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FASS News: 2019 Stories

    Student Short Film Suara

UBD student short film Suara, which is the sole representative of Brunei to compete in the 3rd Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children (SEAVFC) 2019, has won the 2nd place runner-up accolade in the Amateur category of SEAVFC2019 on 30th November in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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Student Short Film Bunga

A 10-minute short film Bunga, produced by four UBD students enrolled in Design and Creative Industries (DCI) Programme under Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), has been officially accepted to screen in the Australia Now ASEAN Competition at the 29th Flickerfest International Short Film Festival from 10th to 19th January 2020, Bondi Beach, Sydney, as well as the ensuing national tour from January to May 2020 across Australia.

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    Rethinking State-Scholar Relations

On 4 December, Rommel Curaming gave a FASS seminar entitled 'Rethinking the State-Scholar Relations in Indonesia and the Philippines’, in which he discussed his new book, published by Routledge, Power and Knowledge in Southeast Asia: State and Scholars in Indonesia and the Philippines.

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Word Stress and Intelligibility

On 27 November, Christine Lewis gave a FASS seminar entitled 'The Intelligibility of Non-standard Word Stress between Southeast Asian Speakers' in which she discussed the impact of unexpected stress on intelligibility in English conversations between speakers in Southeast Asia.

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    Learning Collocations in Southern Thailand

On 27 November, Rungroj Chorbwhan gave a FASS seminar entitled 'Patani Malay & Southern Thai Speakers’ Problems and Learning Strategies in Acquring English Collocations'.

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Term Screening: Love, Fear, Belief

FASS, through the Design and Creative Industries Programme, organised its third Term Screening on 14th November, 2019 with the theme, “Love, Fear, Belief”. 20 works, consisting of seven highlights of the various cultural heritage sites in Brunei Darussalam, and 13 short films with genres ranging from thriller to drama and experimental films, were showcased during the event. These works were produced by undergraduate students enrolled in AX-2304 Film, TV and New Media Production and AX-3301/AR-3303 Digital Photography and Videography taught by Dr. Yong Liu.

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    Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children

The UBD student short film Suara has been selected to represent Brunei in the 3rd Southeast Asia Video Festival for Children (SEAVFC) 2019. The final competition will be staged from November 27th to 30th in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The theme for SEAVFC2019 is ‘United in Love’.

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The Pronunciation of Kedayan

Recent work has been published on the pronunciation of Kedayan in Brunei, based on a recording of 'The North Wind and the Sun' passage.

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    Javanese Reverse Glass Paintings

On Saturday, 19 October 2019, Professor Jérôme Samuel, from INALCO in Paris, presented a FASS seminar entitled 'Representation of the Ottomans/Turks In Javanese reverse glass paintings'.

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Railways and Water Hyacinth

Visual curation of Dr Iftekhar Iqbal’s works on the environmental history of railways and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) in the Bengal Delta have been selected for showing in a number of international exhibitions. These include the Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Architecture Triennial and MOCO Montpellier Contemporain in France.

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    Analysis of Instagram

On Thursday, 15 August 2019, Mayyer Ling presented a FASS seminar entitled 'A revision of the methodological framework for the analysis of organisations on Instagram', in which she discussed how the content of Instagram posts might be analysed, based on data from posts by the Brunei government.

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Indigenous Languages in Brunei

On Thursday, 25 July 2019, David Deterding presented a FASS seminar entitled 'Indigenous Languages and English in the Globalised Modern Era in Brunei Darussalam', in which he discussed the current status of the indigenous languages in Brunei; and then he presented the same talk as the keynote speaker at the 5th International Conference on Linguistics Literature and Culture orgianised by Univeristi Sains Malaysia and held in Penang from 29 till 30 July 2019.

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    Film-Induced Tourism

On Thursday, 21 May 2019, Dr Yong Liu presented a FASS seminar entitled 'Film-Induced Tourism Development in Brunei', discussing the research he has done together with Dr Shirley Chin Wee Lee on the potential for films made in Brunei to encourage tourists to visit the sites seen in the films.

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Creative Industries Symposium

On Thursday, 26 April 2019, a symposium on 'Understanding the Creative Industry Ecologies in Brunei and Hong Kong' was held in the Senate Room of Chancellor Hall at UBD. There were four presentations from staff at FASS, UBD, and there were three presentations by staff from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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    PRISM UBD Film Festival 2nd Edition

On Monday, 23 April 2019, the 2nd PRISM Short Film Festival was held at UBD.

