Dr Jane Ahlstrand

Lecturer , Indonesian - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Jane Ahlstrand

Phone: +61 2 6773 5044

Email: jahlstra@une.edu.au


Jane joined UNE in 2018 as a Lecturer in Indonesian. Jane has a passion for teaching and learning the Indonesian language, as well as the arts of Indonesia. She is an advocate for transculturalism and sees the importance of meaningful interpersonal engagement between people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Jane views the knowledge of and production of art in its various forms as a vehicle for achieving this form of engagement, as well as a key to effective language learning and teaching.

Jane conducted her PhD research at the University of Queensland, where she examined the use of language in the Indonesian online news media to represent female politicians and their dynamic relationship with power during a period of political and social transition. Specialising in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), Jane’s research interests include power relations, political discourse, media discourse, Indonesian studies and gender studies.

In addition to teaching Indonesian at UNE, Jane teaches and performs Balinese dance in Australia and overseas. She also has a passion for Javanese gamelan and stories of the wayang kulit, which she seeks to integrate into teaching and learning at UNE, using the in-house Javanese slendro gamelan set.


BA Asian and International Studies, Griffith University
BA Languages and Applied Linguistics, Griffith University
Honours (Humanities), Curtin University
PhD, University of Queensland


  • Winner of the 2017 Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Multicultural Art Award
  • Winner of the 2015 National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA)
  • Winner of the  2017 National Australia Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA).