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In this inaugural publication of Perspectives, three distinguished professors of the arts and humanities have been invited to share their views about an important topic of our times: Academia in the Time of the Pandemic.

The award-winning poet and author, and Professor Emerita of English Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Shirley Geok-lin Lim has built transnational links and networks in her illustrious academic and creative career across Asia Pacific, particularly Malaysia, Hong Kong, and California. Powerfully blending scholarly lenses and poetic vision, Lim is the ideal voice to interrogate the value of the arts and humanities in the age of the pandemic.

Straddling the intersections of history, gender, literature and studies in China and Asia, Louise Edwards, the Scientia Professor of Chinese History at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, is well-known for her contributions to the humanities in Asia Pacific. She too addresses the value of the humanities by spotlighting the important research being done in varying fields, and why this research is more relevant than ever in the time of COVID-19.

Formerly the Professor of History from Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Ooi Keat Gin established IJAPS and was its Editor-in-Chief from the journal’s inception in 2005 until early 2020. A prominent scholar and researcher in Borneo and Southeast Asian Studies, Ooi draws on his rich academic background and observations to provide invaluable insights into the history of global pandemics, and the kinds of opportunities open to a motivated academic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Professor Emerita, on Interrogating the value of humanities and the arts in the time of the pandemic.
Professor Louise Edwards on The social life of humans and viruses. The social life of humans and virusesThe social life of humans and viruses
Professor Ooi Keat Gin on Of pandemics and academics: Opportunities seized, or opportunities missed. opportunities missed.

Note: The views and opinions expressed in the Perspectives are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the journal’s or the publisher’s position.

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