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Founded 1905
THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
of SINGAPORE

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES

Jointly organised by

The Centre for Advanced Studies

National University of Singapore

and

Transnational Communities Programme,

Economic and Social Research Council, UK

VENUE

Seminar Rooms A, B & C, Shaw Foundation Building

National University of Singapore

DATES

7-8 August 2000

The Centre for Advanced Studies, National University of Singapore together with the Transnational Communities Programme, Economic and Social Research Council, UK are pleased to announce a forthcoming conference on ‘Transnational Communities in the Asia-Pacific Region: Comparative Perspectives.’ The main aim of the conference is to examine the dynamics involved in the construction of various transnational communities against the rich and diverse socio-cultural canvas of the Asia-Pacific. In doing so, the conference would give attention to the links between ‘home’ and ‘away’ and the construction of self/other divides differentiating these communities from wider societies in which they are located. Comparison across different communities would give us a broad-based understanding of the dynamics involved. Some of these communities include Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Singaporean transnational communities as well as American and European ‘expat’ communities in Asia.

Themes

Specific themes for the conference include:

  • Transnationalism in the Asia-Pacific as a history of ‘diasporic encounters’ or ‘diasporic space.’ The material and cultural interrelation and exchange between different migrants in the development of various Asia-Pacific societies and economies. Transnationalism as a history of multiculturalism.
  • Transnational communities, citizenship and national identities. Relation between ‘nation-states’ and the ‘transnational’ - dependent, independent or interdependent? The role and contribution of these communities in nation-building and enrichment of national cultures. Ethnicity and transnationalism.
  • Impact of the Asian Economic Crisis on transnational communities. The continuities and breaks in transboundary flows caused by the crisis. Shifts in labour migration patterns and impacts on transnational households.
  • Gendered character of transnational community formation. The feminisation of migration and the place of diaspora women in the Asia-Pacific. Comparative dimensions across countries and location in the work force in terms of the movement of skilled and less skilled human resources.
  • Media and transnational communications - Popular culture in the Asia-Pacific and ‘transnationalism from below’ - or ‘transnational cultural exchange.’

Abstracts

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 January 2000. Those who submit abstracts would be informed whether the paper has been accepted for the conference by 15 March 2000. Registration forms would be sent along with the letters of acceptance.

Conference Registration Information

Registration Fees

Self-funded participant S$150 (inclusive of GST)
Institution funded participant S$145.63
The fee includes lunch, tea and dinner (for the 7 August only) during the conference and the accompany conference documentation.
Participants who are sponsored by an institution (outside of Singapore) will be exempted from paying GST. A letter indicating this support must be provided when paying.
Registration fees are to be paid only after receiving communication of the acceptance of the paper for the conference. The deadline for the payment of the registration fees is 31 May 2000.

Method of payment

Payment of registration, in cheque or bank draft, should be made payable to National University of Singapore in Singapore dollars and should be sent together with the enclosed registration form to:

Miss Kathleen Melissa Ke
TCAP Conference
Centre for Advanced Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Shaw Foundation Building
AS7, 6th Level
5 Arts Link\
Singapore 117570
Tel: (65) 874-4909
Fax: (65( 779-1428
Email: caskkm@nus.edu.sg

Enquiries

All enquiries should be sent to Miss Kathleen Melissa Ke at the above addresses. If you would like to be kept posted about the developments regarding this conference, please complete the attached reply form.

Accommodation

Below is a sample of some off-campus accommodation:

RELC International Hotel
RELC Building
30 Orange Grove Road
Singapore 258352
Tel: (65) 737 9044
Fax: (65) 733 9976
Email: relcih@singnet.com.sg
Http://www.hotel-web.com
Rate: S$87++ Superior Twin

YMCA International House
1 Orchard Road
Singapore 238824
Phone: (65) 336 6000
Fax: (65) 337 3140
E-mail: hostel@ymca.org.sg
<mailto:hostel@ymca.org.sg>
Web site:
<http://www.ymca.org.sg>
Rate: S$80-S$119

The City Bayview Hotel, Singapore
30 Bencoolen Street
Singapore 189621
Phone: (65) 337 2882
Fax: (65) 338 2880
E-mail: bayviews@mbox4.singnet.com.sg
<mailto:bayviews@mbox4.singnet.com.sg>
Rate: S$80-S$119

Metropolitan YMCA
60 Stevens RoadSingapore 257854
Phone: (65) 737 7755
Fax: (65) 235 5528
E-mail: hostel@mymca.org.sg
<mailto:hostel@mymca.org.sg>
Web site:
<http://www.singnet.com.sg/~mymca/>
Rate: S$49-S$79

More information could be obtained from the Singapore Tourism Board's website http://www.newasia-singapore.com


If you would like to be kept posted about the developments regarding the TCAP conference, please send in this form to the address below.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSNATIONAL COMMUNITIES IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES

7-8 August, 2000

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(   ) I would like to attend the conference only.

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PLEASE SEND IN THIS FORM BY 31 OCTOBER 1999. PHOTOCOPIES ARE ALLOWED.

This form should be sent or faxed to:

Miss Kathleen Melissa Ke
TCAP Conference
Centre for Advanced Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
Shaw Foundation Building
AS7, 6th level
5 Arts Link
Singapore 117570
(fax: 65-779 1428)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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