ASEAN 50: Imagining Community
DATE / TIME
4 Nov, Sat
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
VENUENational Gallery Singapore, Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium
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This session is in English
The concept of an ‘imagined community’, coined by leading South-east Asian scholar Benedict Anderson, refers to how the identity of a nation is constructed by the collective imagination of those within it. As residents of South-east Asia, what do we imagine of ourselves and our shared community? Can there be a larger imagination encompassing the entire geographic region? Co-presented with The Select Centre, this session examines these and other ideas, including the role of literature in shaping identity.
Gemino Abad is a poet, fictionist, literary critic, and an emeritus professor of literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines. In 2009, he received Italy’s Premio Feronia in the foreign author category for his poetry in English, later published in a bilingual edition, Dove le parole non si spezzano (2015). He has ten books of poems, two of short stories, and nine of critical essays, and has edited anthologies of Philippine poetry and short fiction in English.Gémino Abad is featured in the following SWF event(s):
SÉRA was born in Phnom Penh in 1961, and studied art and the science of art at Sorbonne University. He now teaches and makes art – painting, sculpture, engraving and drawing. He has produced a trilogy of graphic novels about the Cambodian tragedy: Impasse et rouge (1995), L’eau et la terre (2005), and Lendemains de cendres (2007). He runs workshops on writing for comic books at the French Institute in Phnom Penh, as well as workshops focussing on the artistic approach.SÉRA is featured in the following SWF event(s):
Kathrina Mohd Daud
Kathrina menerima ijazah PhD dalam bidang Penulisen Kreatif dari Universiti Manchester pada tahun 2011 dan sejak itu bertugas sebagai pensyarah dalam program Bahasa Inggeris di Fakulti Seni dan Sains Sosial, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Beliau telah menerbitkan kajian mengenai sastera Brunei, cerita cinta popular serta fiksyen Islam global. Pada tahun 2017, beliau menulis dan menghasilkan drama The Tudong Monologues, dan menerbitkan cerpen bergambar ‘The Halfling King’.
Kathrina received a PhD in creative writing from the University of Manchester in 2011, and has since been a lecturer in the English programme at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She has published research on Bruneian literature, popular romance, and global Islamic fiction. In 2017, she wrote and produced the play The Tudong Monologues, and published the illustrated short story ‘The Halfling King’.
Simon Tay is a writer and public intellectual. His novel, City of Small Blessings, won the 2010 Singapore Literature Prize. The poem ‘Singapore Night Song’ is from his 1985 selection of poems, 5, which was highly commended by the Book Council. His latest book of stories is Middle & First (2016). He is concurrently a professor teaching international law at the National University of Singapore and chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, a globally ranked think tank.Simon Tay is featured in the following SWF event(s):