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

Research Talk – Social Marketing in India and Afghanistan: A Comparison

Dr. Sandeep Ghiya will be giving a research talk titled “Social Marketing in India and Afghanistan: A Comparison”, on 18 April 2017 (Tuesday). The talk will be held at the CNM Meeting Room, from 10 AM to 11 AM.

Abstract: The proposed talk will focus on experiences with Project Saksham in Uttar Pradesh, India and a consultancy with ASMO in Afghanistan.

Project Saksham was a four year project implemented by DKT India for the Futures Group led ITAP Project for USAID. The project aimed to promote oral contraceptive pills and condoms in rural villages, with a focus on C and D category villages with population between 1,000 and 4,999.

The Afghan Social Marketing Organization (ASMO) is a USAID supported Afghan managed organization operating across Afghanistan, promoting oral contraceptive pills, condoms, injectable contraceptives, oral rehydration salts, iron folic acid tablets and chlorine safe water solution.

The talk will provide brief overviews of the two projects, followed by a detailed discussion on the various means of interpersonal and mass communications that were employed to reach out to the target population in both projects. The similarities in approaches will be pointed out, along with a discussion on the differences. The challenges and drawbacks of both projects will be highlighted, along with a comparison of the geopolitical and other challenges faced in the two projects, inclusive of the difficulties in logistics and sales operations.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Sandeep Ghiya has been working on reproductive health issues with a focus on contraception for over 18 years. He has been especially interested in the marketing and usage of provider-dependent contraceptives and the promotion of all forms of contraception in rural areas. Dr. Ghiya has worked on the design, implementation and documentation of various projects to promote family planning at international, national and regional levels with projects focused on India, Afghanistan, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and Burkina Faso. He has provided consultancy to projects for clients ranging from Family Planning Association of India, DFID, USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Concept Foundation, Palladium and Abt Associates. With post graduate degrees in public health and marketing management, he has been an active participant in the marketing of contraception in India. Dr. Sandeep Ghiya has also been a visiting faculty member at management colleges for marketing and general management related subjects.

Venue: AS6, 03-33, CNM Meeting Room
Date:  18 April 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 10 AM – 11 AM

Student Showcase: An Uncertain Future Visualised and Explained Through Fiction

One of the many possible futures imagined by CNM students

Ever wondered what the world will be like decades, or even centuries from now? One thing is for sure, the inexorable forces of climate change is going to have an impact on how we live, where we live, and most importantly, what we are going to live for. In a unique exhibition of prototypes that challenge our fondest ideas, CNM students from the Design Fiction module explore the Frontiers of Ecological Interaction, and take you on a journey rarely imagined.

Science fiction-type storyworlds are presented through the creation of interactive, futuristic objects that aim to provoke important discussions on our precarious future. Learn how CNM students begin to explore today’s technology, and the issues that arise between man’s actions and the natural world, through interactive objects, performances and believable storyworlds.

Come see the exhibition, and tell us what is your own vision of the future…

Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:00 NOON
Venue: University Town main courtyard

Research Talk – The Design of Physical Rehabilitation Games: The Physical Ambient Abstract Minimalist Game Style

Mr Niels Quinten will be giving a talk on 13 April 2017 (Thursday), from 2 PM to 3 PM. His talk is titled “The Design of Physical Rehabilitation Games: The Physical Ambient Abstract Minimalist Game Style”, and will be held at the CNM Meeting Room.

Abstract: Physical neurorehabilitation is essential for a large number of individuals who have physical impairments and disabilities as a consequence of a stroke or multiple sclerosis (MS). Through neurorehabilitation therapy, people may regain the physical abilities they have lost or retain the physical abilities they have and thereby maximize their quality of life. Based on insights from previous research, we believe digital games can transform often tedious rehabilitation experiences into pleasurable game experiences, which may increase the intensity and length of time spent on the rehabilitation and eventually its efficiency.

