Rajeev Patke

Research Areas
Professor Patke’s research interests include postcolonial and modernist writing in English, the works of Walter Benjamin, and the relation of poetry and painting to the idea of representation. He is currently researching the literary cultures of islands.
Teaching Subjects

Literature and Humanities I & II
Dystopian fiction
Poetry, Painting and Photography

Humanities (Literature in English)

Director, Division of Humanities
Professor of Humanities


Jane M Jacobs

Research Areas
Professor Jacobs researches, publishes and teaches in the fields of urban studies, postcolonial studies, and qualitative urban methods. Her early research was on indigenous rights and cultural property, and she played a key role in the first national survey of tourist impact on Australia Aboriginal rock art sites, which was published by the Australian Heritage Commission as Tourists and the National Estate in 1987 and in revised form in 1994 as Tourism and the Protection of Aboriginal Cultural Sites.

The main focus of Professor Jacobs’ current research is urban studies. She has published on the postcolonial politics of cities, including her monograph Edge of Empire: Postcolonialism and the City (1996) and her co-edited book Cities of Difference (1998). Recent work has focused on high-rise housing knowledge and infrastructures (http://www.ace.ed.ac.uk/highrise/), comparative urbanism, and the relationship between architecture and society. As part of her research, Professor Jacobs co-created a “memory box” of Red Road high-rise for the Glasgow Museum. She has published in a range of peer review journals including Urban Studies, Environment and Planning D and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. She is the co-author of the book Buildings Must Die: A Perverse View of Architecture, published by MIT Press in 2014, and the co-editor of Architecture and Geography (Routledge, 2015). Her current research is in property and security in Asian cities and she co-curates a blog on architecture in Singapore.
Teaching Subjects

Comparative Social Inquiry – Year One Common Curriculum
Modern Social Thought – Year Two Common Curriculum
Divided Cities
Introduction to Urban Studies

Social Sciences (Urban Studies)

Director, Division of Social Sciences
Professor of Urban Studies


Sarah Weiss

Research Areas
Professor Weiss addresses issues of postcoloniality, hybridity, gender, world religions, southeast asian performance, and aesthetics in her writing and teaching. Professor Weiss’s book, Listening to an Earlier Java: Aesthetics, Gender, and the Music of Wayang in Central Java was published in 2006 by KITLV Press in Leiden, Netherlands. Based on fieldwork over several years in Central Java, this book explores the impact of postcolonial intellectual ideas and gender philosophies on the reception and development of Javanese traditional wayang performance in the twentieth century. Professor Weiss is currently finishing her second book entitled Ritual Soundings: Weddings, Women Performers, and World Religions. In this work, she adopts a meta-ethnographic approach to examine women’s use of performance in extraordinary, religiously sanctioned contexts to voice their opinions, effect change, and assert control over their own destinies while simultaneously localising the practice of world religions. Weiss’s comparative approach reveals similarities in women’s practices that suggest world religions may share more than is commonly acknowledged.

Some of Professor Weiss’s teaching springs from her keen research interest in the interpretation of cultural encounter through the discourse of hybridity theories. She has examined the international presentation of Sulawesi’s epic in I La Galigo by Robert Wilson and Rahayu Supanggah (2008) and Bali’s Sanggar Çudamani’s Odalan Bali (2013) as well as the role of listener expectation on the reception of world musics. Other areas of research include projects on Indonesian novelist Armijn Pane and the uses of kroncong in Indonesian nationalist discourse and the interdependent development of Singaporean identity and cultural performance over the course of the twentieth century.
Teaching Subjects

Literature and Humanities II
Permeable Boundaries: Music and Cultural Encounter
Introduction to the Arts: Urban Sounds, Urban Spaces
Performing Gender

Associate Professor
Rector of Saga Residential College


Pattaratorn Chirapravati

Research Areas
“I am an art historian who is specialised in Buddhist art and Southeast Asian art visual cultures. I have published extensively on ancient Buddhist art (e.g., Votive Tablets in Thailand (Oxford University Press, 2007) and Divination Au Royaume De Siam: Le corps, la guerre, le destine (Presses Universitaires de France, 2011). I am also interested in identity and the political usage of images. I co-curated two major art exhibitions of Thai and Burmese art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, entitled The Kingdom of Siam: Art from Central Thailand (1530-1800) and Emerald Cities: Arts of Siam and Burma (1775-1950)."
Teaching Subjects

South East Asian Art History

Nirmali Fenn

Research Areas
Contemporary Music Composition
Music Theory
Music Theatre and Dance
Teaching Subjects

Integrative Music Theory 1
Integrative Music Theory 2
Creative Music Composition

Humanities (Music)