Dr Ariel Heryanto

College of Asia & the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Consumption And Everyday Life 200203
  • Postcolonial Studies 200211
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Screen And Media Culture 200212

Research interests

Ariel’s interest is in power relations in everyday life, postcoloniality, semantic history (key words), discourse analysis, media, and popular culture. Although Indonesia is the country he knows best, he is keen on comparative studies especially among the neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia.


Ariel Heryanto is Professor at The School of Culture, History and Language. He joined The ANU in 2009 and held the position as Head of Southeast Asia Centre, Faculty of Asian Studies before it transformed into the School of Culture, History and Language. Previously he was convener of Indonesian Program of the Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne. His first two degrees (Sarjana Muda and Doktorandus) were in Education from Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Indonesia. He gained his MA degree in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan (USA), and PhD degree in cultural anthropology from Monash University. From March 2017, Ariel will take the position of Herb Feith Professor for the Study of Indonesia at Monash University.

Career Highlights

Since 1998, Ariel has been deeply involved in a series of trans-national initiatives for building a region-based Southeast Asian studies. Over the past 30 years he has published more than 600 opinion columns for the Indonesian major print media on culture, arts, language, politics, law, ideology, gender, religion, history, education, nationalism, racism, and social classes, as well as reviews of books, films and theatre performances. Open access to his published work is available at http://arielheryanto.wordpress.com/

Researcher's projects

  • Group of Eight Australia – Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme (DAAD), "Social Identities in Contemporary Indonesia; a new framework of studying Asia" (2014-2015)
  • ARC DP130102960 "Indonesia's Postcolonialism: Absent, Misrecognised or Suppressed?" (2013-2015)
  • ARC DP130102990 "Mobile Indonesians: social differentiation and digital literacies in the 21st century", with Dr Emma Baulch and A/Prof Jeremy Watkins (2013-2015)
  • ARC DP0984905 "Pop Cultures in Indonesia: a New Asian Politics of Pleasure and Identity" (2009-2012)
  • ARC DP0984681, "Middle Classes, New Media and Indie Networks in Post Authoritarian Indonesia", with APD Dr Emma Baulch (2009-2012)

Current student projects

"Masculinity in Indonesian Cinema" (PhD), Evi Eliyanah

"Media representation of Indian diaspora in Indonesia" (PhD), Maria Myutel

"Tradition and modernity: Negotiating constructed binaries in Indonesian popular culture" (PhD), Meghan Downes

"State And Religious Violence In Post-New Order Indonesia" (PhD), A'an Suryana

"Indos (Eurasians) in Indonesia since 1949" (PhD), Rosalind Hewett

"Transitions in Thai Leisure Culture: 1920s - 1950s" (PhD), Preedee Hongsaton

"Artists in society; cycles of practice and participation in Indonesia" (PhD), Elly Kent


Projects and Grants

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