Dr Mark Frost

Senior Lecturer
Department of History
Dr Mark Frost
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    5NW.8.11, Colchester Campus

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    By appointment



My mother is from south India and my father from east London, and I grew up in Australia. That cultural mix got me interested in my dual heritage which inevitably led to my interest in History. Perhaps unsurprisingly, my continued scholarly interest has been in the Asian-European encounter and in the colonial past. I also had exceptional History teachers. Up until my last year of school, I was set on studying English Literature at university. But my History teacher, the highly-respected Charles Malyon, persuaded me otherwise. After I completed my doctorate in the U.K., I lived for seven years in Singapore where I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute and then Content Designer, Senior Scriptwriter and Senior Historical Consultant for the 2006 award-winning revamp of the National Museum of Singapore's History Gallery. After running my own exhibition and multimedia design company, I returned to full-time academia in 2009, taking a job as Research Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong. I joined the Department of History at the University of Essex in 2011. I still retain a keen interest in the way history is presented in diverse public contexts and I am involved in various literary, documentary television and exhibition projects. Recently, I wrote the documentary film I Remember the Fall of Singapore (2017, dir. Michel Cayla) and the three-part documentary drama television series Love in a Time of Change (2018, dir. Michel Cayla).


  • MPhil (Cantab.) University of Cambridge,

  • PhD (Cantab.) University of Cambridge,

  • BA with First Class Honours (Oxon.) University of Oxford,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

The British Empire in Asia

Open to supervise

Print, politics and religion in the Indian Ocean world

Open to supervise

War and memory in Asia

WARMAP - the War memoryscapes in Asia Partnership: Memories of Asia's 20th century wars of imperialism and liberation continue to shape national identities in the region. However, the way regional and global economic integration are impacting on the production of contemporary war memories remains poorly understood. This interdisciplinary research network explores Asia's conflict heritage in a globalized world, focusing on the powerful transnational flows which are challenging, subverting and transforming official discourses of war remembrance. What does the border-crossing movement of tourists, remebrance practices, capital and information, and the rise of non-state heritage players, mean for post-conflict reconciliation in a region still clearly haunted by its past? Funded by the Leverhulme Foundation, and based at the University of Essex, WARMAP brings together scholars from the universities of Konstanz, Wageningen, Kyushu, Deakin, the National University of Singapore and Academia Sinica, as well as heritage practitioners from Europe, Australia and Asia.

Open to supervise

Public history

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Jiarong Lu
Jiarong Lu
Thesis title: Leisure and Modernity in Late 19th Century Shanghai
Degree subject: History
Degree type: Master of Philosophy
Awarded date: 15/2/2019
Peter Edward John Good
Peter Edward John Good
Thesis title: In the Service of the Shah? The East India Company in the Persian Gulf 1600-1750
Degree subject: History
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 5/7/2018
Terry Smyth
Terry Smyth
Thesis title: Roots of Remembrance: Tracing the Memory Practices of the Children of Far East Prisoners of War
Degree subject: Sociology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/7/2017
Rebecca Kenneison
Rebecca Kenneison
Thesis title: The Special Operations Executive in Malaya: Impact and Repercussions, 1941-48
Degree subject: History
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 17/2/2017


Journal articles (9)

Frost, MR., (2018). Imperial citizenship or else: liberal ideals and the Indian unmaking of empire, 1890-1919. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 46 (5), 845-873

Frost, MR., (2017). Humanitarianism and the Overseas Aid Craze in Britain’s Colonial Straits Settlements, 1870–1920. Past and Present. 236 (1), 169-205

Frost, MR. and Schumacher, D., (2017). Wartime globalization in Asia, 1937-1945, conflicted connections and convergences. Modern Asian Studies. 51 (6), 1922-1935

Goodall, H. and Frost, MR., (2017). The Transnational Mission of an Indian War Correspondent: P. R. S. Mani in Southeast Asia, 1944–1946. Modern Asian Studies. 51 (6), 1936-1968

Frost, MR., (2016). Amitav Ghosh and the Art of Thick Description: History in the Ibis Trilogy. American Historical Review. 121 (5), 1537-1544

