Currently, the research areas of staff members can be grouped into the following three clusters:
· Politics and governance in Southeast Asia
· Culture, religion and gender in Southeast Asia
· Media, literature and the arts in Southeast Asia
Through our multi-disciplinary research and community engagement, we critically interrogate the world around us through texts, both generated and extant, towards re-iterating and re-claiming the agency of the disenfranchised and citizenry at large, and affording a new aesthetics and transformative praxis in Southeast Asia.
Our research is informed by an engaged ethos as evidenced by our interrogation of cutting-edge topics that include: electoral reform, ethnic politics, representations of the marginalized, moral policing, queer sexualities, religion and civil society, governmentality and the city, local democracies, and the regional manifestations of globalization.
Innovations in engaging with and theorizing beyond ‘Western’ thought and philosophies are demonstrated by the staff's current range of research activities: from promoting a multicultural Gothic aesthetics in the reading of postmodern and Asian literatures (including postcolonial and Asian American texts), delineating the politics and poetics of New Cinema (with an emphasis on independent films), transnational media formations, critical visual ethnographies, and the construction of new subjectivities through cyber-mediations and post-human representations.
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