PRISM UBD Film Festival 2nd Edition is a platform that showcases creative works from undergraduate students majoring in Design and Creative Industries and English Studies from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Dr Yong Liu from Design and Creative Industries and Ms Mayyer Ling from English Studies co-hosted the festival this year.

Creative works include documentaries, fiction, experimental short films, public service announcements and music videos are all showcased at the PRISM platform.

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Two Books Launched at UBD

On 22nd April 2019, two books titled Politics of the Brunei Sultanate 1804 – 1906: Enduring the Storm to the Blessed Shores and Melayu Islam Beraja, The Malay Islamic Monarchy in Negara Brunei Darussalam Prior to 1906: A Historical Study were launched at the Inspiring Hall, Student Centre, University Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The first book was written by Associate Professor Dr. Haji Awg Asbol bin Haji Mail, Associate Professor Ampuan Dr. Haji Brahim bin Ampuan Haji Tengah, Associate Professors at UBD and Haji Mohsin bin Abu Bakar, a local author; and the second book was written by five academic staff of UBD namely Associate Professor Dr. Haji Awg Asbol bin Haji Mail, Associate Professor Ampuan Dr. Haji Brahim bin Ampuan Haji Tengah, Dr. Nani Suryani binti Haji Abu Bakar, Dr. Hajah Asiyah Az-Zahra binti Haji Ahmad Kumpoh and Dr. Haji Tassim bin Haji Abu Bakar.

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    The Pronunciation of Dusun

Recent work has been published on the pronunciation of Dusun in Brunei.

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Urban and Rural Thailand

On Thursday, 18 April 2019, Professor Jonathan Rigg from Bristol University gave a FASS seminar entitled 'More than Urban: Viewing Urban Poverty Through a Rural Lens', in which he discussed the transition from rural to urban living in Thailand.

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    The South China Sea in History

On Thursday, 28th March, 2019, Johannes Kurz gave a FASS seminar titled 'The South China Sea and how it turned into “Historically” Chinese Territory in 1975', describing his research into the background behind China's territorial claim over the South China Sea.

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Field Trip and Research on Kampong Ayer

Under the Research Module AD/AV-3307 Sustainable Research through Experiential Learning, Dr. Shafi Noor Islam offered a research project entitled “The Significance of Kampong Ayer (Water Village) becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Brunei Darussalam”. On 21 March 2019, the students went on a field trip to Kampong Ayer, and then on 27 March they participated in a day-long workshop at UBD.



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The Nguyen Dynasty of Vietnam

On Thursday, 14 March 2019, Liam Kelley of the Institute of Asian Studies, UBD, gave a FASS seminar entitled 'The Forgotten Role of the "Royal Nation" of Vietnam', in which he discussed the role of the final Nguyen Dynasty that lasted from 1802 till 1945 in developing the administration and education of Vietnam.

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    Mobile Youth

On Thursday, 7th March, 2019, Siti Mazidah Haji Mohamad gave a FASS seminar titled 'Mobile Youth: Self-Branding and Self-Promotion on Instagram' describing the research she has conducted on self-promotion via Instagram by young people in Brunei.

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Most Cited Article

The 2009 article by Paul Deyuan He and David C. S. Li 'Language attitudes and linguistic features in the 'Chinese English' debate' is listed as the most cited article in the journal World Englishes over the past three years.

    English Teacher Preparation

On Thursday, 14th February, 2019, Mayyer Ling Binti Mohammad Tony Ling gave a FASS seminar titled 'Advancing Achievement through Value-Added Measures: A Study on English Teacher Preparation in Brunei' describing the research she has conducted together with Dr Rinni Marliyana Binti Haji Amran which will soon appear in a book published by Routledge.

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Fishing in the Philippines

On Thursday, 7 February 2019, Magne Knudsen of FASS, UBD, gave a seminar entitled "Changing tides: Re-configuration of a low-capital, high-skill fisheries in the Central Visayas" in which he described his research on traditional knowledge and current practices by fishermen in Sibulan in the south of Negros Islands in the Philippines.

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    SEAMEO SPAFA Workshop

From 28 till 31 January, 2019, Dr. Shafi Noor Islam participated in a four-day workshop as part of the SEAMEO SPAFA flagship programme on “Conservation in the Tropics”, a School-based Approach in Promoting Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage.

During the workshop, he presented a paper on “History, Development and Significance of Kampong Ayer”.

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