Singapore Cinema Heritage

Led by an international team of Asian film studies experts, this project draws from studies in film and cultural policy, Singapore and Asian cinemas, media reception, heritage and digital humanities.

Using Singapore as a case study, this project has four primary aims: (1) to identify the range of cultural institutions that archive film history in Singapore, (2) to examine Singapore’s old movie theatres as sites of film heritage, (3) to investigate how hybrid film events create and augment film memory, and (4) to evaluate audience reception to film archive, movie theatres and film events.


Evaluating Cultural Impact: Precincts, Participation, and Placemaking

Placemaking has become a central policy theme for arts and cultural programming in Singapore. Areas such as the Civic District, Marina Bay, and Bras Basah.Bugis have together seen billion-dollar redevelopment and refurbishment efforts, resulting in new artistic styles and increased cultural participation. However, there is no sustained study on how their cultural impacts have supported place-based belonging and identities.

The Cultural Research Centre will be embarking on Singapore’s first large-scale cultural impact evaluation of placemaking in four arts and cultural precincts – the Civic District, the Bras Basah.Bugis Precinct, Gillman Barracks and Marina Bay. This study will utilise a range of cross-disciplinary quantitative and qualitative methodologies, to contexualise and better understand our local arts and culture placemaking efforts.

Research from this project will be featured in an upcoming Special Issue of City, Culture and Society.


Digital Citizenship in Asia

How do Asia’s youths stake out spaces for their citizenships in digital public spheres? The study of digital citizenship has emerged as an important site of study in the past two decades. Youth, in particular, have emerged as key stakeholders in this field. The Digital Citizenship in Asia grant project builds on, but breaks away, from studies done on youth living in developed Western countries with more stable democrartic and civic engagements. Rather, it works out how youth in Asian societies from (among others) China, Hong Kong, India, the Phillipines, and Singapore actively participate and engage in digital citizenship. The Project bases its frameworks of inquiry from work which breaks away from normative ideas of citizenship in favour. These frameworks see the process as multidimensional and non-linear “fluid interface” which remake the idea of citizenship for a digitally deterritorialised era.

Research from this project has resulted in a special issue of Re Feng (September 2019), viewable here.

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