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Krishna Sen

Professor Krishna Sen

Senior Honorary Research Fellow
Asian Studies

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Asian Studies
The University of Western Australia (M257)
35 Stirling Highway
+61 8 6488 3870
Room G19, Arts Building, Perth campus
Professor Krishna Sen FAHA

Professor Krishna Sen was Dean of the Faculty of Arts (2009-2016) She is Professor In the School of Social Sciences at the University of Western Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Prior to her appointment as Dean, she was the Executive Director for Humanities and Creative Arts at the Australian Research Council (ARC) in Canberra. She has been a member of the ARC’s Asia Pacific Futures network and the Cultural Research network.

In 2014, Krishna was appointed to the Reference Group of the New Colombo Plan under Minister Julie Bishop. She is also a member of the Hawke Research Institute Advisory Board.

Krishna graduated from the University of Calcutta with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in History. She completed a Masters in International Relations from Jadavpur University and a PhD in Politics from Monash University in Melbourne. She is an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Indonesian and media studies and is fluent in several South and Southeast Asian languages. She has acted as a consultant to major international agencies on Human Rights in Indonesia.

Krishna was a founding member of Murdoch University's Asia Research Centre and served on its international advisory board for many years. She has written extensively on Indonesia, including Indonesian Cinema: Framing the New Order (Zed, London, 1994); Media, Culture and Politics in Indonesia (co-authored, OUP Australia, 2000) and The Internet in Indonesia's New Democracy (co-authored, Routledge, London, NY, 2005). She is also editor of several monographs including the highly cited Gender and Power in Affluent Asia (co-edited with Maila Stivens, Routledge 1998) and is a member of editorial boards of several international refereed journals.
Key research
Indonesian Media
Indonesian Cinema
Gender Studies

2010, Politics and the Media in 21st century Indonesia Routledge, London (co-edited with DT Hill, Introduction by Sen)

2008, Political Regimes and the Media in Asia, Routledge, London (co-edited with Terence Lee, Introduction by Sen) in hard and paperback.

2005, The Internet in Indonesia’s New Democracy, Routledge, London (Co-authored with David Hill) – 2008 re-issue in paperback – 27 citations

2000, Media, Culture and Politics in Indonesia, Oxford University Press, Melbourne (Co-authored with David Hill); 2006 (second printing) Equinox Publishing Jakarta in ‘Classic Indonesia’ series –39 citations

1998, Gender and Power in Affluent Asia, Routledge, London. (Co-edited with Maila Stivens) – 50 citations

1994, Indonesian Cinema: Framing the New Order, Zed, London – 20 citations


‘Violence out of movies in Indonesia’, in Chua Beng Huat (ed.) Violence in Asian Cinema, under consideration by Hong Kong University Press, forthcoming.

‘Re-forming Media in Indonesia’s transition to Democracy’ in Sen and Hill (eds) Politics and the Media in 21st century Indonesia Routledge, London

‘Mediating Political Transition in Asia’ in Sen and Lee (eds.) Political Regimes and the Media in Asia, Routledge, London, 2008, pp.1-10

‘Chinese’ Indonesians in National Cinema’, in Wanning Sun (ed.) Media and the Chinese Diaspora: community, Communication and Commerce, Routledge, London, New York, 2006, 119-156 (Originally published in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, details in ‘Journal articles’ below.)

‘Indonesia: Screening a Nation’ in Anne Tereska Ciecko (ed.) Contemporary Asian Cinema: Popular Culture in a Global Frame, Berg, Oxford, 2006, pp. 96-107.

‘Global Industry, National Politics: Popular Music in Contemporary Indonesia’ (joint author: Hill) in Allen Chun, Ned Rossiter and Brian Shoesmith (eds.) Refashioning Pop-Music in Asia, Curzon Press, Surrey: UK, 2004, pp. 75-88.

‘What’s Oppositional in Indonesian Cinema’ in Anthony Gooneratne and Wimal Dissanayake (ed) Re-Thinking Third World Cinema, Routledge, N.Y. and London, 2003, pp. 147-165.

