Associate Professor Emma Baulch



Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies
School of Arts and Social Sciences

Emma.Baulch@monash.edu
+603 5514 4933
Room 2-6-33
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Emma Baulch is Associate Professor of Media and Communication at Monash University, Malaysia. She received her PhD from Monash University, Australia and has held academic positions at Leiden University, The Australian National University and Queensland University of Technology.

Dr Baulch’s research examines Indonesian media and popular culture from the perspective of everyday life, with a specific focus on how media technologies shape social life.  Her PhD was a study of the role electric guitars played in shaping communities of amateur musicians in Bali in the late-1990s, published by Duke University Press in 2007 as Making Scenes: Death metal, Punk and Reggae in 1990s’ Bali. Her postdoctoral work examined how television and digital technologies influence the formation of pop music genres, and is forthcoming as a book, titled Genre Publics: Pop, Technologies and Class in Indonesia with Wesleyan University Press. Dr Baulch’s current research examines digital infrastructures and everyday life in Southeast Asia. In 2017, with Jerry Watkins and Amina Tariq, she co-edited mHealth innovation in Asia: Grassroots Challenges and Practical Interventions (Springer). The collection, Digital Transactions in Asia (Routledge), co-edited with Adrian Athique, is currently in press

She is a member of the editorial board for the Vernacular Indonesia series, Monash University Press.

Dr Baulch has worked with a range of external organisations over the course of her career, including the Australia-Indonesia Centre, the Indonesian National Planning Board, the National Film and Sound Archive, TRUE Relationships Queensland and the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.


Qualifications

BA (Hons) degree in Indonesian Studies from Sydney University (1990)

PhD in Politics from Monash University (2004)


Professional Affiliations:

Asian Studies Association of Australia

International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Research Interests

Dr Emma Baulch is an Associate Professor of Media and Communications at Monash university Malaysia. Her research examines Indonesian media and popular culture from the perspective of everyday life, with a specific focus on how media technologies shape social life.

Her PhD was a study of the role electric guitars played in shaping communities of amateur musicians in Bali in the late-1990s, published by Duke University Press in 2007 as Making Scenes: Death metal, Punk and Reggae in 1990s’ Bali. Her postdoctoral work examined how television and digital technologies influence the formation of pop music genres, and is forthcoming as a book, titled Genre Publics: Pop, Technologies and Class in Indonesia with Wesleyan University Press.

Her current research examines digital infrastructures and everyday life in Southeast Asia. In 2017, with Jerry Watkins and Amina Tariq, she co-edited mHealth innovation in Asia: Grassroots Challenges and Practical Interventions (Springer). The collection, Digital Transactions in Asia (Routledge), co-edited with Adrian Athique, is currently in press.

She is on the editorial board of the Vernacular Indonesia series at Monash University Press.


Funded research projects include:

“Celebrating Everyday Life in Australia-Indonesia Neighbourhood”, Australia-Indonesia Centre Tactical Research Projects grant (2017). The project investigated and imagined a possible scenario where an increasing number of people of Australia and Indonesia enjoy significantly intimate and productive engagements. A team of three investigators worked in three cities across the archipelago to interview Indonesians with experience of living in Australia. The project produced recommendations for specific steps to be taken for strengthening Australia-Indonesia friendship.

“Mobile Indonesians: social differentiation and digital literacies in the 21st century”, ARC Discovery 2013-18. ‘Mobile Indonesians’ was a multi-sited ethnographic study of the role of mobile telephony in cultural change. Its execution has been enfolded into a broader research program of my VC Research Fellowship at QUT. The research team created detailed qualitative maps of the changing social networks and communication behaviours of two user groups: pop fans and community health workers. This innovative research method allowed us to understand the complexity of mobile telephony’s impact on rapidly evolving digital literacies and patterns of social differentiation.

“Middle Classes, New Media and Indie Networks in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia”, Australian Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2009-2012). The project documented and critically analysed the activities of a digitally-equipped generation of urban middle class Indonesians in shaping public culture. It focused  on 'indie' (for independent) networks, sites of the production and consumption of films and music that make intensive use of new media technologies. The project was the first in depth study of the wider socio-political significance of the boom in self-produced media in Indonesia at a time when post-authoritarianism and the digital age coincided.

Education

Dr Emma Baulch is the coordinator for the Communications major at Monash Malaysia. She co-ordinates three units: a first-year gateway unit (Media Studies, AMU1277), a third year capstone unit (Reading social media: socio-technological literacies, AMU3449), and a unit within the Master of Communications (Contemporary issues in Asia (AMG 5382).

