In this talk, Kah-Wee will share excerpts from his recently published monograph, Las Vegas in Singapore: Violence, Progress and the Crisis of Nationalist Modernity (NUS Press, 2019): why it is a “history of the present”, the challenge of researching architecture through law, as well as two chapters that juxtapose the violent and pastoral dimensions of nation-building – the intensified criminalization of gambling and the creation of the national lottery in Singapore from 1960s to 70s.

Speaker’s Bio

Kah-Wee Lee is Associate Director of the Master of Urban Planning programme at the National University of Singapore where he teaches history and theory of planning and qualitative methods. He works on the relationship between space and power, particularly through the lenses of modern expertise such as architecture, urban planning, law and public administration.