• Previous Month, 05 Apr 2019

    History Capstone Presentations

    Come listen to the class of 2019 present their hard work!

    April 10
    12:45 – 5:40 PM
    Classroom 13

    Check out the schedule for more information:

    History Majors – 2018
    Photo by Sean Cham





  • Previous Month, 21 Mar 2019

    Cartoons and International Relations: The South African Story

    Peter Vale (from the University of Johannesburg) will be giving a talk on political cartoons.

    26 March
    7-8:30 PM
    Saga Lecture Theatre


  • Previous Month, 18 Mar 2019

    Writing History Creatively: Lunch Time Talk with Resil Mojares

    As part of the Creative Writing Reading Series on Writing History Creatively, Dr. Resil Mojares will be giving a Lunch Time Talk / Conversation. Dr. Resil Mojares is a historian and a National Artist Award for Literature in the Philippines. His scholarly interests have ranged from urban studies, Southeast Asian intellectual history and the literary essay, among others. Building on his body of work, Resil Mojares joins us for a lunch time talk that explores the ways history can figure in a literary text and outlines his own efforts of writing history that blurs the boundaries between scholarly and literary writing.

    Friday, March 22, 12-1 pm.
    Saga Common Lounge.

    Lunch will be provided

    There are limited spots available, so please register at this link:

    To get a sense of his work, attendees are encouraged to read two essays by Dr. Mojares: “The Book that Did Not Exist” and “The Dangerous Beauty of the Headhunter”.

    This event is co-sponsored by Creative Writing the Writers’ Centre and History.

    Resil Mojares is the author of such award-winning works as The Origins and Rise of the Filipino Novel (1983), House of Memory (1997), Waiting for Mariang Mailing: Essays in Philippine Cultural History (2002), and Brains of the Nation: Pedro Paterno, T.H. Pardo de Tavera, Isabelo de los Reyes and The Production of Modern Knowledge (2006). He has served as visiting professor in universities in Japan, Singapore, and the United States. He resides in Cebu City where he is Professor Emeritus at the University of San Carlos. He received the National Artist award for Literature in 2018.

  • Previous Month, 11 Mar 2019

    NUS Museum Internship Application

    Please click on this link to apply:

  • Previous Month, 16 Feb 2019

    Empire Under Construction: The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere in Singapore

    Saga Rector’s Tea with Clay Eaton – Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Humanities, Yale-NUS College

    Before the Second World War, Singapore was the centre of British imperial power in Southeast Asia. In 1942, a Japanese invasion severed the city’s connections to the British Empire and the surrounding region. But, as the daily struggle for survival during the next three-and-a-half years of occupation dominated the lives of many local residents, Singapore’s Japanese occupiers held grand ambitions to turn it into a new kind of imperial city. It would be Syonan, the “nerve centre” of Japanese rule in Southeast Asia. Even as their control over the region unravelled, Japanese administrators clung to the idea that they were “constructing” a “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” with Syonan as its regional capital.

    This talk will review the many ways in which the effort to build this co-prosperity sphere shaped the occupation of Singapore and, by extension, the daily lives of the people who lived through it.

  • Previous Month, 17 Feb 2019

    The Beauty Queen as Jewish Heroine

    About the talk:
    Esther, perhaps the most remarkable woman in the Hebrew Bible, was neither a matriarch nor a prophetess. She was the first Jewish beauty queen, and it was her seductive looks that helped save the Jewish people from impending destruction, making the beauty queen an unlikely Jewish heroine. This session will explore the role of Jewish beauty queens in shaping Jewish identity, from Queen Esther of the Bible to Queen Esther of the Tel Aviv Purim carnival, from the ‘beautiful Jewess’ of the antisemitic imagination to Miss Judea (Poland) and, above all, Boske Simon (Miss Hungary 1929).

    February 27, 18:30
    Saga Common Lounge



  • Previous Month, 08 Feb 2019

    The ‘Imperial Aftermaths’ symposium will be held at Nanyang Technological University on 21 February from 1:30-6:00 pm!

    This symposium will explore the continuities and contestations of imperial pasts in the present. The symposium will bring together scholars from multiple disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, working on colonisation and decolonisation in various geographical and temporal settings. Please see the attached poster for more information.

    Register at this page:

    The symposium is open to NUS faculty, graduate students and honours students (until places run out).

    If you have any questions, please email Jessica Hinchy at

  • Previous Month, 01 Feb 2019

    In his talk, Dr Blick will be discussing the idea that we must ‘learn the lessons of history’, a powerful idea in the contemporary world. Political leaders have always looked to history to inform and help them to explain their decisions. Dr Blick will argue that to be useful in politics and policy making historical analogies must be carefully separated from popular myths and must not be used to give cover to wishful political thinking.

    Dr. Andrew Blick is Director of History & Policy think tank, King’s College London. He is also Director of the Centre for British Politics and Government at King’s and a member of the Prime Minister of the UK’s History Steering Working Group.

    Tuesday 19 February
    6:30 PM
    The Pod, Level 16, National Library, 100 Victoria Street; Singapore 188064

    Please register for the talk here

    For more details, please click on the following link: Blick Poster


  • Previous Month, 22 Jan 2019

    Stephen A. Murphy, senior curator at the ACM, will be coming to give a talk called “Curating Colonialism.” The talk focuses on the Raffles in Southeast Asia exhibition at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

    Monday 11 February
    6:30 – 7:30 PM
    Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    Please see the attached poster for more information: Poster-Murphy-2019

  • Previous Month, 19 Jan 2019

    29 JANUARY | 12:30 PM  

    MÓNIKA MÁTAY is an Associate Professor at Eötvös Loránd University’s Institute of History, as well as a permanent fellow at iASK (Institute of Advanced Studies) in Kőszeg.

    About the Talk:

    In 2015 my colleagues and I initiated an interdisciplinary project called Talking Houses. We decided to explore life stories which were related to a beautiful little Hungarian town, Kőszeg, lying at the Austrian-Hungarian border. Kőszeg survived World War II in very good shape. In a mysterious local urban legend, a soldier, who was in the American Air Force, saved his hometown by removing its name from the military map. Kőszeg is unique for its built cultural heritage with roots in the Middle Ages. Although Kőszeg was very lucky in 1945, that had not been the case many times in the previous centuries. The inhabitants of the city had to be adaptive and innovative in order to survive and progress.
    While detecting individual life stories we realized that the city had been overpopulated by well-educated, smart people throughout its past. Compared to other cities of that small size, Kőszeg had undoubtedly been more creative. In my lecture I examine the common influences of Austrian and Hungarian law, administration and infrastructure. I also focus on the intellectual and institutional networks which supported individuals in Kőszeg in their careers. In my analysis I shall rely on the internationally recognized network expert Albert-László Barabási’s recent findings, which he published in his latest book, The Formula (2018).