Cultural Studies Future(s)

Cultural Studies Future(s) is a symposium organised by CARE and CNM, to discuss the future of cultural studies. This symposium bring together three leading practitioners in Cultural Studies, Prof Chua Beng Huat, Prof Meaghan Morris and Prof Tejaswini Niranjana, who will be speaking on different issues. The symposium will be held on 3 March 2017 at Seminar Room B, from 3 PM to 6:50PM. More details can be found in the poster below:


Chua Beng Huat is concurrently as Provost Chair Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Science.  He has served as Research Leader, Cultural Studies in Asia Research Cluster, Asia Research Institute (2000-2015); Convenor Cultural Studies Programmes (2008-2013) and Head, the Department of Sociology (2009-2015), National University of Singapore. Among his authored books are Life is Not Complete without ShoppingStructure, Audience and Soft Power in East Asian Pop Culture and, forthcoming, Political Liberalism Disavowed: communitarianism and state capitalism in Singapore. He is founding co-executive editor of the journal, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies.

Meaghan Morris is currently the William Lim Siew Wai Visiting Professor in Cultural Studies in Asia, NUS Department of Sociology, and Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney, and former Chair Professor of Cultural Studies in Lingnan University, Hong Kong (2000-2012).  Prof. Morris was Chair of the international Association for Cultural Studies (2004-08); Chair of the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (2012-15); and she is a Fellow of both the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities and the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her books include The Pirate’s Fiancée: feminism, reading, postmodernism (1988), Too Soon Too Late: History in Popular Culture (1998), Identity Anecdotes: Translation and Media Culture (2006), and Creativity and Academic Activism: Instituting Cultural Studies co-edited with Mette Hjort (2012).

Tejaswini Niranjana is currently Professor and Head, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She is co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore. She is the author of Siting Translation: History, Post-structuralism and the Colonial Context (Berkeley, 1992), Mobilizing India: Women, Music and Migration between India and Trinidad (Durham, 2006), and a forthcoming monograph on musicophilia in Mumbai. Her most recent co-edited volume is Genealogies of the Present: Situating Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Delhi, 2015).

The programme for the symposium is as follows:

TALK – Evidenced based traditional medicine through Ayurveda

Ms Vasanthi Pillay, Founder and President of the Ayurveda Association of Singapore (AAOS) and Director of Innergy Ayurveda & Yoga Pte Ltd will be giving a talk titled “Evidenced based traditional medicine through Ayurveda”. She will be speaking on 28 Feb 2017 (Tuesday) at 11 AM. More details can be found in the poster below:

Venue: CNM Playroom (AS6 03-38)

Date: 28 Feb 2017

Time: 11 AM

MediaCorp Speaker Series – Access To Information: Can there be too much of a good thing?

We are happy to partner with MediaCorp once again to bring you the next talk in the MediaCorp Speaker Series. This series aims to provide a platform where students can interact with and hear from industry experts about the media industry. The title of this year’s talk is “Access to Information. Can there be too much of a good thing?” and it will be held at AS7 01-19 on Friday, 24 Feb 2017 at 11 AM. Finger food and drinks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

TALK — Negotiating Community at the Margins: Culturally-Centred narratives of health among transgender sex workers

CNM Care is happy to host the next lecture in the CARE Social Justice series by Prof. Mohan and Raksha Mahtani. The talk is titled “Negotiating Community at the Margins: Culturally-centred narratives of health among transgender sex workers” and she will be speaking on 27 Feb 2017 (Monday). More details about the talk can be found in the poster below:

Speaker: Prof. Mohan and Raksha Mahtani

Date: 27 Feb 2017

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Venue: CNM Meeting Room

Research Talk – Automation of Public Relations

Professor Anne Gregory, Professor of Corporate Communication at University of Huddersfield, will be speaking on automation and the effect of automation on the public relations profession. Her talk is titled “Automation of Public Relations”, and will be held at the CNM Meeting Room on 3rd March 2017 (Friday). More details about the talk can be found in the poster below:


Venue: CNM Meeting Room (AS6 03-33)

Date: 3 March 2017

Time: 2 PM – 3 PM

CNM Internship Briefing

Students in Cohort 2015 and earlier who wish to take part in the CNM Internship Programme have to attend the briefing session on 21 Feb 2017 (Tues). It is not compulsory for students belonging to Cohort 2015 and earlier.

