The War Memoryscapes in Asia Project (WARMAP) brings together scholars from various disciplines and universities across the globe who all share an interest in the study of war remembrance in Asia in its various forms.
Dr. Mark R. Frost
Principal investigator of WARMAP and Senior Lecturer in Modern History (Asian & Transnational), University of Essex (UK)
Mark is a historian of Asia who for the last twenty years has specialized in transnational history writing. He is the author (with Yu-Mei Balasingamchow) of the award-winning Singapore: A Biography (2009, 2013) and of numerous articles which explore global connections in the Asia region. These have appeared in The American Historical Review, Past and Present, The English Historical Review, Modern Asian Studies, and The Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. Most recently he co-edited, with Daniel Schumacher, the forthcoming Modern Asian Studies forum 'Wartime Globalization in Asia, 1937-45: connected and conflicted convergences'.
Mark has also worked as a museum designer, documentary filmmaker and series consultant. Between 2005 and 2007 he was Content Designer, Senior Scriptwriter and Senior Historical Consultant for the National Museum of Singapore’s award-winning History Gallery revamp (2006-2016). Most recently, he acted as series consultant on a new documentary series which explores early-20th century modernity in the colonial port-city of Singapore. Currently, he is writing and researching a documentary on the Fall of Singapore in 1942 which will be broadcast to mark this event's 75th anniversary in February 2017.
Dr. Daniel Schumacher
Associate Fellow, Centre for Public History, University of Essex (UK)
Daniel received his Ph.D. in Modern History from the University of Konstanz in Germany. He has conducted extensive research on the transnational commemoration of war and conflict in Asia and its relationship with 20th-century decolonization and globalization processes, specifically in Hong Kong and Singapore. During his time at Konstanz, Daniel worked at the University’s Centre of Excellence "Cultural Foundations of Social Integration" and was a key investigator of the British Academy-sponsored "Writing the War in Asia Network". Before joining the University of Essex in 2014 to coordinate WARMAP, he was a DAAD Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Hong Kong. Currently, Daniel divides his time between doing research in the UK, teaching in Germany, and advising education companies in China.
Professor Edward Vickers
Professor of Comparative Education, Kyushu University (JP)
Edward taught in Hong Kong’s secondary school system when the territory was transitioning from British to Chinese rule and has since maintained a keen interest in the relationship between education and political socialisation. He spent over a decade working and studying in China (Hong Kong and Beijing) and completed his doctorate at the University of Hong Kong. He is the author and editor of many books on the history and politics of education in contemporary Asia - most recently (with Zeng Xiaodong) Education and Society in Post-Mao China (Routledge 2017).
Much of his work has focused on the politics of identity in East Asian societies, and official programs of identity formation: as pursued through history education as well as museums, memorials and heritage policy. He co-edited (with Paul Morris and Naoko Shimazu) Imagining Japan in Postwar East Asia: identity politics, schooling and popular culture (Routledge 2013). Before joining Kyushu University, Edward taught at the Institute of Education, University of London (now UCL IOE). His current research interests the politics of representing and memorializing the Japanese military's wartime 'comfort women' (sex slave) system across East Asia.
Professor Tim Winter
Professor of Critical Heritage Studies, The University of Western Australia (AUS)
Tim Winter is Professor of Critical Heritage Studies in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia at Perth. He is also President of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies and been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, The Getty and Asia Research Institute, Singapore. Before joining UWA, he was Research Professor of Heritage Studies at Deakin University. He has published widely on heritage, development, urban conservation, and the international politics of heritage. He has previously worked with the World Bank, Getty Conservation Institute, and World Monuments Fund, and his recent books include The Routledge Handbook of Heritage in Asia and Shanghai Expo: an international forum on the future of cities. He is currently working on a book on heritage diplomacy and on projects addressing the 21st century Silk Road. As a member of WARMAP, Tim looks into the practices of war heritage diplomacy and its ramifications across Asia.
Professor Brenda S.A. Yeoh
Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore (SG)
Brenda read geography at the University of Cambridge and went on to complete her doctorate at Oxford University. She also holds a Diploma-in-Education from the Institute of Education, Singapore. She teaches social and historical geography at the Department of Geography, National University of Singapore, and leads the research cluster on Asian Migrations at the Asia Research Institute. Currently, she is Principal Investigator of the Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis (funded by the Wellcome Trust, UK) at the Asia Research Institute. Her research foci include the politics of space in colonial and post-colonial cities; and gender, migration and transnational communities. Her most recent book, co-authored with WARMAP-colleague Hamzah Muzaini, looks at World War II remembrance in Singapore.
Dr. Hamzah Muzaini
Assistant Professor in Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore (SG)
Hamzah Muzaini is Assistant Professor in Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS). After obtaining his PhD (Geography) from Durham University (UK) in 2009, he has been Visiting Fellow with NUS and Assistant Professor in Cultural Geography at Wageningen University (the Netherlands). His research interest spans the politics of remembering and forgetting the Second World War in Singapore and Malaysia, representations within cultural theme parks in Southeast Asia, and the production and consumption of postcolonial migrant heritages(capes) in the Netherlands. He has published in internationally-refereed journals and also co-authored Contested Memoryscapes: The Politics of Second World War Commemoration in Singapore (with Brenda Yeoh, Routledge, 2016).
Research Assistant and Website Coordinator
Toyah Horman works as a researcher in the areas of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy within the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia. Obtaining a Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies from Deakin University in 2011, she has been involved in a variety of projects at a number of Australian Institutions, including Museum Victoria, Heritage Victoria and the National Film and Sound Archive. Toyah continues to be involved as a researcher in the 'Kelabit Highlands Museum Project' (Sarawak, Malaysia) and has co-written various articles on the projects outcomes, as well as featured in the student made documentary, 'A World Within No More'. Toyah has participated in multiple Warmap Workshops and has assisted with the media production of the various short films on this website.