Meeting in the Middle | Doing & Being: Intersections of Community Organising

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This event is now over. The conversation transcript will be made available in 1 - 2 months' time, together with the recorded conversation.

Petitioning, art-making, twitter-threading & more – what are the different vehicles that allow us to participate in civil society, and how might they interact and evolve with each other to affect change? Join us for a panel with Constance Singam, Dana Lam, Mysara Aljaru and Rachel Tey, moderated by Jolene Tan as they discuss what it means to participate in civil society at different levels, and through different mediums and roles: How can examining the multitude ways of doing civil society work -- from the women’s rights movements in the 1980s to anti-racist and climate crisis campaigns of the 2020s -- inform a way forward for us as collective, concerned citizenry?

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About Meeting in the Middle

Meeting in the Middle is an annual women-led conversation organised by Ethos Books as part of International Women's Day. These conversations focus on various intersections of identities, expertise and literature.

About the Speakers

Constance Singam is a writer and civil society activist. Constance has led women’s organisations, co-founded civil society groups, been a columnist in national publications, and co-edited several books. Her nonfiction works include Re-Presenting Singapore Women (2004) and The Art of Advocacy in Singapore (2017). She has written two memoirs including Never Leave Home Without Your Chilli Sauce (2016), and three children’s books including Porter the Adventurous Otter (2021). She was inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. (Photo credit: Ore Huiying)

Dana Lam is a visual artist and writer, and an Associate Artist with Checkpoint Theatre. In 2019, she wrote and performed Still Life, a monologue developed with Claire Wong of Checkpoint Theatre that incorporated a year of painting as process. Her writing credits include the book, Days of Being Wild: GE2006 Walking the Line with the Opposition (Ethos Books, 2006). Her visual art has been shown in the Singapore Art Museum and the Substation Gallery. Her 500-piece installation work, When Bellies Speak: You are your own work of art was held at Hong Lim Park on 8 March 2015. Outside of performance, Dana has volunteered with AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research), serving as its President from 2000-2002 and again, from 2009-2011. (Photo credit: Goodman Arts Centre, Nik Voon)

Mysara Aljaru is a lens-based practitioner, writer, researcher and educator. Mysara was previously a journalist and documentary producer with Mediacorp and has also worked with various research institutions such as Centre for Research on Islamic and Malay Affairs (RIMA) and The Institute of Policy Studies (IPS). An artist and writer herself, Mysara has showcased and performed at Objectifs, The Substation, ArtScience Museum and Singapore Art Week 2022.

Rachel Tey (she/her) is a student concerned by the disproportionate and unjust distribution of climate harm. Driven by the conviction of those around her, Rachel strives to tap on the strengths and energies in the community to create change. In Students For a Fossil Free Future (S4F), Rachel and her team unpack how the story of their student activism is told. In crafting and refining their campaign strategy, she finds herself in conversations about navigating power in Singapore, the existence of our species and walking to school. She is intentional about creating a space that is regenerative and recognises the value that each individual brings.

About the Moderator

Jolene Tan is a writer from Singapore, whose fiction includes the novels After the Inquiry (Ethos Books, 2021), A Certain Exposure (Epigram Books, 2014), short fiction published in The Manchester Review, and a children's picture book, Saturday's Surprisingly Super-Duper Lesson (Epigram Books, 2020). She has also written numerous non-fiction articles, principally on equality and human rights, for publications such as New Naratif, The Online Citizen, The F Word, The Birthday Book, CNA and The Straits Times. She can be found at