Myra Mentari Abubakar
Myra is currently a PhD Candidate at the School of Culture History and Language. Her dissertation is on: "Tjut Nyak Din, a Study of Female Heroism in the Land of Sharia" and examines how heroism is constructed in different textual sites, such as national hero lists, selected indigenous literature, and film. This research also seeks to theorize the idea of female heroism in Aceh, Indonesia, through a historical heroine figure, Tjut Nyak Din and to evaluate the changing important of this idea from 19th century to the present. At the same time, it also identifies the way in which textual, cultural, and state representations of Tjut Nyak Din reveal tensions in Dutch, Indonesian, and Acehnese ideologies of gender. Prior to pursuing her PhD, Myra was a lecturer of several universities in Aceh, Indonesia. In 2015, she completed her Master of Education from University of Canberra. She commenced her doctoral studies at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies in September 2016 with the scholarship from The Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia.