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Lectures in History,

Humanities and Social Studies Education,

National Institute of Education,

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 E-mail kevin.blackburn@nie.edu.sg


BA Hons (First Class in History) University of Queensland (1986). 

PhD in History University of Queensland (1991). 


1987-1988 Sessional Tutor in the School of Humanities, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. 

1989-1991 Assistant Course Writer for long distance education programmes, and Research Assistant, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Central Queensland, Rockhampton, Australia. 

1991-1993 Research Assistant in the History and Government Departments at the University of Queensland, and Sessional Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. 

1993-2004 Lecturer/Assistant Professor in History, School of Arts, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 

2004-  Associate Professor in History, Humanities and Social Studies Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 



I teach and research the history of Australia and Southeast Asia. My focus is Malaysia and Singapore. Much of my expertise is on the history of World War II and the Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia. My work covers the themes of war, memory and the nation, oral history, as well as public history and heritage. The prisoner of war experience under the Japanese has been an enduring interest. Recent publications are:


Blackburn, K., ‘The “Democratization” of Memories of the Singapore Past’, BKI (Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde/Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences of Southeast Asia and Oceania), (2013) (169) 4: 431-456.


Blackburn, K., ‘Family Memories as Alternative Narratives to the State's Construction of Singapore's National History’, Oral History in Southeast Asia: Memories and Fragments Eds. Loh Kah Seng, Stephen Dobbs, Ernest Koh (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 55-81.


Blackburn, K., The Sportsmen of Changi, (Sydney: UNSW Press, 2012) 298 pp. http://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/isbn/9781742233024.htm


Blackburn, K., and Karl Hack, War Memory and the Making of Modern Malaysia and Singapore (Singapore: NUS Press, 2012) 476 pp. http://www.nus.edu.sg/nuspress/subjects/SS/978-9971-69-599-6.html


Blackburn, K, ‘Mary Turnbull’s History Textbook for the Singapore Nation’, in Studying Singapore's Past: C.M. Turnbull and the History of Modern Singapore, Ed. Nicholas Tarling, (Singapore: NUS Press, 2012): 28-49.


Blackburn, K., and Edmund Lim, ‘Singapore’s “Little Japan” and its Japanese Cemetery’ in Ed. Kevin YL Tan, Spaces of the Dead: A Case from the Living, Singapore: Ethos Books (2011): 180-203.


Blackburn, K., ‘War Memory and Nation-building in South East Asia’, South East Asia Research, SOAS University of London (March 2010), (18) 1: 5-31.


Blackburn, K., ‘Oral history as a product of malleable and shifting memories in Singapore’, The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History, Eds. Loh Kah Seng and Liew Kai Khiun, Singapore, Ethos (2010): 205-231


Blackburn, K., ‘Recalling War Trauma of the Pacific War and the Japanese Occupation in the Oral History of Malaysia and Singapore’, Oral History Review, Oxford University Press, USA (2009) (36) 2: 231-252.


Blackburn, K., ‘Nation Building, Identity and War Commemoration Spaces in Malaysia and Singapore’, Southeast Asian Culture and Heritage in a Globalising World: Diverging Identities in a Dynamic Region, Eds. Rahil Ismail, Ooi Giok Ling, and Brian Shaw, Farnham, Surrey, Ashgate (2009): 93-114.


Blackburn, K., and Karl Hack, (eds) Forgotten Captives in Japanese-Occupied Asia, London, United Kingdom, Routledge, (2008) 328pp. http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415690058/


Blackburn, K., ‘History From Above: The Use of Oral History in Shaping Collective Memory in Singapore’ in Oral History and Public Memory, Eds. Paula Hamilton and Linda Shopes, Philadelphia, USA, Temple University Press (2008) pp31-46.


Blackburn, K., Heritage Site, War Memorial and Tourist Stop: The Japanese Cemetery of Singapore, 1891-2005, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2007) (80) 1: 17-39.


Blackburn, K., Four Corners Television History of Gallipoli and the Fall of Singapore, Public History Review, Sydney, Australia (2007) (14): 97-114 http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/phrj/


Blackburn, K., ‘Ex-Political Detainee Forum at Singapore in 2006’, Oral History Association of Australia Journal, Melbourne, Australia (2007) 29: 56-59.


Blackburn, K., ‘Public Forum With Veterans and the Wartime Generation at Singapore in 2005’, Oral History Association of Australia Journal, Melbourne, Australia (July 2006) 28 (2): 69-74.


Blackburn, K., ‘Colonial Armies as Postcolonial History: Commemoration and Memory of the Malay Regiment in Modern Singapore and Malaysia’, Colonial Armies in Southeast Asia, Eds. Karl Hack and Tobias Rettig, London, United Kingdom, Routledge (2006): 302-327.


Blackburn, K. and Chew, Ju Ern, Daniel. ‘Dalforce at the Fall of Singapore in 1942: An Overseas Chinese Heroic Legend’, Journal of the Chinese Overseas, Singapore (2005) (1): 2: 233-259.

Blackburn, K., ‘Reminiscence and War Trauma: Recalling the Japanese Occupation of Singapore, 1942-1945’, Oral History, Oral History Society, University of Essex, United Kingdom, (Autumn 2005) (33), 2: 91-98.

Blackburn, K., ‘The Chopsticks Memorial of Singapore: Creating National Unity by Remembering Common Suffering’ in Primary Social Studies: Exploring Pedagogy and Content Eds. Christine Lee & Chang Chew Hung, Singapore, Federal (2005), 128-135.

Blackburn, K., ‘Ageing, Reminiscence, and Memory: Recording the Oral History of the Japanese Occupation’, in Reflections and Interpretations: Oral History Centre 25th Anniversary Publication Ed. Daniel Chew, Singapore, Oral History Centre (2005), 139-149.

Blackburn, K., and Karl Hack, Did Singapore Have to Fall? London, RoutledgeCurzon, 2004 (hardcover) 2005 (paperback) 300pp http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/books/details/9780415374149/


FAMILY AND MARITAL STATUS (married with two children)

Kakadu National Park, Australia 2013