Thum Ping Tjin
Thum Ping Tjin (“PJ”) is a Research Associate at the Centre for Global History, and Co-ordinator of Project Southeast Asia, University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholar, Commonwealth Scholar, award-winning student, Olympic athlete, and the only Singaporean to swim the English Channel, PJ has also been a Visiting Fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden University, and Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. His work centres on decolonisation in Southeast Asia, and its continuing impact on Southeast Asian governance and politics. He is creator and host of “The History of Singapore”, a weekly radio show on BFM89.9 in Malaysia, also available as a podcast at http://www.thehistoryofsingapore.com or on iTunes.
Seng Guo Quan received his PhD in History from the University of Chicago in 2015. He is now a National University of Singapore, Overseas Post-doctoral Fellow, and a Visiting Fellow at the Southeast Asia Program in Cornell University. His dissertation, “Disputed Properties, Contested Identities: Family Law, Social Reform and the Creole Chinese in Dutch Colonial Java (1830-1942),” looks at how gender and creole identities were co-produced with legal processes and social reform movements among the Chinese in Dutch colonial Indonesia over the long nineteenth century. Besides being broadly invested in the historiographies of colonial and postcolonial (especially Southeast) Asia, transregional China and global capitalism, he also tries to keep up with social theory debates among intellectual historians and cultural anthropologists.
Hong Lysa, formerly a member of the History Department, National University of Singapore, and has since been doing research on her own steam. She is a founding member of the e-journal collective, s/pores: new directions in Singapore studies [www.s-pores.com] and co-author of The Scripting of A National History: Singapore and its Pasts (2008). She also co-edited The May 13 Generation: The Chinese Middle Schools Student Movement and Singapore Politics in the 1950s (2011) and The 1963 Operation Coldstore in Singapore (2013).
Helen Ting (PhD in Political Science, Sciences Po, Paris) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institut Kajian Malaysia dan Antarabangsa (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Her research interests include history education, national integration, multiculturalism, nationalism, identity and agency, and the politics of national identity. Some of her publications are “The Making of Citizens in Islamizing Malaysia”, “Race and its Competing Paradigms: A Historical Review” (with Anthony Milner), and “The battle over the memory of the nation: Whose national history?” Her co-edited book with Susan Blackburn, Women in Southeast Asian Nationalist Movements – A biographical Approach, was published by the National University of Singapore Press in 2013.
Bambang Purwanto is head of the Doctoral Programme for Humanities at the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, UGM. He is also the Secretary of the Academic Senate of UGM. He obtained his MA and PhD at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). His research interests include Indonesian economic history, the historiography of Indonesia and symbolism in Indonesian history, among others. He has been awarded an extraordinary professorship with the chair in history of Dutch-Indonesian relations from 2008 until 2018. As part of his professorship, he has developed cooperation between the Dutch and Indonesian academics in various forms.
Josh Hong received his BA in Cultural Studies from London Metropolitan University and an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African University, University of London. He writes for several alternative media in Malaysia including Malaysiakini, and his field of interests includes refugee and migrant worker issues, sexual minorities, ethnic politics and nationalism.