Previous Month, 19 Nov 2020
Prof. Lau Ting Hui will be speaking on the panel, Therapeutic Politics of Care: New Ethnographies of Asia. The event will be live-streamed over Youtube on the 20th of November from 11 pm to 12 am SGT. Join the live stream at this link: www.youtube.com/WeatherheadEastAsianInstitute/live.
Previous Month, 11 Nov 2020
Anthropology Fellow, Timothy Loh, will be hosting a workshop over zoom on his upcoming chapter on Sign Language in Singapore on the 17th of November 2020 from 8-9.30pm at the TCT Lecture Theatre.
Previous Month, 21 Oct 2020
Prof. Gabriele Koch has just published the book Healing Labor: Japanese Sex Work in the Gendered Economy. Congratulations, Prof. Koch!
Previous Month, 15 Oct 2020
Timothy Loh, a 2020/21 Young NUS Fellow with Yale-NUS Anthropology, has recently been awarded this year’s Graduate Student Paper Prize by the Middle East Studies Association for his paper Language in Medical Worlds: The Politics of Hearing Technology, Speaking, and Arabic for Deaf Children in Jordan. Read more about his work here: https://www.timothyyloh.com/. Congratulations, Timothy!
Previous Month, 15 Oct 2020
The Anthropology department was honoured to host Dr Jeremy Lim on the 14th of October 2020 for a discussion based on the topic: “Do We Believe in Health Equity in Singapore?” A big thank you to Dr Lim and everyone who attended for the lively discussion!
Previous Month, 13 Oct 2020
Prof. Zachary Howlett will be publishing the chapter “Tactics of Marriage Delay in China: Education, Rural-to-Urban Migration, and ‘Leftover Women.’” In Gender, Education, and Global Delays in Marriage, edited by Marcia C. Inhorn and Nancy Smith-Hefner. New York: Berghahn Books. in December 2020. Congratulations, Prof. Howlett!
Previous Month, 31 Dec 2019
Prof. Cecilia Van Hollen is the co-editor (with Carlo Caduff) of a Special Issue on “Cancer and the Global South” for the journal Biosocieties (Volume 14, Issue 4, December 2019). She has also co-authored an article with the same title in this issue. Congrats to Prof. Van Hollen!
Previous Month, 14 Oct 2019
The event hosted for Anthropology Majors and Minors designed to help students get a sense of internship or career path options for them was a success! It was hosted in collaboration with CIPE and the Anthropology Department, and featured alumni and speakers from Dyson UK and Ashoka.
Many thanks to all who came and were involved!
Previous Month, 26 Sep 2019
Professors Jean and John Comaroff are Visiting J Y Pillay Professors from Harvard to the Yale-NUS Anthropology Department this semester. They met and married at the University of Cape Town, where they both studied Anthropology. They were drawn to the discipline because it was the only discipline offered that acknowledged the African context in which it was taught. They appreciated that it studied culture through a lens of respect, and with a critical eye to the colonial effects and dynamics of inequality.
They perceive Anthropology to have shifted from the study of other cultures by the West in the colonial era, to being about anything and everything in the post-colonial era. The discipline has become more critical, less ethnocentric, and more involved with historical context of study. When asked about their experience in Singapore, they said they find Singapore a fascinating place to study Anthropology based on the complex structure of the society and the state. Their advice to budding anthropologists at Yale-NUS is to follow your passions. As Prof. Jean Comaroff said, anthropology will never be mainstream, so one must have a reason to do it. They urged students to never believe what they see, and to accept that they will be discomforted in the world because the world is a discomforting place, which is part of what makes the discipline of Anthropology important. They said anthropologists must use their passions and the things they learn as a call to action. Prof. John Comaroff added, the work should always be interesting, because the world will never cease to be interesting.
This semester, Prof. Jean Comaroff is teaching a class called Ethnography as Theory and Practice: Classical and Contemporary Readings, and a class called Medicine, Culture, and Modernity. Prof. John Comaroff is teaching a class called Theory from the South: A Critical Perspective, and a class titled Anthropology of Politics and Law: An Introduction.
Yale-NUS Anthropology Department enthusiastically welcomes Professors Jean and John Comaroff. We’re so happy to have the opportunity to study with you this semester!
Previous Month, 21 Aug 2019
Prof. Cecilia Van Hollen has just published the paper 2019 May the Vital Force Be with You: An Indian homeopathic doctor’s approach to the gendered ills of our time. In Arima Mishra, ed. Local Health Traditions: Pluralism and Marginality in South Asia. Delhi: Orient Blackswan: 291-310. Congratulations, Prof. Van Hollen!