Panel 1 Speakers

Sandra Khor Manickham
Sandra Khor Manickam

Sandra Khor Manickam is a historian specializing in colonial British Malaya, the history of Orang Asli and anthropology and the history of the Japanese occupation. She is presently Assistant Professor of Southeast Asian history at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her first book, Taming the Wild: Aborigines and Racial Knowledge in Colonial Malaya, has just been published by NUS Press. Previously, she was Junior Professor of Southeast Asian Studies at Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Her present research centres on the history of the Japanese occupation of Malaya through translations of Japanese sources.

Rommel A Curaming

Rommel A.Curaming

Dr. Rommel Curaming is a lecturer in History and Southeast Asian Studies at the University of Brunei Darussalam (UBD). He completed a PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) with a thesis on the comparative analysis of the state-historians relations in Indonesia and the Philippines during Suharto and Marcos periods. Before joining UBD, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Malay Studies of the National University of Singapore (NUS). His areas of research include comparative historiography, memory and history of political violence, identity politics particularly Filipino Malayness, heritage-making, politics of knowledge production and consumption in islands Southeast Asia. He published articles and reviews in various international journals such as Critical Asian Studies, South East Asia Research, Time and Society, Southeast Asian Studies, Sojourn, among others.

Wong chinhuat
Wong Chin Huat

A fellow at Penang Institute, Dr. Wong Chin Huat earned his PhD from University of Essex on a thesis on electoral system and party system in West Malaysia. His research interests cover ethnic politics, electoral politics, electoral system, federalism and decentralisation, civil society and activism, and rational choice theory. His long-term focus is into analysing the origin, nature and logic of Malaysia’s winner-takes-all political system, trying to understand how the regime maintains itself as both an electoral one-party state and an inclusive ethnocracy.

Pamungkas A. Dewanto

Pamungkas A. Dewanto is a junior lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Bina Nusantara University. Since 2012 Dewanto has been conducting research on Indonesian migrant workers. The aspects he focuses on are the bureaucratic politics, migration channels, and the transnational advocacy networks. He was trained in International Relations in both his bachelor and master, for which he obtained from University of Indonesia and Ritsumeikan University at Kyoto, respectively. He is now a doctoral student with the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in which he investigates the role of communities and civil society in conducting advocacy for Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia and Indonesia.


abdul rahman embong

Abdul Rahman Embong

Abdul Rahman Embong is a Emeritus Professor in sociology of development and Principal Fellow of Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), UKM. He is also the inaugural Principal Fellow at the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (INTEGRITY), Kuala Lumpur. His current research focuses on the middle class, corruption and integrity, problems of development (Malaysia-ASEAN-China), social inclusion, and history of ideas and nation-building. His works include The Nation state: Processes and Debates (2000; 2006), State-led Modernization and the New Middle Class in Malaysia (2002), Transforming Malaysia: Dominant and Competing Paradigms (ed. With Anthony Milner & Tham Siew Yean, 2014), and many more. He was President of the Malaysian Social Science Association (2000-2010), and currently the Association’s Special Advisor.

Syed Husin Ali
Syed Husin Ali

Syed Husin Ali is a former professor of University of Malaya

Personal Photo_ONG Kok Chung
Ong Kok Chung

ONG Kok Chung is Research Associate of the Institute of Future Cities, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining the Institute, he worked for several academic institutions in Taiwan (Academia Sinica), Macau (University of Macau) and Hong Kong (HKU, HKIEd) in the capacity of research assistant, part-time Instructor and Teaching Fellow. His research interests include ethnic politics, language politics, Chinese overseas as well as comparative higher education policy in East Asia.

Shiskha Prabawaningtyas
Shiskha Prabawangingtyas

Shiskha Prabawaningtyas graduated from University of Parahyangan in 2000. She worked as project coordinator to develop and implement several programs on civil military and conflict management at The Indonesian Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies (LESPERSSI) since 2001-2005. In 2006, she joined Cordaid in the Hague as an intern and served as a project assessment for partner project in Peace and Conflict Department for the Asia Desk. She obtained her Master degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from University of Leiden, The Netherlands in 2007 after wrote a thesis on Peace Building in Mindanao: Spoiler Problem and Inter Communal Conflict. She joined Universitas Paramadina as a lecturer at the Department of International Relations in February 2008. She obtained Doctor of Philosophy in 2015 from the Institute for Asia and Africa Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Her research focuses on problems of maritime boundaries and transborder fishing in Arafura and Timor Maritime Zone.