The Infrastructure of Infrastructure in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Join us for a seminar by Dr Hun Kim, a visiting fellow at the Yusof Ishak Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS). It will be held on 19th April 2017, Wednesday at 2.00 – 4.00pm. The seminar will take place at the Research Division Seminar Room (AS7 06-42), Shaw Foundation Building, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, NUS Kent Ridge Campus.

Hope to see you!

Sneak Peek into April! Seminar: A ‘Model State’ For Malaysia?: Competing Visions of (Re)development in a UNESCO World Heritage City

Our next guest speaker is Dr Creighton Connolly from the Asia Research Institute. He will be giving a presentation titled, “A ‘Model State’ for Malaysia?: Competing Visions of (Re)development in a UNESCO World Heritage City” which is happening on 6th April 2017, 10.30am – 12pm @ the Research Division Seminar Room (AS7 #06-42). Always wondered what goes on behind the politics (along with its impacts) on heritage conservation in a world-class UNESCO Heritage City? Then join us to learn more!

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Join us this March on – Urban Resistance and the Radical Imagination: Anti-gentrification movements in New York City ‘post-Occupy’

Up next in the Cities Cluster’s series of seminars, is a presentation by Dr. Laura Naegler, a lecturer in sociology, social policy and criminology from the University of Liverpool in Singapore. Titled Urban Resistance and the Radical Imagination: Anti-gentrification movements in New York City ‘post-Occupy’”, this seminar will be held on the 9th March 2017 (10.30am – 12pm) at the Research Division Seminar Room. For more information, please see our flyer below:

To register, please click here.

Please note that lunch will be provided. Hence, please RSVP by 2nd March 2017.=

Hope to see you there!

Seminar: The SIJORI Cross-Border Region: Transnational Politics, Economics, and Culture

Join us for a seminar by Dr Francis Hutchinson from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, titled “The SIJORI Cross-Border Region: Transnational Politics, Economics, and Culture”. The seminar will be held on 10th February 2017, 10.30am – 12pm at the Research Division Seminar Room.

Interested? Sign here!

Please note that lunch is provided! Please RSVP by 3rd February 2017.

Thank you and see you there!

 

Seminar: Plotting and Scheming: Land Acquisition and Market Values in Colonial Bombay City, 1898 – 1920 by Dr. Shekhar Krishnan

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

To kick start the new year, the FASS Cities Cluster will be having our first seminar titled, “Plotting and Scheming: Land Acquisition and Market Values in Colonial Bombay City, 1898 – 1920” by Dr. Shekhar Krishnan from the NUS Asia Research Institute (ARI).

The seminar will be held on 18th January 2016, 10.30am – 12pm at the AS7 Shaw Foundation Building, Research Division Seminar Room (06-42). For more information, please see the flyer attached below. To register your attendance, click here: https://ari.nus.edu.sg/Event/Detail/e945e938-5b87-40ac-9205-28902a7e7102.

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Urban Studies Workshop: “Relational Cities in the Age of Globalization and Reflections on Singapore”

Just last week on 7th November 2016 (Monday), the FASS Cities Cluster along with Professor Markus Hesse and Dr. Catherine Wong from the Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Luxembourg, co-hosted the Urban Studies Workshop: “Relational Cities in the Age of Globalization and Reflections on Singapore”. Researchers and professors from FASS and other universities were invited to come together to discuss on the concept of ‘relational cities’ today using Luxembourg, Geneva and Singapore as case studies. We were also privileged to have Dr. Thomas Sigler from the University of Queensland, a pioneer of the concept of relational city, to join us and to share his insights for this concept.

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Overall, it was an engaging and fruitful discussion with many ideas and feedback brought forth by the professors for this project. Below are some of the photos which were taken during the workshop.

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Professor Tim Bunnell (Head of the Cities Cluster Steering Committee) opening the Urban Studies Workshop.

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The workshop began with Dr. Thomas Sigler laying the concept of ‘Relational Cities’.

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Professor Markus Hesse spearheading the workshop in a roundtable discussion format.

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Dr. Catherine Wong sharing her findings on the three case studies – Luxembourg, Geneva and Singapore.

 

Join Us for a Seminar by Prof. Eugene McCann

Registration for The Politics of Policy Mobilization is now open! 

When? 9 June 2016 (Thurs), 3pm

Where? Research Division Seminar Room (AS7 06-42), NUS Kent Ridge Campus

How? RSVP with the title “MCCANN” to fasscities@nus.edu.sg by 6 June 2016.

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ABOUT THE EVENT

How might we conceptualize the political work that mobile policies do? How do ideas and models from elsewhere prompt and define urban political conflicts? What interests are served by attempts to embed globalizing policy models into specific localities? This paper will emphasize the politics of policy mobilities – an aspect that has always been latent in the literature, but that can bear further elaboration. I will first outline the basic commitments of a policy mobilities approach and then consider the role of counter-hegemonic actors in articulating alternative policy ideas and opposing hegemonic ‘best practice’ policy models. I will illustrate the discussion by referencing recent research into the mobilization and politics of urban health and social policy among certain cities in the global North.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Eugene McCann is University Professor of Geography at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. He researches policy mobilities, urban policy-making, planning, social and health policy, and urban politics. He is co-editor, with Kevin Ward, of Mobile Urbanism (Minnesota, 2011) and of Cities & Social Change, with Ronan Paddison (Sage, 2014). He is co-author, with Andy Jonas and Mary Thomas, of Urban Geography: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell, 2015). He edits the journal Geography Compass – Urban and publishes in a range of journals, including the Annals of the AAG, Environment & Planning A, Health & Place, IJURR, Urban Geography and Urban Studies.

Join Us for a Seminar by Prof. Julia Lossau

Registration for Books, Birds, and Pioneers is now open! 

When? 2 March 2016 (Wed), 1:30pm

Where? Research Division Seminar Room (AS7 06-42), NUS Kent Ridge Campus

How? RSVP with the title “LOSSAU” to fasscities@nus.edu.sg by 26 February 2016.

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ABOUT THE EVENT

Located on former Knights Templar land, Tempelhof Airport in the southeast of Berlin has a rich history. The colossal terminal building was built during the Nazi era as part of Albert Speer’s Germania plans. After the end of WW II, the airport became one of the most crucial sites of the cold war when so-called raisin bombers sustained the inhabitants of West Berlin during the Berlin Blockade. In the 1990s it was decided to concentrate the national and international air traffic in Berlin and Brandenburg onto the site of the former GDR airport in Schönefeld (Brandenburg), and in 2008 the airport closed all operations. In my presentation I will address the question of how the Senate Department for Urban Development aimed at transforming the huge inner-city premises into a ‘lab for urban life in the 21st century’ – and why the plan (provisionally) failed.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Julia Lossau is professor of urban geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Bremen. Her research focuses on the symbolic production of places and spaces, particularly in the context of postcolonial discourses. At present she is particularly interested in how ontologies of late modernism are translated into ontologies of the Anthropocene, and how interconnectivity, transnationalism, questions of belonging etc. are being reframed by – and rematerialise in – society. Previous research examined the uses of art in public spaces as well as representations of nature in urban ecology. Books include The Uses of Art in Public Space (London, New York: Routledge, 2014, co-edited with Quentin Stevens) and Perspectives in Urban Ecology. Studies of ecosystems and interactions between humans and nature in the metropolis of Berlin (Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer, 2011, co-edited with Wilfried Endlicher et al.).

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