CNM Research Talk: Hollywood Made In China- Presented by Aynne Kokas

China is about to become the largest theatrical box office in the world, yet only allows a limited number of foreign films to be imported each year. To overcome China’s film import quota and thereby gain access to the Chinese market, Hollywood studios have begun to engage in a range of collaborative ventures. In Feb 2016, Shanghai-based US-China joint venture Oriental DreamWorks released Kung Fu Panda 3, which went on to dominate the box office worldwide. Disney opened its first theme park in Chinaa USD 5.5 billion investment– a mere four months later. Cash-rich Chinese conglomerates like the Dalian Wanda Group have begun securing major stakes in foreign studios, spurring US government efforts to regulate foreign direct investment in Hollywood. Prof Aynne Kokas will deliver a talk that demonstrates how the growth of China’s media market is transforming Hollywood from the inside out.

23 August 2017
4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Blk AS6, #03-41
CNM Meeting Room

Raka Shome Receives Prestigious Charles Woolbert Award

We’re really proud to announce that CNM’s Dr Raka Shome has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) prestigious Charles Woolbert Award for her work in postcolonial studies and its impact on the field. Of particular note is the essay, Postcolonial Approaches to Communication: Charting the Terrain, Engaging the Intersections, which Raka co-authored with Radha Hegde.

The NCA states:

…the award recognizes a journal article or book chapter whose influence has grown with time, has become a stimulus for new conceptualizations of communication phenomena, and is reflective of the diversity of the discipline and its scholarly pursuits. Thus, the award will be reserved for an article or book chapter that at the time of the award is in its 10th through 15th year in print (i.e., published in 2002–2007 for consideration in 2017) and has not previously received an NCA-sponsored award (though previous winners of interest group-level awards are eligible). The recipient will be recognized at the awards ceremony during the NCA Annual Convention and will receive a plaque supported by Life Member Fund. A panel about the recipient’s scholarship will also take place at the NCA Annual Convention in the following year.


Dr Raka Shome joins an honour roll of other distinguished award winners like Linda Putnam, Rod Hart, Dennis Mumby, Carole Blair and Ed Schiappa.

Student Videographer: Why Are Parents Going For Tuition in Singapore?

According to The Straits Times, 7 in 10 parents send their children for tuition. However, Singapore is recently moving towards a trend where parents themselves are attending tuition to help their children in their studies. We spoke to the founder of Genius Young Minds, one of the first tuition centres in Singapore which started offering this programme, to find out more.

Professor Mohan Dutta- Keynotes and Summer Workshops

Professor Mohan J. Dutta, Provost’s Chair Professor, Director, CARE and Head, Communications and New Media, is going to deliver the opening keynote titled Resisting the Neoliberal Gaze of Disciplining the Inter- at the Annual Conference on Interdisciplinarity- COIN 2017, National Institute of Technology, Meghalaya, on 21st and 22nd July, 2017.

Following this, Professor Dutta is going to present his paper Digital media and resistance: Co-creating alternatives that invert neoliberal imaginaries at the “Indian Media Studies: Contemporary Perspectives” workshop organized by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

Finally, on July 27 and 28, Professor Dutta is going to present his paper Indigeneity as a site of resisting neoliberal hegemony at the “Publics on Edge” Conference in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Earlier in the summer, Professor Dutta taught at the summer school titled Seeing the Self through the Lens of the Other organised by the Institute of African Studies at the University of Leipzig, and delivered a keynote address at the HKAECT International Symposium at the University of Hong Kong.

Microbites of Innovation- Human and Non-Human Interaction In Contemporary Computer Culture

Curated by NUS’ Communications and New Media’s Dr Nancy Mauro-Flude and Ms Marketa Dolejsova, Microbites of Innovation brings together an international selection of works operating at the intersection of Performance, Art and HumanComputer Interaction. Launching 27 June to 2 July, a cutting edge collection pioneering the nascent world of interdisciplinary art-science-design artworks, Microbites of Innovation represents a significant event for creative arts research worldwide.


ArtScience Museum Singapore
Marina Bay Sands Bayfront Avenue
27 June to 2 July 10am – 7pm
Opening Performances: 19 June 7pm

Keep Sungei Road Thieves’ Market, you say? NUS students have an app for that

Singapore’s daily newspaper, TodayOnline, featured Dr Jude Yew’s award-winning project to help the traders at the now-defunct Sungei Road Flea Market.

It was at the Sungei Road flea market that Dr Jude Yew got his first turntable in the 1980s as an aspiring DJ at the age of 14.


Over the years, the bargain paradise with a history just a decade shy of a century continued to be his regular haunt.


