I'm Herdiana (sometimes known with my father's name: Herdiana Hakim), and am currently doing PhD in Education (Children's Literature and Literacies).
My doctoral study is fully-funded by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia. I am supervised by Dr Evelyn Arizpe, Dr Jennifer Farrar, and Professor Robert Davis.
I come from Jakarta, Indonesia. Before coming back to Glasgow to embark on my PhD journey in September 2018, I had actually lived here for one year (2015-2016) when I did an MEd in Children's Literature and Literacies. Scotland is simply the best place to study and live!
Back home, I studied English Literature and Developmental Psychology at the University of Indonesia, worked as a magazine editor, and published a historical fiction.
I strongly believe in the power of books in children's lives. I'm particularly interested in how multicultural stories for children can be effectively used to tackle prejudice and promote tolerance in a pluralistic society.
My current research examines contemporary Indonesian children's books that attempt to portray diversity and address the issues and challenges of multiculturalism. I'm also looking at how children, more specifically middle-graders, read and respond to these books, as well as teachers' perceptions.