|Assoc Prof Andrea Nanetti||Dr 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., human made) and computational operations (i.e., 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) and world maps (e.g. Fra Mauro), he opened the range of the investigation of other coeval historiographical traditions, in Chinese, Greek, Russian, Persian, and Arab. 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 and 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, knowledge aggregators, interactive and visualization solutions). From a theory point of view, EHM focuses 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 Singapore School of Art, Design and Media, Dr Nanetti is designing and engineering a new generation of knowledge aggregators for immersive spaces to test how interactive media and AI can share the century-old experiences of Arts and Humanities with Sciences. In this intellectual framework in 2017 Dr Nanetti initiated an interdisciplinary project to revitalise the social nature of learning experiences from a transcultural perspective. The project is called “Dancing over Ideas of Research”. D.A.N.C.I.N.G. identifies the knowledge aggregation process (Definition, Assumption, Notion, Concept, Interpretation, Narrative, Gamut), which uses AI in immersive spaces to augment and expand the human capacity to discuss complex ideas (i.e., ways of seeing and representing reality) and ultimately facilitate solutions to the 21st century grand challenges.
|Mr Benjamin Alexander Slater||Singapore Cinema
Screenwriting Craft and Practice
Fiction, Narratives & Storytelling
Interactive & Experiential Narratives
Urban Space, Psychogeography
Film Histories & Criticism
|Asst Prof Chang Yuan||Intellectual history, social thought, political philosophy.
|Asst Prof Christopher Peter Trigg||The American Puritans
The Radical Enlightenment
Religion in American Literature
|Dr Cui Feng||Translation Studies,
|Assoc Prof Danne Ojeda Hernandez||Her 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, Art/Design and Pedagogy, 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  by Ministry of Education (MOE) › One and Three Books. An on going pedagogical and research project.
TIER1  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  Asian-Pacific Mega-exhibitions: A Critical Perspective
RCC  For the Sake of a Second Life: Approaches to Sustainable Design
Selection of Danne Ojeda’s works:
|Asst Prof Els Van Dongen||Research Areas
Intellectual debates in reform China (post-1978)
Conceptual history and knowledge circulation
Twentieth-century Chinese historiography
Intellectual history of modern China
Chinese diaspora and migration
Diaspora policies and nationalism
Education of returned overseas Chinese during the Cold War
Universities for Chinese overseas in the PRC during the reform period (post-1978)
For my publications, see:
HH1003 Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800
HH3001 Historiography: Theory and Methods
HH3003 Migration and Diaspora: Chinese Experiences in Comparative Perspective
HH3015 In the Name of the Nation?: Nationalism in Asia
HH3021 Traitors, TV Stars, and Taboos: Representing History in Contemporary China
HH4012 Intellectual History of Modern China
HH7090 Special Topics in History: Global Asia
|Dr F. Perono Cacciafoco||Historical Linguistics, Etymology, Diachronic Toponymy, Historical Semantics, Onomastics, Indo-European Linguistics, Language Documentation, Descriptive Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Austronesian and Papuan Languages, Landscape Archaeology
|Asst Prof Faizah Binte Zakaria||I am currently working on a book manuscript based on my PhD dissertation titled, "Spiritual Anthropocene: Ecology of Conversion in Maritime Southeast Asian Uplands." The book is under contract with University of Washington Press (anticipated publication, 2021).
My project uses the North Sumatran highlands as a case study to examine how mass religious conversion from animism to monotheism was catalyzed by the transformation of the environment as well as large- scale migration working as a holistic system embedded in global networks. I am building on this research to develop a monograph that demonstrates how religious beliefs about the natural world have a dialectical impact on environmental management due to this interconnected global network. Of central interest are the following questions: how do religious beliefs shape a maritime Southeast Asian environmentalism? Conversely, how do changes to our local environments impact religious thought? The project will also further interrogate the idea of the Anthropocene to examine how the concept goes beyond geology and material landscapes as well as time by factoring in how sacred landscapes overlay natural ones.
With support from various grants, I am also developing new projects on the history of charismatic megafauna as well as multi-faceted, long-term impacts of volcanic eruptions in the Southeast Asia region.
More broadly, my research interests sits at the nexus of history and anthropology, including: world and imperial history, indigenous peoples and religions, environmental justice and sustainability, mass violence, human rights and the Anthropocene.
|Asst Prof Fang Xiaoping||History of medicine, health, and disease in twentieth-century China
Sociopolitical history of Mao’s China after 1949