. Herdiana

E-mail: h.herdiana.1@research.gla.ac.uk

Office: R 683, St Andrew's Building, University of Glasgow, G3 6NH

Website: SiKancil.org 

Research Interests

  • Multiculturalism and religious diversity in children's literature
  • Child agency and construction of childhood
  • Reader response
  • Critical multicultural analysis

Research title

The power and potentials of multicultural literature in a diverse archipelago: multiculturalism in Indonesian children’s books, children’s responses, and teachers’ perspectives.

Research summary

As a PhD candidate in Children's Literature and Literacies, my doctoral research looks at how multicultural stories for children can be effectively used to tackle prejudice and promote tolerance in a pluralistic society.

The research examines the discourse of tolerance, pluralism, differences and similarity in contemporary Indonesian children's books, how children, specifically middle-graders, respond and construct meanings from these books, and teachers' perceptions as text mediators.

I'm also an author, editor, and translator from Jakarta, Indonesia. I hold an MEd (Distinction) in Children's Literature and Literacies from the University of Glasgow, as well as an MSc in Developmental Psychology and a BHum in English Literature from Universitas Indonesia. 


Tambunan, S., Hapsarani, D., and Hakim, H. (2017). Going Beyond Celebratory Multiculturalism: Developing a Self-Reflective Children Story Project. ICOLLITE Proceeding Vol. 1: pp. 493-498. DOI 10.5220/0007169804930498. https://www.scitepress.org/ProceedingsDetails.aspx?ID=vkNhBMvpTSg=&t=1


  • Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP), Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia

          Full scholarship for master's programme (2015-2016)

  • Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP), Ministry of Finance, Republic of Indonesia

          Full scholarship for PhD programme (2018-2022)

  • Children's Literature Summer School Scholarship, University of Antwerp (1-5 July 2019)








London Book Fair. UK, 12-14 March 2019. Presentation title: Emerging Themes in Contemporary Indonesian Children's Literature.

Asian Festival of Children’s Content. Singapore, 17-21 May 2017. Presentation title: Child Agency and Multiculturalism in Indonesian Children's Mysteries & Historical Fiction.

Asia Oceania Regional IBBY Congress. Malaysia, 12-17 May 2015. Presentation title: Multicultural Literature in Indonesian Children’s Books



IELTS, TOEFL, and English for Academic Purposes, Lembaga Bahasa Internasional, Fakultas Ilmu Pengetahuan & Budaya (The International Language Center of the Faculty of Humanities), Universitas Indonesia

Additional information

I blog about Indonesian children's literature at www.SiKancil.org and share about books and PhD life on Instagram at @herdianahkm.