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dr. Y.M. (Yatun) Sastramidjaja

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number:B 5.05
Postal address
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
  • 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, democratisation and digital technologies, political culture and citizenship, and popular cultures in Indonesia and more broadly Southeast Asia in a transnational context. While continuing to be committed to the topic of her PhD dissertation (titled “Playing Politics: Power, Memory and Agency in the Making of the Indonesian Student Movement”), her current research has expanded to two new projects that investigate the complex relationship between digital technologies and fragile democracy processes in Southeast Asia from two different angles. The first project, titled “Viral Citizenship: Digitised Youth Activism and Reconfigurations of Democratic Citizenship in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore,” is a comparative research on multi-mediated youth activism and democratisation in Southeast Asia; this research is supported by a visiting fellowship at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore. The second project, titled “Cyber Troops and Public Opinion Manipulation,” is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research on social media propaganda in the context of political conflict in Indonesia; this research is supported by an Anticipation Grant Indonesia-The Netherlands from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences / KNAW.

    Covering both topics, Yatun is preparing an edited book tentatively titled From #Activism to Cyber-Surveillance: Digital Technologies and Democracy in Southeast Asia, with case studies from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and The Philippines. She has written several articles and book chapters based on her previous and current research (published and forthcoming); her book on Indonesia's student movement, based on her PhD dissertation and follow-up research, is forthcoming.

  • Publications


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2020). Playing Politics: Power, Narrative, and Agency in the Making of the Indonesian Student Movement. (Power and Place in Southeast Asia). Leiden: Brill.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2020). Indonesia: Digital Communications Energising New Political Generation`s Campaign for Democracy. ISEAS Perspective, 2020(16).


    • Sastramidjaja, Y. (2019). Keywords and Key Words in AE:: The Logic of Recognition and the Limits of Algorithmic Relevance. American Ethnologist, 46(4), 387-403. [details]
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. (2019). Youth “Alienation” and New Radical Politics: Shifting Trajectories in Youth Activism. In M. Lane (Ed.), Continuity and Change after Indonesia's Reforms: Contributions to an Ongoing Assessment (pp. 238-262). Singapore: ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute.
    • Sastramidjaja, Y. M. (2019). Student Movements and Indonesia’s Democratic Transition. In T. Dibley, & M. Ford (Eds.), Activists in Transition: Progressive Politics in Democratic Indonesia (pp. 39-56). Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell Southeast Asia Program.



    • 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. (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). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.


    • 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 Asia-Pacific Magazine.
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