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Kwok Kian Woon

 Professor KWOK Kian-Woon (PhD University of California at Berkeley) is Vice-Chancellor, University of the Arts Singapore (UAS), which is founded on an alliance between two leading arts institutions in Singapore, the LaSalle College of the Arts and the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. He is also Emeritus Professor at Nanyang Technological University, where he had served as Professor of Sociology and in several pioneering roles between 2004 and 2022, including as a founding member of the former School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Head of Sociology, Senate Chair, Associate Provost of Student Life, and Associate Vice President (Wellbeing). His intellectual agenda is guided by a vision of social science in lively dialogue with the humanities and the arts (especially history, philosophy, and literature) and the natural sciences. His teaching and research areas include the study of social memory, mental health, the Chinese overseas, and Asian modernity. His publications and public engagements have covered central themes such as ethics and politics; history and memory; the nation state and civil society; and culture, heritage, and the arts. His interests in the arts include the theatre, art history, aesthetics, and the visual arts, especially Southeast Asian modern and contemporary art. His recent writings and speeches have focused on cultural policy and arts education. 

郭建文(KWOK Kian-Woon)教授是加州大学伯克利分校的博士毕业生,现任新加坡艺术大学(University of the Arts Singapore,简称UAS)校长。该大学是由新加坡两所顶尖的艺术机构拉萨尔艺术学院(LaSalle College of the Arts)和南洋艺术学院(Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts)联手创建的。郭教授也是南洋理工大学的荣誉教授,他曾在2004年至2022年期间担任社会学教授及多个开创性职务,包括前人文与社会科学学院创始成员、社会学系主任、参议院主席、学生生活副校长助理及副校长助理(福祉)。他的学术议程受到社会科学与人文和艺术(特别是历史、哲学和文学)以及自然科学的生动对话的引导。他的教学和研究领域包括社会记忆、心理健康、海外华人及亚洲现代性等研究。他的出版物和公开演讲涵盖了伦理与政治、历史与记忆、民族国家与公民社会以及文化、遗产与艺术等核心主题。他对艺术的兴趣包括戏剧、艺术史、美学和视觉艺术,尤其是东南亚现代和当代艺术。他最近的著作和演讲重点关注文化政策和艺术教育。

 “Arts Education in the Service of a Broken Humanity on a Fragile Planet” 

I am working on the role of arts education in relation to questions such as the following:

  • What does it mean to be “human” in the 21st century, amid multiple crises (social, economic, political, and environmental)?

  • Is the ideal of a shared humanity an impossible dream, amid widening inequality, violent conflict, and extreme polarization?

  • How can the arts and arts education make a significant difference in the service of a broken humanity on a fragile planet?


  • 在多重危机(社会、经济、政治和环境)交织的21世纪,成为“人”究竟意味着什么?

  • 在不平等日益加剧、暴力冲突和极端分化的背景下,共享人性的理想是否只是一个不可能实现的梦想?

  • 艺术和艺术教育如何在地球这颗脆弱星球上破碎的人性面前发挥重要作用?

Congress themes addressed

I will address the main theme of the Congress “A Harmonious World” by focusing on the role of arts education and the following sub-themes:

  • Enabling cross-cultural communication and understanding

  • Widening drama and arts education conversations. 


  • 促进跨文化交流与理解和

  • 拓宽戏剧和艺术教育对话。

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