HistoriaSG: Will Pragmatism Undermine Singapore’s National Identity?

HistoriaSG: Will Pragmatism Undermine Singapore’s National Identity?

The Singapore model of development and governance has often been described and celebrated as pragmatic. In this talk, Kenneth Paul Tan will discuss the ways in which the Singaporean nation-building project has been served by pragmatism, how it can be undermined by a debased form of pragmatism, and what dystopian futures we might expect if that happens.

Speaker's Bio

Professor Kenneth Paul TAN, PhD (Cambridge), works at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His books include Singapore: Identity, Brand, Power (Cambridge University Press, 2018), Governing Global-City Singapore: Legacies And Futures After Lee Kuan Yew (Routledge, 2017), Cinema and Television in Singapore: Resistance in One Dimension (Brill, 2008), and Renaissance Singapore? Economy, Culture, and Politics (NUS Press, 2007). He is a member of the National Arts Council (Singapore)’s Arts Advisory Panel and the National Museum of Singapore’s Advisory Board. He chairs the Board of Directors of theatre company The Necessary Stage (Singapore). He was the founding chair of the Asian Film Archive’s Board of Directors.
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Sat Aug 17, 2019
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM SGT
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