A Sea of Oil Palm is Rising: Who Can Turn Back the Tide?

26.10.2021, 18:15-19:45 | Vortrag von Tania Murray Li in der Reihe The Sea Is Rising And So Are We (online)

Over the past three decades oil palm plantations have expanded massively in Indonesia at the expense of forests and small-scale farms. They radically undermine citizen rights, customary land rights, and indigenous territorial jurisdiction. Dozens of studies have identified very serious social and environmental problems associated with plantation expansion. Yet the sea of oil palm continues to rise and critics have made no headway at all. In this talk I explore the challenge of converting critical insights into effective actions and the misplaced faith in sustainability schemes.

Tania Murray Li teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her publications include Plantation Life: Corporate Occupation in Indonesia’s Oil Palm Zone (with Pujo Semedi, Duke University Press, 2021); Land's End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University Press, 2014), Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (with Derek Hall and Philip Hirsch, NUS Press, 2011), The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics (Duke University Press, 2007), and many articles on land, labour, development, resource struggles, community, class, and indigeneity with a particular focus on Indonesia.

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