Dr. Sarena Abdullah

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Deputy Dean
(Research, Postgraduate, and Linkages)
Senior Lecturer (DS51)
[Fine Art Dept.]

  

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Profile

BIODATA

Sarena Abdullah is an Art Historian and Senior Lecturer at the School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia. She obtained her MA (Art History) from the SUNY Buffalo, N.Y. (2004) and her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, Australia (2010).  Her research interests are in late 19th and early 20th-century visual culture in Malaya, postmodern influence on works by Malaysian artists and Southeast Asian contemporary art.

CURRENT POSITION

  • Deputy Dean (Research, Postgraduate, and Linkages), School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Nov 2017 - )
  • Senior Lecturer at School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
  • Research Fellow at Centre of Policy Research and International Studies (CENPRIS), USM (1/2/2017-31/1/2019)

EDUCATION

  • Ph.D, Art History, 2010 - The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • MA, Art History, 2005 – SUNY at Buffalo, NY, USA
  • Diploma in Interior Design, 1998 – Universiti Teknologi Mara, Shah Alam, MalaysiaWritten Dissertation; Postmodernism in Malaysian Art (March 2005 to May 2010)
  • Ph.D. thesis Project; Studied the Malaysian arts since the 1950s to current works in the context of Malaysian postmodern situation or pasca moden. 
  • Thesis Advisor: Prof John Clark, FAHA, CIHA, the University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Master Thesis Project; Written Dissertation; The Shaping Of Modern Art Identity In Malaysia (January 2004-December 2004)
  • Studied the Malaysian modern art in the context of national constructed identity and its reaction afterward.
  • Thesis Advisor: Prof. Gao Minglu, Suny Buffalo, NY.

WORKING EXPERIENCED

Currently a Senior Lecturer at School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia (October 2009-current) 

Expertise

EXPERTISE

  • Late 19th and early 20th-century visual culture in Malaya
  • Postmodern Influence on Works by Malaysian Artists
  • Southeast Asian Contemporary Art

Teaching

TEACHING EXPERIENCES

Currently a Senior Lecturer at School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, MALAYSIA (October 2009-current) 

TEACHING

Lectures/Classes/Seminars

Undergraduate

  • VHA 101 Introduction to Fine Arts (4 units)
  • VHA100 Introduction to Fine Arts (2 units)
  • VHT 102 Art Appreciation (2 units)
  • VHT 112 Art Theories (3 units)
  • VHV 111Methods and Theories of Visual Art History (3 units)
  • VHT 223Malaysian Modern Art (3 units)
  • VHS 202 Malaysian Modern Art (3 units)
  • VHS 203E Modern Asian Art (3 units)
  • VHT 333Aspects of Western Art (3 units)
  • VPL 301 Thesis Writing/Latihan Ilmiah (8 units)
  • VHR 405 Visual Arts Final Project (Penulisan Ilmiah) (8 units)
  • SHE 101 Ethnic Relations (2 units)

 

STUDENT SUPERVISIONS

Graduated Students

Master

  • Kanwal Raza “Caught in the Middle: Proliferation of Socio-Political Imageries in Contemporary Art from Pakistan Post 9/11 (2001-2013)” (2014)

Undergraduate

  • Siti Aisyah Zakaria “Perkembangan Seni Komuniti di Malaysia dari Tahun 2000-2016” (2015)
  • Siti Hajar Khuzai “Simbolisme di dalam Karya Seni Shia Yih Yiing” (2014)
  • Yama a/l Awang Kechik “Kesenian Pembuatan Sumpit dalam Masyarakat Prang Asli Suku Kaum Semia di Semenanjung Malaysia” (2013)
  • Noraainaa Rambli “Psychiatric Patients’ Spontaneous Drawings: An Attempt at Understanding” (2012)
  • Siti Khadijah Mohd Elham “Perkembangan Seni Seramik Malaysia: Kajian Kes Seni Seramik Kontemporari Umibaizurah” (2011)
  • Salmah bt Hj Abu Bakar “Seni Visual Alternatif di Malaysia” (2010)

 

Ongoing Supervision

PhD

As Main Supervisor

  • Putra I Dewa Alit Dwija “Modern Elements on the Ornament and Relief on the Temples in North Bali”
  • Cheryl Chelvam “Influence of Ramayana within the Malaysian Arts and Cultural Landscape” 
  • Noor Azizan Rahman Paiman “Seni Instalasi Malaysia 1980-1990an”
  • Du Rui, “Analysis of The Chinese Scholar Official Art Within The Multi-Cultural Context of Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)” 

