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A strange industrial order: Indonesia’s racialised plantation ecologies

This seminar covers the formation of Indonesia’s plantation ecologies as well as estate worker rebellions against plantation extraction in the 1950s.

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  • 25 Feb 2020, 1.15pm to 25 Feb 2020, 2.05pm GMT
  • Address, 1 West North, 2.04, University of Bath
  • This event is free
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Dr Tilley's research focuses on political economy and ecology particularly in Southeast Asia.

Plantations are expanding across contemporary frontiers, remaking social orders and ravaging ecologies in the service of value extraction through commodity production.

Dr Lisa Tilley, University of London, revisits the ‘strange industrial order’ of the plantation in 1950s Indonesia at a time of deep contestation in which estate workers were organising to reinvigorate the unfulfilled goals of anti-colonial struggles. Viewing this moment through the anxieties of European planters in the British archive, the talk covers how these struggles deeply disturbed the localised racial labour order of the plantation, while also working against the extractive tributaries of the international order.

The talk will go on to reflect on how keeping alive historical consciousness of how industrial racial regimes are produced, disturbed, and fractured is vital to countering the harms of our plantation present.

This talk is part of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies 2019-20 seminar series.

Speaker profile

Dr Lisa Tilley is currently Lecturer in Politics and a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

Her work focuses on political economy/ecology, race, and historical/present-day colonialism, extraction and expropriation, especially in Southeast Asia. She also co-convenes the CPD-BISA working group and is Associate Editor of Global Social Theory.


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Address 1 West North, 2.04 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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