Dr Tai Yew Seng 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.
Dr Derek Heng is 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 Hélène Njoto is Visiting Fellow since December 2019. She was Associate Fellow from September 2018 to December 2019, and Visiting Fellow from February 2015 until August 2018. 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).