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Prof C. J. W.-L. Wee

Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

C. J. W.-L.. Wee is Professor of English in the School of Humanities in the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He gained his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and has also been a Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (now the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute), Singapore.

He has held Visiting Fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India; the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University; the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University; and at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities, Cambridge University. Wee has also held a Short-Term Residency at the Franklin Humanities Institute in Duke University, USA.

His current research examines the formation of and the relationship between contemporary visual art and art exhibitions, theatre, film, literature and urban culture in Singapore and in the larger region. He focusses particularly on the connection between rapid economic development in its "globalised" phase and the cultural-artistic sphere.

Wee's earlier work considered the relationship between national cultural identity in England and the colonial territories of its empire in the 19th and 20th centuries, and has worked on state culture in Singapore. He is the author of Culture, Empire, and the question of Being Modern (2003) and The Asian Modern: Culture, Capitalist Development, Singapore (2007). He is also the editor of The Complete Works of Kuo Pao Kun, Vol.4: Plays in English (2012), and the co-editor of Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research (2010).