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Our History, Their History, Whose History: Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim in conversation with Eddin Khoo.

31 October 2009 at 17:30 at Cafe House of Art & Ideas, Petaling Jaya (details below)

In this conversation, Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim reflects candidly on the evolution of Malaysian history, his pioneering efforts at transforming perceptions and approaches to historical study and awareness and his personal involvement in the many events that shaped contemporary Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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One of Malaysia’s most incisive historians, Dr Farish Noor continues his OtherMalaysia Public Lecture Series with another thought-provoking installment. The blight of postcolonial national histories is the tendency to accept nation-state boundaries as a given and to write national histories that remain confined within fixed political-territorial limits. So there remains the tendency to see India (and South Asia) as something distinct and alien to Malaysia. A closer look at the history of South and Southeast Asia, however, reveals a longer period of trans-oceanic contact and exchange where Indians, Malays, Sumatrans and Javanese were part of a greater trans-oceanic civilisation where both South and Southeast Asia were connected via the routes of the Indian Ocean. This is a call for an appreciation of our collective past, and to re-think our concepts of national identity today. 

Sat 14 Feb, 4.30pm  at The Annexe Gallery 
Admission Free

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