Scholarly books

Baulch, Emma. Under review. Genre publics: technologies, pop and class in Indonesia 1965 2010s Wesleyan University Press, Music and Culture Series

Baulch, Emma. 2007a. Making scenes: reggae, death metal and punk in 1990s’ Bali Durham: Duke University Press

Skuse, Andrew, Joann Fildes, Jo Ann Tacchi, Kirsty Martin, Emma Baulch. 2007b. Poverty and Digital Inclusion. New Delhi: United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Edited collections

Athique, Adrian and Emma Baulch. In press. Digital Transactions in Asia London: Routledge

Flew Terry, Emma Baulch and Nina Li .Forthcoming. “Communication, Culture and Governance in East Asia” special themed issue of International Journal of Communication

Baulch, Emma, Jerry Watkins and Amina Tariq. 2017. mHealth in Asia: challenges and interventions with Jerry Watkins and Amina Tariq. Singapore: Springer

Baulch, Emma and Julian Millie. 2013. “Media/politics in Indonesia”.  special issue of the International Journal of Cultural Studies 16(3)


Peer reviewed journal articles

Baulch, Emma and Alila Pramiyanti. 2018. “Hijabers on Instagram: Using visual social media to construct the ideal Muslim woman” Social Media + Society October-December: 1-15 https://doi.org/10.1177/20563051188003ttps://doi.org/10.1177/2056305118800308

Baulch, Emma. 2017. “The everyman and the dung beetle: new media infrastructures for lower class cultural politics”. Cultural Politics 13 (2): 202-226

Baulch, Emma. 2016. “Genre publics: Aktuil magazine and its role in shaping critical middle class youth in 1970s Indonesia” Indonesia October: 85-113

Baulch, Emma and Julian Millie. 2013a. “Studying Indonesian media worlds at the intersections of area and cultural studies” in Emma Baulch and Julian Millie (eds) ‘Media/politics in Indonesia’, special issue of International Journal of Cultural Studies 16(3): 227-40

Baulch, Emma. 2013b. “Longing Band play at Beautiful Hope’” in Emma Baulch and Julian Millie (eds) ‘Media/politics in Indonesia’, special issue of International Journal of Cultural Studies 16(3): 289-302

Baulch, Emma. 2011. “God Bless Come Back: New experiments with nostalgia in Indonesian po”. Perfect Beat 12(2): 129-46

Baulch, Emma. 2010. “Music for the pria dewasa: Rolling Stone Indonesia and the evolution of pop and class'”Journal of Indonesian Social Sciences and Humanities 3, 2010: 99-130

Baulch, Emma. 2008. “Terbangunnya Sebuah Scene: Kemunculan Punk Bali” in Wacana 24 (VII): 13-37

Baulch, Emma. 2004. “Reggae borderzones, reggae graveyards: Bob Marley fandom in Bali” in Perfect Beat, 6 (4), January: 3-27

Baulch, Emma. 2003. “Gesturing elsewhere: the identity politics of the Balinese death/thrash metal scene”, Popular Music 22 (2): 195-215

Baulch, Emma. 2002a. “Alternative Music and Mediation in Late New Order Indonesia”, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 3 (2): 219-234

Baulch, Emma. 2002b. “Creating a Scene: Balinese Punk’s Beginnings”, International Journal of Cultural Studies Volume 5(2): 281–305


Scholarly book chapters

Baulch, Emma and Alila Pramiyanti. In press. “Hijabers on Instagram: Visualising the Ideal Muslim Woman” in Athique, Adrian and Emma Baulch (eds). In press. Digital Transactions in Asia London: Routledge

Baulch, Emma, Jerry Watkins and Amina Tariq. 2017a “Social and cultural futures: the everyday use and shifting discourse of mHealth” in Emma Baulch, Jerry Watkins and Amina Tariq (eds) mHealth in Asia: challenges and interventions Singapore: Springer

Baulch, Emma and Jerry Watkins. 2017b. “I believe in the Internet": barriers to mHealth adoption by Indonesian community health workers” in Emma Baulch, Jerry Watkins and Amina Tariq (eds) mHealth in Asia: challenges and interventions Singapore: Springer

Baulch, Emma. 2017c“Mobile phones: advertising, consumerism and class”in Ross Tapsell and Edwin Jurriens Digital Indonesia: Connectivity and Divergence Singapore and Canberra: ISEAS and ANU Press, pp 38-55

Baulch, Emma. 2014.  “Pop Melayu vs. Pop Indonesia: Marketeers, producers and new interpretations of a genre into the 2000s” in Bart Barendregt (ed) Sonic Modernities in Southeast Asia Leiden: Brill , pp: 187-216

Baulch, Emma. 2011. “Creating a Scene: Balinese Punk’s Beginnings” in Chris Rojek ed. Popular Music (Sage Benchmarks in Culture and Society) London, Sage: 184-204

