What is MondayTalks? (previously known as FrenchTalks)
Welcoming French and Malaysian experts, it aims at creating a space of dialogue between Malaysia and France and their cultures. These
multi-voice conversations between scientists, intellectuals, writers or artists cover a great variety of topics.
Organised monthly by Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur and the Embassy of France in Malaysia.
Talks conducted in English.
Free entrance - book online.
Rivers and environmental justice
+ dance performance by Aida Redza and Huimin Leow in collaboration with Orang Orang Drum Theater
Monday, Sep 26, 2022
7:30pm - 10pm 45 min talk, 15 min Q&A, light refreshments
(The talk will be followed by an artistic performance) Talk conducted in English
PERFORMANCE ENTRY TICKET:
NON MEMBER - RM 30 PER ENTRY
AFKL MEMBER - RM 15 PER ENTRY
(for valid AFKL members only: use discount code RIVERS15 upon check out)
"Rivers and environmental justice" is the third conference on urban biodiversity in Malaysia and Southeast Asia proposed by the
Alliance Française de Kuala Lumpur and the Alliance Française de Penang in 2022, in the presence of Malaysian experts and civil society
actors. Through a multidisciplinary approach, the public will have the opportunity to get a broad and complete view of this topic on rivers
Mr. Kennedy Michael
Kennedy Michael is an accidental environmentalist who keeps accidentally getting involved in environmental conservation. He is often
called a polymath but he denies any and all accusations of any misrepresentation. Kennedy wears many hats and it has nothing to do with
his hairstyle but everything to do about his interest and passion for life and accidents. Mostly happy. He is the Founder of the
Alliance of River Three, Friends of Sungai Klang Taman Melawati River Three, Friends of Sungai Klang Mid Valley River Three, and a
founding member of Gabungan Darurat Iklim Malaysia and their Communications Coordinator. He is the creator of the River Three - River
Conservation, Protection, and Rehabilitation Programme and the creator of the Taman Melawati and Mid Valley River Three Parks. He is
also a happy recipient of The Star Golden Hearts Awards 2020 for environmental conservation. Links
Ms. Kwong Chiew Ee
Chiew Ee is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution and Litigation Department at Rahmat Lim & Partners. She is also part of the Firm’s
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) & Public Policy practice group. She is a member of the Bar Council Environmental and
Climate Change Committee. Chiew Ee is the Malaysian National Rapporteur for Climate Change Litigation at the Sabin Center for Climate
Change Law at Columbia University, New York. She was selected as a Fellow under the U.S. Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian
Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Professional Fellow Program under the Sustainable Development and Environment Institute Theme.
Dr. Valérie Barbosa
Dr. Valérie Barbosa is an oceanographer whose research work focused mostly on aquaculture and molecular virology. She got involved in
different projects in public and private institutions in Mexico, France, Canada and the USA. In 2017, she was appointed at the Embassy
of France in Mexico to develop the bilateral collaboration in Science and Technology. In 2021, she joined the team Embassy of France
to Malaysia as the Attachée for Science and Higher Education and the Director of the Malaysian-French University Centre (MFUC). Links
Aida Redza with her journey into “semangat” meets Hui Min Leow’s “bakar”. Both of them are curious about the position of themselves as
artist while facing the question of environment (pollution, deforestation, overexploitation, etc.) with their work respectively, “semangat”
and “bakar”. Perhaps, the spirituality is a way to reconnect the people to taste the beauty of nature and engage a moderate living
lifestyle. In “Hanyut”, they will present the beginning of their new collaboration together with Boyz Chew and Zyee Leow from Orang Orang
Drum Theatre to explore how the body could connect to the environment and create awareness about the importance of river, and the
conservation of the source and flow of water.
Aida Redza Aida Redza is one of Malaysia’s leading contemporary dancers and choreographers, noted
for creating multimedia performances. Based in Penang, she is the founder of WindRiver Productions, the artistic principal of Studio
Pentas and a member of Ombak-Ombak ARTStudio.
Hui Min Leow He completed his Master degree in 2022, Master Expérimentation et Recherche dans les
arts de la scène at University Bordeaux Montaigne. He is one of the core members of Orang Orang Drum Theatre and Asia Butoh Tree Team. He
explores different body technique and language with people from theatre, music and dance.
Zyee Leow Founder, artistic director and music director of Orang Orang Drum Theatre since 2013.
Since its establishment in 2013, they have been dancing between music, dance, and theatre. Through interactions with traditional cultures
and collaborations with different contemporary artists, they create their unique identity of “drum theatre”.
Boyz Chew Founder, artistic director and music director of Orang Orang Drum Theatre since 2013.
Their recent work “掘失Jue2 Shi1 The Hidden Tune”, a music collaboration with Angelika Niescierer toured Jazz Festivals in Germany.
