Professor Gary Bunt BA; MA; Ph.D; SFHEA

Gary R. Bunt’s research area focuses on Islam, Muslims and the Internet. His most recent book is Hashtag Islam: How Cyber-Islamic Environments Are Transforming Religious Authority (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press/New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2019). Other books include iMuslims (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018), Islam in the Digital Age (London: Pluto, 2003) and Virtually Islamic (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2000). Gary is Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

More info: www.virtuallyislamic.com

Professor Pamela Nilan

Pam Nilan is Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, and Adjunct Fellow in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia (2013-2016). She is currently the Treasurer of the Asia-Pacific Sociological Association. Professor Nilan is an experienced youth researcher, who has worked in Australia, Vietnam, Fiji and Indonesia. In the youth research field she focuses on school-to-work transitions, gender, class and popular culture. Her current research endeavours are focused in Indonesia. She has published numerous articles in refereed journals and contributed many book chapters to edited collections. She has been a co-author on four books. Professor Nilan is currently a Chief Investigator on an ARC-funded Discovery Grant: Fostering Pro-Environment Consciousness and Practice: Environmentalism, Environmentality and Environmental Education in Indonesia. She has been a Chief Investigator on four previous externally-funded project grants. Professor Nilan has supervised ten Ph.D and M.Phil theses to completion. In 2012 she received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Supervision Excellence in the Faculty of Education and Arts. She was instrumental in developing the Graduate Certificate and Master of Social Change and Development. This program sequence currently has over 75 fee-paying postgraduate coursework students enrolled, including both on-campus international students and online distance education students. In 2010 Professor Nilan spent her sabbatical leave in Europe, where she spent four months teaching undergraduate Indonesian society and culture subjects to students at l’Universite de La Rochelle in France. She was also a research fellow at KITLV in Leiden during this period. Since 2005, Professor Nilan has worked in January each year as a member of the Jakarta Selection Team to interview AusAID-funded Australian Development Scholarship applicants for Indonesia.

More info :
https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/pamela-nilan#career

Eva Nisa, MA., Ph.D

Dr Eva Nisa received her Bachelor’s degree at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, in 2002, with a specialisation in Qur’anic exegesis. She then continued her MA degree in Islamic Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Universiteit Leiden and graduated in 2004.

In 2013, she received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology, Australian National University. More recently, before taking up her post at VUW in 2016, she completed two post-doctoral projects. Her first post-doctoral research project was at the Universität Hamburg and was funded by the DeutscheForshungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The research pertains to Islamic contemporary literature and is a study of the role of the largest Indonesian Islamic writing forum in disseminating their version of morality, and which has developed branches in numerous countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Yemen. Her second post-doctoral project was completed at the Universiteit Amsterdam and was funded by the European Research Council Advance Grant. The research titled “Problematizing ‘Muslim Marriages’: Contestations and Ambiguities” focuses on unconventional Muslim marriages in Indonesia and Malaysia.

In 2013, she received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology, Australian National University. More recently, before taking up her post at VUW in 2016, she completed two post-doctoral projects. Her first post-doctoral research project was at the Universität Hamburg and was funded by the DeutscheForshungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The research pertains to Islamic contemporary literature and is a study of the role of the largest Indonesian Islamic writing forum in disseminating their version of morality, and which has developed branches in numerous countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Yemen. Her second post-doctoral project was completed at the Universiteit Amsterdam and was funded by the European Research Council Advance Grant. The research titled “Problematizing ‘Muslim Marriages’: Contestations and Ambiguities” focuses on unconventional Muslim marriages in Indonesia and Malaysia.

PhD from the Department of Anthropology, Australian National University. More recently, before taking up her post at VUW in 2016, she completed two post-doctoral projects. Her first post-doctoral research project was at the Universität Hamburg and was funded by the DeutscheForshungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The research pertains to Islamic contemporary literature and is a study of the role of the largest Indonesian Islamic writing forum in disseminating their version of morality, and which has developed branches in numerous countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Yemen. Her second post-doctoral project was completed at the Universiteit Amsterdam and was funded by the European Research Council Advance Grant. The research titled “Problematizing ‘Muslim Marriages’: Contestations and Ambiguities” focuses on unconventional Muslim marriages in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Currently, she is working with Prof Lyn Parker (University of Western Australia) — editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill) for Southeast Asia and East Asia — on the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.

More info :
https://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacs/about/staff/eva-nisa

Martin Slama

Martin Slama is a researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Indonesia and was guest researcher at The Australian National University in Canberra, State Islamic University Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta and Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta. His main research topics include the Hadhrami diaspora, Islam in Indonesia, and the uses of social media and mobile communication technologies in Southeast Asian contexts. Recent publications include: “A subtle economy of time: social media and the transformation of Indonesia’s Islamic preacher economy”, Economic Anthropology, 4(1); “Social Media and Islamic Practice: Indonesian Ways of Being Digitally Pious”, In Tapsell, Ross & Edwin Jurriens. Eds. Digital Indonesia: Challenges and Opportunities of the Digital Revolution. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

More info :
https://www.oeaw.ac.at/en/isa/the-institute/staff/staff/slama-martin/

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