Iskandar Zulkarnain

Iskandar ZulkarnainAssistant Professor of Media and Society

Joined faculty in 2023

Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2015
M.A., Florida State University, 2008
B.A., Universitas Padjadjaran, 2001

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Scholarly Interest

Global Digital Cultures and Countercultures, Global Digital Humanities, Global Video Game Cultures, Global Animation Cultures, Southeast Asian New Media Cultures, Digital Media Literacy, Global Documentary, Postcolonial Media Archaeology, Media Ecology and Infrastructure

Teaching Experience

Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Assistant Professor, Media and Society Program (2023-Present)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Media and Society Program (2015-2016, 2017-2018, 2019-2021)

President University, Indonesia
Full-time Lecturer, Visual Communication Design (2022-2023)

Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
Visiting Adjunct Lecturer, English Studies Department (2018)
Part-time Lecturer, English Studies Department (2002-2006)

University of Rochester
Mellon CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Visual Studies (2016-2017)
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Art and Art History (2012-2014)

Courses Taught

Intro to Media and Society, Intro to Global Animation, Global Video Games, Media and Theory, First Year Seminar: Media in Our Life


“Developing Critical AI Literacy in Students’ Assignments” (with co-author Suriati Abas) in Journal of Cinema and Media Studies Teaching Dossier (in progress, abstract approved)

Valkyria Chronicles Game and the ‘Cute’ Memory of War” (with co-author Otniel Joviand Christiandrew) in Journal of Games, Game Art and Gamification (Volume 8, Issue 1, 2023) 

“Discourse of Haram Fatwa Against PUBG is an Exaggerated Reaction Lacking Scientific  Foundation: Researcher” (in Indonesian) in The Conversation (August 8, 2019)

“Immediacy, Hypermediacy and the College Campus” (with co-author Leah Shafer) in Feminist Interventions in Digital Pedagogy, Routledge (2018)

“When Marx Scratched His Head: Myths of Web 2.0 and Class Struggle” (in Indonesian) in  JakartaBeat (March 11, 2015)

“’Playable’ Nationalism: Nusantara Online Game and the ‘Gamic’ Reconstructions of National History” in SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issue in Southeast Asia (Volume 29, Issue 1, 2014) 

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens – A Collaborative Book Engagement (with co-editor Megan Farnel and Fiona Barnett), HASTAC (2014)

“Decoding the Digital Conference” in Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism (Volume 14, Issue 3, 2013)

“Review of Chapter 8: Christian Sandvig. ‘Connection at Ewiiaapaayp Mountain: Indigenous Internet Infrastructure” in Race After the Internet – A Crowdsourced Book Review, HASTAC (2012)

“Polyspatial Resistance for the Sake of the ‘Real’ Subalterns: Electronic Civil Disobedience as a Form of Hacktivism” in On and Off the Page: Mapping Place in Text and Culture, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2009)

Supervised Independent Study Project:

Influencer Culture, Julyssa Winters (Spring 2024)
Animation Aesthetics, Jackson Harris (Fall 2021)
Animation Aesthetics, Juliana Bruno (Spring 2020)


Han, Danielle, “Game, Saw, Conquered: Nationalism in Indonesian Video Game,”JSTOR Daily (August 23, 2023)

“Discourse of Banning PUBG Due to ‘Violence’: What Does Science Say About the Impact of Video Games?” (in Indonesian) Suar Akademia Podcast, The Conversation Indonesia (July 8, 2021)


Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Fembot Collective