Singapore Studies Junior Scholar Seminars

Young researchers at universities in Sydney, Chicago and Singapore kick off our series with multidisciplinary perspectives on Singapore life (and death).

AcademiaSG’s new Singapore Studies Junior Scholar Seminars provide a venue for geographically and disciplinarily dispersed PhD students and post-doctoral scholars to share their research on Singapore, and to connect with faculty and other students worldwide.

The response to our Call for Proposals (below) was immediate, so we’re delighted to be able to start the new year by announcing the first set of seminars. We are grateful to senior scholars who readily agreed to serve as respondents, as well as university departments that have shown their support by attaching their names to the events as co-convenors.

Do join us for the seminars, starting in February.

5 Feb 2021: The Storytelling State: Performing Life Histories in Singapore – Nien Yuan Cheng, University of Sydney > MORE

22 Feb: Singaporean ‘Food Voices’ at the End of Life – Paul Victor Patinadan, Nanyang Technological University > MORE

10 Mar: Foreign Bodies, Local Language – Joshua Babcock, University of Chicago > MORE

27 Mar: Refusing Pragmatic Resistance: Queer Presence As “Counter-conduct” – Zihan Loo, University of California, Berkeley > MORE

10 Apr: The Included: Thinking with Disability Studies in Singapore – Kuansong Victor Zhuang, University of Illinois at Chicago and Macquarie University > MORE

30 Apr: Chasing Utopias: Chemsex as Liberation in Gay Singapore – Rayner Kay Jin Tan, National University of Singapore > MORE

29 May: The Colonial and Cold War Origins of “Youth” in Singapore – Edgar Liao, University of British Columbia > MORE

25 June: Underrated contributions of elderly care: Singapore & Taiwan – Lynn Ng Yu Ling, University of Victoria > MORE


AcademiaSG invites doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to present their work in our new series of virtual seminars. The Singapore Studies Junior Scholar Seminars aim to provide a venue for geographically and disciplinarily dispersed new scholars to share their research on Singapore, and to connect with faculty and other students worldwide.

We welcome proposals from PhD students and Post-Doctoral scholars not yet in permanent academic positions; of any nationality; and who are engaging in humanities or social science research on Singapore, including comparative work with a significant Singapore component.

Selected presenters will deliver a 20–30 minute presentation, which will be followed by an open question-and-answer session. AcademiaSG will arrange for a faculty respondent to provide expert feedback, including guidance on potential publication opportunities.

If you are satisfied with your performance, we would be happy to post the seminar recording on our website to reach a larger post-event audience. You can decide after your seminar.

To be considered, please email AcademiaSG at with the following:

  • a 500-word abstract;
  • a 200-word bio/statement, specifying how the proposal fits into your programme of study and future plans, and how the seminar would help you; and
  • contact details of an academic referee.

Deadline: Rolling.

AcademiaSG is an independent collective of Singaporean scholars that aims to promote scholarship of, for, and by Singapore. Our website includes original commentaries by academics, resources on special topics, and reading lists from various fields. The AcademiaSG Singapore Studies Junior Scholar Seminars are aimed at supporting the next generation of Singapore Studies scholars.