HISTORIES SERIES - Climate and Society in Singapore in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries by Dr Fiona Williamson
Date : 21 Feb 2019
Time : 19:00 - 20:30
Venue : National Library Board Singapore
Level 5, Possibility Room
100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
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This lecture series is organized by the National Library Board Singapore, in collaboration with the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Department of History and Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.
 
ABSTRACT
 
The role of the weather and climate has rarely been considered in histories of Singapore. Yet, the impact of Singapore’s weather on the island’s fortunes was far more profound than people realise. Singapore’s weather critically affected all aspects of life, from determining the success of agriculture and trade, to causing extreme rain and floods, to informing cultural ideas about health, disease, food, social activities and norms. This talk explores how Singapore’s climate has been a dynamic force in shaping Singaporean society and culture, and offers a fresh perspective on Singapore’s history.
 
SPEAKER
 
Fiona Williamson is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Singapore Management University. She is an environmental historian working on aspects of historic climate and society in Singapore, British Malaya and Hong Kong, including the history of extreme weather, meteorology and disasters.
 
CHAIRPERSON
 
Ho Chi Tim conducts research into Singapore and Southeast Asian history, especially topics on colonialism, nation-building and social policy.
 
REGISTRATION
 
Free admission. Please register your interest to attend at this link.
 
HISTORIES SERIES
 
This series highlights research on historical and related matters in Singapore and Southeast Asia, creating an appreciation of the role of humanities and social sciences research in contemporary society.