Contributors to Intersections
Issue 30

Moh Yasir Alimi is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Semarang State University (UNNES) Indonesia. He completed his PhD at the Australian National University with a thesis entitled 'Inculcating Islam: The Public Sphere and the Islamic Traditions in South Sulawesi.' His publications include, among others, 'Women Movement in Indonesia,' a chapter in Oxford Islamic Studies Online (2011), Jenis Kelamin Tuhan (1999), Dekonstruksi Seksualitas Poskolonial (2004) and some book reviews in The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (TAPJA). He also writes commentaries in Indonesian newspapers such as Republika, Kompas, and particularly the Jakarta Post from the inspiration he draws from both meditations and anthropological imagination. His research interests include religion in the public sphere, religion and the internet, gender and sexuality, deradicalisation, and the sociology and the anthropology of contemporary Muslim societies. In Semarang State University, he currently chairs the Centre for Multiculturalism, Democracy and Character Building (CULDERAC) where he initiates a project on the reconstruction of social sciences and social life through love.

Ruth Barraclough teaches modern Korean history at the Australian National University and is the author of Factory Girl Literature: Sexuality, Violence and Literature in Industrializing Korea (University of California Press, 2012). She is the co-editor of Gender and Labour in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class (Routledge, 2009). Currently Ruth is working with Paula Rabinowitz and Heather Bowen-Struyk on an edited volume entitled Sex, Texts, Comrades: Red Love and the Representations of Class, which examines early communist women in the Asia-Pacific—the 'Kollontais of the East'.

Priya Chattier is a Gender Studies Coordinator at the University of the South Pacific. She completed her PhD in Sociology at the Australian National University in 2008. Her doctoral research explored the dynamics of survival, self-respect and agency in the lived experiences of women living in poverty in rural Fiji. Priya's work is located at the intersections of academic and activist work on gender equality, women's economic empowerment, gender relations, Hindu womanhood and Hinduism, and social change in contemporary Fiji and the Pacific Island Countries. Her recent publications focus on the capability approach and gender-sensitive measures of poverty and also on Indian diaspora, gender and Hinduism in Fiji. She is also involved in various research projects including an Australian Research Council research grant for Fiji-based fieldwork on Assessing Development: Designing Better Indices for Poverty and Gender Equity and was a lead researcher for World Bank qualitative rapid assessment in Fiji informing the World Development Report 2012 on 'gender and economic choice'.

Saumitra Chakravarty is Professor and Head of Dept of English in VVS College, Bangalore, India. Her articles have been published in books and in journals like Il Bianco e il Nero and Le Simplegadi of the University of Udine, Italy and her poems in Bells of the University of Barcelona, in The Atlantic Literary Review, The Literary Criterion, The Critical Endeavour, India. Her published books include The Silent Cry, The Endangered Self (co-author with S Ramaswamy), Three Sides of Life. She has worked on a project on Partnership Studies in World Literatures Written in English for the University of Udine and her article on 'The Feminine Divine: Partnership Studies in the works of Toni Morrison and Mahasweta Devi,' published in the ensuing Conference proceedings at Udine, 2007. She has worked for a Translation project for the British Council and the University of Warwick. Her current work focuses mainly on the Goddess and on Comparative Studies of Folklore.
Jennifer Coates is currently in the second year of her PhD study, focusing on the representation of the female body in the context of national crisis, as shown in postwar Japanese film. Jennifer is based at the School of Oriental and African Studies' Centre for Media and Film (London), having undertaken language training as a Japanese Government Scholar at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and completed archival research at the Library of Congress on a Kluge fellowship. Her research interests include the mediation of national anxiety through images of the female body, and the ways in which the female image is utilised in nation-building projects.

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Stella Hutagalung Stella Hutagalung is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the Australian National University. She did her fieldwork in Kupang, Indonesia, from December 2010 to January 2012. Her research focuses on variable expressions of local Islamic practice in Kupang and their intersections with cultural diversity. She obtained her MPhil in the Anthropology of Development from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 2007.

Nurul Ilmi Idrus is a columnist and a lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, Hasanuddin University. She graduated from the Australian National University in 2003, and her research concerned the issues associated with gender, sexuality, law, politics and HIV and AIDS, and the social life related to chemical use. Her recent related article, 'State Regulations, Islam and Local Practice of Marriage among the Bugis in South Sulawesi,' was published in Changing Marriage Patterns in Southeast Asia: Economic and Socio-cultural Dimensions, edited by Gavin Jones et al., London: Routledge, 2011.

Marjaana Jauhola is a postdoctoral researcher in Development Studies at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland. She holds PhD from Aberystwyth University in International Politics (2010). Her PhD focused on the politics and normativity of gender mainstreaming initiatives in the post-tsunami and post-conflict reconstruction efforts in Aceh, Indonesia (Routledge forthcoming). In her postdoctoral study, she continues her research on post-disaster/conflict memoryscapes, social and spatial vernacular memory as a site of struggle: provoking norms in relation to gender, class, caste, ethnicity, sexuality and religion, in particular through normative calls for piety and propriety in Aceh, Gujrat and Finnish Lapland. Dr. Jauhola has nearly fifteen years experience as a development aid practitioner and she currently follows the national implementation of UNSC 1325 in Finland as a researcher, and vice-chair of the civil society 1325 network.

