Manneke Budiman teaches Literature and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia. He currently serves as Associate-Dean for Academic, Research, and Student Affairs. His research interests include Southeast Asian studies, gender studies, youth and popular culture, contemporary Indonesian literature, and urban studies. His ongoing research is concerned with globalization and local responses to it, in relation to the formation of identity and nationality. Together with Abidin Kusno, he is working on their forthcoming publication, Time, Contradiction, Memory-Movement in Urban Spatial Politics in Indonesia (Palgrave).
JILF is an annual international literary festival initiated by the Literary Committee of Jakarta Arts Council (JAC). Just as JAC was built and nurtured by artists and for arts, JILF was founded by writers for the sake of literature and book industry.