A Conversation between Iskandar Zulkarnain and Enrique Gonzalez-Conty

Conversations Across Screen Cultures

Iskandar Zulkarnain

Iskandar “Izul” Zulkarnain is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He researches and teaches in the area of global digital cultures and transnational media studies focusing on Southeast Asian emergent and popular cultures, global video games, and animation cultures. His work appears in journals including Sojourn: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia and Afterimage, and edited collections such as On and Off the Page: Mapping Place in Text and Culture (2009) and Feminist Interventions in Participatory Media (2018).

He currently is preparing a manuscript about the phenomenon of internet “buzzers” in Indonesia as a ("mis)translation" of the global internet influencer cultures. He is also one of the co-founders of an inter-institutional initiative, the Global Digital Humanities Working Group, with a grant from the Central New York Humanities Corridor/Mellon Foundation. This initiative aims to invite critical conversation and reflection on issues that will broaden the reach of digital humanities research and practice, such as identity construction in global algorithmic cultures.

Enrique González-Conty is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Ithaca College. He was the 2013-14 Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellow at this same institution. He earned his PhD in Hispanic Literature in 2014 from The University of Texas at Austin. 

His current book project, Archiving the Revolution: Claiming History in Cuban Literature and Film, examines the close relationship between post-revolutionary Cuban Literature and Film and its ties to important Cuban state institutions such as Casa de las Américas and the Cuban Film Institute (ICAIC). His research appears in top peer-reviewed journals including the Puerto Rican Studies Centro Journal and Black Camera, a film journal published by Indiana University Press.

Enrique Gonzales-Conty

 González-Conty is also the co-coordinator of the Latin American Studies Program at Ithaca College and one of the faculty in charge of the Study Abroad in Cuba program.  He is the director of the Cine con Cultura Film Festival in Ithaca, NY and a board member of several local organizations including the Latino Civic Association, the Tompkins County Immigrant Rights Coalition, and the Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR) at Cornell University. He teaches Latin American Literature and Film and World Cinema courses, as well as Spanish language and Spanish translation.


Conversations Across Screen Cultures Working Group of screen studies faculty from Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges and Ithaca College

Cine con Cultura Festival

Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival