Research and publications

Research interest keywords: gender, sexuality, Islamisation, film and media, postcolonial women’s writing, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Themes I am interested in: modernities, rethinking of resistance, failure, precarity, affective labour, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism.

I am always happy to share full pdfs of my publications. Email me at alicia [dot] izharuddin [at] gmail [dot] com if you’d like to read any of the following:

Refereed journal articles:


Izharuddin, A. 2018. “Free hair”: Narratives of unveiling and the reconstruction of self. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 44 (1), 155-176

Izharuddin, A. 2018. Precarious intellectuals: The freelance academic in Malaysian higher education. Kajian Malaysia 36 (2), 1-20

Izharuddin, A. 2015. Pain and pleasures of the look: The female gaze in Malaysian horror film. Asian Cinema 26(2): 135-152

Izharuddin, A. 2015. The short films of Mien Ly and an articulation of feminist queer theory. Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific Issue 38

Izharuddin, A. 2015. The Muslim woman in Indonesian cinema and the face veil as Other. Indonesia and the Malay World 43(127): 397-412

Izharuddin, A. 2013. Same-sex intimacies in Mairil and the queering of authenticity. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 14(4): 538-550.

Izharuddin, A. 2017. Gender and Islam in Indonesian cinema. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book chapters:

Forthcoming in 2021: 

Izharuddin, A. 2021. After the hijab: Liminal states of post-veiling embodiment. In Viola Thimm (Ed.), (Re)-claiming Bodies Through Fashion and Style: Gendered Configurations of Muslim Contexts. Palgrave Macmillan.


Izharuddin, A. 2020.  Intergenerational Archipelagoes: Trans-Motherhood and Transing the Indonesian Family in Realita, Cinta, dan Rock n Roll and Lovely Man. In Joel Gwynne and Niall Richardson (Eds.), Cross Generational Relationships and Cinema (pp. 235-255). Palgrave Macmillan.

Izharuddin, A. 2018. The new Malay woman: The rise of the modern female subject and transnational encounters in postcolonial Malay literature. In G.V.S. Chin and K. Mohd Daud (Eds.), The Southeast Asian woman writes back (pp. 55-70). Singapore: Springer.

Book reviews:


Izharuddin, A. 2021. Review of Temporary Marriage in Iran: Gender and Body Politics in Modern Iranian Film and Literature. Journal of Religion and Film 25 (1): 1-7.


Izharuddin, A. 2021. Review of Handbook on Gender. South East Asia Research 29: 134-136.

Izharuddin, A. 2018. Review of Taming Babel: Language in the Making of Malaysia. IIAS Leiden

Izharuddin, A. 2017. Review of Under Bright Lights, There goes the Gayborhood? and Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia: Sexual Politics, Health, Diversity, and Representations. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 48(2): 319-324

Other publications:


Izharuddin, A. 2020. Sweet surrender: the ethno-religious spaces of Malay romance. In William Tham (Ed.) Paper and Text: The Trials and Trade of Malaysian Literature (pp. 33-50). Gerakbudaya.

Izharuddin, A. 2016. What is ‘Islamic’ about Islamic cinema?

Izharuddin, A. 2016. Ideologische Grabenk mpfe und LGBTQ-Identit ten im multi-kulturellen Malaysia. Sudostasien

5 thoughts on “Research and publications

    • Sure, Richard. I think I might’ve left out the bibliography for that essay by accident. Below are details for Stanaeus’s paper:

      Staunaes, D. (2003) Where have all the subjects gone? Bringing together the concepts of
      intersectionality and subjectification, NORA, Vol. 11, No. 2: 101-110.

  1. Hi there. found your essay on intersectionality. I am a student at city University, I would love to use it as a reference and look at your reading for the part one essay. is that okay?:)

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