Category: Multimedia

Alka Menon – Constructing an Asian Look

How do beauty ideals spread transnationally? This talk addresses the phenomenon of cultural globalization using the case of beauty ideals for cosmetic surgery in Malaysia. In it, I argue that Malaysian cosmetic surgeons balance and mediate between transnational beauty ideals and national tastes, producing embodied cosmetic surgery looks for individual patients. Malaysian cosmetic surgeons facilitate the spread of regional cultural forms from around Asia in selectively drawing on circulating beauty ideals in constructing different “looks” for their patients. This intermediary role has broader implications for how to think about the flow of ideas and concepts across national borders.

Chandra Muzaffar – Mengenang Dimensi Politik Syed Hussein Alatas

Syed Hussein Alatas merupakan antara pemikir penting di Malaysia. Sumbangan beliau tidak terbatas dalam kajian akademik, malah beliau turut menyumbang kepada ideologi politik yang berasaskan etika dan moral yang tinggi. Bertitik tolak dari kesungguhannya untuk menyuburkan semangat intelektual dalam politik, Syed Hussein Alatas telahpun berkecimpung dalam dua gelanggang politik: GERAKAN dan PEKEMAS. Di dalam GERAKAN, beliau bersama-sama dengan dua pemikir penting lain, Syed Naquib Al-Attas dan Wang Gungwu, telah menjadi antara tonggak awal semasa penubuhan parti tersebut.

Falk Pingel – Beyond National Identity

Falk Pingel, as a German historian, talks about the need to go beyond national identity. With a wider perspective, the identity contestation in the local/national context could be accommodated without very much problem. Falk shares his experience as feeling less German than European and this kind of sense of belonging would very much helpful in managing the differences in complex society.