Frost, MR., (2016). Pandora's post box: Empire and information in British India, 1854-1914. English Historical Review. 131 (552), 1043-1073

Frost, MR., (2012). ‘Beyond the limits of nation and geography’: Rabindranath Tagore and the cosmopolitan moment, 1916–1920. Cultural Dynamics. 24 (2-3), 143-158

Frost, MR., (2005). Emporium in Imperio: Nanyang Networks and the Straits Chinese in Singapore, 1819–1914. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies. 36 (1), 29-66

Frost, M., (2002). ‘Wider Opportunities’: Religious Revival, Nationalist Awakening and the Global Dimension in Colombo, 1870–1920. Modern Asian Studies. 36 (04), 937-966

Books (2)

Frost, MR., Vickers, E. and Schumacher, D., (2019). Remembering Asia's World War Two. Routledge. 9780367111328

Frost, MR. and Balasingamchow, Y., (2009). Singapore: A Biography. Hong Kong University Press; National Museum of Singapore; Editions Didier Millet. 9789888028177

Book chapters (8)

Frost, M., Singapore Songlines: Revisited: The world class complex and the multiple deaths of context. In: Hard State, Soft City: The urban imaginative field in Singapore. Editors: Chung, S. and Douglas, M., . Amsterdam University Press

Frost, MR., Vickers, E. and Schumacher, D., (2019). Locating Asia's War Memory Boom: a new temporal and geopolitcal perspective. In: Remembering Asia's World War Two. Routledge. 1- 24. 9780367111328

Frost, MR. and Watanabe, Y., (2019). Methods of Reconciliation: the 'rich tradition' of Japanese war memory activism in post-war Southeast Asia. In: Remembering Asia's World War Two. Editors: Frost, MR., Schumacher, D. and Vickers, E., . Routledge. 247- 277. 9780367111328

Frost, MR., (2015). 'Beyond the limits of nation and geography': Rabindranath Tagore and the cosmopolitan moment, 1916-1920. In: Cosmopolitan Asia: Littoral Epistemologies of the Global South. Editors: Gabriel, SP. and Rosa, F., . Routledge. 37- 52. 9781317372158

Frost, MR., (2010). In search of cosmopolitan discourse: a historical journey across the Indian Ocean from Singapore to South Africa, 1870-1920. In: Eyes across the water: Navigating the Indian Ocean. Editors: Gupta, P., Hofmeyr, I. and Pearson, M., . UNISA Press. 75- 95. 9781868885725

Frost, MR., (2009). That great ocean of idealism: the Tagore circle and the idea of Asia, 1900-1920. In: Indian Ocean Studies: cultural, social and political perspectives. Editors: Jamal, A. and Moorthy, S., . Routledge. 251- 279. 0203867432. 9780415803908

Frost, MR., (2009). The making of the Singapore History Gallery: Some personal reflections. In: The Past in the Present: Histories in the Making. Singapore: National Heritage Board. 9789810824914

Frost, MR., (2004). Cosmopolitan Fragments from a Splintered Isle: Colombo and 'Ceylonese' Nationalism. In: Ethnicities, Diasporas and 'Grounded' Cosmopolitanisms in Asia. Editors: Kahn, JS., . Asia Research Institute. 59- 69

Reports and Papers (1)

Frost, MR., (2003). Transcultural Diaspora: the Straits Chinese in Singapore, 1819-1918

Media (2)

Michel Cayla and Frost, MR., I Remember the Fall of Singapore (2017). Video

Frost, MR. and Cayla, M., Love in a Time of Change (2018). Video

Other (2)

Frost, M. and Schumacher, D., WARMAP (the War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership) website

Frost, MR., (2014).Writing the war in Asia: a documentary history - website,University of Essex, University of Hong Kong, University of Konstanz

Grants and funding


Daiwa Foundation Small Grant - Travel

Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

Living with Violent Heritage: contests and coexistence in post-war Sri Lanka

British Academy


War Memoryscapes in Asia Partnership: routes to post-conflict reconciliation

Leverhulme Trust


Writing the Great Asian War

The British Academy

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