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Assoc Prof I Lo-fen
Associate Professor, School of Humanities
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I, Lo-fen

I LO-FEN is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the School of Humanities at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and was the Head of Division of Chinese from 2014 to 2016.

She is the Founder and Honorary President of the Text and Image Studies Society in Singapore. It is a social service organisation with the mission of sharing the academic research results to the public. She has also been an invited columnist for Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore's largest Chinese newspaper since 2007.

She completed her PhD from National Taiwan University in 1995 and thereafter worked at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica in Taiwan as a researcher before joining Nanyang Technological University in 2006. She has taken up many appointments abroad as visiting scholar and co-researcher in reputable universities, such as Sungkyunkwan University, The University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, National Nara Women’s University, and Stanford University.

Her research interests lie in Text and Image Studies, East Asian Literature and Culture, Singapore Studies, and Chinese poet Su Shi (1037-1101) Studies. Text and Image Studies methodology is her most important academic achievement. Text can be defined as how people express themselves; image refers to the media text is presented. It provides a way of seeing from classic art to social media. Her research articles have been published in both Chinese and English, and also translated to Japanese and Korean
Her research accomplishments include the publication of nine academic books, single authorship of 14 creative literary books, as well as more than 100 journal papers and book chapters; recent publications include:

• Text and Image Studies( Nanjing University Press, 2020)
• The Art of Su Shi's Calligraphy (Shanghai Classics Publishing House, 2019).
• Gorgeous Nanyang: Arts, Advertisements, Crossover Singapore (2016. Presentation & Participation Grant of Singapore National Art Council, Selected One of the Best Books by Lainhe Zaobao, 2016).
• East Asia Observation (2014. Excellent Book Award, National Museum of Taiwan Literature, 2015).
• Of Cloud Shadows and Celestial Light: Poems and Paintings of the Landscape of Xiao Xiang (2013).
• and Citationality in Chinese Literature and Art (2011. Selected One of the Best Ten Books of Literature and Image Studies across the World by Nanjing University).

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Text and Image Studies
Chinese Poetry and Visual Art
Chinese Art History
Su Shi (Su Dongpo) Studies
East Asian Culture Interaction
Asian Visual Culture and Aesthetics
Singapore Studies
  • The Spirit Of Chinese Brushwork & Crafts
Koh Boon Hwee Scholars Award.
Academia Sinica Research Award for Junior Research Investigators.
Excellent Research Award of Wu Da-You Foundation
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Invited Co-teaching Associate Professor, Stanford University
Courses Taught
HC2004-Literature of Yuan, Ming and Qing
HC3011-Studies of Su Shi's Literature and Art
HC3017-Text and Image Studies
HC4019-Chinese Literary Canon and Images of Art
HC4999-Graduation Project
HC7012-Research and Methodology
HC7015-Study of Text and Image and East Asian Cultural Interaction
HC7888-Directed Reading
HC4015-Special Topics in Classical Chinese Literature
HC4014-Special Topics in Chinese Literary and Cultural Studies
HC2010-Classical Chinese Fiction
HC2011-Tang Poetry
Supervision of PhD Students
LAW Lok-yin (2018)-Rituals, Translation, Intermediary: Chinese Interpreters of Chosŏn and Sino-Chosŏn Relations, 1700s-1900s
HO Sok Fong(2017)-The Non Left-Wing Literati Migrate to or Passing Malaya and the Production Field of Malaysian Chinese Literature with Nationality from 1955 to 1975