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Personal Narratives and Social Structures Symposium

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PERSONAL NARRATIVES and SOCIAL STRUCTURES Symposium || 16 NOVEMBER 2019 || 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM || CENTRE 42 ||

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SYNOPSIS:

Comings and goings. A city in perpetual motion — strangers passing each other like ships in the night. Amid the restlessness, can any one have any idea of the inner life of an other? Do our individual stories have anything to do with each other? Do our stories — and our lives — intersect in ways that we are unaware of?

Are our individual stories shareable? If so, in sharing them, are we also the co-authors — and therefore the co-creators — of collective stories? Or are our stories always already scripted by the social structures operating beyond our control. And how do we grapple with these seemingly impersonal forces? Do the minutiae of everyday experiences matter, and for whom? What happens to the unheard and unseen, the unrecognised and unacknowledged?

In addressing these questions, the Symposium brings us together on the tenuous premise that we can create a space (and more spaces) for divergent, even discordant, ways of narrating — and, first, by being willing to listen.

SPEAKERS:

Moli, Jaisilan Sathiasilan, Mumtaz, Teng Siao See, Mohamed Imran Mohamed Taib, Nurul Huda Binte Abdul Rashid

with a Closing by Teo You Yenn

PROGRAMME:

10:00 am - Opening

10:10 am - Sharing 1

10:40 am - Sharing 2

11:10 am - Sharing 3

11:40 am - Panel consisting of 3 Sharers + Q&A

12:30 pm - Lunch

1:30 pm - Response Panel

3:00 pm - The Questions that Remain

3:30 pm - End

*This symposium is kindly supported by Centre 42, a non-profit organisation committed to the documentation, promotion and creation of texts and writings for the Singapore stage.

ABOUT ASIAN URBAN LAB:

Asian Urban Lab (AUL) is a Singapore registered non-profit founded in 2003 with three primary objectives. First, to promote greater awareness and understanding of contemporary urban issues in Asia; second, to facilitate multidisciplinary research and discussion on topics related to the trends and directions of modern Asian urban life; and third, to disseminate the results of this research to as broad an audience as possible. In order to realise these objectives, AUL commissions research on topics related to contemporary Asian urban life.

AUL’s latest publication is Multiple Modernities in Asia (2018). Other recent publications commissioned by AUL include: Singapore Dreaming: ManagingUtopia (2016), Public Space in Urban Asia (2014) and Incomplete Urbanism: A Critical UrbanStrategy for Emerging Economies (2012).

AUL also organises conferences, workshops and seminars, both independently as well as together with other institutions. These have included Crazy Questioning Asians: Building OurIntellectual Traditions (2018, organised together with the Substation), the Singapore DreamingConference (2015, with TheatreWorks) and Spatial Justice in Asian Cities (2013, in collaboration with NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy).

William S.W. Lim serves as Chairman, alongside Directors Sharon Siddique and Jeremy Y.T. Chia. For this Symposium, they are supported by Hoe Su Fern, Kwok Kian Woon and Alvin Tan. AUL welcomes cooperation with like-minded organisations in Singapore and the Asian region.

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