News and Events

  • Shaken and Stirred: The Geophysics and Humanity...

    13 April 2018 (Fri) , 6pm - 7.30pm
    At Saga LT1

    Earthquakes have affected personal lives, societies, and the environment in a myriad of  different ways. In this interdisciplinary roundtable, we seek to think across disciplinary boundaries between humanities and sciences, in order to identify issues and methodologies which can speak to each other as a way of enriching our understanding of eart...

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  • Rector’s Tea with Professor Borland: Life...

    12 April 2018 (Thu) , 6pm - 7.15pm
    At Elm Rector's Commons

    In this presentation, Janet Borland will tadlk about three earthquakes that have shaped her life and her research: the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake, the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. As a high-school exchange student who lived in Kobe for one year and survived the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Janet exp...

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  • End of Semester Social Event

    11 April 2018 (Wed) , 6pm - 8pm
    At Saga Rectors' Commons

    An event for students and faculty to get to know each other. Food will be served.

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  • History Capstone Final Presentations

    11 April 2018 (Wed) , 12.30pm
    At Classroom 21

    All are welcome to listen and support our Yale-NUS History Seniors as they present their capstones. Refreshments will be served. 12.30-12.50pm: Rachel Hau ‘Women in the spotlight: Shifting female representations in interwar Singapore newspaper advertisements’ 12.50-13.10: Herman Lim ‘Fajar Asia and the Printing Press of Kampong Glam: Constructin...

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  • Spring Break Internship in Social History and t...

    To be announced

    Towards a Historical Gazetteer of Oak Spring Garden This weeklong internship over spring break will take place at Oak Spring Garden Foundation in Upperville, VA, USA.  A team of students will work with Foundation Director, Sir Peter Crane, Foundation staff and Dean Craig on preliminary research for a gazeetter, comparable to a dictionary of plac...

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  • The Capacities of Microhistory

    23 January 2018 (Tue) , 6.15pm - 7.30pm
    At Saga Common Lounge

    Microhistory (the intensive historical investigation of a relatively small subject) has four distinct advantages over traditional macro-oriented social history: it is appealing to the general public, it is much closer to reality, it conveys personal experience directly and, with all the lines branching out from the event, person or community in ...

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  • The Asian Arc of the Russian Revolution: Settin...

    16 November 2017 (Thu)

    “Yale-NUS College is hosting a two-day conference to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution — The Asian Arc of the Russian Revolution: Setting the East Ablaze? It explores the trajectory of the revolution across the Asian continent, from the Caucasus to the Pacific. The conference examines how the revolutionary wave mingled with cros...

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  • History Social Event

    8 November 2017 (Wed) , 6 - 8 PM
    At Saga Rectors' Commons

    An event for students and faculty to get to know each other. Food will be served.

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  • ‘Military and Civilian Internment in World War I’

    16 October 2017 (Mon)

    From 16-19 October 2017, Prof Shimazu attended an international conference on ‘Military and Civilian Internment in World War I’ held jointly at the Universities of Haifa and Tel Aviv, hosted by Prof Rotem Kowner (Haifa) and Prof Iris Rachamimov (Tel Aviv). She presented a research paper on ‘The Experience of German PoWs in Japanese Captivity’....

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  • Is This Islamic History?: Views from Asia

    6 November 2017 (Mon) , 5.30pm - 7pm
    At Saga Common Lounge

    Despite the impact of Said’s Orientalist critique and the flourishing of postcolonial studies, the pivot of Islamic history writing still rests within the established boundaries of the classical Muslim Empires. Islam in Asia is still approached in the media, religious discourse, and academia, as derivative of a supposedly pure and authentic Arab...

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  • “Japanese Empire in Global History”...

    5 September 2017 (Tue)

    On 5 September 2017, the “Japanese Empire in Global History” class attended a conference titled “Exhibiting the Fall: Remembering and Representing War and its Aftermath in Asia”. They listened to academic presentations on how different government have dealt with the aftermath of the World War 2. These included the Malaysian state of ...

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  • History Capstone Presentation

    5 April 2017 (Wed) , 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    At Classroom 10

    On 5 April 2017, the inaugural batch of graduating History seniors presented their capstones. The fruit of a year’s labour, capstone topics spanned a diverse range of topics, from religious history to investigations of the history of war memory. To reflect this variety in topics, the public capstone presentation was divided into three panels, na...

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  • Dr. Mate Rigo joins the History Faculty

    29 March 2017 (Wed)

    We are delighted that Dr Mate Rigo will be joining the History faculty from 1 July as a modern European historian. Dr Rigo obtainted his PhD from Cornell University, and is currently a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. He is a rare historian who works on trans-European history, by...

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  • Kawaii Diplomacy: Hello Kitty and the Politics ...

    27 March 2017 (Mon) , 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    At AS8-06-46

    Hello Kitty, the Japanese icon that has gone global, represents some of the most far-reaching aspects of kawaii (cute) soft power in the 21st century. Since her birth by the Japanese corporation Sanrio Inc. in 1974, Hello Kitty’s image has donned numerous items, from pencils to lunchboxes to high-end jewelry and motor scooters. With Hello...

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  • Yale-NUS College History Undergraduates Present...

    25 February 2017 (Sat)
    At Trinity College, Oxford University

    In February, three Yale-NUS History undergraduates were invited to speak at the Conversations in Singapore History symposium at Trinity College, Oxford University. Karen Ho (Class of 2017), Min Lim (Class of 2018), and Ng Qi Siang (Class of 2019) each presented their research on different aspects of Singapore’s history, and its interactions with...

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  • History Social Event

    6 April 2017 (Thu) , 6 - 8 PM
    At Cendana Rectors' Commons

    An event for students and faculty to get to know each other. Food will be served.

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  • Public talk on “Sexual Violations of Black Men ...

    20 March 2017 (Mon) , 6 PM
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    This talk focuses on the sexual abuse and exploitation of enslaved men in America. I am in the process of expanding into a book my published article, “Sexual Abuse of Black Men Under American Slavery,” (Journal of the History of Sexuality). This talk will raise the problems of interpretation and analysis of historical sources for...

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  • History Research Talk on “‘Why are there ...

    6 March 2017 (Mon) , 6.15 PM
    At Classroom 20

    ‘Why are there so many different scripts in East Asia? Writing, diversity and linguistic nationalism in premodern East Asia.’ Professor Peter Kornicki, University of Cambridge In the seventh century the only script in use in East Asia was that of ‘Chinese characters’, and it was used not only to write literary Chinese but also to...

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  • Public talk on “Planters and Fear in the Age of...

    9 February 2017 (Thu) , 6 pm
    At Saga Lecture Theatre I

    It has become axiomatic in studies of American slavery that planters lived in constant fear of slave revolt. Of course, planters were aware that enslaved people hated them and were wary of what their slaves might do to them, if given the chance. Nevertheless, some historians may have overemphasised the extent to which planters were...

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