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Discover HASS (Issue 3 - Jan 2013)



Additional AcRF Tier 1 Grant Calls

The University has made available additional funding under the Academic Research Fund (AcRF) Tier 1 Grant Scheme.  For the first time, a thematic grant call in the humanities, arts, and social sciences was launched in January 2013.  This bodes well for the College’s research future, and I strongly encourage colleagues to compete for the research funding available.


Increased MOE Funding for Research in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences 

In July 2012, the Ministry of Education’s International Academic Advisory Panel saw the need for increased research funding in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.  We might argue that this is overdue, but no one can deny that this is an excellent development!  While we await official confirmation, we should start preparing ourselves for the new opportunities that should come our way.  Interdisciplinary research addressing important global issues, in particular, would stand a good chance of being funded. 

AsiaOne news on Humanities and Social Sciences research, 5 July 2012


Centre for Contemporary Art

I announced in the last issue of Discover HASS that NTU, with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), had launched the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in September 2012. 

In conjunction with Art Stage Singapore 2013, the CCA just presented an exhibition and public talk series last week, featuring an exciting array of artists, curators, writers, academics and other art world personalities. Both the exhibition and talks have been well received.  The former, which focuses on a generation of Singapore artists born during the 1980s, will run until 31 March at Gillman Barracks.  Apart from being a platform to showcase these artists, the exhibition examines the diverse but related ways in which they engage with their immediate environments.  

The CCA is a university-level centre, with ADM playing a central role in charting its development.  There will be ample opportunities for research collaboration with the CCA, especially in art history, cultural studies, museum studies, and related fields.