Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Koh Keng We

Assistant Professor
School of Humanities
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)65923507
Office: HSS-05-10(HIST)

  • PhD (History) University of Hawaii, Manoa 2007
  • M.Soc.Sc. National University of Singapore 2001
  • B.Soc.Sc.(Hons) National University of Singapore 1997
  • BA National University of Singapore 1996
Koh Keng We joined the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at NTU as an assistant professor in 2014. He had previously served as curator in the Dr. You-Bao Shao Center for Overseas Chinese Documentation and Research in Ohio University Libraries (2007-2010), and as assistant professor in the Department of Asian History in Seoul National University (2011-2014). He was also the head of the Southeast Asia program in the Department of Asian Languages and Civilization in Seoul National University (2013-2014).

Educational Qualifications

PhD, Department of History, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Southeast Asian History, World History, Asian Studies)

Advanced Masters, TANAP Project, Department of History, University of Leiden (Netherlands)

Master of Social Science, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Bachelor of Social Science, Honours (Second Upper), Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

Bachelor of Arts and Social Science (Merit), Sociology and History, National University of Singapore

Awards, Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships

March 2013-February 2014
Posco Asian Fellowship
POSCO Foundation

April 2011-March 2012
Seoul National University New Faculty Grant

EMSA (Early Modern Southeast Asia) Fellowship
KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies)

Degree Fellow
East-West Center, Honolulu, USA.
(PhD degree in the Department of History, University of Hawai’i at Manoa)

Advanced Masters Scholarship Program,
TANAP Project, Leiden University, Netherlands
(Training Program in Study of Early Modern Dutch language, Manuscript Reading, and Archival Research on the Dutch East India Company)
Research Interests
Asian and Comparative Business History; Maritime Trade; Southeast Asian History; Chinese Religions and Comparative Religions; Asian Migrations and Comparative Diasporas; Colonialism; Colonial Knowledge-Formation; State-formations; World History/Global History
Current Projects
  • Archipelago Communities and Singapore Heritage/Identity: Adaptation, Acculturation, and Assimilation
  • Moving People and the Making of a Colonial Frontier: Mobility and the Nineteenth-Century Malay World
Selected Publications
  • Koh Keng We. (2017, March). 生,死与华人节日:九皇法会再东南亚与中国的演变. Paper presented at 在世俗與神聖之間:近代亞洲的盆會、中元和七月的節日, Osaka.
  • Loh Kah Seng, Yeo Woonkyung, and Koh Keng We. (2016). Introduction: Reframing Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asia: Transnational Connections, Comparisons and Mobilities. Asian Journal of Social Science , 44(6), 649-662.
  • Koh Keng We. (2016, June). Surviving Transnational Crises: Chinese Businesses between the Great Depression and th Pacific War. Paper presented at Coping with Transnational Crisis: Chinese economic and social lives in East Asian Ports-Cities, 1850-1950, Chinese University Hong Kong.
  • Koh Keng We.(2016). The Deity Proposes, the State Disposes: The Vicissitudes of a Chinese Temple in Post-1965 Singapore. Singapore: Negotiating State and Society, 1965-2015.
  • Koh Keng We. (2016, January). "Imagining Modernity in Cosmopolitan Spaces: Convergent Forces and Divergent Identities in Colonial Singapore".. Paper presented at Intra-Asia Dynamics: Mobility of Ideas and Intellectual Exchange in Southeast ASia, SEASIA Conference,, Kyoto. December 12-13 2015.

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