Master

As Main Supervisor

  • Razan Bin Rosman “Malay through the Looking Glass: Visuals in Print Medium and the Construction of a New Malay Class-Identity in 1930s Malaya”
  • Siti Nur Balqis Binti Abdul Halim “Tun Mahathir’s Policies on the Arts”
  • Fatima Zahra “Truck Art, a unique form of culture in Pakistan”
  • Clara Ling Boon Ing “The Quest of Identity: The Female Gaze and Consciousness of 21st Century Women Artists in Malaysia”
  • Siti Khadijah Mohammad Elham “Kajian Penggunaan Teknologi Dalam Penghasilan Karya Seni Kontemporari Dan Pengaruh Terhadap Perkembangan Seni Tampak Di Malaysia”

Past Teaching Experiences

  • Fellow/Teaching Assistant (July-Sept 2001) at School of the Arts, Universiti Sains Malaysia.
  • Lecturer (July-Sept 2001) at Equator Academy of Arts, Penang.
  • Part Time Lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Perak (Dec 1998-April 1999)

 

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Board Member

  • National Visual Arts Gallery/Lembaga Pembanguan Seni Visual Negara (LPSVN) Board Member (1/11/2015 - 31/10/2016)
  • Chair, LPSVN Publishing dan Contemporary Media Committee (1/11/2015 - 31/10/2016)
  • Professional Membership
  • College Arts Association (CAA) 2018
  • College Arts Association (CAA) 2017
  • College Arts Association (CAA) 2016
  • The Islamic Manuscript Association 2015-2016
  • Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACS) Individual Membership 2015-2017
  • Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACS) Individual Membership 2017-2019
  • Consortium of Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Consortium (CIASI) -- Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACS) Consortium Membership 2017-2019

Editorial Board Members (Journal)

  • WACANA: Journal of Arts Discourse (1/1/2017- 31/12/2017)
  • WACANA: Journal of Arts Discourse (1/1/2015- 31/12/2016)
  • WACANA: Journal of Arts Discourse (1/1/2013- 31/12/2014)
  • WACANA: Journal of Arts Discourse (1/8/2010- 31/7/2012)

Journal Referee/Reviewer

  • 2016 ­2nd Art and Design International Conference 2016 (AnDIC 2016)
  • (2010-2016) WACANA: Journal of Arts Discourse
  • (2013) Jurnal Melayu, UKM, Pertanika, UPM

Editorial Board Members (Conference Proceedings)

  • 2nd International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2016), School of the Art, USM.
  • 1st International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2014), School of the Art, USM.

DEPARTMENTAL/UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Main Committee

  • 2nd International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2016), School of the Art, USM.

Management and Coordination

  • Convener -- The 2nd School of the Arts Research Colloquium, 8th & 9th May 2014.
  • Secretary -- The 1st School of the Arts Research Colloquium, 28th & 29th January 2011.
  • Head of Research in Modern Malaysian and SEA Art (RIMA) Research Group
  • Research group under the Fine Arts Department, School of the Arts USM

Research Coordinator

  • Coordinating monthly seminars for “Postgraduate Research Students” 2014-2016
  • Coordinating monthly seminars for academic staffs – “Research on Fridays” 2014-2016
  • Coordinating monthly seminars for “Postgraduate Research Students” 2010-2012
  • Coordinating monthly seminars for academic staffs – “Research on Fridays” 2011-2012

Undergraduate Interview Panels

  • Undergraduate Intake Year 2012/2013
  • Undergraduate Intake Year 2013/2014
  • Undergraduate Intake Year 2014/2015
  • Undergraduate Intake Year 2016/2017
  • Undergraduate Intake Year 2017/2018

Academic Advisor (Undergraduate Fine Arts)

  • Semester 2017/2018
  • Semester 2012/2013

Research

RESEARCH GRANTS/AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

International

  • Recipient of the London, Asia Research Award, by Paul Mellon Center and Asian Art Archive, -Hong Kong 2017-2018 [USD 10,000]
  • Recipient of the CAA–Getty Travel Grant Program to attend the CAA-Getty International Reunion Program 2017
  • Recipient of the CAA–Getty Travel Grant Program to attend the CAA-Getty International Program 2016
  • Field Leader for “Ambitious Alignments: New Histories of Southeast Asian Art,” a research project led by the Power Institute, The University of Sydney, funded by Getty Foundation, US, 2014-2016.
  • Project Steering Committee for “The Histories of Modern and Contemporary Art in Southeast Asia,” a research project led by the Power Institute, The University of Sydney, funded by Getty Foundation, US, 1 Jan – Dec 2012.

