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Idea Fest – “How The Humanities and Social Sciences Can Help Us Hack The STEM Fields” event successfully concluded on 3 April 2024

Idea Fest - "How The Humanities and Social Sciences Can Help Us Hack The STEM Fields" event successfully concluded on 3 April 2024

Thank you for your tremendous support in “How The Humanities and Social Sciences Can Help Us Hack The STEM Fields” roundtable discussion held on 03 April. This event, a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Education, marked a significant milestone as part of the MOE’s inaugural Festival of Ideas in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

The event saw an exceptional in-person attendance, complemented by a remarkable virtual turnout. The engagement, thought-provoking discussions, and inspiration that flowed from this roundtable went beyond the conventional boundaries of the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences fields. It was indeed heartening to witness such a dynamic exchange of ideas. This level of engagement truly underscores the interest and enthusiasm within our community for interdisciplinary exploration. We would like to thank the Ministry of Education (MOE) for offering us this platform to showcase SUTD’s distinct role as an interdisciplinary nexus, integrating humanities, arts, social sciences, design, AI, and technology innovation. This event clearly demonstrated our unique standing.

A special thank you goes out to our HASS speakers, whose insightful presentations on the intersection of the humanities and social sciences with human-centric design, technology and computational innovation were truly inspiring. Their contributions offered a vibrant vision of how we can work towards a better world by design. Our sincere thanks go to Assistant Professor Rhema Hokama for her exemplary representation of SUTD HASS on the organizing committee and her tireless coordination with multiple parties to make this event a success.

Our appreciation extends to our Marketing and Communications team for their tireless efforts in promoting the event, ensuring its visibility and success. Their dedication played a crucial role in bringing this event to life.

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended this event. Your participation made it a remarkable success, and we look forward to future opportunities to innovate and inspire together.

Tokyo University of Science (TUS) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) Strengthen Academic Cooperation

SINGAPORE – Tokyo University of Science’s School of Management and Singapore University of Technology and Design’s Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Cluster (HASS), Engineering Systems and Design Pillar (ESD), Architecture and Sustainable Design Pillar (ASD), and Design and Artificial Intelligence Programme (DAI) are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic cooperation. This MoU fosters collaboration in strategic areas of mutual interest, such as education, healthcare, analytics, design and AI.

This partnership marks a significant milestone in enhancing research and education at both institutions. Building on their shared commitment to academic excellence, TUS and SUTD aim to fuel exchange and collaboration in various fields, including but not limited to joint research projects, conferences, and the promotion of other academic, innovation, and enterprise activities.

This MoU symbolizes the beginning of a fruitful collaboration that seeks to benefit students, faculty members, and the broader academic community. More details about this partnership can be found by contacting the representatives of each institution’s School of Management and the Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences Cluster.

Dr. Pang Yang Huei’s Presentation with the Academy of Singapore Teachers

Lecture title: The Downfall of Chinese-Vietnamese Alliance (1968-1975)
Date of Event: 22 Mar 2024
Venue: Academy of Singapore Teachers. 2 Malan Road. Singapore 109433

Dr. Pang Yang Huei’s Presentation with the Academy of Singapore Teachers

HASS Professor Yow Wei Quin appointed as Chair of the Child Development Editor-in-Chief search committee

Journal is ranked top 10% journal in JCI under the category, Psychology, Developmental.

HASS congratulates Professor Yow Wei Quin and Dr Li Xiaoqian on the publication of paper in Q1 journal, Child Development

HASS congratulates Professor Yow Wei Quin and Dr Li Xiaoqian on the publication of paper in Q1 journal, Child Development

This journal is ranked top 10% journal in JCI under the category, Psychology, Developmental

Dr Nilanjan Raghunath has been awarded SGD 45,500 research grant and a research fellowship by the Social Mobility Foundation

Dr Nilanjan Raghunath has been awarded SGD 45,500 research grant and a research fellowship by the Social Mobility Foundation (LKYLSPP, NUS). Her project title is Bridging the Gap: GenZ, Social Mixing and Social Equity in Singapore.

The  SMF foundation chaired by ESM Goh and Professor Danny Quah, funds policy relevant research on fostering inclusive social and economic growth in Singapore.

Dr Nilanjan Raghunath awarded the Fulbright Research Scholar Award and Grant for 2023

Dr Nilanjan Raghunath has received the Fulbright research scholar award and grant for 2023. She will be conducting research as a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s department of sociology and presenting her research there and at the Trust Collaboratory, INCITE for social dynamics.  Her research will focus on understanding interdisciplinary scientific networks of female scientists and academics between Singapore and the United States.

