Discover HASS (Issue 5 - Aug 2014)


Media Highlights

At swim again with Flann O'Brien
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Since its publication on 15 August 2013 by the Dalkey Archive Press (Illinois), Associate Prof Neil Murphy’s scholarly edition of Flann O’Brien’s short fiction has won rave reviews in leading publications like The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker magazine, The Irish Times and numerous other outlets, including The Parish Review: The Journal of the International Flann O’Brien Society, and influential online sites such as  


Nanci Takeyama wins UNESCO award for innovation in education

Assistant Professor Nanci Takeyama won the Wenhui Award’s Honourable Commendations for Educational Innovation 2013.  The Wenhui Award, jointly established by the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development and the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO, recognises projects which emphasise the potential of education and the human innovative spirit to address and resolve pressing issues and problems.

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Takeyama’s project aims to create holistic models for design partnerships with non-profit craft-based communities in Southeast Asia. This is to ensure the creation of crafts and products that preserve cultural integrity, enhance the quality of craftsmanship and consequently, improve the livelihoods of the artisans.


ADM held Singapore’s first Heritage Science Conference

ADM, together with NTU Complexity Institute, in January 2014 held the first Singapore Heritage Science Conference on Heritage Science as a Complex System.  At the conference, researchers looked at studies and tools to integrate the various existing academic and Internet data, and to develop an information technology tool to answer a variety of questions on cultural heritage, such as a building’s history and analyse its value.

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A "nutritious" feast of humanities and social sciences

In an interview with Zaobao in July 2014, Dean Alan Chan said for NTU to become the world’s top university, a “nutritious feast” should be provided to students and the “ingredients” are the many course options offered in HSS.

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Chinese Heritage Centre received over S$40,000 to translate Huang Yao’s The History of the Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore

Chinese Heritage Centre in January 2014 received a $45,000 donation from Huang Yao Foundation to support the centre’s new “Translation Programme (Chinese–to-English) for the study of Chinese overseas”. The first project of the programme is to translate the famous painter and scholar, Huang Yao’s work – The History of the Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore into English.