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This series highlights research on historical and related matters in Singapore and the region, creating an appreciation of the role of humanities and social sciences research in contemporary society.
Public History: Revisiting Religious Communal Festivals in Singapore
As periodic events, communal festivals are known, shared and celebrated by members of a community. However, religious communal festivals have faced many challenges throughout the 20th century, particularly in China and among the Chinese living in overseas communities.
These challenges, such as the anti-superstitious campaign in the late 19th century, provided community members grounds to justify their continuation, modification, reinterpretation or abandonment of the festivals.
Religious communal festivals such as the Mazu-Tianhou cult of Thian Hock Keng temple, the salvation ritual of Kiew Lee Tong temple celebrated once every decade, and the grand salvation ritual of Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng, will be discussed during this session.
Thursday, 23 May 2019
7.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Level 5, Possibility Room
National Library Building
Professor Choi Chi-cheung is a professor at the History Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the expert advisor (ethnography) at the Hong Kong Government’s Museum and a member of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Advisory Committee.
Professor Hallam Stevens is an associate professor in the History Programme and the School of Biological Sciences at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is also the associate director (academic) of the NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity. He writes about genomics, life sciences, big data and the history of computers.