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Dr Y.M. (Yatun) Sastramidjaja

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Moving Matters: People, Goods, Power and Ideas

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: B 5.05
Postal address
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Profile

    Yatun Sastramidjaja is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, where she also obtained her PhD and Master’s degrees in Anthropology. Previously she held research and teaching positions at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

    Yatun’s main research interests include youth and student activism, political culture, democratisation, citizenship, popular cultures, heritage and memory, and digital cultures and politics in Indonesia, and more broadly Southeast Asia, in a transnational context. Her current research focuses on two related topics: 1) youth activism in Southeast Asia, in relation to local histories of student protest and contemporary digital cultures of protest; and 2) the ambivalent relationship between digital technologies and fragile democracy processes in Southeast Asia. She investigates these topics in a number of ongoing research projects. The first, on “Viral Citizenship: Digitised Youth Activism and Reconfigurations of Democratic Citizenship in Southeast Asia,” explores the rhizomatic evolution and multi-mediated ecology of youth activism in Southeast Asia. This research was supported by a visiting fellowship at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore; a larger grant application for comparative research on this topic is underway. The second project (with Ward Berenschot, Wijayanto and Ismail Fahmi), on “Cyber Troops and Public Opinion Manipulation: A Mixed-Method Study of Social Media Propaganda in Indonesia”, was supported by the Anticipation Grant Indonesia-The Netherlands from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences / KNAW. The third project (with Julienne Weegels and Luisa Gonzalez Valencia), titled "P(R)OTESTAS: The Politics and Aesthetics of Digital Authoritarianism and Protest in the Global South," was a collaborative cross-regional research that examines the tension between digital democratisation and securitisation in Latin America and Southeast Asia, and seeks to analyse how the sociotechnological affordances of the digital sphere inflect the politics and aesthetics of authoritarianism and protest in specific political conditions in the Global South; this research was funded by a Global Digital Cultures grant from the University of Amsterdam. Currently, Yatun is co-coordinator (with Ward Berenschot) of a collaborative project on "Cyber Troops and Computational Propaganda in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Study of Public Opinion Manipulation", funded by a KNAW Insitutes Research Grant.

    Yatun has authored several articles and book chapters based on her previous and current research. An edited volume, titled Between #Activism and @uthoritarianism: Digital Technologies and Democracy in Southeast Asia (Singapore: ISEAS Publishing), and a monograph, titled Playing Politics: Power, Memory and Agency in the Making of the Indoensian Student Movement (Leiden: Brill), are forthcoming.

  • Publications


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (Accepted/In press). Rhizomatic Protest, Generational Affinity and Digital Refuge: Southeast Asia’s New Youth Movements. In G. Facal, E. Lafaye de Micheaux, & A. Norén-Nilsson (Eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Political Norm Dynamics In Southeast Asia, Palgrave Macmillan Ltd..







    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2011). Virtual identities and the recapturing of place: Heritage play in Old Town Jakarta. In M. Halbertsma, A. van Stipriaan, & P. van Ulzen (Eds.), The Heritage Theatre: Dynamics of Cultural Heritage in a Globalizing World (pp. 189-214). Cambridge Scholars Publishers.


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2006). Memories of Protest: Students, History, Space, and the Loss of Agency in Post-Suharto Indonesia. In H. Schulte Nordholt, & I. Hoogenboom (Eds.), Indonesian Transitions (pp. 249-287). Leiden: KITLV Press.




    • Sastramidjaja, Y. (2017). In Search of Young Citizens. Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, 173(4), 539-543. [details]
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. (2017). [Review of: D. Lee (2016) Activist Archives: Youth Culture and the Political Past in Indonesia]. Contemporary Southeast Asia, 39(1), 220-222. [details]


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2002). Indonesian youth and Islamic revival. ISIM Newsletter, 9, 15.


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2000). Dromenjagers in Bandung: Twintigers in het Moderne Indonesië. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis.



    • Sastramidjaja, Y., & Naafs, S. (2015). Youth employment prospects and aspirations. Inside Indonesia, 120. [details]


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2011). Being Indo (Introduction to Special Edition). Inside Indonesia, 103.


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2010). Playing with the past. Inside Indonesia, 101.


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2001). Sex in the city: Between girl power and the mother image, young urban women struggle for identity. Inside Indonesia, 66.


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2000). Internetjeugd in Jakarta. Archipel.


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2021). Creating Chaos and Consent: Cyber Troops and Organised Propaganda in Indonesia’s Cybersphere. Paper presented at Media, Technology & Society, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, Singapore.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2021). Digital Authoritarianism and Protest amidst the Pandemic in Indonesia. Paper presented at Anthropologies and Securities in the Pandemic Webinar Series, Geneva, Switzerland.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2021). Indonesia’s Hashtag Wars: How Online Narrative Battles Shape Political Controversy. Paper presented at Media, Technology & Society, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, Singapore.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2021). Rhizomatic Protest and Regional Affinity among Asia’s Embattled Youth Movements. Paper presented at Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society Conference, Singapore, Singapore.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2021). Rhizome vs Regime: The Changing Nature of Resistance, Repression, and Resilience in the Cybersphere. Paper presented at LP3ES Summer School on Social Media Activism, Digital Resilience and Resistance to Democratic Regression, Jakarta, Indonesia.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2021). Youth, Social Media Activism and Democratic Regression. Paper presented at Democracy without Demos: Reflections of 100 Social and Political Scientists on the Ongoing Democratic Regression in Indonesia, LP3ES, Jakarta, Indonesia.


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2020). Contranormal: Indonesian Young Activists’ Politics of an Otherwise in Times of Pandemic and Everyday Crisis. Paper presented at Viable Lives: Youth Action in the Global South, Melbourne, Australia.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2020). Digital Disruption: How Cyber Troops Manipulate Political Opinion in Southeast Asia.. Paper presented at Media, Technology & Society, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, Singapore.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2020). Digital Youth and Multi-Mediated Action: Implications for Democratic Citizenship in Southeast Asia.. Paper presented at Digital Technologies and Democracy in Southeast Asia, Singapore, Singapore.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2020). Fighting Fakes, Fears and Fatigues: Civil Society, Social Media and the Covid-19 Pandemic. Paper presented at Covid-19 Issues in Indonesia, Singapore, Singapore.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2020). Youth Digital Participation in Indonesia’s Anti-Corruption Movement.. Paper presented at Media, Technology & Society, Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, Singapore.


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2019). Radical Non-Politics and Alter-Politics in the Multi-Mediated Ecology of Youth Political Participation in Indonesia.. Paper presented at Youth Politics and Projects of Self-Making in the Global South, New Delhi, India.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2019). Student Activism in Democratic Indonesia: Searching for New Directions.. Paper presented at Euroseas conference, Berlin, Berlin, Germany.
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