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An Essay about Southernmost Festival 2019

As an observer of Southernmost and writing this response essay, I found myself asking a nagging question – Why should a handful of international artists gather, spending our carbon footprint, to verbalize and analyse the experience of meeting the Other?

I propose two frames in this essay to help deepen the analysis of my question: 1) Tranculturalism; and the more cynical sounding 2) clash of civilisations.

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Bag o’Love

For the past 6 years, this little bag has been my constant companion when I teach public speaking at NUS. It served a very practical purpose of carrying some form of chocolate for students who needed something to take their minds and bodies out of stage-fright, or as a calming chew after a particularly disastrous […]

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On Interculturalism and Transculturalism

Excerpted from Svetlana Klimenko (2003) Shakespeare, Chekhov and the Emergence of the Transcultured Self in Denmark, Language and Intercultural Communication, 3:2, 151-157, DOI: 10.1080/14708470308668099 ” I use the term transculture as it was put forward by Russian scholar Mikhail Epstein, who introduces it in the following way: The quality and merit of culture is its capacity […]

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