PSR welcomes Prof. Diana Wong for a lecture on the concept of “history from below”. Many dream for a democratisation of history for the masses, to truly become a scholarly discipline that is by the people and for the people. How can a people’s history from below be conceptualised? How can it be documented? How can such a concept and practice of history be applied to the making of Malaysian history? Join us for a session with sociologist, Diana Wong, and commentaries from literary researcher, Show Ying Xin.

Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Time: 8:30pm to 9:30pm

Venue: Online (via Zoom)


Prof. Diana Wong Ing Boh is a Board member of Pusat Sejarah Rakyat and was engaged in a PSR project to develop a methodology for the exploration and documentation of a history from below on the basis of personal, shared and collective memory. Her academic training is in the sociology of development, while her research interests have been in the field of migration and religion. Currently, she is Dean of the Graduate School, New Era University College, Kajang.

Dr. Show Ying Xin is a postdoctoral fellow at the Malaysia Institute, Australian National University and lecturer at ANU’s School of Culture, History & Language. She received a Ph.D. in literature from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is interested in Southeast Asian history and literature. Her current research project looks at the cultural history of the Sinophone/Chinese community in the making of Malaya during the Cold War through literature. She is the translator of Singapore writer Alfian Sa’at’s short stories collection Malay Sketches to the Chinese language.