“I hung out there a lot because my secondary school was around there … This was where I acquired most of my equipment to work as a part-time mobile DJ,” said the 45-year-old…


Source: TodayOnline: Keep Sungei Road Thieves’ Market, you say? NUS students have an app for that

Respect Our Rights: Different Jobs, Same Respect Roadshow

It was a meaningful two days of building awareness and garnering pledges in support of the welfare rights of Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) in Singapore. The Respect Our Rights: Different Jobs, Same Respect campaign roadshow was held on 8 and 9 April 2017 at Tampines Mall and NEX Shopping Centre.

Initiated by forty-two final-year Communications and New Media students from the National University of Singapore, the roadshow was a result of 12 weeks of preparation over the semester.

Joleen Lee, the project leader of Respect Our Rights: Different Jobs, Same Respect introduces the campaign to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) representative and Guest-of-Honour

The roadshow garnered 1,234 pledges from Singaporeans, who each received a free goodie bag filled with goodies such as a decal with the pledge, as well as a cup of coffee for them to bring home. Every coffee cup was stamped with the words I Respect My Foreign Domestic Worker while each goodie bag had a sticker that served as a reminder to the 3 things that pledge-takers committed to. The 3 things included:

  • Giving their FDWs a weekly day off,
  • Not confiscating their FDW’s phone, and
  • Not keeping their passport if it is against their will

Many participants publicly demonstrated their support by taking pictures at the photobooth with their pledges, which were displayed at the exhibition.

A Ministry of Manpower (MOM) representative attended the event as a Guest-of-Honour to show support for the cause. Head of National University of Singapore (NUS) Communications and New Media Department, and the founding director of NUS’s Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), Professor Mohan J Dutta, began the opening ceremony with a welcoming address to participants.

Professor Mohan J Dutta said,

The 3.0 version of Respect Our Rights continues to push for creating spaces for listening to the voices of foreign domestic workers in Singapore. The campaign invites employers to consider the importance of treating foreign domestic workers with respect and encourages simple yet important behaviours.

A highlight of the event, the photo story exhibition featuring real stories shared by FDWs, attracted significant attention from the crowd, who responded by writing encouragement notes to share their love and support to FDWs in Singapore. Informational displays were also present to educate FDW employers on the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) guidelines on the rights of FDWs in Singapore.

Student Videographer: What Do Singaporeans Think About Pre-Marital Sex?

Singapore is known to be a conservative Asian society which upholds values such as abstinence from sex only until after marriage. However, in a recent survey done by the Institute of Policy Studies, 1 in every 2 Singapore residents do not feel that pre-marital sex is bad. Are these figures reflective of how the Singaporean society actually views this topic? Taught and guided by Mr Kenneth Tan, students from the New Media Production and Public Engagement module take to the streets to find out!


Discovery Channel Features Discovery A to Z With Prof Andy Quitmeyer

Discovery Channel features Communications and New Media’s faculty, Prof Andy Quitmeyer in an amusing video DiscoveryAtoZ. Prepare for the premiere of Andy’s Hacking The Wild series on #DiscoveryChannelSoutheastAsia tonight!

A – Z with Andy Quitmeyer

#DiscoveryAtoZ with Andy Quitmeyer. He is more than just a quirky, adventurous tech-geek. Watch as he goes into the wild with nothing but technology. Will he survive? Catch HACKING THE WILD premiering tomorrow at 9:55PM (SEA/MY) and 8:55PM (BKK/JKT) on Discovery Channel. #DiscoverySEA #HackingTheWild #AndyQuitmeyer

Posted by Discovery Channel Southeast Asia on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Student Showcase: An Exploration of Identity, Agency and Representation at NUS Central Library

Step into the NUS Central Library, and you’ll catch some arresting exhibits, put up by students and faculty from the NUS Communications and New Media’s (CNM) Cultural Communication and Creative Expression module. Emerging from a 13-week course that got students visiting cultural spaces, museums and media organisations to understand the variety of mediums … Continue reading

CHIuXiD 2017: Students’ Work On Sungei Road Flea Market Secure Second Place in Global Design Challenge

Land is scarce in Singapore. While modernisation has benefited a large swathe of the population, some parts of it are either forgotten or put aside. Take the Sungei Road Flea Market (see where) for example. With a history that’s just a decade shy of a century, the venerable market will finally be dismantled in … Continue reading

Student Videographer: Do millennial women in Singapore struggle with work-life balance?

Millennial women in Singapore are financially independent, career-driven, highly educated. Yet, many of them play multiple roles of wives and mothers. In a report, 57% of working mothers listed work-life balance as a key challenge. Do millennial women struggle to balance their career and family? As part of their coursework, students from the Department of Communications and New Media hit the ground to find out more.