|Asst Prof Chu Kiu-wai||Kiu-wai’s major research explores how cinema, media and arts represent nature and the environment; and how they impact people’s perceptions and actions towards environmental issues in contemporary world. It also examines how culture shapes, and is shaped by, the contacts and interactions between human and the more-than-human world (including animals, plants, inanimate objects, and the environment) in the Anthropocene age.
Kiu-wai is also actively promoting cross-regional research and educational initiatives and collaborations in Ecocriticism and Environmental Humanities, particularly in East and Southeast Asian regions. He welcomes global research collaborations with academics from all disciplines, and non-academics such as artists, curators, media workers and others on cultural and ecocritical projects.
|Dr Cui Feng||Translation Studies,
|Dr Ella Raidel||Experimental Cinema, Sinophone Cinema, Contemporary Aesthetics, Contemporary Art, Interdisciplinary Research Urban Studies
|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
|Asst Prof Fang Xiaoping||Medical history in twentieth-century China
Modern Chinese history
|Dr Goh Chye Tee||Prof Goh Chye Tee?s areas of expertise are Accounting, Cost Management and TCM. His current research works focus on the integration of traditional culture and modern management.
|Assoc Prof Goh Geok Yian||Associate Professor Goh Geok Yian's areas of expertise are: early history of Burma and Southeast Asia, premodern communication, cultural, religious and trade networks, and study of early urbanization. She currently leads a multi-year project in Bagan, Myanmar and Singapore focusing on ceramics analysis and urbanization. Her current research in Singapore deals with the analysis of materials excavated from two sites: St. Andrew’s Cathedral and Fort Canning Spice Gardens. She is also completing an English translation of a 20th-century Burmese novel by a well-known author, Ma Sandar. Geok has also plans to further her research in the study of Buddhist architecture and mural paintings of Bagan, continuing work on a project which she began in 2008.
|Prof Goh Nguen Wah||Dr. Goh's areas of interests include: government and politics of Singapore, government's media, education and language policies, language planning; the rise of China and the global Chinese language fever, the prospects of Chinese language in a globalized world, cross-cultural studies, journalism of the West and the East.
|Assoc Prof Hans-Martin Rall||Research profile Asst/Prof. Hans-Martin Rall
Asst/Prof. Rall's research interests are mainly in the areas of digital animation development and interdisciplinary research in art and technology.
He is a renowned director of independent animated short films, with 8 major film-funding grants awarded to him by German and European institutions.
Since 1997 Hannes Rall has built a strong reputation for adapting literature successfully
in his animated short films:
“The Raven“ (1999) and ”The Erl-King“(2003) , adapted from the famous poems by E.A. Poe and J.W. von Goethe respectively, have been screened in over 120 film festivals
world wide and won multiple awards.
His work was shown in group-and solo-shows in galleries in 20 countries worldwide since 2004.
-Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
-National Museum Singapore
-State Gallery of the Arts Stuttgart, Germany
-Bangkok International Film Festival
-Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut
-Egyptian Opera House, Metrogalerie, Kairo
-Cinematheque. Tel Aviv
-Seika Art Academy, Kyoto
-Osaka European Film Festival
-Auckland University of Technology, NZ
-Pataka Museum Wellington, NZ
-Muzium dan Galeri Seni Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
-Goethe-Institut Singapore/Singapore International Film-Festival
-Goethe Institut Kuala Lumpur/Univesrsiti Teknologi Mara Kuala Lumpur
Asst/Prof. Rall was awarded a 86 000,- SD tier 1 research grant by NTU in 2006.
“Tradigital Mythmaking-Singaporean-Animation for the 21st Century” :
In this project Prof. Rall explores the development of genuinely Southeast Asian animation styles, which are not derived from Western or Japanese concepts.
His book “Tradigital Mythmaking” was published in Singapore in 2009.
In 2010 he was awarded a second tier 1 research grant in the amount of SD 150 000,- to
continue and expand his research in “Tradigital Mythmaking-The Next level”:
In close cooperation with the Co-PI Prof. Seah Hock Soon from the School of Computer Engineering,
Asst/Prof. Rall is exploring the development of digital tools for the adaptation of Asian
mythological stories in local art styles.
External research funding
2007 Film production funding by the Film Funding Board of Baden Württemberg (MFG Filmförderung) for the film “The Cold Heart”
2004 Script-development funding by the MFG Baden-Württemberg for the animated shortfilm „THE COLD HEART“.
2003 Reference-filmfunding for the film ”The Erl-King“ by the FFA Berlin.
2000 Production-funding for „The Erl-King“ MFG Baden-Württemberg
2000 Production-funding for “The Erl-King”by the Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film.
2000 Reference-funding for “The Raven”by FFA, Berlin
1997 Production-funding for the short film “The Raven”by the MFG Baden-Württemberg
1994 Script-development funding for animated series „Dicki“ by MEDIA-program
-Exploring Asian culture and history to develop unique and original animation styles, which are not derived from Western concepts.
(Current research project: “Tradigital Mythmaking”)
-Development and application of new digital technology to visualize Asian art styles in animation (Current research project: “The Living Line” Co-PI: Prof. Seah Hock Soon SCE,
10 000,-SD mini seed grant by Institute for Media Innovation NTU)
-The adaptation of literature for animation
(Current research project: “The Cold Heart”, 25 minute animated short film
adapted from the novel by Wilhelm Hauff, 90 000,- Euro film-funding grant
by MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg).
-Marketing animated short films in the 21st century (URECA research project)
-History of German animation
-History of Southeast Asian Animation
|Assoc Prof Hee Wai Siam||His current research focuses on “anti-Communist films sponsored by the UK and US governments in Southeast Asia during the Cold War period.” This research project will analyze the USIS/USIA anti-Communist films made in Southeast Asia, comparing them with anti-Communist films produced by the Malayan Film Unit; with USIA-sponsored anti-Communist films produced in other parts of the world; and with Hollywood-made films with strong anti-Communist messages. Though replete with significant research potential in a variety of disciplines, the production, distribution, exhibition and reception of anti-communist films made in this region have been overlooked in past scholarship. His research project intends to fill in the gaps of this aspect of film and cultural-political history. It will draw on Cold War era archives covering film, public diplomacy, propaganda, cultural production and language policies from the U.S. and U.K. governments, as well as reportage on film culture in old newspapers, periodicals and other publications. These resources will be combined and analyzed to reveal the Cold War ideologies then running through Southeast Asian cinema.