Watkins , Jerry and Emma Baulch. 2008a. “Creating content in Indonesia’” in Jerry Watkins and Jo Ann Tacchi (eds) Participatory Content Creation for Development: Principles and Practices New Delhi: United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO): 35-44

Baulch, Emma. 2008b.  “Sustainability” in Jo Ann Tacchi (ed.)  Finding a Voice: Final Report, New Delhi: United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Baulch, Emma. 2007. “Cosmopatriatism in Indonesian pop music imagings”in Jeroen de Kloet and Edwin Jurriens (eds)  Cosmopatriots: Globalization, Patriotism, Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Asian Culture/s Amsterdam, Rodopi: 177-204


Book reviews

Baulch, Emma. 2016.  “Book review: Networked Affect” (Ken Hillis, Susanna Paasonen, Michael Petit eds. Cambridge: MIT Press 2015) Mobile Media and Communications 4(2): 1-4

Baulch, Emma. 2016. “Book Review: In Search of Middle Indonesia: Middle Classes in Provincial Towns” (Gerry van Klinken ed, Leiden: Brill).’ Pacific Affairs 89(2): 230-232

Baulch, Emma. 2014.  “Book review: Metal Rules the Globe: Heavy Metal Music Around the World” (Jeremy Wallach, Harris M Berger and Paul D Greene, eds 2011  Durham: Duke University Press) Journal of World Popular Music 1(2): 318-323

Baulch, Emma. 2013. “Book review: Babylon East: Performing, Dancehall, Roots Reggae, and Rastafari in Japan.” (Marvin D Sterling, Durham: Duke University Press, 2010) New West Indian Guide 87-1&2

Baulch, Emma. 2011. “Book review: Politics and the Media in Twenty-First Century Indonesia: Decade of Democracy’” (Krishna Sen and David T. Hill [eds], Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2010) Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies 47(1): 136-7

Baulch, Emma. 2010. “Book review: Javanese Performances on an Indonesian Stage: Contesting Culture, Embracing Change’” (Barbara Hatley, Singapore: NUS Press, 2008) Inside Indonesia August 2010 edition www.insideindonesia.org/stories/a-rare-view-19091346

Baulch, Emma. 2009.”Book review: Hip hop Japan: rap and the paths of cultural globalization’” (Ian Condry, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006) The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology vol 10 No 1: 54-56

Baulch, Emma. 2008  “Book Review: State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia: Fatally Belonging” in Inside Indonesia 92, April-July

Research Grants

Prof Ariel Heryanto, Dr Inaya Rakhmani, Dr Najib Azca, Dr.Emma Baulch, 2017: Celebrating Everyday Life in Australia-Indonesia Neighbourhood, Australia-Indonesia Centre Tactical Research Project, AU$25000

Dr. Emma Baulch, A/Prof Jerry Watkins, Prof Ariel Heryanto, 2013-18: Mobile Indonesians: social differentiation and digital literacies in the 21st century, ARC Discovery, DP130102990, AU$220,000

A/Prof Ariel Heryanto, Dr Emma Baulch, 2009-12: Middle Classes, New Media and Indie Networks in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia, ARC Post-doctoral Fellowship, DP0984681, AU$300,406

Supervision

Areas of research and supervision include Asian popular culture, popular music and everyday uses of digital media.

Postgraduate (Other Universities)

Alila Pramiyanti (Queensland University of Technology)

Hijabers on Instagram: Islamic modernity and cultures of communication

2014-Current

With associate supervisor Associate Professor Evonne Miller

Ridho Panjaitan (Queensland University of Technology)

Media and Government: Participation Using New Media in Indonesia

2014-2018

With main supervisor Professor Terry Flew

Sonam Tobgye (Queensland University of Technology)

Digital Transformation in Bhutan: Culture, Workforce and Training

2014- 2017

With main supervisor Professor Clive Bean

Awards

  • Annual Publication Prize, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (awarded for: 2014. ‘Pop Melayu vs. Pop Indonesia: Marketeers, producers and new interpretations of a genre into the 2000s’ in Sonic Modernities in Southeast Asia Leiden: Brill , pp 187-216
  • Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology, 2014-2017
  • Annual Publication Prize, International Association for the Study of Popular Music (awarded for: 2011. ‘God Bless Come Back: New experiments with nostalgia in Indonesian pop’ Perfect Beat 12(2): 129-46)
  • Australian Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow, 2009-2012
  • Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Leiden University, The Netherlands, 2003-2005
  • Annual Publication Prize, School of Political and Social Enquiry, Monash University (prize for the best publication in 2002, awarded for: ‘Balinese Punk’s Beginnings’, International Journal of Cultural Studies 5 (2), 2002: 281 –305)
  • Annual John Legge Prize for Research Excellence , Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, Monash University, 2002