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<nettime-ann> Invitation: Politics of the Internet in Indonesia - Public Lecture by Dr Merlyna Lim, Brisbane, 28 Sep.

                   Public Lecture - Dr Merlyna Lim

                Democracy, Conspiracy, and Pornography: 
                 Politics of the Internet in Indonesia

The public lecture takes place at 6.30 p.m. on Thurs 28 Sept. in the
Ballroom of the Brisbane Hilton, Queen Street Mall, City. 

Entry fee: $5 for members of the public.

By exploring the social history of the development of the Internet and its
uses in Indonesia, this lecture untangles the complex relationship between
the Internet and politics. Locating the Internet within the context of
social, political and cultural characteristics of the Indonesian governance
system from the New Order to the current one, the lecture will show that the
Internet in Indonesia has emerged as a technology with a unique
socio-political configuration. In contrast with the political context of the
earlier/more traditional media and communications technologies in the
country, the political landscape during the period of the initial
development and the convivial characteristics of Internet technology allowed
it to provide spaces for a much more democratic development in Indonesia.
Using various cases from the New Order and post-New Order eras, this lecture
will show how cyberspace has become a contested sphere where politics of
multiple voices has emerged. The lecture will also show that the unique
societal configuration of Internet technology is amplified via intermodal
linkages between this new and the pre-existing media networks.

Dr Merlyna Lim is an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University School
of Social Justice and Social Inquiry in joint appointment with Consortiumfor
Science, Policy and Outcomes. She was awarded a PhD in September 2005 from
the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, for a doctoral
dissertation entitled "@rchipelago online: The Internet and Political
Activism in Indonesia." Her current teaching and research interests revolve
around the socio-political shaping of new media and ICT, in relations to
issues of globalization, identity politics and democratization. She holds
the following awards: Henry Luce Southeast Asia Fellowship (2004), Wotro
Fellowship (2003), and ASIST International Paper Contest Winner (2002).
Recent publications include a monograph entitled Islamic Fundamentalism and
Anti-Americanism in Indonesia: Role of the Internet (2005).

The Association of Internet Researchers is delighted to support this public
lecture by Dr Merlyna Lim, which is presented by the Centre for Asia Pacific
Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the University of Wollongong,
with support from the Australia Research Council Cultural Research Network.
Dr Lim will be introduced by CAPSTRANS Director Associate Professor Lenore

The Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS) at the
University of Wollongong is pleased to sponsor Merlyna Lim's public lecture.
Established in 1999, CAPSTRANS is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Key
Centre for Teaching and Research Excellence. Researchers in CAPSTRANS
examine processes of historical, social and cultural change in the
Asia-Pacific through innovative research by combining methods from a variety
of disciplines, including political science, economics, management studies,
sociology, anthropology, media studies, social history, and language and
literature studies. Further information about CAPSTRANS is available at

For further information, please contact Dr Axel Bruns, 07 3864 5548,

Dr Axel Bruns                 a.bruns@qut.edu.au - http://snurb.info/
Media & Communication    Musk Ave, Kelvin Grove, Qld. 4059, Australia
Creative Industries Faculty              Z2-202, CIP - (07) 3864 5548
Queensland University of Technology                CRICOS No.: 00213J

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