The Fulbright Commission of the United States of America provides highly selective flagship programs to promote scientific and cultural exchanges around the world.


Dr. Zhenxing Zhao awarded Prestigious Fulbright Awards for the Scholar-in-Residence Program 2023-2024

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Through the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program (Fulbright S-I-R Program), U.S. colleges and universities collaborate with scholars from other countries to assist in internationalizing U.S. campuses, curriculum, and communities. Fulbright S-I-Rs teach primarily on the undergraduate level in their areas of expertise and provide a cross-cultural or international perspective to promote curriculum and program development.

Dr Zhao will be taking up residency at Utah Valley University, the biggest public university in Utah, from August 2023 to May 2024. While there, Dr Zhao will teach courses on Chinese culture, conduct comparative research on traditional Chinese culture and Western culture, give lectures to the university community on the research, and help with Chinese table and Chinese cultural activities on and off campus. Before departing for Utah, Dr Zhao is now organizing a pedagogical webinar that will feature Fulbright Scholars from 30 countries around world sharing their teaching experiences and how the digital tools are being used to reshape the teaching and learning in 21st century higher education.

Dr. Zhao joined SUTD as a lecturer in 2016. At SUTD, he teaches courses in Humanities Core Curriculum, Chinese Fiction, Lyrical Poetry, digital humanities, and Chinese Landscape Design.

Dr. Rhema Hokama publishes new book Devotional Experience and Erotic Knowledge by Oxford University Press

How do big ideas transform the way that we live our everyday lives? And can the poetic production of a period tell us about how ordinary people understood their most important relationships? These questions lie at the heart of Devotional Experience and Erotic Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 2023), a new book written by Dr. Rhema Hokama, assistant professor of English literature in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) cluster at Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD).

Dr. Hokama’s book explores the literature that was written in the years after the English Reformation, a watershed moment of religious and political revolution in European history. Dr. Hokama maintains that the Reformation changed how English people understood what it meant to have direct access to God, the most important figure in the life of an early modern English Protestant. Dr. Hokama argues that new ideas about the role of the body that emerged from this moment of reform gave English people novel ways of thinking about how they could bodily and sensorily interpret their relationship with God. These theological and historical innovations ushered in by reform also had a profound impact on the way in which English people could now understand the value of many ordinary actions—such as praying, eating, and having sex. Dr. Hokama demonstrates that the Reformation transformed how English people thought about what it meant to know and understand the actions and thoughts of their earthly lovers—and ultimately, themselves.

In exploring the role of the body in the literary production of post-Reformation England, Devotional Experience and Erotic Knowledge presents original interpretations of the poetry of five Renaissance writers: William Shakespeare, Robert Herrick, John Donne, Fulke Greville, and John Milton. In her discussion of official worship in the Church of England as well as of the popular devotional practices of the period, Dr. Hokama contextualizes the literary culture of the English Reformation alongside the writings of the period’s most important religious innovators, including John Calvin, William Perkins, Richard Hooker, and Joseph Hall. In doing so, Dr. Hokama suggests that for early modern English people, bodily experience offered a means of corroborating and verifying devotional truth, making the invisible visible and knowable.

For more information about Devotional Experience and Erotic Knowledge, visit the Oxford University Press listing. Dr. Hokama’s book can be purchased for 30 percent of the list price directly from OUP’s website with the code AAFLYG6.

About the book’s author:

Dr. Rhema Hokama received her PhD in English language and literature from Harvard University and teaches Shakespeare, lyric poetry, and world literature in the HASS cluster at SUTD.

Dr. Alastair Gornall to lead a $617,000 Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 2 Study on the History of Ecological Thought in Southeast Asia

An ancient gate to Preah Khan temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Photo courtesy of Alastair Gornall.


Dr. Alastair Gornall will lead a research team in a $617,000 Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 2 study titled “Buddhist Ecological Thought in Early Modern Southeast Asia.” While it is a common perception that Buddhism is a “green” religion philosophically compatible with and conducive to modern environmentalist aims, there has been relatively little research on historical Buddhist perspectives on the natural world. This project is the first history of an extensive archive of Buddhist monastic writings about the world composed in Thailand and Burma between 1100–1750 CE. Dr. Gornall and his team will transcribe and compile editions of these works and turn them into a machine-readable corpus. They will then explore their intellectual history, examining their relationship with each other, with older Buddhist literature, and with contemporary environmentalist thought. The project is the first historical study of this material in the English language. It will preserve and make accessible to a broader audience a unique record of precolonial Southeast Asian ecological thought. Dr. Gornall hopes his research will enrich our understanding of the region’s historical attitude towards the natural world and contribute to debates about Buddhism and our climate crisis.