Dr. Leonie Schmidt is an Assistant Professor in the Media Studies department of the University of Amsterdam. Leonie received a PhD in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam. In her PhD project she analysed how through practices of Indonesian visual culture (e.g. Islamic rock music, cinema, art, tv), Islamic modernities are imagined, negotiated and contested. Currently, Leonie is working on a postdoc at SOAS, University of London.
2009-2014: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam - PhD in Media Sudies (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis)
2007-2009: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam - Master's degree - Researchmaster Media Studies (cum laude)
2004-2007: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam - Bachelor's degree - Media and Culture (cum laude)
NWO Rubicon 2016 (individual grant)
NWO Veni 2016 (individual grant)
NWO Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen 2016 (co-applicant)
In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country and a key front in the global ‘war on terror’, an Islamic ‘counter-terror culture’ has emerged that negotiates, contests and potentially limits Islamic radicalisation and terrorism. In response to the threat of domestic, regional and global terrorism, Indonesian pop prophets, Islamic self-help gurus, blockbuster movies and catchy pop tunes preach religious moderation. They complement the counter-terror media campaigns of Indonesian Twitter-savvy moderate Islamic organisations and other civil society actors. This project aims to analyse how in Indonesia social media and popular culture function as tools of governmentality that can help to contest and counter Islamic radicalisation and terrorism. Through analysing the institutional, textual, and consumption practices of Indonesian ‘counter-terror culture’ with a multi-method approach, this project
investigates the potential and position of popular culture and social media in the on-going struggle against militant Islam and its virulent offshoot – terrorism. Through scrutinising the tactics and workings of Indonesian counter-terror culture, this project will formulate a model of cultural counter-terrorism strategies
that will be highly relevant to Indonesia, but also to other cultural contexts.
Description: Indonesia is home to the world's largest Muslim population and in the midst of modernization and Islamization. Indonesian Islamic visual culture both displays and constructs Islamic modern futures. This is relatively recent, as expressions of religion in popular culture were banned during the Suharto regime (1965-1998). Now, in the post-Suharto era (1998-), Indonesia's large Muslim community takes advantage of the newly liberated public sphere to participate in public discourses related to the alleged path of modernity. Simultaneously, entrepreneurs instill cultural products with spiritual and economic value. The dialectics between a public Islamic revival and a commodification of Islam results in a booming Indonesian cultural sphere, that is a key site to experiment with Islamic modernities, with Islamic futures. This PhD project analyses how through practices of Indonesian visual and popular culture, Islamic modernities are imagined, negotiated and contested, while global modern urban Islamic futures in a post 9/11 world are projected. Case studies include Islamic rock music (videos), art, cinema, self-help books, urban space and shopping malls.
Supervisors: Prof. dr. Pamela Pattynama, Prof. dr. ir. Jeroen de Kloet