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Singapore Literature: New Developments and Future

  • Asia Research Institute 10 Kent Ridge Crescent Singapore, 119260 Singapore (map)
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Jointly organized by Asia Research Institute, and Department of English Language and Literature, National University of Singapore.

PROGRAMME

16:00 - WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
Dr Liew Kai Khiun, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

16:05 - PRESENTATION BY SPEAKERS
Mr Alvin Tan, The Necessary Stage, Singapore
Adjunct Assoc Prof Lai Chee Kien, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Dr Nazry Bahrawi, Singapore University of Technology and Design
Dr Suzanne Choo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Prof Philip Holden, National University of Singapore

17:15 - QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

ABSTRACT

The literary scene in Singapore is unrecognisable in comparison to the early 1990s. The publication of new novels, poetry, and short stories has grown rapidly, aided by social media, new publishing initiatives, and non-profit organisations who organise performances and discussions with writers. Translation between languages has grown, as has the variety of work in theatre, and there are signs that Literature as an academic subject is undergoing a modest revival in schools. At the same time, older concerns have re-emerged: conflicts between state funding and artistic autonomy, the lack of diversity of audiences and readers in a society marked by growing inequality, the fragmentation of a reading public, censorship, and the place of the literary with relation to the social. In this forum, academics and practitioners who have worked on Singapore Literature over the years will give personal insights into the literary scene in Singapore, exploring its present state and prospects for the future.


VENUE: Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
ADDRESS: AS8 Level 7, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260
EVENT WEBSITE: Facebook

DATE AND TIME
14 Dec 2017, 4pm - 5.45pm

Earlier Event: December 10
2017 Book Fair at the Armenian Church
Later Event: December 14
Spoke & Bird Presents: Kok Wei Liang