Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Koh Keng We

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities
Deputy Director, Chinese Heritage Centre

Email: kohkw@ntu.edu.sg
Asst Prof Koh Keng We

Biography
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

2003-2007
PhD, Department of History, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Southeast Asian History, World History, Asian Studies)

2000-2001
Advanced Masters, TANAP Project, Department of History, University of Leiden (Netherlands)

1997-2000
Master of Social Science, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

1996-1997
Bachelor of Social Science, Honours (Second Upper), Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore

1993-1996
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

1/7/2009-31/12/2009
EMSA (Early Modern Southeast Asia) Fellowship
KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies)

2003-2007
Degree Fellow
East-West Center, Honolulu, USA.
(PhD degree in the Department of History, University of Hawai’i at Manoa)


2001
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.(2018). The Smuggling of Animal Parts in Chinese Medicine: The Pangolin trade between China and Southeast Asia. In Victor Teo, Sungwon Yoon(Ed), Illicit Industries and China’s Shadow Economy: Challenges and Prospects for Global Governance and Human Security, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover Illicit Industries and China’s Shadow Economy Challenges and Prospects for Global Governance and Human SecurityLondon: Routledge.
  • KOh Keng We. (2018, November). Moving People and the Making of the Colonial Malay World. Paper presented at 2018 International Symposium on Maritime History –The Core and Periphery of Maritime Asia: Empires, Port Cities and Outlying Islands, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • 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.
  • Koh Keng We. (2017). Familiar Strangers and Stranger-Kings: Mobility, Diasporas, and the Foreign in the Making of the Eighteenth-Century Malay World. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 48(3), 390-413.
  • Koh Keng We. (2017). Singapore’s Social & Business History: Through Paper Ephemera in the Koh Seow Chuan Collection. National Library Board.

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