Discover HASS (Issue 2 - Sep 2012)


New Initiatives

Centre for Contemporary Art

NTU, with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), launched the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), on 14 September 2012.  CCA is a university-level interdisciplinary research centre, with ADM playing a central role in charting its development.  The Centre will offer many exciting opportunities for research, especially in art history and related areas, and mount an ambitious artist residency and exhibition programme.  This is a truly exciting project; its impact will go beyond the university as it generates greater interest in and awareness of contemporary art in Singapore. 

The CCA will be the focal point of Gillman Barracks, the new art hub in Singapore that is now home to 13 galleries from 10 countries, featuring some of the best contemporary art works by established and emerging artists.

CCA is well-placed to become a catalyst for the exchange of ideas and creative expressions among the best of contemporary art talents, both locally and internationally.  I look forward to your support for the new Centre, to receiving your suggestions on potential research collaboration, and to inviting all of you to the Centre’s official opening in 2013!


Grand Opening of ADM Gallery 
The new ADM Gallery will open officially on 27 September 2012, with an exhibition on “Intersecting Histories: Contemporary Turns in Southeast Asian Art.”

The Gallery has been fitted with advanced systems such as museum track lighting and climate-controls meeting today’s high international museum standards, so that it can host exciting exhibitions by professional artists from Singapore, Southeast Asia, and beyond.

With the latest state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, ADM Gallery strives to become a creative hub where art, science and technology meet.  The Gallery will be a source of inspiration for NTU faculty and students in their artistic pursuits.  It will become not only a gathering place for art lovers but also a destination of choice for all visitors to NTU and Singapore!


Chinese Creative Writing Programme 

Following the success of the English Writers-in-Residence programme that was introduced jointly by NTU and the National Arts Council (NAC) in April last year, HSS will be partnering NAC once more in establishing a new Chinese Creative Writing Programme.  To be hosted at the Chinese Division, HSS, the Programme will feature writer residencies as well as a strong educational component.  Although the word “hub” has been overused, we do hope that HASS can become a hub for global Chinese literature.  With both the English and Chinese creative writing programmes now in place, there will be ample opportunity for cross-cultural literary exchange and experimentation. 

In this connection, I am also delighted to update that HSS Division of English is playing host to two new Singapore Writers-in-Residence this academic year.  Award-winning author Dave Chua started his residency last month, while accomplished playwright Ms Jean Tay will commence hers in January next year.


Communication Cube 

On 17 September 2012, the “Communication Cube,” a new initiative of the Language and Communication Centre (LCC), HSS, has opened its doors to all NTU undergraduate students!

The Communication Cube, or Comm Cube as it is affectionately known, is dedicated to raising the standard of writing and communication among our students.  It does not offer copy-editing service—it is not a writing “clinic” in that sense—but rather a facility for students to discuss their papers with trained peer tutors.  Students will be able to reflect on the ways in which they formulate their ideas, marshal evidence, present their arguments, and draw their conclusions. The tutors will be mostly our PhD students, and the training they receive will be useful to their own scholarly development as well.  Temporarily located on the 6th floor of the HSS Building, the Comm Cube will move to its permanent home in the South Spine Learning Hub when it is completed.


Newsplex Asia 

Newsplex Asia, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers’ (WAN-IFRA) first such centre in Asia, will have its grand opening on 13 October 2012.  Newsplex Asia, spanning over 160 square metres of space, is located within the WKWSCI building.

The new centre, dedicated to creative innovation, training and research for newsrooms, will have a prototype newsroom of the future, where new techniques and technologies can be tested and news organisations can tap for training purpose.  The centre facilities will mirror editorial operations in leading news organisations in the world, where the rapidly changing media landscape is inspiring innovative multimedia newsroom development.  Students and media professionals alike will get to develop their digital media and journalism skills in fresh and exciting ways.  

The soon-to-be-launched Newsplex Asia, located at WKWSCI

The signing ceremony on 28 March 2012:
(Front row, from left) Wan-IFRA’s Thomas Jacob and NTU Provost Freddy Boey
(Back row, from left) WKWSCI Chair Benjamin Detenber, NTU Dean Alan Chan,
and SPH English and Malay Newspapers’ Editor-in-Chief Patrick Daniel

This collaboration between WKWSCI and WAN-IFRA will also provide WKWSCI faculty access to WAN-IFRA's wide array of newspaper and news publishing conferences, training, seminars and research reports, as well as WAN-IFRA's global network of more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.