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.