Research Categories


This category covers:

  • East Asia History
  • Singapore History
  • Southeast Asian History

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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 (, 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.
Mr Benjamin Alexander SlaterScreenwriting Craft and Practice Fiction, Narratives & Storytelling Interactive & Experiential Narratives Urban Space, Psychogeography Film Histories & Criticism Creative Writing
Prof Chan Kam Leung AlanChinese Philosophy and Religion; Hermeneutics and Critical Theory; Comparative Philosophy and Religion
Asst Prof Chang YuanIntellectual history, social thought, political philosophy.
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, 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 [2018] by Ministry of Education (MOE) › One and Three Books. An on going pedagogical and research project. 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: —
Dr F. Perono CacciafocoHistorical Linguistics, Etymology, Diachronic Toponymy, Historical Semantics, Onomastics, Indo-European Linguistics, Language Documentation, Descriptive Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Austronesian and Papuan Languages, Landscape Archaeology
Dr Faizah Binte ZakariaI am currently working on a book manuscript based on my PhD dissertation, tentatively titled, "Spiritual Anthropocene: Environmental and Religious Conversions in Maritime Southeast Asia in the long 19th Century." 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. As a postdoctoral research fellow, I will be 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. 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 XiaopingHistory of medicine, health and disease in twentieth-century China Medical anthropology and sociology in contemporary China