Farish to kick off lecture series

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Here’s an interesting series of seminar lectures on Culture, Media and Identity brought to you by the Centre for the Study of Communications and Culture, University of Nottingham Malaysia campus.

Farish Noor is first in line to speak at these Saturday talks beginning at 10.00am tomorrow at the University of Nottingham KL Teaching Centre,
Level 2, Chulan Tower, 3 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. If you are interested, the Centre requests you to email [email protected] to confirm attendance, mainly for catering purposes.

Here’s how the Centre describes these series:

The series will be in three parts, each comprising six lectures or multimedia presentations by renowned scholars and cultural activists. The main aim of the series is to examine and evaluate the importance of culture and the media in the construction of identities in an increasingly globalised world. This is important in a region comprising multiple cultures and at a time when greater cultural awareness, understanding and respect is needed but, unfortunately, has not been forthcoming.

The first series of presentations, titled Voices: Public Intellectuals and Public Discourse in South and South-East Asia, will provide critical engagements with contemporary issues related to the role(s) of public
intellectuals and public discourses in often-authoritarian settings.

Saturday 10am – 1pm
Programme

26 February 2011
Public Intellectuals and Public Discourse – Examining the Parameters
Farish A. Noor (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

19 March 2011
Engaging With the Public
Amir Muhammad (Matahari Books, Malaysia)

9 April 2011

Writhing in the Margins: Art, Protest and the Public Sphere
Sharaad Kuttan (IACT, Malaysia)

30 April 2011
Democracy Denied? Communication Rights in Thailand Post – Thaksin
Ubonrat Siriyuvasak (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)

21 May 2011
Decolonising the Mind – The Problem with Nationalism
Francis Loh (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

28 May 2011 Public Intellectuals and the Marginalised
Anjali Monteiro and K.P Jayasankar (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India)

The second series, scheduled after summer 2011, titled Transformations: Media and Identity in Contemporary South-East Asia will showcase and critically evaluate the works of young, independent cultural producers, mainly working in the medium of film. Often eschewing purely commercial considerations, these Indies have been at the forefront of redefining ‘national’ cinema and problematising the often taken-for-granted definitions of ‘national culture’ and ‘national identity’.

Language and literature continue to play complex roles in societies, not least in post colonial societies where language and (local) literature – after their initial roles as weapons of resistance – have contributed to a sense of belonging, a sense of identity in these societies. The third series of presentations, titled Language, Literature and Identity, will examine these roles.

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Pritham K. Chakravarthy

Rom, Is this being organised by you? If Anjali & Jayashankar are coming, then tell them to bring along one of their films –Our Family. Pritham

Kumaran

Anil
Why you do not comment on the ‘Interlok’ issue?
It is something that concerns the Indian community.

In my opinion, ‘Interlok’ is a book of no literary merit whatsoever.

But now the Ministry and Minister of Education, Perkasa, UMNo and UMNO Youth have all thrown their weight against withdrawal of the book on the grounds of merit! Are they using it to perpetuate the myth of ‘ketuanan’?

Love to hear your opinion on this.

Ti Beng

You can try to get that Interlok book at Popular bookstore at Gurney Plaza. Visit it tomorrow between 3pm-4.30pm and you will meet your fellow blogger Patrick Teoh who is signing his ‘Teohlogy’ book there.

Maniam

Here are an excertp from Interlok:

“Malayani dan Telugu pun asal daripada satu rumpun bahasa Dravidia juga. Satu perkara besar yang membuat mereka senang bergaul ialah mereka itu tergolong dalam satu kasta …. Mereka tidak takut mengotori sesiapa kalau bersentuhan dan mereka bebas lepas bergaul”.

I think Hindraf has every reason to protest.

Gempak

They call the Indians p… and the Chinese p… but the Indians and the Chinese are the ones who kept these racists in power in the first place.

Some … MCA Chinese are good pals of Perkasa.

The Chinese and Indians have only themselves to blame for having so many traitors amongst themselves.

Du Lala

I still cannot understand why BN still want to keep Interlok as a school text.

soohuey

Thanks, Anil. I know its a matter of your readers simply looking it up online, but… it wasn’t precisely clear to me where the lectures would be held. Might be handy to include address for those less informed, as I was.

Rom Nain

Hi soohuey.

The lectures will be held at the University of Nottingham KL Teaching Centre,
Level 2, Chulan Tower,
No. 3 Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur

Please contact [email protected] for further information. Thanks for your interest.

Rom

Collin Abraham

I shall be grateful to have the contact of Monteiro or Jayasankar please.

Thank you

Dr Collin Abraham

Rom Nain

Dear Collin,

Do contact [email protected] who will forward your email to me. I’ll then put you in touch with Anjali or Jayasankar. I hope you’ll understand my not wanting to divulge their contacts in this public space. Cheers.

Rom