Academic Profile

C. J. W.-L. Wee received his PhD from the University of Chicago. He is Professor of English in the Nanyang Technological University and has also been a Fellow in the social and cultural studies programme at the Institute of South-east Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore (now the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute). He has held Visiting Fellowships at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India; the Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University; the Society for the Humanities, Cornell University; and the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities, Cambridge University. Wee 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 LOCAL CULTURES AND THE 'NEW ASIA': THE STATE, CULTURE AND CAPITALISM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (2002) and the co-editor of CONTESTING PERFORMANCE: GLOBAL SITES OF RESEARCH (2010). His editorial work includes THE COMPLETE WORKS OF KUO PAO KUN, VOL. 4: PLAYS IN ENGLISH. His present research interests is in the formation of modern and contemporary art (including theatre, visual and performance art, and anglophone literature) in relation to the mutating face of capitalist development.
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Prof C.J. Wee Wan-ling
Professor, School of Humanities

• Globalisation and contemporary cultural production in East and Southeast Asia
• Curation and the idea of 'Asia'
• Literature, theatre and contemporary visual art in Singapore
• Colonialism and nationalism in English and Anglophone literatures and cultures
• Cultural and Postcolonial theory
• Modernity, modernism and the contemporary in Euro-America and East Asia
  • C. J. W.-L. Wee. (2018). 'Historicity and the Contemporary Theatre of Kuo Pao Kun and Krishen Jit'. Southeast Asian Review of English, 55(1), 1-20.

  • C. J. W.-L. Wee. (2018). 'Body and communication: The "Ordinary" Art of Tang Da Wu'. Theatre Research International, 42(3), 286-306.

  • C. J. W.-L. Wee.(2017). 'The Singapore Contemporary and Contemporary Art in Singapore'. Charting Thoughts: Essays on Art in Southeast AsiaSingapore: National Gallery Singapore.

  • Wee, C. J. W.-L. (2016). ‘East Asian Pop Culture and the Trajectory of Asian Consumption’. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 17(2), 303-315.

  • C. J. W.-L. Wee. (2012). 'Imagining the Fractured East Asian Modern: Commonality and Difference in Mass Cultural Production'. Criticsm: A Quarterly for Literature and the Arts, 54(2), 197-225.