The Bukit Timah Dialogue series is intended to give graduate students a chance to hear and interact with Singaporean leaders in order to develop a deeper and more critical understanding of public policy and administration in Singapore.
Professor Lee, Academic Chair of Communication and Media Studies and Deputy Dean of Murdoch’s School of Media Communication and Culture, is originally from Singapore and was a media policy executive with the former Singapore Broadcasting Authority (now the Media Development Authority) in the 1990s.
He said his talk would be based on and around his book The Media, Cultural Control and Government in Singapore (Routledge, 2010/2012).
“My book examines the ‘tactics’ and ‘technologies’ of media and cultural regulation of Singapore – and indeed, Singaporeans – by studying the works of the late French philosopher Michel Foucault,” Professor Lee said.
“Foucault’s wide-ranging approaches to the disciplining and management of human subjects are strongly applicable to ‘supposedly’ authoritarian Singapore, or whatever label one wants to tag onto Singapore.
“After all, not many societies in the world are as renowned for their highly educated, yet compliant and disciplined electorate and workforce.”
Professor Lee will also touch on issues such as inter alia media control and internet regulation, culture policy and the creative industries, government communications and civil society.
Following his talk, Professor Lee will remain in Singapore to take part in the Singapore Media Conference 2012 on November 2, co-hosted by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University and Murdoch’s School of Media Communication and Culture.
The conference will feature key media educators providing thoughts on whether media education is delivering the necessary knowledge base and skill sets needed for the media and communication industry in Singapore to thrive into the foreseeable future.