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NameResearch Interests
Assoc Prof Andrea NanettiDr. Andrea Nanetti—as a scholar, who started his research vocation in historical studies at the advent of computer operating systems with graphical user interfaces—has always been fascinated by the exponential growth of interdependencies between artificial actions (i.e., made by humans) and computational operations, in terms of both quantity and quality (i.e., actions completed by electronic devices able to store and process data, typically in binary form, according to instructions given to them in a variable program or machine learning, which allows algorithms to learn through experience, and do things that we are not able to program). With this interest, he is proposing the theoretical need to direct traditional disciplinary knowledge toward a formal science of heritage (i.e., the treasure of human experiences), which will focus on how data and information—now encoded in complex interactions of written, pictorial, sculptural, architectural, and digital records, oral memories, practices, and performed rituals—may be inherited by machine learning algorithms. This state-of-the-art science pioneers integrated action plans and solutions in response to, and in anticipation of, the exponential growth of emerging needs in our increasingly complex human society. In practice, the research uses multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary methods to identify case studies for interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary teamwork investigations. Since 2007, Dr. Nanetti's main research project is EHM-Engineering Historical Memory (http://www.engineeringhistoricalmemory.com, since 2015 on Microsoft Azure). EHM is both an experimental methodology and an ongoing research project for the organization of historical information in the machine learning age. He first theorized it as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton University in 2007. Since his arrival at NTU in 2013, Dr. Nanetti has been working on the globalisation of his research interests. Starting from his background studies on the world as seen from Venice through its chronicles and diaries (1205-1433), he opened the range of the investigation of other coeval historiographical traditions, in Chinese, Arab, Russian, and Persian. EHM develops and tests new sets of shared conceptualizations and formal specifications for content management systems in the domain of the Digital Humanities, with a focus on how to engineer the treasure of human experiences to serve decision making, knowledge transmission, and visionarios. In practice, his research develops and applies computationally intensive techniques (e.g. pattern recognition, data mining, machine learning algorithms derived from other disciplines, interactive and visualization solutions). From a theoretical point of view, he mainly works on history of historiography and studies new ontologies for the semantic web, inspired by Derrida's notion of trace, Ginzburg's "thread and traces" theory, and last but not least Umberto Eco's semiotics (e.g. 2007 Dall'Albero al Labirinto, published in English in 2015 as From the Tree to the Labyrinth). In his long-term strategic fit at the NTU School of Art, Design and Media, Dr. Nanetti is working on the creation of a new generation of knowledge aggregators, which aims to test how new interactive media solution in immersive environments can improve the century-old experiences in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
Asst Prof Astrid C KensingerGraphic Design history, typography, mapping, live art as communication and participation art. Currently working on three funded research and design projects using GPS, video and site-specific research in South East Asia and Europe.
Mr Benjamin Alexander SlaterScreenwriting Craft and Practice Fiction, Narratives & Storytelling Interactive & Experiental Narratives Film Histories & Criticism Creative Writing
Prof Chan Kam Leung AlanChinese Philosophy and Religion; Hermeneutics and Critical Theory; Comparative Philosophy and Religion
Asst Prof Christopher Peter TriggThe American Puritans The Radical Enlightenment Transcendentalism Political Theology Religion in American Literature
Dr Cui FengTranslation Studies, 20th Century Chinese Literature, Comparative Literature, The Literary Relations between China and Foreign Countries
Assoc Prof Danne Ojeda HernandezHer current research is devoted to the disciplinary redefinitions of Graphic Design and its implications in contemporary visual culture. It analyses antithetical aspects within the evolution of graphic design, like its communicative and allegoric nature, autonomy and social commitment, and expressivity and new media standards. The theoretical basis of this research includes binary concepts like natural/artificial, original/copy, public/private, and physical/virtual. The research is methodologically structured upon close readings of a variety of visual objects from the perspective of graphic design. These objects are discusses in connection with different sorts of conceptual platforms, like manifestos, (un)realized projects, curatorial proposals and critical reviews among others sources within today's dominant orientations in graphic design. Moreover, her areas of interest can be summarized as follow: Issues in Visual Communication/Contemporary Design, Design Theory, Design and Science and Art and Design relations. Her areas of specializations regarding professional practice are mainly editorial and exhibition design. At NTU, Prof. Ojeda is engaged (or has been engaged) with the following projects: TIER1 [2013] by Ministry of Education (MOE) › D-SIGN-LAB. Research Experiments on Art, Design and Science with a focus on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Analysis. TIER0 [2010] Asian-Pacific Mega-exhibitions: A Critical Perspective RCC [2009] For the Sake of a Second Life: Approaches to Sustainable Design — Selection of Danne Ojeda’s works: http://www.d-file.com https://www.paperbrains.net/ —
