Duration: 27 September to 5 October, 2019
Leading faculty: Dr Clay Keller Eaton
This Week 7 LAB introduced students to the various ways in which the past is remembered in Singapore and its neighbours, the interconnected history of the region, and the shifting relationship between public memory and history.
In the minds of many people around the world (and on HBO) Singapore represents ‘the future’. It can be difficult to get a sense of Singapore’s rich history, especially beyond a handful of events that have dominated public memory over the past few decades. By the end of this LAB, however, our students produced one of the most nuanced exhibits on the fraught relationship between the present and the past that I have seen. Go team!
Dr Clay Keller Eaton
Postdoctoral Fellow in Humanities (History)
I think my Week 7 experience was quite a foundational one. I learnt much about Singapore and Bintan histories, and met classmates who have since become important close friends. I also got to know Dr Eaton, with whom I am now working for a history research project. In this way, my Week 7 unexpectedly paved the way for my budding interest and work in the field of obscure and hidden histories.
Carine Chan Sze Ching
Class of 2023
One of my favourite moments was when we sat by the beach in Bintan with a bonfire and smores as Dr Eaton shared regional horror stories! It was interesting to see unspeakable horrors and trauma from wartime manifesting in these 'horror' stories to be passed down. In learning to critically examine dominant historical narratives and public memory, I realised that history can be a matter of perspective and narrative framing rather than just facts.
Thet Yin Zaw
Class of 2023
In this Week 7 LAB project, students explored natural history in Singapore and Sarawak.
This LAB provided students with an opportunity to experience a large global city and to see it through a historical and urban studies framework.