Staff profile

Dr Zane Goebel

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Humanities

SS 413, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA Hons, Grad Dip, PhD.

Membership of professional associations

American Anthropological Assoc. and the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, Applied Linguistics Assoc. of Aust, Asian Studies Assoc of Aust, Aust Linguistics Society.

Area of study

Asian Studies

Brief profile

Zane is a linguistic anthropologist whose fieldwork and publications focus on the intersection of identity and language use in immigrant neighbourhoods, government offices, schools and the popular mass media in Indonesia. He has taught introductory and advanced courses in linguistic anthropology, fieldwork methods, EFL and Indonesian in universities in Japan, Indonesia and Australia. Zane is also a member of the UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum and the International Pragmatics Assoc. Article reviewer for the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, TESOL Quarterly, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Member of the organizing committee for an international seminar series on the languages of Java (Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Yale University, and Monash University).

Research interests

Asian Cultural Studies

- Schools and the popular mass media in Indonesia.

- The construction of language ideologies and their relationship to institutions and the media


- The intersection of identity and language use in immigrant neighbourhoods

Teaching units

Beginners to advanced levels of Indonesian, Critical Issues in Contemporary Asia

Recent publications

Recent Publications

  • Goebel, Z. (In preparation) Language, Media and Personhood: Engaging with Televised Representations in Indonesia. New York: Oxford University Press (Oxford studies in sociolinguistics).
  • Goebel, Z. (2011) Talking about mediated representations: Exploring ideologies and meanings. Text and Talk: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies, 31/3: 293-314.
  • Goebel, Z. (2011) Enregistering Identity in Indonesian Television Serials: A Multimodal Analysis (pp. 95-114). In K. O’Halloran & B. Smith (eds.). Multimodal Studies: Multiple Approaches and Domains. New York: Routledge.
  • Goebel, Z. (2010) Language, Migration and Identity: Neighborhood Talk in Indonesia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Goebel, Z. (2010) Identity and Social Conduct in a Transient Multilingual Setting. Language in Society, 39/2: 203-240.
  • Goebel, Z. (2009) Semiosis, interaction and ethnicity in urban Java. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 13/4:499-523.
  • Goebel, Z. (2008) Identity in Text Interpretation and Everyday Life (book edited with Masa-chiyo Amano, Michael O’Toole, Shinya Shigemi and Song-Wei), Nagoya University, Nagoya.
  • Goebel, Z. (2008) Language, class and ethnicity in Indonesia. Bijdragen tot de Taal, Land- en Volkenkunde [Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania], 164/1:69-101.
  • Goebel, Z. (2008) Enregistering, authorizing and denaturalizing identity in Indonesia. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, 18/1:46-61.
  • Goebel, Z. (2007) Enregisterment and appropriation in Javanese-Indonesian bilingual talk. Language in Society, 36/4:511-531.
  • Goebel, Z. (2005)  An ethnographic study of code choice in two neighbourhoods of Indonesia. Australian Journal of Linguistics, 25/1:85-107.
  • Goebel, Z. (2002a) Code choice in inter-ethnic interactions in two urban neighbourhoods of Indonesia. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 158:69-87.
  • Goebel, Z. (2002b)  When do Indonesians speak Indonesian? Some evidence from inter-ethnic and foreigner-Indonesian interactions and its pedagogic implications. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 23/6:479-489.
  • Black, P. & Goebel, Z. (2002) Multiliteracies and the teaching of Indonesian. Babel, 37/1:22-26, 38.

Research projects

Language, Personhood, and Bureaucracy in Reform-era Indonesia