‘The Mega Factor in Politics: A New President or a New Kind of Presidency?’ in Katherine Robinson and Sharon Bessel (eds.) Women in Indonesia: Gender, Equity and Development, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2002, pp.13-27.

'Indonesia: media and the end of authoritarian rule' in Munroe E. Price et al (eds.) Media Reform: Democratizing the media; democratizing the state, Routledge, London and New York, 2002, pp. 69-88.

‘Madonna of Sumba: Notes on an Indonesian Film’, in A.K. Bagchi (ed.) Identity, Locality and Globalisation: Experiences of India and Indonesia, Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi, 2001, pp. 387-399.

‘The Human Rights of Gendered Citizens: Notes from Indonesia’ in Anne Marie Hilsdon, Maila Stivens, Vera Mackie and Martha McIntyre (eds.) Human Rights and Gender Politics: Asia-Pacific Perspectives, Routledge, London, 2000, pp.107-121.

‘The Internet in Indonesia’s New Democracy’ (co-author: Hill) in Peter Ferdinand (ed.) The Internet, Democracy and Democratization, Frank Cass, London, 2000, pp.119-136.

‘Indonesian women at work: re-framing the subject’ in Sen & Stivens (eds.) Gender and Power in Affluent Asia, Routledge, London, 1998, pp.35-62.

‘Public Service Broadcast in a Global Era’ in Tessa Piper (ed.) Open skies: The challenges of broadcasting in Asia, Institut Studi Arus Informasi-International Federation of Journalists, Jakarta, 1997, pp. 11-17.

‘Menafsirkan Feminisme dalam Sinema Orde Baru’ (Understanding Feminism in the Cinema of the New Order) in Idy Subandi Ibrahim (ed.) Ecstasy Gaya Hidup: Kebudayaan Pop dalam Masyarakat Komoditas Indonesia, Mizan, Bandung, Indonesia, 1997, pp.306-329. (in Indonesian language)

‘Cinema Polic(ing)y in Indonesia’, in Film Policy: International, National and Regional Perspectives, Albert Moran (ed.) Routledge, London & New York, 1996, pp.172-184.

‘Australia, Asia and the Media’, in Australia in its Asian Context, Gavin Jones (ed.) Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Occasional Paper No. 1, Canberra 1996, pp .44-49. (Revised version of a paper presented at the 1995 annual meeting of the Academy.)

‘Chapter 7: The Media’ (co-authored with Chris Berry, David Birch, Susan Dermody, Annette Hamilton, & Mary Quilty,) in Anthony Milner and Mary Quilty (eds.) Australia in Asia: Comparing Cultures, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1996, pp.193-223.

‘Politics of Melodrama in Indonesian Cinema’ in Wimal Dissanayake (ed.) Melodrama and Asian Cinema, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1993, pp.205 217.

‘Repression and Resistance: Interpretations of the Feminine in Indonesian Cinema’, in Virginia Hooker (ed), Culture and Society in New Order Indonesia: 1965 1990, Oxford University Press, Kuala Lumpur, 1993, pp.116 133.

‘Power and Poverty in Indonesian Cinema’, in Paul Alexander (ed.) Creating Indonesian Cultures, Oceania, Sydney, 1989, pp.1 20.

‘Filming “History” Under the New Order’, in Krishna Sen (ed.) Histories and Stories: Cinema in New Order Indonesia, CSEAS, Monash University, Vic., 1988, pp.49 59.

‘History Making: A Study of some Recent Indonesian Films’ in Levy et al (eds.) The Second Australian History and Film Conference Papers, Australian Film and Television School, Sydney, 1984, pp.159 173.

‘Wajah Wanita Dalam Film Indonesia’ (The Woman’s face in Indonesian Cinema – written originally in Indonesian in Indonesia’s most respected academic journal Prisma) in Misbach Yusa Biran (ed.) Tentang Perfilman Nasional, Yayasan Artis, Jakarta, 1983. This collection was an anthology of what the editor regarded as the most significant writings on Indonesian cinema to date. Mine was the only piece by a foreign scholar.


‘Chinese’ Indonesians in National Cinema’, in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, vol.7 No.1, March 2006, pp. 171-184.

‘The trials of Schapelle Corby’, Australian Journal of Anthropology, September, 2006.

