2012: Singapore

The Construction and Constitution of Culture and the Arts in a Borderless World

June 1-9

Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore.

Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

The Summer School will provide students with an overview of Singaporean society, its history, culture and arts. We will meet with arts managers, policy makers, artists, and educators, participate in a public forum and attend performances at the Singapore Arts Festival as well as attend Exhibitions at various Museums and Galleries.

This seminar course will focus upon current issues in the arena of international arts management and will take the form of a study abroad summer school program. It will draw from a broad spectrum of the field such as international models of arts funding, public policy making, and legal aspects of the performing, visual and media arts. The aim of the course is to enhance students’ experience in the international sector of arts management.

We shall explore, through the lens of Singapore, whether it is possible to maintain distinct art-forms and cultural identity whilst also being responsive to technological and other forms of change.


  • Framing Cultural Identity in Singapore-Doxa and Dilemma (T. Sasitharan, ITI)
  • Global Cultural Capital (Paul Rae)
  • The Freedom Deficit and East-West Engagement (Michael Hor)
  • Poetry in Singapore (Heng Siok Tian)
  • Introduction and Tour of The Substation (Noor Effendy Ibrahim, Artistic Director)
  • Visual Arts Practice (Khairuddin Hori, Curator Singapore Art Museum)
  • Media and Censorship (Cherian George)
  • Managing an International Performing Arts Centre: Tour of Esplanade and presentation by senior staff on programming and outreach (JP Nathan, Director of Programming, The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay)
  • Temple Tour: Sri Mariamman Temple, A site of South Indian pre-modern Singapore (T. Sasitharan)
  • Theatre Practice in Singapore (Panel discussion: Kok Heng Leun (Drama Box), Alvin Tan (The Necessary Stage), Paul Rae (NUS Theatre Studies))
  • Presentation by Janice Koh and Audrey Wong, Nominated Members of Parliament in Singapore
  • Managing the Arts in Singapore and Hong Kong (Tisa Ho, CEO, Hong Kong Arts Festival)
  • Student Presentations: "Cultural Identity in Buffalo and Singapore"