Hearty congratulations to Prof Elmie Nekmat & Mr Gui Kai Chong for winning the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (FTEA) for their work in AY2015-16. The FTEA is given in recognition of the high level of teaching commitment demonstrated by faculty members and are based on peer reviews, student feedback and exposition of their teaching philosophy.

Asst Prof Elmie Nekmat has been with CNM since 2014 and teaches strategic communication, social psychology of new media, theories in communications and new media, research methods in communications and new media and principles of communication management.


Asst Prof Elmie Nekmat

Speaking about his approach to teaching, he shares, “Teaching, to me, is an inexact science. I can never expect to ‘perfect’ my teaching. It is through constant reflection and experimentation that I learn how to refine my teaching and I have therefore realized that effective teaching is about constant improvement, innovation, and linking classroom knowledge to real-life experiences and impact on society. Ultimately, my quest for continuous improvement is motivated by my desire to ensure that my students make meaningful connections between theory, practice, and serving the community.

My philosophy in teaching is to stoke and nurture the natural desire in students to know and achieve. I believe that any student can learn anything given enough willpower and motivation. Teaching to me is, thus, a precious opportunity to instill this motivation and groom effective and reflective learners. I teach in the hopes that my students see the value in learning, pursue lifelong independent learning, and uses the knowledge to one day impact the societies they live in.”

Mr Gui Kai Chong has been with CNM since it started out as the Information & Communications Management Programme. He teaches Globalization and New Media, Culture Industries and Digital Economies. Apart from being awarded the FTEA, Mr Gui has also been nominated by the faculty for the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA).


Mr Gui Kai Chong

Mr Gui says, “It has been a wonderful experience teaching at NUS. The warm and supportive environment at the Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) motivates one to teach to the best of one’s ability. The classes are always very lively due to the participation of vibrant, hardworking, intellectually curious and highly engaged students. Such an academic culture makes teaching enjoyable, meaningful, and intrinsically rewarding. Teaching here is a privilege. I am thus honoured and humbled to receive this award from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. I am also thankful to the Faculty for nominating me for the Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA).”

Student Film Screenings

For the past  few weeks students from the modules NM4883D – New Media Production & Public Engagement and NM3230 – Photographic & Video Storytelling have been working hard to put together their final project films. The films which are categorised into social documentaries, short fiction and TV commercials will be screened at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium in two separate sessions.


Prof. Mohan Dutta to present at the National Communication Association’s Annual Convention

© NUS CNM | Photography by Lionel LinProf Mohan Dutta, Head of Department, CNM and Director of CARE, will be speaking at the opening session of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 102nd Annual Convention on Thursday, 11 Nov 2016. The convention will be held from 10-13 Nov 2016 at Philadelphia. Prof Dutta, along with two other communication scholars Dr. Bryant Keith Alexander of Loyola Marymount University and Dr. Billie Murray of Villanova University will lead “Putting Bodies on the Line and Words into Action: Celebrating the Joys of, Challenges in, and Opportunities for Civic Engagement,” a discussion about using communication to address issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality at the opening session.

According to NCA’s press release more than 5000 communication researchers, teachers and students are expected at this year’s convention titled “Communication’s Civic Callings”. The convention will provide a platform to discuss domestic and international issues such as social activism, feminism and gender identity, race and religion, technology, media and entertainment, and so on.

The convention will also honour communication scholars for their research through specific awards. CNM’s Visiting Senior Fellow Dr Raka Shome will be awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award during this convention.


Distinguished Scholar Award for Dr Raka Shome

Each year the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association presents awards for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and professional service in the field of communication. This year, Dr Raka Shome will be awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award for her work in Cultural Studies in Communication.  The award recognises scholarly achievements in the study of human communication and will be given to Dr Shome during this year’s NCA Annual Convention which will be held in Philadelphia from 10-13 Nov, 2016.

” I am delighted about this award not just because ‘I’ received it but more important because it honors the kinds of difficult and challenging work that many scholars working on decolonization of academic knowledge are engaged in”, says Dr Shome.


Dr Shome at a lecture in Germany. Photo credit: Universität Erfurt

Dr Shome’s research interests are in Asian Modernities, Transnational relations of India, Racism and Media in a global context, Transnational Media Cultures and Gender, and the Transnational politics of knowledge production as a communication issue. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in leading journals the field of Media and Communication Studies and is the author of Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture – a book that examines how new sets of postcolonial relations in contemporary western cultures are mediated through images of white femininity.

Congratulations, Dr Shome!


The nuts-and-bolts of building cultural resources for health in a Santali village, West Bengal

In 2008, the village of Piyalgeria in Jhargram, like many other villages in the area at the time, had erupted in protests against the extreme marginalization, poverty, and police harassment experienced by the Santali community in the region. Attacks on dignity of the Santali life were often voiced by community members as the underlying causes of the protests.

When the CARE research team led by Prof. Mohan Dutta started working in the villages, one of the key questions guiding the culture-centered projects was: What, according to community members, is the source of health?

Drawing then on this fundamental question, the CARE team collaborated with community members in identifying the challenges to health they experienced, and the potential solutions they envisioned.

In the voices of community members, the dignity of Santali cultural life held the threads to good health.

Thus started our collaborative journey in building a community cultural center as a health resource. This health center would serve as a space where the young and old participate in songs and dances. These songs and dances, in community voices, are repositories of health, healing and wellbeing.

Rural communities in West Bengal, India

Rural communities in West Bengal, India