National

  • Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) “New Knowledge of Malaysia’s Arts and Culture: Visual Arts under Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s Premiership (1981-2003)” 15/8/2017 – 14/8/2019 [RM53,000]
  • Research University (RU) Grant, USM “Theorizing Early Modernism And Cosmopolitanism In Early 20th Century Penang By Examining Modern Artistic Works And Printmedium Pertaining To Penang (1826-1942)” 1/3/2015 – 28/2/2018 [RM 115,764.00]
  • Research University (RU) Grant, USM (Co-Researcher) “Peranakan Chinese Performing And Visual Arts Of Penang: Cultural Adaptations From The Malay, Thai, Indonesian And European Communities” 31/12/2014 – 31/12/2016 Short Term Grant, USM “Evolving Local Knowledge In Malaysian Arts: A Study On The Malaysian “Art World” From Early 1990s Until Now” 15/3/2014 – 14/9/16 [RM 25,000.00]
  • Short Term Grant, USM “Evolving Local Knowledge in Malaysia Arts: A Study of the Malaysia Artworld (2014-2016” 15/3/2014 – 14/9/2016 [RM 24,865.00]
  • Short Term Grant, USM “Postmodern Art Strategies Employed By Malaysian Artists Since The 1990s,” 13/1/2012 – 12/7/14 [RM 29,800.00]
  • Incentive Grant, USM “Art Writings in Malaysian Art” 2011 [RM 5,000.00]
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia SLAB Fellowship (August 2002-May 2010)

Publication

WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • [Manuscript in Preparation] S. Abdullah, Malaysian Art Since The 1990s: Postmodern Situation to be published by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, 2018.

 

Edited Volumes

  •  [Manuscript in Preparation] Ed. Whiteman, S., S. Abdullah, P. Scott, Y. Low, Aligning New Histories of Southeast Asian Art (1950-1990), Power Institute and National Gallery Singapore.
  • Ed. Abdullah S., A. Ahmad and A.S. Hardy, Transdisciplinarity as Research: Selection of Papers From The 1st School Of The Arts Research Colloquium), Penang: School of the Arts, 2012.