Eva F. Nisa (Eva F. Amrullah) is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Anthropology, School of Culture, History and Language, the Australian National University. She completed her B.A. in 2001 at Al-Azhar University and her M.A. in 2004 at Universiteit Leiden. She taught at the School of Humanities and Social Science, the University of New South Wales. Currently, she is a DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) researcher at Asien-Afrika-Institut, Universität Hamburg. Her research interests are Islam, gender, literature, subjectivity, piety, agency, subculture, fashion and media. Her publications include 'Embodied Faith: Agency and Obedience among Face-veiled University Students in Indonesia,' The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology (2012); 'Marriage and Divorce for the Sake of Religion: The Marital Life of Cadari in Indonesia,' Asian Journal of Social Science (2011); 'Female Voices on Jakarta's Da'wa Stage,' Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs (2012); 'Seeking Sanctuary in the "Age of Disorder": Women in Contemporary Tablighi Jamā?at,' Contemporary Islam (2011); 'Der Erfolg von Ayat-Ayat Cinta und die Entstehung der, Gesichtsschleier Romane' in zeitgenössischer indonesischer Erzählliteratur,' Hamburger Südostasienstudien (2011); 'Wahhabism', Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History (2010); 'Indonesian Muslim Fashion: Styles & Designs,' ISIM Review (2008).

Alimatul Qibtiyah is a PhD Student in the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies at University of Western Sydney, NSW Australia, sponsored by the Ministry of National Education of the Republic of Indonesia. She is supervised by Prof. Julia D Howell. Her research focuses on self-identified feminists and the conceptualisation of gender in Islam among Indonesian Muslim gender activist and scholars at University. She got her first Masters degree in Social Psychology from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta and her second Masters degree in Women's Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, USA in 2005 under a Fulbright Scholarship. She has attended various national and international seminars and courses on women's issues such as the Internship Program at McGill University under CIDA Scholarship; Annual Women's Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA, the Oxford Muntada seminar sponsored by the British Council at Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and the Australia Indonesia Muslim Leader Exchange Program, nominated and sponsored by the AII in Melbourne and Canberra. She has been working as a lecturer at the Islamic State University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta since 1997.

Kirsti Rawstron is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wollongong. Her current research addresses the effectiveness of United Nations Human Rights Conventions in improving women's rights in Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, First Class) in Japanese Language and Culture and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She spent a year at the University of Tokyo as part of the AIKOM exchange program. Her latest publication is in New Voices (vol. 4), and she presented at the 2011 Japanese Studies Association of Australia conference in Melbourne Australia as well the 2012 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference in Toulouse, France.

Kathryn Robinson is an Anthropologist whose research has been focused on Indonesia, especially the provinces of South and Southeast Sulawesi. The local impacts of the Sorowako nickel project have been a particular focus. Publications include Stepchildren of Progress: The Political Economy of Development in an Indonesian Mining Town, SUNY Press, 1986, and she has also written extensively on gender relations in Indonesia (most recently Gender Islam and Democracy in Indonesia, Routledge, 2010). Currently she is leading a research team funded by an Australian research Council (ARC) grant focusing on expressions and practice of Islam in eastern Indonesia. Other research grants in the last decade have focused on internet mediated transnational marriage, and the experience of adolescence in Indonesia.

Faried F. Saenong is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the Australian National University. He is presently working on local Islam and Muslim practices in South Sulawesi, Eastern Indonesia. He undertook a visiting fellowship in KITLV Leiden under the sponsor of the Australian-Netherlands Research Collaboration (ANRC). He pursued his master degrees from Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands and the University of Manchester, the United Kingdom. His research interests include the anthropology of Muslim societies, Islamic studies, Indonesian studies, Bugis-Makassar Diasporas, Muslims in Europe, authenticity, religiosity and ethnicity. His key publications include 'Help! Not Blame! Voicing the Role of Muslims and Anthropologist on HIV/AIDS in Indonesia,' in Faried F. Saenong & Eko N.M. Saputro (eds), Enlightenment from Within: Discourses of Governance, Economics, and Religion in Contemporary Indonesia (Canberra: Minaret, 2007), 'Scripting Piety in Proper Sexual Arts: Shi'I Elements in Bugis-Makassar Texts' in M. Feener and C. Formichi (eds), Shi'ism and Beyond: 'Alied Piety' in Muslim Southeast Asia (London: I.B. Tauris, 2012 forthcoming). He has delivered papers at conferences in Australia, Dubai, Singapore, Leiden, Gothenburg, and Hong Kong among others.

Shelly Tara is presently working as Senior Fellow in the Women's Studies and Development Centre, University of Delhi, India. Her doctoral research is from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. Her research explores how unmarried women call centre agents are negotiating marriage and public space through their agency and parental support. Her research interests cover Gender, Space, Globalisation, ICT and Work. Her recent publications include: 'Private space in public transport: locating gender in Delhi Metro,' Economic and Political Weekly, XLVI (51), 2011. 'Marriage and midnight work: a qualitative study of unmarried women call center agents in India,' Marriage & Family Review, 47(4) 2011: 197–212.

Phillip Winn is Senior Research Associate on the ARC Discovery Project 'Being Muslim in Eastern Indonesia: Practice, Politics & Culture' and a Research Fellow in Anthropology within the School of Culture, History and Language at the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University. His current research foci include national trends in public religiosity in Indonesia and their impact on Muslims in local settings, in addition to a longstanding interest in the role of religious expressions of governmentality in shaping moral thinking, everyday sociality and identity. To date, his main research sites have involved Southeast Sulawesi and Maluku. A developing area of interest concerns the part played by community religious leaders in influencing and transforming local forms of environmental ethics along with emerging notions of an 'eco-Islam' in Indonesia and elsewhere.


Published with the support of the Gender Relations Centre, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.
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