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Exhibition (de)Tour: A Fertile Land for the Taking: Conquest and Appropriation of Southeast Asia during the age of Colonial Capitalism with Dr Farish Ahmad Noor

14 Sep 2016, Wed 7:30pm - 9:00pm
The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road

“In an age of near-global commodification, how do we study cultural and ethnic difference, and how do we navigate the complicated map of plural multiculturalism?” Dr Farish Ahmad Noor

In this talk, Dr Farish Ahmad Noor will engage with the history of Southeast Asia. He will speak about how the colonial imaginary envisioned Southeast Asia as a land of boundless opportunities for capital, and thus regarded it as a fertile zone for conquest and appropriation, bringing the colonial enterprise within the ambit of a modernist-instrumentalist mindset.

This Exhibition (de)Tour is part of the public programme of Amar Kanwar: The Sovereign Forest.


Dr Farish Ahmad Noor (Malaysia/Singapore) is presently Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he is the Head of the Doctoral Studies Programme. A political scientist and historian, he has served as researcher at the Centre for Modern Orient Studies (ZMO), Berlin, Germany; taught at Freie University Berlin, Germany; the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Leiden, The Netherlands; and Sciences-Po, Paris, France. Currently he is also a member of the United Nations’ Alliance of Civilisations’ Panel of Global Experts on Religion and Politics in Asia.

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