Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty Profiles
         
 

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GOH BENG LAN
ASSOC PROFESSOR
DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES
National University of Singapore
10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260

       
Appointment: HEAD
Office: AS3/06-13
Email: seagohbl@nus.edu.sg
Tel: 65167935
Fax: 67776608
Homepage: http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/seagohbl/
  
 
:::::::::::::::::::::::::
   
:::::::::::::::::::::::::
LINKS:
| Brief Introduction | Teaching Areas | Current Research | Research Interests | Publications

Brief Introduction Top

Hailing from Penang, Malaysia, I graduated from the University Science of Malaysia with a Bachelors of Social Sciences (Hons) and received my MA in Sociology from the Ochanomizu National Women's University in Tokyo, Japan. My PhD in Anthropology was completed at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, after which I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the International Centre for Advanced Studies, New York University. My scholarly interests centre on the production of knowledge, ethno-cultural identities and their relationships with new socio-economic transformations and cultural imperatives in contemporary Southeast Asian societies with a particular focus on the Malaysian experience. My interests are shaped by my commitments to ethnographic investigations and particular theoretical interests. I am interested in developing insights into the actual circumstances and detailed histories of individuals and their shifting relationships with historical and cultural processes in order to understand how people perceive, cope with, and are affected by contemporary changes around them. On the theoretical front, I am interested in using evidence of history, agency, cultural and knowledge practices in Southeast Asia to rethink normative human and social scientific definitions with the hope of contributing towards the project of making human scientific knowledges truly more inclusive and universal.


Teaching Areas Top

urban anthropology; ethnography; ethnicity & religious identities; visual arts, politics & aesthetics, cultural modernity, intellectual histories and knowledge production in Southeast Asia


Current Research Top

Southeast Asian contemporary art and politics
Intellectual history of Southeast Asian Studies


Research Interests Top

urban anthropology; ethnography; ethnicity & religious identities; visual arts, politics & aesthetics, cultural modernity, intellectual histories and knowledge production in Southeast Asia


Publications Top

  • Book
    Beng-Lan Goh, 2002, Modern Dreams: An Inquiry into Power, Cultural Production, and the Cityscape in Contemporary Urban Penang, Malaysia, Ithaca: Cornell SEAP.

    Edited Volume
    Beng-Lan Goh ed., 2011, Rethinking and Diversifying Southeast Asian Studies: Perspectives from Southeast Asia, Singapore: ISEAS.
    Srilata Ravi, Mario Rutten and Goh, Beng Lan eds., 2004, Asia in Europe, Europe in Asia: Rethinking Academic, Social and Cultural Linkages. IIAS, Leiden and ISEAS, Singapore.


    Journal Articles
    Goh Beng Lan, 2010, “Southeast Asian perspectives on area studies in a global age”, JATI, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Department of Southeast Asian Studies, University of Malaya.
    Goh Beng Lan and David Liauw, 2009, “Post-colonial projects of a National Culture: Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, CITY, Special issue on "Capital Cities and their contested roles in the Life of Nations", vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 71-79.
    Goh Beng Lan, 2009. “Globalization and Postcolonial Nation in Malaysia: Theoretical challenges and historical possibilities,” Kasarinlan (Independence): Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, 23 (2): 4-19.
    Beng-Lan Goh, 2005, “Malay-Muslim Spirits and Malaysian Capitalist Modernity: A Study of Keramat Propitiation amongst Property Developers in Penang,” in Asia Pacific View Point, no. 33, pp. 307-321.
    Goh Beng Lan, 2002. “Cultural Hybridity in Southeast Asia: Locating What’s Local and Specific as also Comparative and Global,” in Jurnal Antropologi Indonesia, 67, pp. 69-78
    Beng Lan Goh, 2001. “Stability in Flux: The Ambiguities of State, Ethnicity, and Class in the Forging of a Modern Urban Malaysia,” in City and Nation: Rethinking Place, Comparative Urban and Community Research, eds., Michael Peter Smith and Thomas Bender, Vol. 7, New Brunswick, N.J., and London: Transaction Publishers, pp. 51-96.
    Goh, Beng Lan, 1991. “The Advancement of Women: Stereotypes and Realities,” in Aliran Monthly, 11(11), pp. 25-6.
    Goh, Beng Lan, 1989. “Feminist Consciousness and Alternative Lifestyles – A Case Study of Feminist Networks in Tokyo, Japan,” in Sociology Today, Tokyo: Shakai Ishiki Kodo Kenkyu Kai, Ochanomizu University, pp. 1-16.


    Museum Publications
    Goh Beng Lan, 2008. “The Contemporary Art of Wong Hoy Cheong: A Look into the Promise of the Post-Merdeka Artistic Generation,” in Shifts: Wong Hoy Cheong 2002-2007, NUS Museum, pp.92-99.


