Department of Anthropology

Diyana Sastrawati Mohamad


Decentralized Recruitment Fellow (2017-2018)

Contact

  • Office: SAC 5.114
  • Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 11am till 12nn
  • Campus Mail Code: C3200

Biography


Diyana Sastrawati Mohamad’s research examines how feminist activists in Singapore conceptualize performance poetry as “artivist” intervention; the ways that the internal divisions (e.g., social class, ethnicity) and external threats (e.g., funding sources, censorship) pose challenges to communal cohesion; and how these tensions affect the members’ sense of belonging and identity. Broadly, she is interested in how language and power interact within the spatialities of art and activism.

Prior to coming to the University of Texas at Austin, Diyana Sastrawati was a research assistant at National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Nanyang Technological University’s Department of Sociology. In addition to her anthropological work, she writes literary fiction. Her recent short story “Heartlands” was published in Heat: A Southeast Asian Urban Anthology and launched at the London Book Fair in 2016.

Education: B.A. (Hons), Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2016)

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