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An academic roundtable on the outcomes of the Republic of Singapore’s 13th General Election

11am–12:30pm on Saturday 11 July, online via Zoom

Panelists: Priscilla Chia, legal practitioner | Terence Lee, media scholar | Elvin Ong, political scientist | Kevin Y.L. Tan, constitutional scholar | Moderator: Cherian George, Academia.SG

Although its big-picture outcome was never in doubt, GE2020 has not been short of talking points. In this panel discussion, writers from the fields of political science, media studies and law will highlight key takeaways from the results and how we got there. They will examine possible implications for post-pandemic policymaking, the PAP’s leadership succession plans, the future of opposition parties, and popular participation in the nation’s public life.

The speakers are editors and authors of a forthcoming volume on GE2020 to be published in the last quarter of 2020. The book is a sequel to Change in Voting: Singapore’s 2015 General Election and Voting In Change: The Politics of Singapore’s 2011 General Election, both also edited by Terence Lee and Kevin Y.L. Tan. Academia.SG is an independent network of Singapore scholars formed in 2019.

Priscilla Chia is a Lawyer at Peter Low & Choo LLC. Her legal practice focuses on  commercial, public interest, constitutional law, and criminal litigation. She is also actively involved in non-profit work with organisations such as Aware’s Sexual Assault Care Centre. 

Terence Lee is an Associate Professor in Communication and Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, Australia. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests in media and cultural policy, Internet governance and political communication. More.

Elvin Ong is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asia Research, University of British Columbia. He is a political scientist studying opposition parties in East Asia with multiple publications in both disciplinary and area-focused journals. More.

Kevin Y.L. Tan is Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore and Visiting Professor at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU. He has edited and written over 50 books on the law, history and politics of Singapore. 

Cherian George, a co-founder of Academia.SG, is professor of Media Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University. He researches media freedom, censorship, and hate propaganda. His books include Air-Conditioned Nation Revisited (Ethos Books, 2000). More.

Logistical notes

Registering for this webinar: This panel discussion will be live on Zoom, one of the common platforms for online events such as this. We need you to register so that we can email you the link to the Zoom event. We’ll do this on Friday night. Your email address will be used only in conjunction with this event. The registration form also includes an option to sign up for our regular email newsletter if you wish.

When you log in: We will disable your camera and mic. Nobody will see or hear you.

Recording: We will be recording the session, but only to our local computers, not to Zoom’s cloud service.

Live streaming: If you prefer not to use Zoom, note that we aim to live-stream the Zoom webinar on YouTube. Please visit our Academia.SG Facebook page for details on Saturday morning.

Q&A: You are welcome to raise questions or comments during the webinar, using Zoom’s text Q&A window. Although YouTube and Facebook allow you to comment, please note that we will not be monitoring these. We’ll only address questions and comments posed via Zoom.

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