TIME AND LIFE
2015/2016, Semester 1
Non-Faculty-Based Departments (Tembusu College)
Modular Credits: 4
All the below events provide additional angles and expert views on aspects of the module. You are expected to attend at least two of these events this semester. If you come across, or would like to attend, other events at NUS or outside that have a clear relevance to the concerns of this module, please email Catelijne or Celine and ask if they can be added to the list.
Tuesday 18 August 2pm-4pm: visit to A*STAR's
Time and Frequency Laboratory
Thursday 20 August, 2pm-3pm: informal session with Dr John van Wyhe on mechanical clocks and their history (with examples, including the pendulum clock Dr John donated to Tembusu, which is in the Reading Room and requires regular winding up). Venue: Tembusu College Reading Room.
Monday 24 August, 4.30pm-6pm: Fellow's Tea with Dr Malini Sur, an anthropologist of borders, bicycles and ‘boulder’ cows. Malini will share with us her thoughts about how to study time in dangerous places, and about her own work on time's relationship to border fences and cattle smuggling. Sign up here:
(in the email box, type 'time and life class')
Thursday 27 August 2pm-4pm: visit to A*STAR's
Time and Frequency Laboratory
(max 15 persons). Register here:
Thursday 1st of October, 4.30-6 pm, Fellow's Tea with Song Yu Chuan, student in Architecture at NUS. Yu Chuan will be sharing how the study of time inspired some of his architectural works, which has been presented internationally and exhibited locally.
Pls do register here to attend this event:
Wednesday 7 October, 6.30-7.30pm in the Reading Room: "The Aesthetics of Being Languid" with Dr Jeremy Fernando. Being lazy has been given a bad rep. It's one of the seven Deadly Sins, and became a stigma that has served colonialism (as in myth of the lazy native) and capitalism. In this informal talk and discussion, Jeremy Fernando will explore with us the aesthetics of being languid. Can laziness be an art? What does it offer that is precious? Sign up here:
Thursday 22 October, 5.30-7pm, in the Reading Room: experiential session with Anh Thu Nguyen, trainer and certified life coach, owner and director at ThreeSixtySkills Pte. Ltd.
In our busy lives, too often we end up running and running, without knowing where exactly we are heading to, why we are doing it and what our true desires are anymore. What would happen if we stopped for a moment? What if we could slow down to breathe, to pause and to look at our lives from different points of view? Anh will guide us through an experiential activity, an authentic and interactive dialogue with other participants, but most importantly, with ourselves. Sign up here:
Tuesday 27 October, 8pm-10pm, venue TBA: Film screening, in collaboration with Filmbusu: "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring" (2003, directed by Ki-duk Kim, 103 minutes). A film about cyclical renewal. Synopsis: "On an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by." Sign up here:
--- THIS WAS THE LAST SPECIAL EVENT OF THE SEMESTER
There are few things that impact our lives as much as our sense of time. Singapore is a 'fast-paced' city where deadlines, time-saving apps and fertility clocks shape people's actions and experiences, and where many feel 'time poor', even if they are cash rich. In this module, we examine the ways in which we take time for granted through analysing the ways in which our lives are temporally grounded. We do so particularly through tracing connections between individual experience, social life and technologies such as clocks and watches, electric lighting and the internet. Is time-stress inevitable in this day and age? What does it mean to use one's time well?