22nd Malaysian and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) Symposium – Full Program - Amendment

Jason Lim's picture

22nd Malaysian and Singapore Society of Australia (MASSA) Symposium – Full Program

There have been some changes to the program of the 22nd MASSA Symposium from 11 to 12 November 2021.

The symposium will be held online due to COVID-19 restrictions. You can watch all the panels live here: https://www.facebook.com/22ndMASSASymposium/

You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenters.


Thursday, 11 November 2021

Opening of Symposium

10.00 am to 10.10 am (AESDT) / 7.00 am to 7.10 am (KL and Singapore time)


Panel 1

Listening in Lockdown: Slow, Sonic, Sensory Research in Malaysian Borneo (Chair: Dr Jason Ng, New Era University College)

10.15 am to 11.35 am (AEDST) / 7.15 am to 8.35 am (KL and Singapore time)

Polysensory (Dr Welyne Jeffrey Jehom, University of Malaya)

Social Learning and Absence (A/Prof Fadzilah Majid Cooke, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu)

On Not Being There (A/Prof Olivia Guntarik, RMIT University)


Panel 2

Race, Discrimination, and the State in Singapore (Chair: A/Prof Ja Ian Chong, National University of Singapore)

11.45 am to 1.10 pm (AEDST) / 8.45 am to 10.10 am (KL and Singapore time)

“Mature Content: Strong Racial References”: The Management of Racial Discourse in Singapore Theatre (Mr Alfian Sa’at, WILD RICE)

Racecraft and Affordances in Contemporary Singapore (A/Prof Kwee Hui Kian, National University of Singapore)

Doubly Minoritized: Indian Immigrants, Anti-CECA Sentiment and Xenophobia as Racism (Dr Laavanya Kathiravelu, Nanyang Technological University)

“They Just Don't (Want to) Get It”: Race Privilege in Singapore's Authoritarian State (Prof Lily Zubaidah Rahim, Georgetown University)


Panel 3

Special Panel Discussion: Malaysian Politics in Transition

1.45 pm to 3.00 pm (AEDST) / 10.45 am to 12.00 pm (KL and Singapore time)


Mr Kean Wong (Centre for Independent Journalism)


Prof James Chin (University of Tasmania), Dr Sophie Lemerie (University of Nottingham Malaysia), Prof Bridget Walsh (University of Nottingham Malaysia), A/Prof Maznah Mohamad (National University of Singapore)


Panel 4

Politics and Communications in Singapore (Chair: Dr Greg Lopez, Murdoch University)

3.15 pm to 4.30 pm (AEDST) / 12.15 pm to 1.30 pm (KL and Singapore time)

Speaking Their Language: Does Candidate Language Ability Mitigate the Negative Impact of Ethnicity in Voter Assessments of Non-Coethnic Candidates? (Dr Elvin Ong, National University of Singapore)

At the Speed of Trust: Strategic Communication in Singapore’s COVID-19 Management (Ms Joanna Hioe, National University of Singapore)

Colonialism and the Historical Invention of “Malaya” and “Tanah Melayu” (Mr Wilbert Wong, Australian National University)

Prospects for Decolonial Feminism in Mitigating Identity Politics: Islamic Feminists and Islamist Women Activists in Malaysia (Ms Saleena Saleem, University of Liverpool)


Friday, 12 November 2021                                                                            

The Jackson Memorial Lecture

10.00 am to 11.15 am (AEDST) / 7.00 am to 8.15 am (KL and Singapore time)

Chair:                     Dr Yeow-Tong Chia (University of Sydney), President of MASSA

Speaker:                A/Prof Michael Barr (Flinders University)


Panel 5

Singapore Stories (Chair: Dr Jason Lim, University of Wollongong)

11.30 am to 1.00 pm (AEDST) / 8.30 am to 10.00 am (KL and Singapore time)

Intermarriages, Religious Conversions and New Peranakans Within Multi-ethnic Communities in Colonial Singapore: Early Multi-ethnic Roman Catholic Communities, 1830s to 1860s (Dr Marc Sebastian Rerceretnam, Yesteryear Heritage Researchers)

A Mystifying Factor of the Polio Situation: Flies, Food and Polio in Singapore (A/Prof Nicki Tarulevicz, University of Tasmania)

Disabling Lee Kuan Yew, Disabling the Singapore Story (Mr Kuansong Zhuang, Macquarie University)


Panel 6

COVID-19 in Singapore and Malaysia (Chair: Dr Ross Tapsell, Australian National University)

1.15 pm to 2.45 pm (AEDST) / 10.15 am to 11.45 am (KL and Singapore time)

Love Them, Love Them Not: Migrant Workers’ Complex Relationship with Malaysia in the Time of COVID (Ms Nadiah Ahmad, Monash University Malaysia)

Adulting in a Time of COVID-19 in Singapore (A/Prof Vincent Chua, National University of Singapore)

COVID-19 Prevention Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice Challenges Amongst Myanmar Refugees and Irregular Migrants in Malaysia (Mr Tual Sawn Khai, Lingnan University)

Performative Transparency: Information Overloading and Curating Credibility in the Framing of Malaysian Health Ministry Infographics on COVID-19 Statistics (Dr Benjamin Y H Loh, Taylor’s University, and Dr Collin Jerome, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak)


Closing Remarks by Prof James Chin (University of Tasmania) and Dr Yeow-Tong Chia (University of Sydney)

2.55 pm to 3.15 pm (AEDST) / 11.55 am to 12.15 pm (KL and Singapore time)


Jason Lim, PhD

Secretary-Treasurer, MASSA

Senior Lecturer in Asian History, University of Wollongong