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Vila Somiah

Dr. Vilashini Somiah is a Sabahan anthropologist who received her PhD from the National University of Singapore. Currently a senior lecturer at the Gender Studies Programme at the University of Malaya, her work focuses primarily on underrepresented narratives of women, youth, migrants and marginalised Borneans living in the interiors. With over a decade of research experience behind her Dr. Somiah has also produced interdisciplinary research in the fields of history, politics and socio-economy. Outside of academia, she writes ethnographic articles on the local socio-political landscape.
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Rosmaini Sunarjo

Rosmaini Sunarjo, a.k.a. Mr. Comic, is a freelance artist based in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Mainly operating from his humble studio at the Laman Seni at Wisma Budaya, his diverse range of works include caricature, sculpture, and murals. Find his work on Instagram @artattackrosmaini.
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Ellena Ekarahendy

Ellena is an art director, graphic designer, and illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her creative works integrate visual cultures and sociopolitical discourses around human rights, gender justice, freedom of expressions, and labor movement. As New Naratif’s Design Editor, you can reach her at ellena.ekarahendy@newnaratif.com.

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