Semester 2, AY2019-20​


This semester’s seminar series invites speakers to assess the influence of encultured bodies and bodily cultures on research, to critique their utility as a critical lens, and help us better understand what they reveal and what they conceal when taken as critical focus of study. The focus on the “the Body” as a point of cultural critical interest has seen waves of attention in previous decades, and the 2000’s have seen conferences and publications that have sought to look “Beyond the Body.” It is debatable whether or not “the body” as an explicit term has lost its appeal, but its use has had wide and sustained impact on the ways we practice humanistic research today. Gender, race studies and identity politics have increasingly focussed attention on the dynamic relationships between physiology and identity. Animal studies in ecological, medical and scientific history asks how animals make us think differently than humans do. The fascination-suspicion of disembodied intelligence of AI and Digital Virtuality challenges our habits of embodiment and notions of what it is to be human. Medical Humanities has emerged as a burgeoning field both in schools of medicine and the humanities, with foci ranging from narrative medicine, disability studies and clinical communication to name a few. Metaphors such as bodies of knowledge or of literature still inform how we organise written records, and biometrics are not only shaping government and institutional policies but even social media and gaming. These approaches and more shape the ways in which bodies populate our scholarship. Come and join the conversation.  
Thursday, 5 March 2020

Germs on Film: Visualising Agents of Disease in the Twentieth Century

James Stark (University of Leeds)



Time: 3.00pm

Venue: SHHK Meeting Room 2 (SHHK-03-93)
Thursday, 12 March 2020
Practicing with Socialist Medicine in Algeria: An Early History of China's Global Health Initiatives

Dongxin Zou (National University of Singapore)
Time: 4.30pm
New Venue:
Conference Room (SHHK-05-57)
Monday, 16 March 2020

Opera Diplomacy? Early PRC International Tours of Chinese Troupes [Jointly hosted with the Chinese program]

Josh Stenberg (University of Sydney)

Time: 5.00pm
Venue: SHHK Meeting Room 5 (SHHK-04-94)

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Empire's Fuzzy Borders: Kashmir and Sarawak as 'Grey Zones' in the Colonial Imaginary

Farish A. Noor (Nanyang Technological University) and Natallia Khanijo (Nanyang Technological University)

Time: 4.30pm
Venue: SHHK Conference Room (SHHK-05-57)

Thursday, 2 April 2020

The Disabled Presidential Body Represented and Limited: Franklin D. Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campoello and Afterward

Dean Kotlowski (Salisbury University)

Time: 4.30pm

Venue: SHHK Meeting Room 3 (SHHK-03-94)
Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Increasing Vaccination Coverage in Germany: what role does science-based policy advice play? [Jointly hosted with the LKC School of Medicine, Singhealth, the German Embassy and the German Research Council]

Constanze Breuer (Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences)

Time: 4.30pm

Venue: Toh Kian Chui Annex at LKC School of Medicine Novena Campus