However, the translation of neurorehabilitation therapy into digital games presents a number of challenges. One challenge is the integration of physical rehabilitation exercises into the mechanics and dynamics of a stimulating game. Digital games are difficult to design even without the rehabilitation context, and constructively adding specific physical exercises makes this even harder. A second challenge is digitally representing the exercises in a manner that takes into consideration the physical, cognitive and visual impairments of persons who have had a stroke or persons with MS. The physical, cognitive and visual skills needed to play an off-the-shelf game are often high, and may potentially cause difficulties for a target audience that does not fully possess these skills.

In this presentation, I describe how we created the novel physical abstract minimalist rehabilitation game style in order to addresses the above two challenges. Specifically, its design process as well as four resulting game artifacts is discussed. The results of this research present one possible view of how a digital game world can be constructed for rehabilitation games starting from physical exercises and game mechanics while taking into consideration a number of physical, cognitive, and visual impairments.

About the Speaker:

Niels Quinten is an interaction artist, designer and researcher. He is currently roaming through Asia in search of interesting and thought provoking conversations. Before that, he was a lecturer and research coordinator at the Leuven University College of Arts in Belgium. He received his PhD in audiovisual and visual arts at Hasselt University performing practice-based research on the creative design of physical rehabilitation games, his work has been published and exhibited internationally.





Venue: AS6, 03-33, CNM Meeting Room

Date:  13 April 2017 (Thursday)

Time: 2 PM – 3 PM

Student Showcase: Vanishing Trades of Singapore- If Not Now, Then When

Mdm Tan Kah Mui, owner of Gan Cheng Chuan Kim Kee Tea Merchant.

There are many things in our lives that seemingly do not matter. Often, they really don’t; we neither remember these things fondly nor are they part of our daily routine. Yet, when they disappear, we are still confronted with the fact that they are gone. Though we might not feel a great sense of loss, we are frequently left with a nagging feeling that they are gone.

Mdm Lee, owner of Pow Li Blade Sharpening

Working with the themes of memory and loss, Vanishing Trades of Singapore is a campaign celebrating the many trades that may soon disappear from the streets of Singapore. Through photos and videos that evoke in viewers a sober thoughtfulness, the campaign seeks to promote appreciation of these trades as important aspects of our cultural heritage to the public.

Wife of Mr Tan Boon Heong, owner of Lam Yeo Coffee Powder.

Mr Lee, owner of Xin Xiang Barber Salon

Look out for our exhibition, which will be held at:

Date: 30th March 2017
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: NUS AS 6 Walkway benches

This is part of the SocialMedia+SocialGood+SocialChange series, where students from the Social Media module (NM4881A) facilitated by NUS’ Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) were tasked with developing creative, compelling and socially-conscious campaigns. We charts the extraordinary journeys of six groups who share a common dream for social good and social change.

Student Showcase: Making Every Grain of Rice Count

Project R.I.C.E.+ (@ProjectRICEplus) is a nation-wide annual food aid project organised by the Singapore Red Cross’ Youth Chapter. It aims to provide beneficiaries with food and other daily necessities.


As part of the fundraising and volunteer recruitment campaign for Project R.I.C.E.+ 2017, @CNMnus students from NM4881A: Social Media applied their skills and bold imagination to design creative materials to increase awareness of Project R.I.C.E.+, and to enhance the knowledge of young adults towards the plight of the underprivileged in Singapore.

This campaign aims to encourage a larger number of young adults to step forward and contribute to Project R.I.C.E.+’s causes. A fundraising and volunteer recruitment event will be held at:

Date: 29th and 30th March 2017
Time: 10am – 6pm
Venue: NUS Central Library walkway and NUS Faculty of Science, Lecture Theatre 25

Engage us through our Facebook and Instagram spaces.

This is part of the SocialMedia+SocialGood+SocialChange series, where students from the Social Media module (NM4881A) facilitated by NUS’ Department of Communications and New Media (CNM) were tasked with developing creative, compelling and socially-conscious campaigns. We charts the extraordinary journeys of six groups who share a common dream for social good and social change.