Professor Barbara Watson Andaya (BA and Diploma of Education, Sydney; MA Hawai‘i, Ph.D. Cornell) is Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i.
Between 2003 and 2010 she was Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and in 2005-06 she was President of the American Association of Asian Studies. In 2000 she received a John Simon Guggenheim Award, and in 2010 she received the University of Hawai‘i Regents Medal for Excellence in Research. She has lived and taught in Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the United States. Her specific area of expertise is the western Malay-Indonesia archipelago, on which she has published widely, but she maintains an active teaching and research interest across all Southeast Asia. Her publications include Perak, The Abode of Grace: A Study of an Eighteenth Century Malay State (1979), co-editor Tuhfat al-Nafis (The Precious Gift) (1982), To Live as Brothers: Southeast Sumatra in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (1993); The Flaming Womb: Repositioning Women in Early Modern Southeast Asia (2006); (with Leonard Y. Andaya) A History of Early Modern Southeast Asia (2015), and a third edition of A History of Malaysia (2016). At Yusuf Ishak-ISEAS Institute she will be working on research projects for the Malaysia and Indonesia Studies Programmes and the Nalanda Sriwijaya Centre. She also has a joint appointment at Yale-NUS, where she teaches a course on Gender in Southeast Asia and another on Globalization in Southeast Asia.
Dr Derek Heng is Visiting Senior Fellow at NSC and currently Professor and Department Chair at the Department of History, Northern Arizona University. He was Associate Professor of Humanities and Head of Studies (History) at Yale-NUS College and previously Head of NSC from January 2014 to July 2015. He specialises in the trans-regional history of Maritime Southeast Asia and the South China Sea during the first and early second millennia AD, and is the author of Sino-Malay Trade and Diplomacy in the Tenth Through the Fourteenth Century (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2009). He has also authored a number of journal articles and book chapters on the Chinese material remains recovered from archaeological sites in Southeast Asia, as well as edited three volumes on the history and historiography of Singapore's past. He is currently working on methods in integrating archaeological data from Southeast Asia with Chinese digital textual databases. He also maintains a keen interest on the historiography of Singapore, and has co-authored Singapore: A Seven-Hundred Year History (Singapore: National Archives of Singapore, 2009), and edited New Perspectives and Sources on the History of Singapore: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (Singapore: National Library Board, 2006), Reframing Singapore: Memory, Identity and Trans-Regionalism, ICAS Series volume 6 (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009) and Singapore in Global History (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011).
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Prof Elizabeth Moore joins NSC as Visiting Senior Fellow. She is Professor of Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She specialises in the connections between the past and present in the archaeology, cultural heritage and landscape of Mainland Southeast Asia during the first and early second millennia CE. She is the author of The Pyu Landscape: Collected Articles (Nay Pyi Taw: Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library, 2012) and Early Landscapes of Myanmar (Bangkok: River Books, 2007). She has authored a number of journal articles and book chapters on Myanmar archaeology, as well being a member of the drafting team for the UNESCO World Heritage List 2014 inscription of the early first millennium CE Pyu Ancient Cities and the in progress nomination of 9–13th century CE Bagan. She is currently working on publications on the living heritage of ancient Bagan and Kyaukse as well as a co-authored comparison of water management at Bagan and Dawei, Lower Myanmar.
At the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre, she will be working on the role of archaeology in ASEAN to define sustainable cultural values. The Pyu Ancient Cities 2014 inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List gave the nation its first UNESCO site. Singapore's first nomination to the World Heritage List, the Singapore Botanic Gardens, will be decided in June 2015, coinciding with SG50, the year-long celebration of the nation's heritage. The project begins by comparing the relationship between international, national and local archaeology; and tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Myanmar and Singapore and drawing upon case studies in Cambodia and Thailand.
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Dr Hélène Njoto is an NSC Visiting Fellow since February 2015. She is also a research associate at two French research centres: Centre Asie du Sud-Est and at AUSSER Architecture Urbanistique Société (Paris).
Dr Njoto specializes in Indonesian modern and contemporary Art and Architecture History. More specifically, she studies the circulation of foreign art and architectural types in Java. Her NSC project questions cultural exchanges in Maritime Southeast Asia through the study of Early Islamic Art of the Northern Coast of Java (15th–17th c.). She will look more specifically at stone and wooden funerary sculpture where motives and techniques from abroad are thought to have blended with local ones.
Prior to joining NSC, Dr Njoto conducted research on early urban patterns in Indonesia at the Hong Kong University, for a program on Architecture in Asia funded by the European Community (UKNA). She received her PhD from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) in January 2014, after graduating from the Sorbonne (BA and MA). In her PhD dissertation, she exposed the role played by Chinese and European master builders on architectural innovations in Java from the 14th to the early 19th c., a most dynamic architectural moment in Javanese modern history.
Dr Njoto has recently authored an article on the origins of the Javanese mosque (BEFEO, 2015) and also on East Javanese Pasisir Art (Archipel, 2014). Other publications include historical studies of Indonesian institutions such as Cultural Heritage ("L'invention du patrimoine indonésien"), soon to be published by IRASEC (Paris and Bangkok), and on the Art market "Les maîtres marchands de la peinture indonésienne" (Archipel, 2006).
Dr Show Ying Ruo is a Visiting Fellow at NSC since July 2017. She received her PhD in Chinese Studies from National University of Singapore (2017) and M.A from SOAS, London (2010). Her PhD thesis explores the vernacular expression and gendered narrative in Chinese religious corpus Baojuan (Precious Scrolls). She is interested in the historical trajectory of lay Buddhist movement and local configurations of religious ideas, ritual practices and texts. She is currently working on a manuscript examining Buddhist linkage and transregional religious network in Southeast Asia through the study of a specific kind of Chinese temple, the Vegetarian Hall (zhaitang).
Dr Tai Yew Seng is Visiting Fellow at NSC. He is a ceramic archaeologist and specialises in excavating and handling ceramic from kiln sites, shipwrecks, ruins and tombs, and the Southeast Asian maritime trade with China. His current project is on Chinese navigation charts and texts. He was a Research Fellow at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and was involved in the Aceh Geohazard Project which collected and analysed over 52,000 pieces of ancient ceramics sherds. He has taught courses on Chinese culture and lectured on material culture at the Chinese Department at NTU and the National University of Singapore. He has authored a number of papers and book chapters on ceramic archaeology and maritime trade in English and Chinese.