Jill J. Tan
Jill J. Tan is a writer, artist, and researcher committed to collaborative practice and multimodal exploration through games, performance and poetics. As a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Yale University, she studies death and dying in Singapore, working with funeral professions and public-facing death literacy efforts. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Guernica, City and Society Journal, The Journal of Public Pedagogies, Palimpsest, Ghost Proposal; and the edited volumes Resistant Hybridities: Tibetan Narratives in Exile (Lexington), and Death and the Afterlife: Multidisciplinary Perspectives from Asia (Routledge). Her research is supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation; a National University of Singapore Development Grant; the Tan Kah Kee and Tan Ean Kiam Foundations; and a Social Science Research Council Graduate Research Fellowship. She was a 2022 resident at Dance Nucleus, and co-created featured programs for The Studios 2022 at The Esplanade, Singapore’s national performing arts center, and the 2020 Singapore Writers Festival. Tan’s multimedia hybrid poetics project Notes on the bicentennial of a f/l/ound/er/ing (2019) was awarded the 2022 Theron Rockwell Field Prize at Yale.
“Un/tracing Empire: Pollinations between the Poetic and Ethnographic” was convened as a reading and workshop group of anthropologists with a commitment to poeti... More
Commentary This poem is part of my ongoing series of formal and methodological explorations of how the poetic holds within itself a built-in resistance to forec... More
Editor’s Note This feature of the Southeast Chicago Archive and Storytelling Project (SECASP) in the Visual and New Media Review gathers the perspectives and fr... More