Kwa Chong Guan
23 June 2020
Kwa Chong Guan is a Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University and an Adjunct Associate (Hon.) Professor in the History Department of the National University of Singapore. He was the founding Head of the Oral History Centre when he was assigned in 1986 to restructure the Oral History Department as a separate centre from the National Archives which it had been established as a part of. In 1989 he was concurrently assigned to lead the old National Museum through a strategic planning process to transform it into three museums under a National Heritage Board, with the National Archives and the Oral History Centre. In 1993 he was reassigned to reorganize the teaching of military history and strategic studies at the Command & Staff College of the Singapore Armed Forces, before moving to staff the establishment of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies at the Nanyang Technology University, where he serves as a Senior Fellow.
Kwa continues to be involved with the Heritage Board and its museums in various advisory capacities. He was a member of the National Archives Advisory Committee (NAAC) and as Chair helped the Archives conceptualize its integration with the Library when the Archives was transferred from the NHB to National Library Board in 2013.
His recent publications include co-author of Seven Hundred Years; A history of Singapore, co-editor of A General History of the Chinese in Singapore and co-editor of Studying Singapore Before 1800.
24 June 2020
Indira Chowdhury is Founder-Director of the Centre for Public History at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bengaluru. Formerly professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, she is also the founder of Archival Resources for Contemporary History (ARCH), Bengaluru, now known as ARCH@Srishti. A PhD in history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, her book, The Frail Hero and Virile History (Delhi, OUP, 1998) won the Tagore prize in 2001. She was awarded the New India Fellowship to work on the manuscript of her recently published book titled Growing the Tree of Science: Homi Bhabha and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (OUP: 2016). Interested in a number of fields she has translated novels from Bengali to English, compiled the Supplement of Indian English words in the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (1996) and created Archival books that bring archival material to the public. She researched and directed a book project on Asia’s oldest museum entitled The Lives of Objects: Stories from the Indian Museum (2017). Indira is a founding member of the Oral History Association of India. She was President of the Oral History Association of India (2013-2016) and President of the International Oral History Association (2014-2016). She blogs about oral history at http://theoralhistorian.com
25 June 2020
Douglas Boyd, PhD is director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries. Boyd envisioned, designed, and implemented the open-source and free Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS), which synchronizes text with audio and video online. Boyd is the co-editor of the book Oral History and Digital Humanities: Voice, Access, and Engagement published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2014, and he is the author of the book Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community published in August 2011 by the University Press of Kentucky. Boyd served as president of the Oral History Association in the United States in 2016-2017 and conducted research in Australia as a Fulbright Scholar in 2019. Boyd manages the Oral History in the Digital Age initiative, authors the blog Digital Omnium, is the producer and host of The Wisdom Project podcast, and has authored numerous articles pertaining to oral history, archives, and digital technologies.