Finding (Re)purpose: Work and Life in a Changing World | Read! Fest

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Deep dive into the lives of the working people in Singapore and find out how they navigate the challenges they encounter in this talk!

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In what has been dubbed “Industry 4.0”, new technologies and the restructuring of political economies have transformed the way we live and work. Yet, how we should adapt to these changes remains unclear. In this talk, Gerard Sasges and Ng Shi Wen share accounts of working people in Singapore who have experienced major change, shedding light on how seemingly impersonal global processes play out in everyday life, and how to adapt and find (re)purpose in a changing world.

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Gerard Sasges is an historian, educator, and chronicler of everyday life. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. His work explores the history of capitalism and its relationship to technological, social, cultural, and environmental change in Asia.

Ng Shi Wen is a photographer, educator, and entrepreneur. She is the founder of Photo Rikiki and has taught at the National University of Singapore and at Singapore’s School of the Arts. Using words and light, she seeks to transcribe stories of people finding their way in a constantly changing city.

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About Read! Fest 2021

Read! Fest 2021 invites you on a forward-looking journey of self-discovery. With the theme of Reboot, take a moment to re-examine and refresh your lenses on day-to-day aspects that shape our lives.

Anchored by 12 key books and topics, Read! Fest will host over 60 programmes – from talks by world-renowned authors to workshops and experiences – each curated to immerse you in a world of thoughtful ideas for our time.

From myths and minimalism to work and womanhood, stretch out to explore new worlds and perspectives. Where will you find yourself?

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