Indonesia has long been known as one of the most active Facebook and Twitter nations, but recently Instagram has become the social media of choice for many young Indonesians. Some of the platform’s most prolific users are female Islamic activists who are keen to use social media as a novel tool for proselytisation (or da’wa).
Why do female activists choose social media like Instagram for their activism? How they use the visual tools available to them? And how does their activism differ from conventional da’wa?
In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa explores these and other questions with Dr Annisa Beta, lecturer in cultural studies at the University of Melbourne’s School of Culture and Communication.
In 2020, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University, Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Jemma Purdey from the Australia-Indonesia Centre and Deakin University and Dr Charlotte Setijadi from Singapore Management University.
Image courtesy of Annisa Beta.