Refereed Journals Articles

  • [Accepted] L. Clara and S. Abdullah, “The Quest of Identity in Sophia Kamal’s WUDU,” submitted to PERTANIKA Journal, UPM.
  • [Manuscripts in Submission] “The [Emerging] Alternative Practices in Malaysian Art (1990s-2015)” submitted to Art and the Public Sphere Journal, Intellectbooks.
  • [Manuscripts in Submission] “Malay and Islam-Centric National Narratives: Modern Art in Malaysia during the 1980s,” Kajian Malaysia.
  • [Manuscripts in Submission] “Early (Visual) Modernity in Malaysian Art: Expanding the Narrative,” Wacana Seni, USM.
  • S.F. Md. Nor and S. Abdullah, “Through the Western Eyes in Southeast Asia:  Analysing the Strategy of Subversion in Yee I-Lann's “Picturing Power” Photomontages, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (JATI) 22, no. 1 (2017).
  • Eddy Izuwan Musa and S. Abdullah, 2017,“Iconological Analysis of Peranakan’s Intimate Lifestyle: A Case Study of Sylvia Lee Goh’s ‘Woman, Oh! Woman’ Painting Series,” Wacana Seni: Journal of Arts Discourse, Vol. 16, Penang: USM.
  • S. Abdullah, 2017, “Changing Approaches: Installations Produced in the Malaysian Art World” Wacana Seni: Journal of Arts Discourse, Vol. 16, Penang: USM.
  • K. Syed and S. Abdullah, 2015, “Chronicling Pakistan’s Art Movement from Traditional to Contemporary (1960-2011), Wacana Seni: Journal of Arts Discourse, Vol. 14, Penang: USM.
  • S. Abdullah and N. Mohamad, 2015, “Incorporation and Exploration of Local Imageries and Identities in Malaysia’s Graffiti Art,” Journal Visual Art & Design, Vol. 7, No. 1, 2015, pp. 39-52.
  • S. Abdullah, 2015, “Postmodernity In Malaysian Art: Tracing Works by Nirmala Shanmughalingam,” Indian Journal of Arts (2015), 5(16), p. 35-43
  • S. Abdullah and A.K. Chung, 2014, “Re-examining the Objects of Mystical Reality,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (JATI), Vol 19, December 2014, pp. 203-217.
  • K. Syed and S. Abdullah, 2013, “The Usage of Morbid Themes and Imageries in Contemporary Art: A Case Study of ‘12: A Group Exhibition in Anticipation of the 2012 Apocalypse,’” Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol 4 No 10, October 2013, MCSER Publishing, Rome-Italy.
  • S. Abdullah, 2012, “Art Criticisms Versus Art Writings: The Malaysian Situation” KEMANUSIAAN  Volume 19,  No. 2, (2012), 63-78.
  • S. Abdullah, 2012, “The Environment as a Theme in Malaysian Art,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (JATI), Volume 17, December 2012, pp 281-300 281.
  • S. Abdullah, 2011, “Thematic Approaches in Malaysia Art since the 1990s,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (JATI) 16, no. 1 (2011).
  • S. Abdullah, 2010, "Absenteeism of Malaysian Identity in Art in the Early Years of Independence." Journal of Southeast Asian Studies (JATI) Volume 15, no. 1 (2010).
  • S. Snow and S. Abdullah, 2008, “Conference Report: CIHA 2008 – Crossing Cultures: 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art”, TAASA Review: The Journal of The Asian Arts Society of Australia, Vol. 17, No.1, March 2008, Potts Point: The Asian Arts Society of Australia, 2008.

 

Book Chapters

  • [Accepted] Peranakan Imageries in the works of few selected Malaysian and Singaporean artists (1980s-2017), to be published by Gerak Budaya, ed. Tan Sooi Beng.
  • [Accepted] “Cosmopolitanism in the Works of Straits Chinese Artists: Low Kway Song, Yong Mun Sen and Tay Hooi Keat” to be published by Gerak Budaya, ed. Tan Sooi Beng.
  • S. Abdullah, 2016, “Art Criticisms Versus Art Writings: The Malaysian Situation,” Narratives In Malaysian Art, Volume 3: Infrastructures (ed. Beverly Yong, Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Rahel Joseph and Tengku Sabri Tengku Ibrahim), Kuala Lumpur: RogueArt.
  • S. Abdullah, 2016, “Kritikan dan Penulisan Seni: Situasi Malaysia,” Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia Jil. 3: Infrastruktur (ed. Beverly Yong, Nur Hanim Khairuddin, Rahel Joseph and Tengku Sabri Tengku Ibrahim), Kuala Lumpur: RogueArt.
  • S. Abdullah, 2015, “The Ambition of Ambitious Alignment: A Reflection by a Mid-Career Art Historian,” sentAp! A Decade, Ipoh & Kuala Lumpur: Teratak Nuromar & ITBM.
  • S. Abdullah and C. Thiruchelvam, 2015, “The Locality and the Immediate Realities: Tracing Modernity in Indonesian and Malaysian Modern Art,” in Satu Rumpun Banyak Tunas: Kumpulan Pemikiran Generasi Muda Indonesia dan Malaysia (ed. Effendi, T. D. and M. I. Ramli), Yogyakarta: Leutikaprio.
  • S. Abdullah, 2013, “Malay Artists and the Postmodern Situation: Thematic Approaches since the 1990s,” Reactions – New Critical Strategies: Narratives in Malaysian Art Vol. 2 (ed. Nur Hanim Khairuddin and Beverly Yong, with T.K. Sabapathy), Kuala Lumpur: RogueArt.
  • S. Abdullah, 2013, “Artis-artis Melayu dan Situasi Pascamoden: Pendekatan-pendekatan Bertema Semenjak 1990-an,” Reaksi – Strategi Kritikal Baru: Naratif Seni Rupa Malaysia Jil. 2 (ed. Nur Hanim Khairuddin and Beverly Yong, with T.K. Sabapathy), Kuala Lumpur: RogueArt.
  • S. Abdullah, 2012 “Literature Review for the Arts and Humanities,” Transdisciplinarity as Research: Selection of Papers from the 1st School of the Arts Research Colloquium (ed. Sarena Abdullah, Aris Ahmad and AS Hardy), Penang: School of the Arts.
  • S. Abdullah, 2011, “Penggunaan Pendekatan Sejarah dan Kritikan Seni dalam Mengkaji Karya-karya Seni,” Pameran Karya Seni Visual STPM 2011, Pulau Pinang: Pusat Pengajian Seni. 
  • S. Abdullah, 2011,""Lukisan-Lukisan Awal Malaya (1880-1894)" in 1st Malaysian International Drawing Marathon, edited by Safrizal Shahir, Izmer Ahmad and Shahrul Anuar Shaari. Penang: School of the Arts, USM.
  • S. Abdullah, 2011, "The Early Drawings of Malaya (1880-1894) by Frank Swettenham" in 1st Malaysian International Drawing Marathon, edited by Safrizal Shahir, Izmer Ahmad and Shahrul Anuar Shaari. Penang: School of the Arts, USM.
  • S. Abdullah, 2008, “Malaysian Postmodern Art and its Strategies,” New Asian Imagination, Singapore: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.

