Associate Professor Thomas Barker

PhD (NUS), PGCHE (Nottingham)
Honorary Associate Professor, Humanities Research Centre
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Media Studies 470107
  • Asian Cultural Studies 470202
  • Screen And Media Culture 470214
  • Indonesian Languages 470312
  • Sociology Of Culture 441008


Thomas Barker is an honorary associate professor in the Humanities Research Centre appointed in 2022 and formerly head of school and associate professor at the University of Nottingham Malaysia. He has held visiting positions at UCLA, National Chengchi University, Universitas Indonesia, and the National University of Singapore. In 2019 he was an Asia Research Scholar at the National Library of Australia.

Working in the field of cultural sociology I focus on the screen industries in Southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia and Malaysia. 

I am the author of Indonesian Cinema after the New Order: Going Mainstream (2019, HKU Press) and the co-editor of Southeast Asia on Screen: From Independence to Financial Crisis (1945-1998) (2020, AUP).


Researcher's projects

History of Indonesian cinema 1950-1966

Censorship and creative freedom in Malaysia

Pencak silat and transnational cinema in Indonesia

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