Viola Lasmana is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at University of Southern California and a USC Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow.
Viola Lasmana is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English at University of Southern California and a USC Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow. Her research interests include American and Indonesian literatures, Southeast Asian American Studies, digital humanities, media studies, theories of the archive, digital pedagogies, and remix culture. Her dissertation analyzes post-1965, post-genocide Indonesian/Indonesian-American cultural productions—literature, film, and digital video—and emphasizes how Indonesia’s history and US imperialism across the Pacific are critically intertwined. Focusing on works that mobilize poetic resistance and form alternative archives beyond what has been established by the state, the dissertation gestures towards a future of possibilities for transformation, social recovery, and community collaborations. Viola’s work can be found in Computers and Composition Online, make/shift: feminisms in motion, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and Visual Anthropology. She was recently a 2013-2014 USC Transpacific Studies Graduate Fellow, and currently serves as one of Fembot Collective’s International Consultants on the Fembot Advisory Board (FAB).