    Journal Commentary/Book Reviews
    Goh Beng Lan 2010, Review of Multiethnic Malaysia: Past, Present and Future (Lim Teck Ghee, Alberto Gomes and Azly Rahman eds. Petaling Jaya, SIRD & MiDAS, 2009), Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 9-10.
    Goh Beng Lan, 2006, Review of Spirited Politics: Religion and Public Life in Contemporary Southeast Asia (Andrew C. Wilford and Kenneth M. George, eds., Ithaca: Southeast Asia Program Publications, Cornell University, 2005), Pacific Affairs, Vol 79, No. 2, pp.348-349.
    Goh Beng Lan, 2005. Review of Review of Rites of Belonging. Memory, Modernity, and Identifying a Malaysian Chinese Community (Jean DeBernardi. Stanford, Stanford University Press, 2004), Journal of Southeast Asian Studies,Vol, 36, 2, pp. 323-325
    Goh Beng Lan, 2003. Review of Reinventing Malaysia: Reflections on Its Past and Future (Jomo K.S. ed., Bangi: Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2001), Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 34, 1, pp.175-177.
    Beng-Lan Goh, 2001. Commentary on “Anthropology and/of Modernity,” by Joel S. Kahn in Current Anthropology, Vol. 42, 5, December, pp. 666-667.


    Book Chapters
    Goh Beng Lan, 2012, “Trans-ethnic Cosmologies that Won’t Go Away: Keramat Symbolisms in Malaysian Capitalist Sacralisation” in Spirited Modernities, Kirsten W. Endres and Andrea Lauser eds., Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 144-162.
    Goh, Beng Lan, 2012, “Dilemma of progressive politics in Malaysia: Islamic Orthodoxy versus human rights,” In Modernity in Question: South/East Asian Perspectives, edited by Wendy Mee, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.
    Goh Beng Lan, in press, “Heritage as Knowledge: Time, Space, and Culture in Penang” in Penang in Asia, John Saravanamuttu ed., ISEAS: Singapore.
    Goh Beng Lan, 2011,“Introduction: Southeast Asian perspectives on disciplines and afterlives of area studies in a global age” in Rethinking and Re-centering Southeast Asian Studies: Perspectives from Southeast Asia, edited by Goh Beng Lan, Singapore: ISEAS, pp. 1-59.
    Goh Beng Lan, 2011, “(Un)Learning Human Sciences in the Shadow of Politics and Ethics: The Journey of a Malaysian from the “Look East” Generation” in Rethinking and Re-centering Southeast Asian Studies: Perspectives from Southeast Asia, edited by Goh Beng Lan, Singapore: ISEAS, pp. 239-259.
    Goh, Beng-Lan, 2004, “Introduction” in Asia in Europe, Europe in Asia, Srilata Ravi, Beng-Lan Goh, and Mario Rutten, eds., IIAS, Leiden and ISEAS, Singapore, pp.1-14.
    Goh, Beng-Lan, 2004, “Redrawing Centre-Periphery Relations: Theoretical Challenges in the Study of Southeast Asian Modernity,” in Asia in Europe, Europe in Asia: Rethinking Academic, Social and Cultural Linkages, eds., Srilata Ravi, Mario Rutten, and, Beng-Lan Goh eds., IIAS, Leiden and ISEAS, Singapore, pp. 79-101.
    Goh Beng-Lan, 2004, “Cities and Cultural Politics in the 1990s: The case of Georgetown, Penang,” in Malaysia in Transition: The Mahathir Years, Bridget Welsh ed., Johns Hopkins University, SAIS Publications, pp. 398-407.
    Goh, Beng Lan, 2002, “Rethinking Modernity: State, Ethnicity and Class in Modern Urban Malaysia,” in Local Cultures and the “New Asia”: The State, Culture and Capitalism in Southeast Asia, ed., C.J. Wee Wan-ling, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, pp. 184-216.
    Goh, Beng Lan. 2001, “Rethinking Urbanism in Malaysia: Power, Space, and Identity,” in Risking Malaysia: Culture, Politics and Identity, Maznah Mohamed and Wong Soak Koon eds., Bangi, Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Social Science Association and Penerbit University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 2001, pp. 159-178.
    Goh Beng Lan, 1998. “Modern Dreams: An Enquiry into Power, Cultural Difference and the Cityscape in Contemporary Urban Malaysia,” in Southeast Asian Identities: Culture and Politics of Representation in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, ed., Joel S. Kahn, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, pp. 168-202.
    Goh Beng Lan, 1991. “Japan-Southeast Asian Relations: A Humanistic Overview,” in Southeast Asian Prospections of Japan, ed., R. Constantino, Tokyo and Philippines: Zensei and Karrel Publications, pp. 49-65.

  •   Last Modified: 2012-12-26         Total Visits: