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From state dominance to pop culture: Indonesian film after the New Order

13 January 2014 (15:30-17:00)

The School of International Communications is pleased to invite you to our forthcoming seminar as part of our research seminar series.

About the seminar

This seminar is an analysis of the Indonesian film industry that traces its transformation from a state dominated national cinema under the New Order (1966-1998) to one shaped by the market and the logic of pop culture today. In analysing the revitalisation of the film industry after 1998, where annual production went from a low of four films in 2000 to over one hundred in 2008, the speaker employs an analysis that combines cultural studies with political economy. A new generation of filmmakers emerged employing indie modes of production combined with digital technology to make new and innovative films. I show how the process of reformasi altered relationships between creativity and capital, the industry and its audience, filmmakers and the state. These developments tell much about post-authoritarian politics and society in Indonesia and how there is both continuity and break with the past.

Speaker biography

Thomas Barker completed his PhD at the University of Singapore (NUS) in 2011 for his dissertation titled A Cultural Economy of the Contemporary Indonesian Film Industry. Following this he was visiting fellow in the Department of Sociology at NUS where he taught 'The Sociology of Popular Culture'. Since August 2012 he has been working in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. He teaches and researches on the mass media, communications, pop culture, Indonesia, film and television, creative industries, and documentary.