Dr Dyah Pitaloka

PhD (University of Oklahoma), MA (University of Leeds), B Law (Diponegoro University)
Lecturer

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 02 93514182

Biographical details

Dyah Pitaloka gained her PhD in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation focuses on the illness experiences and sufferings of women with Type II Diabetes in rural areas in Central Java, Indonesia. Prior to joining the Department of Indonesian Studies at Sydney, Dyah was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), Department of Communication and New Media, National University of Singapore (NUS) where she worked on several research projects on health communication, inequality, and marginalization. Dyah’s current research interests lie in the areas of communication and culture, with an emphasis on the role of narrative and performance in addressing inequalities, marginalization, and social change in Indonesia.

Research interests

My research interests are in topics related to cultural aspects of health, marginalization, and social change, with an emphasis on how various social, educational, economic, religious, and policy contexts contribute to structural disparities in society. I have worked on these topics in relation to Indonesia and Singapore.

- Socio cultural aspects of health

- Health inequalities

- Marginalization in contemporary healthcare

  • Transgender meanings of health (transgender rights, social inclusion and sexuality) in Singapore
  • Indonesian domestic workers in Singapore (transnational health, identity, domestic workers’ rights)
  • The use of narrative in co-constructing communicative space among the survivors and descendants of 1965 communist purge in Indonesia

- Interpersonal issues in health contexts

- Social change and media

- Social movement and human Rights

Teaching and supervision

Teaching Areas

Indonesian Studies - Intermediate and Advanced levels

 

Research Supervision

Dyah warmly welcomes proposals from interested Honours and postgraduate students wishing to conduct research in the following areas: socio cultural aspects of health, political economy of global health policies, social change, media and social movement, and human rights.

Current projects

  • Meanings of health in Indonesia: to understand the specific context of memory, trauma, healing, and health among the survivors and descendants of the Indonesia 1965 mass killings. This study examines the ways in which survivors, descendants and the family members use memory to construct concepts of health, reconstruct their identity, and cope with everyday life as Indonesians.
  • Digital story telling project: this aim of this project is to generate communicative spaces in which the survivors and descendants of the 1965 Indonesia Communist purge can co-construct alternative narratives for the younger generation of Indonesians, emphasizing the role of emotion and performance in communicating experience.

Associations

  • Member of the International Communication Association (ICA)
  • Member of the Association of Southeast Asian Studies UK (ASEAS UK)

 

 

Other Professional Contributions

  • Review Editor, Health Communication, part of the journal(s) Frontiers in Communication
  • Ad-hoc reviewer, Health Communication
  • Ad-hoc reviewer, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

In the media

Pitaloka, D., Dutta, M. (2016). From victims to survivors: The healing journey of the Dialita choir. The Jakarta Post.

Grants and awards

  • 2014: Ragan-Kramer-Wieder Qualitative Dissertation Award, University of Oklahoma
  • 2010 – 2014: Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship – to conduct PhD research at the University of Oklahoma
  • 2012: Research Fellow Award, Center for Social Justice, University of Oklahoma
  • 2000: British Chevening Scholarship – to undertake an MA at Leeds University

 

Creative works

 

 

Video Documentary | Memory and Trauma

Documentary of the everyday lives of the survivors and descendants of Indonesia 1965 mass killings. It is a collaborative project between Center for Culture-Centered Approach for Research and Evaluation (CARE), National University of Singapore with Community of 1965 survivors in Indonesia

 

Photovoice Project | The Voice of Hope and Resilience

Photovoice project with the survivors and descendants of Indonesia 1965 mass killings. It is a collaborative project between Center for Culture-Centered Approach for Research and Evaluation (CARE), National University of Singapore with Community of 1965 survivors in Indonesia

 

Digital Oral History | The Voice of Hope and Resilience

Digital narrative project involving the survivors and descendants of Indonesia 1965 mass killings. It is a collaborative project between Center for Culture-Centered Approach for Research and Evaluation (CARE), National University of Singapore with Community of 1965 survivors in Indonesia

Selected grants

2017

  • Enhancing cultural competence and cross-cultural interdisciplinary effectiveness (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Suter R, Penaloza F, Sorbera L, Pitaloka D, Moores S; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Dutta, M., Pitaloka, D., Zapata, D. (2017). Negotiating transgender sex work, health and healing in Singapore: A culture-centered approach. In Jolanta A Drzewiecka (Eds.), Global Dialectics in Intercultural Communication : Case Studies. New York: Peter Lang.

Journals

  • Pitaloka, D., Hsieh, E. (2015). Health as submission and social responsibilities: Embodied experiences of Javanese women with type II diabetes. Qualitative Health Research, 25(8), 1155-1165. [More Information]
  • Hsieh, E., Pitaloka, D., Johnson, A. (2013). Bilingual health communication: Distinctive needs of providers from five specialties. Health Communication, 28(6), 557-567. [More Information]

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Pitaloka, D., Dutta, M. (2016). From victims to survivors: The healing journey of the Dialita choir. The Jakarta Post.

Reference Works

  • Pitaloka, D., Hsieh, E. (2014). Isolated communities and cultural competence. In L. H. Cousin (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. (pp. 747-749). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2017

  • Dutta, M., Pitaloka, D., Zapata, D. (2017). Negotiating transgender sex work, health and healing in Singapore: A culture-centered approach. In Jolanta A Drzewiecka (Eds.), Global Dialectics in Intercultural Communication : Case Studies. New York: Peter Lang.

2016

  • Pitaloka, D., Dutta, M. (2016). From victims to survivors: The healing journey of the Dialita choir. The Jakarta Post.

2015

  • Pitaloka, D., Hsieh, E. (2015). Health as submission and social responsibilities: Embodied experiences of Javanese women with type II diabetes. Qualitative Health Research, 25(8), 1155-1165. [More Information]

2014

  • Pitaloka, D., Hsieh, E. (2014). Isolated communities and cultural competence. In L. H. Cousin (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity. (pp. 747-749). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

2013

  • Hsieh, E., Pitaloka, D., Johnson, A. (2013). Bilingual health communication: Distinctive needs of providers from five specialties. Health Communication, 28(6), 557-567. [More Information]

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