Intan Paramaditha


She was born in Bandung (Nov 15, 1979), and currently lives in Sydney

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Intan Paramaditha (born in Bandung, November 15, 1979) is an Indonesian author and a film/ media scholar currently based in New York City. Both her fiction and academic writings explore the relations between gender and sexuality, culture, and politics.

Many of her stories are inspired by horror fiction, myths, and fairy tales. She has published two collections of short stories: Sihir Perempuan (Black Magic Woman, 2005), shortlisted for the 2005 Khatulistiwa Literary Award, and Kumpulan Budak Setan (The Devil’s Slaves Club, 2010), a tribute to Indonesia’s most prolific horror writer, Abdullah Harahap, which she co-wrote with Eka Kurniawan and Ugoran Prasad. In 2011-2012 she collaborated with the theatre group Teater Garasi in adapting her short story, “Goyang Penasaran” (Obsessive Twist), for a stage play. She received the 2013 Kompas Best Short Story Award for her short story, “Klub Solidaritas Suami Hilang” (The Solidarity Club of the Missing Husbands). Some of her short stories were translated into English and German and published in a trilingual mini book, Spinner of Darkness & Other Tales (2015).

She received her Ph.D from New York University (2014) and has written on film/ media practices and activism in relation to sexual politics, censorship, nation, and religion. Her doctoral dissertation (awarded distinction) has been supported by fellowships from the Social Science Research Council IDRF, ACLS/ Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, and American Association of University Women. She has been an invited speaker at universities and film festivals, and her articles appear in journals including Film Quarterly, Jump Cut, and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies as well as edited volumes such as Southeast Asian Independent Cinema and Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. She is currently a guest faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.


  Apple and Knife
Collection of Short Stories
208 page(s), The Lifted Brow
  Gentayangan: Pilih Sendiri Petualangan Sepatu Merahmu
(The Wandering: Choose Your Own Red Shoes Adventure)
512 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  Spinner of Darkness & Other Tales
Collection of Short Stories
212 page(s),
  Indonesian Women Writers
268 page(s), Regiospectra
  Klub Solidaritas Suami Hilang: Cerpen Pilihan Kompas 2013
Collection of Short Stories
248 page(s), Penerbit Buku Kompas
  Goyang Penasaran
282 page(s), Kepustakaan Populer Gramedia (KPG)
  Kumpulan Budak Setan
Collection of Short Stories
174 page(s), Gramedia Pustaka Utama
  Sihir Perempuan
150 page(s), KataKita

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What Media Say

Scaring away patriarchy with feminist author Intan Paramaditha (Jun 06, 2018)
Intan Paramaditha: Can’t be silenced (Jan 04, 2018)
When Wandering the Globe Is a Feminist Choose-Your-Own Adventure (Oct 25, 2017)
BookWORM – Intan Paramaditha: Escaping her comfort zone (Nov 10, 2014)
Intan Paramaditha: In between two worlds (Sep 15, 2014)
Meet Intan Paramaditha: Cinema Studies Doctoral Candidate (Mar 31, 2010)
Mad Woman In The Attic (An Interview with Intan Paramaditha) (Sep 23, 2009)

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