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.
- 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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