8 September 2022

New SUPRA Students September 2022

We are happy to announce that we have three new students joining us for our Virtual SUPRA Programme in September 2022! It is a pleasure to welcome:

Haoran Jiang, PhD candidate, Department of Music, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Haoran is a PhD candidate in Music (Ethnomusicology) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Prior to his PhD, Haoran obtained his master’s degree in musicology from National Taiwan University, also doing a one-semester exchange program in Lithuania during his time there. His current research interests include popular musics in the Sinophone world, music and identity, music and diaspora, and musical subjectivities. Using archival work, textual analysis, and oral history interviews, his ongoing PhD dissertation project stages a historical survey of Mandopop (Mandarin popular music) in Taiwan’s martial law era (1949-1987), examining how Taiwanese people negotiated national identity through Mandopop. Drawing on the analytic framework on Chineseness developed in Sinophone studies and the theoretical perspectives about identity in music scholarship and beyond, his project provides nuanced discussions of (musical) Chineseness and Taiwaneseness, and contributes to developing a more politically engaged discipline of (ethno)musicology.

Saqib Sheikh Muneer, PhD Candidate, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological

Saqib Sheikh is the Project Director for the Rohingya Project, a grassroots initiative for the empowerment of the Rohingya diaspora using blockchain technology. Saqib received his Masters in Communication from Purdue University, and is currently a PhD researcher at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore, researching the use of technology for legitimization of stateless communities.

Soma Basu, PhD candidate in Media Studies, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University

Soma Basu is the former India editor of the fact check division of Agence France-Presse (AFP). She is a media literacy and fact check trainer with the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and Google News Initiative (GNI). Over the course of her 20-year career as an investigative journalist, Basu has won several journalism awards, including the Kurt Schork Memorial Award for International Journalism in 2017, the United Nations Correspondents Association Global Prize in 2015, and International Committee of Red Cross Best Article Award for reporting on the fate of victims of armed violence. Basu is a former fellow of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University. She is a doctoral researcher at Tampere University, Finland, and her project explores rumors and memory-making during communal riots. She also a researcher with the joint project of Columbia University, Princeton University and Science Po - Muslims in India.