Conference Proceedings

  • S. Abdullah, 2017, Abdullah Ariff: A Cosmopolitan Artist of the Early 20th Century Malaya,” 7th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2015), 6th -- 7th December 2017, Kuala Lumpur: Universiti Malaya.
  • R. Rosman and S. Abdullah, 2017, “Cosmopolitan Malay through Critiques in Caricatures and Visual Advertisements in 1930s Malaya” 7th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2015), 6th -- 7th December 2017, Kuala Lumpur: Universiti Malaya.
  • S. Abdullah, 2016, “Adaptation of the Post-Impressionist Style in Yong Mun Sen and Tay Hooi Keat’s Art Works,” ­2nd Art and Design International Conference 2016 (AnDIC 2016), Shah Alam, 10-11 October 2016.
  • S. K. Elham and S. Abdullah, 2016, “Perbincangan “Tingkah Laku” Dan Interaksi Penghayat Ke Atas Beberapa Karya Seni Multimedia Interaktif Di Malaysia,” 2nd International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2016), 26-27th September 2016.
  • N.H. Romainoor and S. Abdullah, 2016,Embracing Cyberculture on Graphic Design” 2nd International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2016), 26-27th September 2016.
  • S. Abdullah, 2015, “Reading Painting as Visual Autobiography: Peranakan Paintings by Sylvia Lee Goh” 6th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2015), 2nd -- 4th December 2015, Kuala Lumpur: Universiti Malaya.
  • E.J. Openg and S. Abdullah, A Design Analysis of Newspaper Front Page in Three Selected Malay Newspapers: Jawi Peranakan, Cahaya Pulau Pinang and Saudara” 6th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2015), 2nd -- 4th December 2015, Kuala Lumpur: Universiti Malaya.
  • S. Abdullah 2014, “Diversification of Malaysian Art (1990s – 2010s),” The Asian Conference on Arts and Culture 2014, 12th-13th June 2014, Bangkok: Srinakharinwirot University.
  • S. Abdullah, Contextualizing Abstraction and Abstract Expressionist Art in Malaysia” 5th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2013) Conference Proceeding, Kuala Lumpur: Universiti Malaya.
  • K. Syed and S. Abdullah, “Liberalizing Higher Education System In Malaysia Through The Implementation Of Creativity And Innovation In Its Subjects5th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2013) Conference Proceeding, Kuala Lumpur: Universiti Malaya.
  • S. Abdullah, 2012, “Ismail Zain -- The Ambivalence Approach and His Shift Towards The Postmodern,” Art and Design International Conference (ANDIC 2012) Conference Proceedings 2012, Shah Alam: UiTM (2012).
  • S. Abdullah, 2009, “The Localization of Abstract Expressionist Style in Malaysia Art,” ICSSH 2009: Proceedings of the 2009 International Conference on Social Science and Humanities, October 9-11, 2009, Singapore.