Book launch "Malaisie contemporaine" - Understanding the dynamics of contemporary Malaysia
Both continental and insular, culturally diverse and influenced by Asia’s most important civilisations (Islam, China and India),
medium-sized but considered an emerging country, the Federation of Malaysia is at the heart of Southeast Asia and its issues. It is,
however, one of the most misunderstood and less known states in the region: surprisingly Malaysia seems to be a blind spot in social science
research, perhaps because of its historical trajectory without any major geopolitical crisis in domestic or world affairs, amidst an
economically prosperous and politically stable environment. Malaisie Contemporaine (directed by David Delfolie, Nathalie
Fau and Elsa Lafaye de Micheaux, Bangkok-Paris: IRASEC-Les Indes Savantes, 2021, 600 p.) is the result of a long-term collaboration
between French and Malaysian researchers. It analyses the singularity of a Malaysian model that has so much to contribute empirically and
theoretically to the more global understanding of social phenomena. Geographers, economists, anthropologists, historians, political
scientists, and literature specialists offer here a rigorous and accessible synthesis of the latest research on Malaysia. This monograph
presents the specificities of domestic and foreign policies dominated by diplomatic, regional and security issues. It highlights the
originality of an extroverted economic growth, framed by a rentier, investor and redistributor State, as well as it questions the
consequences of political choices on the spatial organisation of a country marked by strong territorial disparities, by the proximity of
the sea and by the power of the cities.
25 April 2022
The sustainable city in the tropics
The Alliances Françaises and the Embassy of France in Malaysia in partnership with the Penang Institute present
the second conference of the year in the cycle on urban biodiversity entitled « The sustainable city in the tropics ».
📍Penang Institute – 10, Jalan Brown, George Town, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang
📅 Monday 14 March 2022
⏰ 06:30 pm
➡ For more information & to register to the event at the Penang Institute:
➡ Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/2qjZwbFTz
As part of the conference, performer Aida Redza and designer Lisa Foo will then present a video of their project Moved by Padi, originally
showcased in 2016 during the George Town Festival, which recreated a rice field in the center of George Town.
The talk will be followed by a book sale of “Diary of a French Missionary: Penang during the Japanese Occupation” and light
Serge Jardin is a memory smuggler, a trained geographer and historian. He has been in love with Malaysia for more than 30 years now; his
latest publication “Diary of a French Missionary: Penang during the Japanese Occupation” addresses a wide variety of topics: the Occupation
seen by a neutral and a priest, the daily life of the civilians, the resilience to adapt to an extraordinary situation, to discover an
institution normally not open to the outside world….
Dynamics, actors and prospects of the video games industry
with Jeff Sandhu, Head of Talent at 42 Kuala Lumpur and Alex Tan, Co-founder and Project Manager of Hidden Chest Studios.
Moderator: Mohan Low Han Sen, Head of Digital Creative Content, MDEC
Video games are primarily conceived as recreational, as their name indicates it. The last decades have shown that they actually have a
greater impact in various sectors, and are more and more present in our daily lives. What is the current situation of the video game
industry in Malaysia? What is the path to follow to become a successful video game conceptor? What is the foreseen future of video games,
and what roles do they play in our increasingly digitalized societies?Let’s zoom into the video game industry in order to understand its
[Online] Conflict in Malaysian Forests: The Story of the Tapir and the Elephant
with Dr. Nurzhafarina Othman Director/Founder of Pertubuhan Pemuliharaan Biodiversiti Sabah (Seratu Aatai) and Mr. I S Shanmugaraj
Subramaniam Executive Director of Malaysian Nature Society
Moderator: Ms. Siew Lyn Wong Co-founder and editor of Macaranga
Pertubuhan Pemuliharaan Biodiversiti Sabah (Seratu Aatai): Study on the ecology and movement of elephants outside
protected areas and in particular in oil palm plantations in order to increase knowledge and awareness of local populations in the context
of human-elephant conflicts in Kinabatangan, Borneo. Malaysian Nature Society : Relocate tapirs from small forest areas dispersed by rapid development and deforestation induced
by oil palm plantations to protected areas in order to contribute to the conservation of the species in Peninsular Malaysia.
Pertubuhan Pemuliharaan Biodiversiti Sabah (Seratu Aatai) and Malaysian Nature Society are partly funded by the Embassy of France in
June 2021 Watch
Forests today. How about tomorrow?
with Marcel Djama (CIRAD) and Nur Sakeenah (Greenpeace Malaysia).
Moderator: Yao-Hua Law 12 April 2021
[Online] French Texts and Contexts of community life in 19th Century Malaya
with Dr. Shanthini Pillai, Dr. Liz Ng, Dr. Suziana Mat Saad, and Ms. Anne Vanessa Vincent 7 December 2020watch
Tackling Obesity in Malaysia and France
with Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre Poulain and Prof. Dr. Mohd Ismail Noor 17 February 2020
Mysterious myth Of The Malaysian Forest At Night
with Priscillia Miard and Mohamad Nur Arifuddin 20 January 2020
Book Launch: "What I saw In Malaya" by Jeanne Cuisinier
with Amir Muhammad, Hélène Ly-Batallan, Introduction by HE Frédéric Laplanche - Ambassador of France to Malaysia
Readings by Grégory Henno - French Comedian
16 December 2019
In conversation with Hanan Ben Rhouma: Talking about Islam in Multicultural Societies
Moderator: Dina Zaman 25 November 2019
In conversation with Abdennour Bidar: Multi- Religious Societies in the 21st Century
Moderator: Dr. Mohammed Azam Mohammed Adil