‘Radio Days: media-politics in Indonesia’ in The Pacific Review, 16:4, 2003, pp. 573-590.
‘Gendered Citizens in the New Indonesian Democracy’, Review of Indonesian and Malayan Affairs, University of Sydney, 36:1, 2002, pp. 51-65.

‘Netizens in Combat: Conflict on the Internet in Indonesia’ (co-author: Hill) in Asian Studies Review, 26:2, June 2002, pp.165-187.

‘The Internet in Indonesia’s New Democracy’ (co-author: Hill) in Democratization, (Warwick University, U.K.) 7:1, Spring 2000, pp.119-136.

‘Wiring the Warung to Global Gateways: the Internet in Indonesia’ (co-author: Hill) in Indonesia (Cornell University) 63, April 1997, pp.67-90.

‘An Indonesian Film Called Primitif’, in Anthropology Today (Royal Anthropological Institute of Britain and Ireland, London), 10:4 1994, pp. 20-23.

‘Changing Horizons of Television in Indonesia’, in Southeast Asian Journal of Social Sciences (Singapore), Vol. 22 1994, pp.116-124.

‘Women Directors in Indonesia: ... but whose films?’, Cinemaya, (New Delhi, UNESCO) No.25-26, 1994, pp. 10-13.

‘When A Woman Acts’ in Cinemaya (UNESCO, New Delhi,), No. 10, 1991. This article was translated and published in Chinese as ‘Dian Ying Xian Shan’ (Film Art), Journal of Taiwan Film Archives, 9:6, 1991.

‘Si Boy Looked at Johnny: The Indonesian Screen at the Turn of the Decade’, in Continuum (Perth), 4:2 1991, pp.136 151.

‘Politics of Melodrama in Indonesian Cinema’, in East West Film Journal, (Honolulu) 5:1 1991, pp. 67 81.

‘Film Remaja: The Construction of Parental Power’, in The Asian Studies Association of Australia Review, Vol. 10, No.2, 1986.
‘Hidden From History: Aspects of Indonesian Cinema 1955 65’, in Review of Indonesian and Malayan Affairs (RIMA, Sydney), Vol.19, No.2, Summer 1985, pp.1 50.

‘Indonesian Film History: In Search of a Perspective’ in The Australian Journal of Screen Theory (Melbourne), Double Issue 15/16, 1983, pp.113 131.


With Chris Berry, David Birch, Susan Dermody, Annette Hamilton, and Mary Quilty Perceiving the Media, Australian Asian Perceptions Project Paper No. 8, Australia Asia Institute, Sydney, 1995.

Krishna Sen (ed.) Histories and Stories: Cinema in New Order Indonesia, Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Monash University, 1988.


‘Critical Perspective on the media in Indonesia’, Jurnal ALTERNATIF (Atma Jaya University, Yogyakarta), IV:12, 1996.

‘Persoalan Persoalan Sosial dalam Film Indonesia’ in Prisma, (Indonesia’s most highly regarded social science journal, Jakarta) 19:5, 1990.

‘Wajah Wanita Dalam Film Indonesia: beberapa catatan’ in Prisma, July 1981. (This article was re printed in Misbach Yusa Biran (ed.) Tentang Perfilman Nasional, Yayasan Artis Film, Jakarta, 1983.

‘The Image of Women in Indonesian Films’ in Prisma, The Indonesian Indicator (Jakarta), No. 24, 1982.

I have also written many articles in more popular publications, particularly in Inside Indonesia (Melbourne), some under a pseudonym.


‘Television in Southeast Asia’ (3000 words) in the Encyclopaedia of Television, Second Revised Edition. Editor Horace Newcomb. Publisher Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. 2004.

‘Indonesia: Status of Media’ (7,500 words) in the Encyclopaedia of International Media and Communications. Editor-in-Chief – Donald H. Johnston, Columbia University, Academic Press, 2003.

‘Indonesia: Broadcasting’ (1200 words) and ‘Indonesia: Film’ (1000 words) in Derek Jones (ed.) Censorship: A World Encyclopaedia, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, London, Chicago, 2002, Vol. 2.
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