Catalog Writings

  • S. Abdullah, 2017, “We Are Here,” We Are Here, Kuala Lumpur: Richard Koh Fine Arts.
  • S. Abdullah, 2016, “Ismail Zain: Pendekatan Ambivalen Dan Peralihan Ke Arah Seni Pascamoden,” Al-Kesah: Homage to Ismail Zain, Kuala Lumpur: Petronas.
  • S. Abdullah, 2014, “Can Art Change the Climate?” in Art and Sustainable Development, School of the Arts and Thaksin University.
  • S. Abdullah, 2011, “The Research and the Arts Practice – A Symbiotic Liaison?,” Bicara Sifu: Hasil Karya dari Institut Pengajian Seni Awam – Artworks from the Public Art Institutions of Higher Education, Kuala Lumpur: Petronas.

Short Articles/Art Journals/Magazines

  • S. Abdullah. 2017, “Malay and Islam-centric National Narratives – Modern Art In Malaysia during 1980s,” The Newsletter, No. 77, Summer 2017, Leiden: International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS).
  • S. Abdullah. 2015, “Modernities Through Art and Design: Printing Press as a Source of Examining Penang’s Modernity” in Berita: Malaysia/Singapore/Brunei Studies Group Association for Asian Studies, Special Spring Issue.
  • S. Abdullah. 2014, “Move On Malaysian Arts,” Senikini, No: #21, Kuala Lumpur: BSVN.
  • S. Abdullah. 2011, “Young Contemporaries 2010, Reviewed.” sentAp!, 04/10, Ipoh: Teratak Nuromar.
  • S. Abdullah. 2010, “The Predicament of “Art Writings” in Malaysian Art,” sentAp!, 03/08, Ipoh: Teratak Nuromar (2010)
  • S. Abdullah. 2010, “The Early Postmodern Artistic Strategies in Malaysian Art,” sentAp!, 01/07, Ipoh: Teratak Nuromar (2010)
  • “Biennale of Sydney 2006,” sentap!, Issue 5, Nov 06-Jan 07.
  • S. Abdullah. 2006, “Positioning Malaysia’s Postmodernism,” sentap!, Issue 3, April-June 2006.
  • S. Abdullah. 2005, “Chinese Maximalism: A New Artistic Methodology,” sentap!, Issue 1, July-Oct 2005.

 

Encyclopedia Entries

Book Reviews

  • S. Abdullah. 2016. A review of Abu Talib Ahmad. 2014,Museums, History, and Culture in Malaysia, posted online on 3 June 2016: http://newbooks.asia/review/narratives-museums
  • S. Abdullah, 2015, “Looking Ahead, Looking Back: A review of Works by Fifteen Artists organized by Fergana Arts Space (7/2-29/3/2015), Wacana Seni: Journal of Arts Discourse, USM.
  • S. Abdullah.Arts in Asia – Re-Viewing its Historical Outline,”A review of 
  • Alison Carroll, 2010, The Revolutionary Century: Art in Asia 1900-2000, posted online on 14th June 2012:http://www.newasiabooks.org/review/arts-asia-%E2%80%93-re-viewing-its-historical-outline

Recognitions

AWARDS AND HONORS

Anugerah Perkhidmatan Cemerlang, USM 2013

 

Others

INVITED TALKS/PANELISTS

Talks

International

  • Malay and Islam-Centric National Narratives: Reappraisal of Malay/Islamic Art Historicisation during the 1980s,” Contemporary Arts Research Seminar series organized by SOAS University of London, 23 January 2018.
  • Cosmopolitanism in the Works of Straits Chinese Artists,” organized by School of Modern Language, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, 29th February 2018.
  • “From Modernity To Postmodernity: Malaysian Art In A Century,” organized by Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (UoT), Toronto, Canada, 13th February 2017.
  • “Malaysian Art Since the 1990s: Postmodern Situation,” Lecture for the Masters in Art History Program, McNally School of Fine Arts, La Salle  College of the Arts, Singapore, 31st August 2016.
  • “The [Emerging] Alternative Practices in Malaysian Art (1990s-2015),” Public Lecture, McNally School of Fine Arts, La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore, 1st September 2016.
  • “Visual Modernities in Transit:  From Malay Manuscripts, Early Print Media to Modern Art,” Preconference Colloquium Program for CAA-Getty International Program Participants, College Arts Association (CAA) Annual Conference, 31 January - 8 February, 2016, Washington, D.C.

