Dr. Grace V. S. Chin
School of Humanities
Universiti Sains Malaysia
Speech title : “Literary (Re)Vision: Decolonization and the Myths of Nation-making”
Grace V. S. Chin is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature Studies at Universiti Sains Malaysia. Much of her research examines the intersections between postcolonial and Southeast Asian literatures, with emphasis on race and gender in contemporary societies and diasporas. Starting with her PhD dissertation on censorship and silence in the fiction works of Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese women writers, Dr. Chin later expanded her research field to include the literatures of Brunei and Indonesia. She has received several grants for her work, and was awarded senior fellowship in 2016 by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden. Her articles have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, including Kemanusiaan: The Asian Journal of Humanities, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, World Englishes, Postcolonial Text, and Journal of International Women’s Studies, as well as in books published by Springer, John Benjamins, and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. She is co-editor of a recently published volume titled The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back: Gender, Identity, and Nation in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines (2018), and has a forthcoming edited volume titled Appropriating Kartini: Colonial, National and Transnational Memories of an Indonesian Icon, which will be published by Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).