Prof Dewi Fortuna AnwarDewi Fortuna Anwar's research interests can be categorised as "intermestic", covering both the study about Indonesia's domestic politics as well as Indonesia's regional and international engagements. Dewi's research interests developed from her formal education. Dewi read Oriental and African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with focus on the history of South East Asia as well as the history of Islam and the Middle East. Dewi did an M.A. at SOAS on South East Asian Area Studies and her M.A. thesis was titled "The Ka'ba and the Garuda. The Dilemma of Islam in Indonesian Politics". Dewi obtained her PhD from the Department of Politics at Monash University with a thesis titled "ASEAN as an Aspect of Indonesia's Foreign Policy". The thesis was later published by ISEAS under the title "Indonesia in ASEAN: Foreign Policy and Regionalism". Dewi has written widely on the subject of Indonesia's foreign policy as well as on ASEAN political and security development. Dewi has also written about Indonesia's strategic culture, military reform and democratic transition. Selected Publication in English 1. Indonesia in ASEAN: Foreign Policy and Regionalism. Singapore: ISEAS, 1994. 2. “Indonesia’s Foreign Policy after the Cold War. In Southeast Asian Affairs. Singapore: ISEAS, 1994. 3. “Human Security: An intractable Problem in Asia”, in Muthiah Alagappa (ed) Asian Security Order. Instrumental and Normative Features. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003. 4. Dewi Fortuna, Helene Bouvier, Glenn Smith and Roger Tol (eds), Violent Internal Conflicts in Asia Pacific. Histories, Political Economies and Policies. Jakarta, Yayasan Obor Indonesia, 2005. 5. “How are New Regional and Global Security Situations Articulated from a Southeast Asian Perspective?, in Bertrand Fort (ed) Overcoming Vulnerability. Managing New Security Challenges in Asia and Europe. London etc: Marshall Cavendish International (Singapore), 2005. 6. “ The Fall of Suharto: Understanding the Politics of the Global”, in Francis Loh Kok Wah and Joakim Ojendal (ed) Southeast Asian Responses to Globalization. Restructuring Governance and Deepening Democracy. Singapore: ISEAS, 2005 and Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2005. 7. “Leadership in the history of Southeast Asian Integration: the role of Indonesia in ASEAN”, in Bertrand Fort and Douglas Webber (ed) Regional Integration in East Asia and Europe. Convergence or Divergence? London and New York: Routledge, 2006. 8. Resource Issues and Ocean Governance in Asia Pacific: An Indonesian Perspective” in Contemporary Southeast Asia. A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs. Volume 28, Number 3, December 2006. 9. “Indonesia’s Role in the Long-Term Prospects of ASEAN”, in Terence Chong (ed) Globalization and Its Counter-forces in Southeast Asia. Singapore: ISEAS, 2008. 10. “A Journey of Change: Indonesia’s Foreign Policy”, in Global Asia. Volume 4, Number 3, Fall 2009. 11. “The Impact of Domestic and Asian Regional Changes on Indonesian Foreign Policy”, in Daljit Singh (ed) Southeast Asian Affairs. Singapore: ISEAS, 2010. 12. “Foreign Policy, Islam and Democracy in Indonesia”, in Journal of Indonesian Social Sciences, Volume Three 2010. 13. “Indonesia, the region and the world” in East Asia Forum, Vol. 2 No.2 April-June 2010. 14. “The Cold War and its impact on Indonesia. Domestic politics and foreign policy”, in Albert Lau (ed) Southeast Asia and the Cold War. Routledge Contemporary Southeast Asia Series. Abington and New York: Routledge, 2012. 15. Dewi Fortuna Anwar & Bridget Welsh (eds) Democracy Take-Off? The B.J. Habibie Period. Jakarta: PT. Sinar Harapan Persada, 2013. 16. “Indonesia’s Peacekeeping Operations: History, Practice, and Future Trend, in Chiyuki Aoi and Yee-Kuang Heng (eds) Asia Pacific Nations in Internatioal Peace Support and Stability Operations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
Asst Prof Fang XiaopingHistory of medicine, health and disease in twentieth-century China Medical anthropology and sociology in contemporary China
Assoc Prof Goh Geok YianAssociate Professor Goh Geok Yian's areas of expertise are: early history of Burma and Southeast Asia, modern Southeast Asian history, China-Southeast Asia relations, early Buddhist networks in mainland and island Southeast Asia, and Burmese historical chronicles and novels. Her current research focuses on the study of Buddhist architecture and mural paintings of Bagan, a medieval Burmese kingdom. Her other research work includes the study of early urbanization and cities in Burma, particularly on comparison made with other contemporary Southeast Asian polities and the applicability of theoretical models. She is also working on an English translation of a 20th-century Burmese novel by a well-known author, Ma Sandar.