 

Malaysia

  • “Posisi Seni Pertunjukan (Performance Art) dalam Perkembangan Seni Visual Malaysia,” Hari Seni ke-Bangsar-an Siri III organized by Kelab Bangsar Utama, 1st April 2017.
  • “Postmodernity In Malaysian Art: Tracing Works by Nirmala Dutt,” Art Talk organized by Fergana Art Space, 10th October 2015.
  • “Art Documentation,” National Art Symposium: Artists’ Forum -- Artists as Social Innovators, organized by Vedas Art Appraisal, 14th September 2015.
  • “Theoretical Constructions of Arts From the Region: Limitations and Possibilities,” 2nd School of the Arts Research Colloquium -- Nurturing Research Culture: Contextualizing Practice and Theory, PPSeni, USM, 8-9 May 2014.
  • Modernism and the Modern Movement through Art and Design,” Kopi Conversations Series organized by George Town World Heritage Inc., 116 & 118 Lebuh Acheh, 25th October 2012.
  • “Penggunaan Pendekatan Sejarah dan Kritikan Seni dalam Mengkaji Karya-karya Seni,” at Pameran Karya Seni Visual STPM 2011, 12-23 October 2011, organized by School of the Arts (USM) and Majlis Peperiksaan Malaysia. 

Panel Members

  • Panelists for “Seni Performans: Seni Yang Tidak Pasti?” Siri Planet Akal organized by MARS (Malaysia Archive & Research Support), 23rd September 2017.
  • Panelist for “Media as Public Educators,” at the National Art Symposium: Arts for Social Innovation, 11-12th November 2015.
  • Panelist for “Art Historians as Narrators,” at the National Art Symposium: Arts for Social Innovation, 11-12th November 2015.
  • Panelists for “Dialog Seniman Kontemporari: Seni Arca (1)” organized by Balai Seni Visual Negara, 14th July 2012.
  • Interview Panel for “Mock Interview, MRSM Balik Pulau” organized by MRSM Balik Pulau, 6th July 2012.

 

CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Cosmopolitanism in the Works of Straits Chinese Artists,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference (IACS) 2017, Sungkonghoe University, Korea, 28th July – 31st July 2017.
  • Malay and Islam-Centric National Narratives: Modern Art in Malaysia during the 1980s,” Workshop on National Imaginations of Southeast Asian Art, Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS), Singapore, 20th January 2017.
  • SENI MODEN as an Evolving Term and Practice in Malaysian Art,” 105th College Arts Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Global Conversation II, 14th – 18th February 2017, New York.
  • S. F. Md Nor and S. Abdullah, Through the Western Eyes: Analyzing the Strategy of Subversion in Yee I-Lann’s Picturing Power (2013) Photomontages,” East/West: Ruptures & Convergences: An International Conference, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 1-2 Dec 2016.
  • “Adaptation of the Post-Impressionist Style in Yong Mun Sen and Tay Hooi Keat’s Art Works,” ­2nd Art and Design International Conference 2016 (AnDIC 2016), Shah Alam, 10-11 October 2016.
  • S. K. Elham and S. Abdullah, Perbincangan “Tingkah Laku” Dan Interaksi Penghayat Ke Atas Beberapa Karya Seni Multimedia Interaktif Di Malaysia,” 2nd International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2016), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 26-27th September 2016.
  • N. H. Romainoor and S. Abdullah, Embracing Cyberculture on Graphic Design” 2nd International Conference on Creative Media, Design & Technology (REKA2016), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 26-27th September 2016.
  • Early (Visual) Modernity In Malaysian Art: Expanding The Narrative,” CIHA Conference –34th World Congress of Art History in Beijing, organized by Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (CIHA), Central Academy of Fine Arts and Peking University, 15th– 21st Sept 2016.
  • L. Clara and and S. Abdullah, “The Ramayana Epic: A Dying Tradition or Revived Expression?” Cultural Typhoon 2016, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan, 2nd - 3rd, July 2016.
  • “Visual Modernities in Transit:  From Malay Manuscripts, Early Print Media to Modern Art,” Preconference Colloquium Program for CAA-Getty International Program Participants, College Arts Association (CAA) Annual Conference, 31 January - 8 February, 2016, Washington, D.C.
  • Reading Painting as Visual Autobiography: Peranakan Paintings by Sylvia Lee Goh” 6th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2015), 2nd -- 4th December 2015, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
  • A Design Analysis of Newspaper Front Page in Three Selected Malay Newspapers: Jawi Peranakan, Cahaya Pulau Pinang and Saudara” 6th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2015), 2nd -- 4th December 2015, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
  • “Postmodernity In Malaysian Art: Tracing Works by Nirmala Shanmughalingam,” Creative Industry International Conference (CIIC) 2015, Universiti Utara Malaysia, 4th – 5th October 2015.
  • “Change in Approaches: Installations Produced in the Malaysian Art World,” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference (IACS) 2015, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, 7th-10th August 2015.
  • Alternative Groups, Spaces and Projects: A Reflective Direction of the Malaysian Art World
  • (2000-2015),” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Conference (IACS) 2015, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya, 7th-10th August 2015.
  • Installation and Beyond: Alternative Art Practices in Malaysian Art” The ASEASUK (Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom), University of Brighton, 12th – 14th September 2014.
  • “Diversification of Malaysian Art (1990s – 2010s)” The Asian Conference on Arts and Culture 2014, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand, 12th-13th June 2014.
  • Re-searching Malaysian Arts since the 1990s: A Discussion on Research Strategies Based on the Short Term Grant Project,” Research on Fridays Seminar Series, School of the Arts, USM, 22nd August 2014.
  • Contextualizing Abstraction and Abstract Expressionist Art in Malaysia” 5th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2013), 13th -- 14th December 2013, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
  • C.C. Thiruchelvam and S. Abdullah “Liberalizing Higher Education System In Malaysia Through The Implementation Of Creativity And Innovation In Its Subjects” 5th International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2013) Conference Proceeding, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
  • Contesting the Narrative: Modern Malaysian Art in the Early the 20th Century” Tilting the World: Histories of Modern and Contemporary Asian Art, 29-30 November 2013, a symposium organised by the University of Sydney and the Art Gallery of NSW, honouring Professor John Clark.
  • “Ismail Zain -- The Ambivalence Approach and His Shift Towards The Postmodern,” Art and Design International Conference (ANDIC 2012), April 18th – 19th April, 2012.
  • “Art Criticisms and Art Writings in Malaysia,” Research on Fridays Seminar Series, School of the Arts, USM, 20th July 2012.
  • “Curatorial Strategies and Art Writings in Malaysia” at the Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies & International Convention of Asia Scholars, March 31 – April 3rd, 2011, Hawaii USA.
  • “The Urban and Environment Concerns as a Theme in Malaysia Art” at the 10th Conference of the Asia Pacific Sociological Association (APSA10), 8th – 11th December, 2010, Kota Kinabalu Sabah.
  • “Thematic Approaches in Malaysia Art Since the 1990s” at 3rd International Conference on Southeast Asia (ICONSEA 2009), 8th-9th December 2009, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
  • “Malaysian Postmodern Art and its Strategies” at New Asian Imagination Symposium, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore 1-2nd August 2008.
  • “The Early Postmodern Artistic Strategies in Malaysian Art,” for ACAAA Australian Centre for Asian Art and Archaeology (ACAAA) Seminar Series and Public Lectures, Department of Art History and Film Studies, University of Sydney, 22 October 2008.
  • Poster Presentation at CIHA Conference – 32nd Congress of the International Committee of the History of Art at the University of Melbourne (13th-18th January 2008)
  • Seminar Pedagogi Pendidikan Seni Visual at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (27th and 28th October 2001)

 

TALKS GIVEN/WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED (RESEARCH AND POSTGRADUATE MATTERS)

  • “Managing Your Research Materials,”
  • “Bengkel Penulisan Jurnal Berindeks,” organized by Fakulti Seni, Komputeran dan Industri Kreatif, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), 16th December 2016.
  • “Writing a Thesis” 10th Postgraduate ColloquiumSchool of Communication, USM, 6th March 2014.
  • “Managing Your Research Materials,”
  • “Managing Your Research Materials,”
  • “Managing Your Postgraduate Studies,”
  • “Writing a Thesis for the Arts and Humanities,”
  • “Writing a Thesis for the Arts and Humanities,”
  • “Managing Your Postgraduate Studies,”
  • “Managing Your Research Materials,”
  • “Writing a Thesis for the Arts and Humanities,”
  • “Writing a Thesis for the Arts and Humanities,”
  • “Writing a Thesis for the Arts and Humanities,”
  • “Managing Your Graduate Study,” organized by Postgraduate Academic Support Services, Institute of Postgraduate Studies, USM, 27th Feb 2012.

 

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