access, and What It Means to be Woke,”a Digital Diaspora Symposium at the University of Rochester, and “Hashtag Activism: A Conversation with Moya Bailey” at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Currently the working group is organizing activities focusing on the theme of intersectionality and/in digital humanities and digital activism. 


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

Humanities Commons: https://hcommons.org/members/zhoel13/

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Iskandar_Zulkarnain23


  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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