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Anatomy of a Riot: Enquiring into the Civil Unrests in our Past
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Date/ Time: 13 Sep 2014/ 9am- 2.30pm
Place: Seminar Room, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897

Seminar by educators and students. Calling for proposals! For more info, go to

Every year, 21 July has been commemorated as Racial Harmony Day in Singapore. However, how many of us know that it memorializes the 1964 riots, which claimed over 400 casualties? This year marks its 50th anniversary. It is popularly known as “the race riots” and epitomised as the state of race relations in Singapore. However, half a century after the event, there is still scant information released on it from official sources and the findings of the Commission of Enquiry established to examine its causes have never been made public. But 50 years is a timely juncture to reexamine what we know about the event, as well as other episodes of civil unrest that make of up our collective history. This is especially so when fresh unrest has reoccurred recently (last December) and the changing composition of our plural population has given rise to new politics of recognition.

A collective enquiry into the episodes of civil unrest in Singapore history will help citizens construct a renewed understanding of their significance in providing shared experiences and developing a national identity. This seminar will also highlight the different perspectives and opinions educators and students have of Singapore history.

We invite educators and/ or students to present their views and experiences as they inquire into the civil unrest in Singapore’s past (10-15 mins per presentation). We are looking for educators and/or students doing social studies, history and other related fields at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The form of presentation is flexible. Students can present singly or in small groups (up to 3 persons), or engage in an informal dialogue with the audience.

If you are interested in presenting, please complete the application form (available in PDF or MS Word format) and send it to us by 25 July 2014 (Friday).

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