About Bernard Keo

I primarily investigate decolonisation and nation-making in littoral Southeast Asia (with a particular focus on Malaysia and Singapore) but have also been increasingly drawn towards urban history and food studies in recent years. Alongside this, I have training and experience in the digital humanities and am keen to explore the ways in which we can disseminate research to the wider public more effectively. I'm interested in a range of topics but gravitate towards the history, politics, culture, and society of Southeast Asia; the study of global cities in the past and present; and new digital ways of doing and presenting history. Outside of academic pursuits, I'm also interested in popular culture, especially 'prestige' television and movies (both good and so bad it's good).

Bernard Z. Keo is Lecturer in Asian History at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia and specialises in decolonisation and nation-building in Southeast Asia. He can be contacted at: b.keo@latrobe.edu.au.

Bernard's website

NBN Episodes hosted by Bernard:

Sylvia Ang, "Contesting Chineseness: Nationality, Class, Gender and New Chinese Migrants" (Amsterdam UP, 2022)

April 19, 2023

Contesting Chineseness

Sylvia Ang
Hosted by Bernard Keo

The question of who is Chinese and how Chineseness as an identity is constituted has been a recurring question, particularly in the context of the ext…

Nicholas Ferns, "Australia in the Age of International Development, 1945–1975: Colonial and Foreign Aid Policy in Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020)

August 5, 2022

Australia in the Age of International Development, 1945–1975

Nicholas Ferns
Hosted by Bernard Keo

In the voluminous literature on the history of modernisation theory and its associated concept of development since the end of World War II, much of t…