Archaeology books removed from Singapore library, errors on religions cited

Channel NewsAsia, 08 June 2016: A series of Malay-language books named “Agama, Tamadun Dan Arkeologi” (Religion, Civilisation And Archaeology) has been withdrawn from circulation in the Singapore library system among public complaints that the books insulted religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism, as well as carried factual inaccuracies about these religions. The publisher of the series is based in Malaysia.

All titles under the Agama, Tamadun Dan Arkeologi (Religion, Civilisation And Archeology) series have been withdrawn from its libraries with immediate effect pending review by the Library Consultative Panel, a spokesperson said.

Source: NLB withdraws Malay language books on religion, to review vetting process

George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asia Collections

While not archaeological, this fellowship may be of interest to readers doing library and archive research in Southeast Asia. A fellowship offered by the National Library of Singapore. closing date for applications is 8 April 2015.

George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asia Collections
The George Lyndon Hicks Fellowship for Southeast Asia Collections (GLHF) aims to attract top tier professionals to work with the National Library, Singapore (NLS) to develop its collections on Singapore and Southeast Asia. Through the Fellowship, NLS also aims to foster partnerships with collectors worldwide.

We welcome talented librarians, researchers, curators, archivists and collectors to collaborate with us.

Full details here.

Public Lecture: Raffles, Archaeology and the British in Indonesia

In conjunction with an exhibition of Raffles’ Letters around the founding of Singapore, Professor John Miksic will give a talk about the man and his efforts to study ancient Southeast Asia.

Raffles, Archaeology and the British in Indonesia
Date: 24 November 2012, Saturday
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: National Library Building, 100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064, Possibility Room, Level 5
Registration is required: http://yep.it/opbjmm
Admission: Free
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Public Lecture: Treasure from the Sea

Readers in Singapore may be interested in this public lecture by Dr. Michael Flecker about the Belitung shipwreck, soon to be exhibited in Singapore and around the world!

Treasures from the Sea: An Arab Shipwreck in Indonesian waters
by Dr. Michael Flecker
Date: 21 August 2010
Time: 4.00pm
Venue: Imagination Room, National Library of Singapore
* Registration required. See here.

The Belitung Wreck, an Arab dhow dating all the way back to the first half of the 9th century, was found in the Indonesian waters. Curiously it carried a cargo almost exclusively Chinese. Dr Michael Flecker, who directed the archaeological excavation of this magnificent find, will discuss the excavation, the ceramic and non-ceramic cargo, dating, identifying the origin and likely route of the ship and the composition of the crew. What was this Arab vessel doing so far from home?

Public Lecture: Singapore: A Hub of the Interaction between Chinese and Southeast ASian Ceramic Studies in SEA

Readers in Singapore may be interested in this talk happening tomorrow at the National Library.

Singapore: A Hub of the Interaction between Chinese and Southeast ASian Ceramic Studies in SEA
Date: 8 July 2010
Time: 5:00PM – Thursday Jul 8, 6:30PM
Venue: Level 5 – Imagination in National Library Building

This talk explores the variation of the first gateway of the study-exhibition catalogues from 1960s to 2010. This talk examines the past achievement and the future trends of the interaction between Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramic studies during 9th to 16th centuries through reviewing the exhibition catalogue collections at the major libraries in Singapore.

Ms Sharon Wong Wei Yee is currently doing her research fellowship with the National Library of Singapore, after being awarded the Lee Kong Chian Research Fellowship in January 2010. She is the PhD candidate in Southeast ASian Studies Programme from National University of Singapore. Her current research interests include Chinese trade ceramics, and South China and Southeast Asia interaction in pre-modern period.