However, it is compulsory for all NM Majors from Cohort 2016 onwards to complete the Compulsory Internship Programme(CIP). Students must attend either one of the two sessions, and attendance will be taken during these sessions.

Session 1:        21 Feb (Tues), 2:30 – 4pm, LT14

Session 2:        4 Mar (Sat), 10:30 – 12nn, CNM Playroom

Kindly attend one of these two sessions.



Come 15 February 2017, Dr Andrew Quitmeyer, who recently came on board the CNM family, will be starring in Discovery Channel’s ‘Hacking the Wild’ series. The series is based on Dr Quitmeyer’s research about building electronics and using technology to survive in the wilderness or Digital Naturalism (watch the trailer here).

“What is Digital Naturalism?”, you ask. Dr Quitmeyer says, “Digital Naturalism is about using all the cool new abilities that computers can give us for exploring nature. It’s about figuring out how to make our own DIY sensors, robotics, and portable tools to let people interact with and discover new questions in the wilderness”. You can read more about the concepts of Digital Naturalism at

Dr Quitmeyer at one of his research expeditions

Dr Quitmeyer currently teaches the NM4225 – Design Fiction and GET1033 – Exploring Computational Media modules. Students in NM4225 will be exposed to Digital Naturalism as they explore a special topic this semester on “creating new cool ideas for the future of how humans interact with the natural environment”. They recently went on a field-trip to ACRES (Animal Concerns & Education Society) to understand the challenges that animal rescue organisations face, when urban environments intermingle with Singapore’s natural flora and fauna. As a result of which, organisations such as ACRES spend hours rescuing pythons that get stuck in gutters near hawker centers, flying squirrels that get stuck in glue traps and endangered pangolins hit by cars. Dr Quitmeyer shares that students were given lots of inspiration for coming up with new solutions to a wide variety of real-world problems, from this trip.

Students from NM4225 during their trip to ACRES, experiencing Digital Naturalism first-hand

Apart from teaching at CNM, Dr Quitmeyer is looking forward to knowing more about the ‘makers’ scenario in Singapore and hopes to set up mobile makerspaces for people to study and create prototypes in nature, with instruments ranging from electronics to laser cutters. He also works on grants with people from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Climate Foundation to fund art-science projects surrounding growing massive kelp farms deep in south-east Asian oceans. His recent work includes building a floating makerspace to study coral reefs in Dumaguete, Phillipines, check it out here com/watch?v=n0L-SNO4A5w

Talking about the ‘Hacking the Wild’ series, Dr Quitmeyer says, “Filming for Hacking the Wild was pretty crazy. Usually my research expeditions before in my PHD work, were not really funded, and so we had to improvise, and were constantly figuring out solutions on the spot. I thought once I was working on the TV show, that things would be way more figured out beforehand. Ha! Instead those hacking and improvisation skills were constantly being used to make new weird devices to help navigate and explore the environments I got tossed into. It was a really amazing experience working with top of the line filmmakers who, just like me, were always having to modify and hack their own equipment to adapt to the environment. This adaption of technology to wild new environments is at the core of my research in “Digital Naturalism,” and I was happy I could continue my research in this way.”

The show which premieres on Feb 15 10pm EST in the US (Feb 16 at 11am in Singapore), will be broadcasted in Singapore later this year, but Dr Quitmeyer is planning to host a live premiere screening and give personal commentary. For those interested, do join the live screening at LT 7A, Building 36 at 11am on 16th Feb 2017.

TALK – Hong Kong Liminal: Minor Culture as Method

CNM Care is happy to host the next lecture in the CARE Social Justice series by Prof. Meaghan Morris. Her lecture is titled “Hong Kong Liminal: Minor Culture as Method” and she will be speaking on 17 Feb 2017. More details about the talk can be found in the poster below:


Speaker: Prof. Meaghan Morris

Date: 17 Feb 2017

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Venue: CNM Meeting Room