8 Mar 2019 - 9 Mar 2019

8 March, 6:15 PM

9 March, 9:45 AM



Ngee Ann Auditorium, Basement Level


Free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Please send your full name and email address to NHB_ACM_Conference@nhb.gov.sg by 1 March 2019.

This symposium, held in conjunction with the exhibition Raffles in Southeast Asia: Revisiting the Scholar and Statesman, co-curated by the Asian Civilisations Museum and the British Museum, explores in greater depth the themes and topics presented in the show. Leading scholars based in Southeast Asia and international subject specialists and curators will add colour and depth to the life and work of Sir Stamford Raffles.

Friday, 8 March

5.45pm, Registration

6.15pm, Welcome
Kennie Ting, Director, ACM

6.30–7.45 pm, Keynote lecture
The Company You Keep: Raffles, the East India Company, and the Legacy of 19th-Century Colonialism
Dr Farish Noor, Associate Professor, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University

Saturday, 9 March

9 am, Registration

9.45–12pm, Panel 1 – Raffles and his collecting
Chair – Daniel Tham, Curator, National Museum Singapore

Dr Alexandra Green, Henry Ginsburg Curator for Southeast Asia, The British Museum
Naomi Wang, Assistant Curator, Southeast Asia, ACM
Dr Sarah Tiffin, Independent scholar
Martyn E. Y. Low, Research Associate, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

12:00–1.30, lunch

1.30–3.45 Panel 2: Raffles and Southeast Asia
Chair – Prof. Peter Borschberg, National University of Singapore

Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan, PhD candidate, University of Sydney
Dr Peter Carey, Fellow of Modern History, Trinity College, Oxford
Dr Mimi Savitri, Department of Archaeology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta
Dr Leonard Andaya, Professor of Southeast Asian History, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

3.45–4.15, Tea break

4.15–6.15, Discussion – Where now for Raffles? Assessing his legacy and future
Chair – Prof. Kwa Chong Guan, National University of Singapore

Dr Farish Noor
Dr Stephen Murphy, Senior Curator, Southeast Asia, ACM
Grace Tan, contemporary artist
Dr Julian Davison, independent scholar

6.15, Closing remarks
Dr Kwok Kian Woon, Associate Provost, President’s Office, Professor of Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

6.30 pm, End of programme

Image: Fanciful view of Candi Sewu being cleared by Javanese under the direction of Europeans, H.C. Cornelius, Java, 1807. The British Museum, [1939,0311,0.6.30]; Donated by Mrs J.H. Drake, great-grand-niece of Raffles.


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