ASEAS(UK) in conversation with the authors of Plantation Life

[Image: Oil palm plantation by CIFOR/Flickr; Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

On 3 December 2021 ASEAS(UK) spoke to Tania Murray Li and Pujo Semedi, authors of Plantation Life: Corporate Occupation in Indonesia’s Oil Palm Zone.

Plantation Life
examines the structure and governance of Indonesia’s contemporary oil palm plantations, which supplies 50% of the world’s palm oil. 

Li and Semedi theorize “corporate occupation” to underscore how massive forms of capitalist production and control over the palm oil industry replicate colonial-style relations that undermine citizenship. In so doing, they question the assumption that corporations are necessary for rural development, contending that the dominance of plantations stems from a political system that privileges corporations.

You can catch up with the whole conversation on our YouTube video below.

ASEAS(UK) in conversation with the authors of Plantation Life


  • Chair: Adam Tyson, ASEAS Executive Committee Member and Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Politics, University of Leeds
  • Discussant: Helena Varkkey, Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya
  • Discussant: Shofwan Al Banna Choiruzzad, Department of International Relations, Universitas Indonesia
  • Author:  Tania Murray Li, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
  • Author: Pujo Semedi, Department of Anthropology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

Friday 3 December 2021 1.00pm to 2.30pm GMT [9pm Jakarta / Manila / Singapore / KL; 8pm Bangkok]

Online via Zoom.

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