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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Dr Iain Sinclair is a Visiting Fellow at NSC. He studies the history and art of South and Southeast Asia, focusing on primary sources in Sanskrit and other classical languages. His research at NSC explores religious exchanges between the Malay Archipelago and the Indo-Himalayan region during the tenth to fourteenth centuries. His PhD dissertation (Monash University, 2016) researched long-term shifts in the institutions of South Asian Buddhism taking place throughout Nepal’s Transitional Period. Dr Sinclair's recent publications include book chapters on the origins of Avalokiteśvara's iconography (2015), early portraits of tantric practitioners (2015), the coronation manual compiled by the Javanese monk Bianhong in China (2016), and the diffusion of Buddhism and Sanskrit throughout Asia up to the present day (in press).
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.