We are an independent, volunteer-run collective of Singaporean scholars. This website began in 2019 as a Google Doc communicating academics’ concerns about impending legislation against online falsehoods. The effort was loosely coordinated by a handful of Singaporean scholars with shared concerns about what the legislation would mean for academic work.
The debate helped to crystallise our broader worries about the position of academia in Singapore — worries that long preceded the new legislation. These include the lack of research on Singapore; the under-representation of Singaporeans in many local university departments; and the state of academic freedom.
In 2020, in line with our view that scholars have a responsibility to communicate their research beyond academia, we launched an Academic Views section publishing original commentaries and essays about Singapore.
We are not an organisation and do not represent any. But we believe that Singapore academia will improve if academics who care about it come together to discuss our concerns.
We welcome your ideas. Please contact us using the form below.
Chong Ja Ian, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore
Cherian George, Professor, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University
Linda Lim, Professor Emerita, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
Teo You Yenn, Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University
Joanne Leow, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Saskatchewan
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