DDP Speaker Events

  • Power of Bureaucracy

    12 October 2020 (Mon) , 12pm - 1:15pm
    At ZOOM Link will be sent to registered participants

    The coming of Islamic law to the Straits Settlements of Singapore, Penang and Malacca was spearheaded by local Muslim elite in the Crown Colony who brazenly subverted local authority in favour of European colonial authority. They requested British intervention in religious affairs in 1875 which led to the promulgation of the Mohamedan Marriage O...

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  • Film Screening and Conversation with Director B...

    15 September 2020 (Tue) , 6:30-8:30PM
    At Performance Hall

    Boo Junfeng has written and directed 2 feature films – APPRENTICE (2016) and SANDCASTLE (2010) – as well as several award-winning short films. Boo’s works often humanize large topics such as identity, memory and sexuality, using personal and intimate narratives. In 2008, he became the first recipient of the McNally Award for Excellence in ...

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  • Racialised Legalities: The Making of the Global...

    25 August 2020 (Tue) , 12-1:15PM
    At Zoom link will be sent to your email after signing up

    This talk is jointly organised by Elm Rector’s Tea, DDP and the Anti-Racism Initiative. Taking a leaf from Du Bois’ observations on the the problem of the global colour-line, this talk will examine the changing significance of race and the “rule of law” in the remaking of the British Empire after the abolition of slavery....

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  • May 13 Revisited: 50 Years of Silence with Dire...

    10 February 2020 (Mon) , 12nn-1:30pm
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    The May 13, 1969, race riots of Malaysia left a lasting impact on constitutional law, affirmative action and race politics in the country, and opened a national wound that has yet to heal after half a century. With the incident shrouded in taboo and trauma, families whose loved ones died in the tragedy have remained...

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  • Litigating Freedom: The Battle to Overturn Sect...

    11 November 2019 (Mon) , 7pm
    At Yale-NUS College Performance Hall

    Dr Menaka Guruswamy is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India. Through her litigation practice, she has successfully brought reform of the bureaucracy in the country, defended federal legislation that mandates that all private schools admit disadvantaged children, and most recently overturned section 377, the colonial-era law that crimi...

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  • Revolution at the Limits of Law: Ideology, Juri...

    17 October 2019 (Thu) , 12nn-1pm (Lunch will be provided)
    At Classroom 16

    This talk will examine the confluence of law, ideology, and social change based on a long-term ethnographic study of Bolivia (2006-2016), in which the various forms and discourses of law were mobilized in innovative yet often contradictory ways by a self-proclaimed revolutionary state. In doing so, the talk will develop the concept of “strategic...

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