Infrastructure and Its Dark Side

Article by LI QI. Abstract This article briefly discusses the role of infrastructure in the history of capitalism and the expansion of the state. Recent studies on infrastructure focus on its ontological perspective, arguing the ideological function that is visible upon the built network of infrastructure. According to Marxist theory […]

Borders, Logistics and Unequal Lives: Webinar Summary

Webinar Summary by Lungani Hlongwa. Abstract: With the COVID-19 outbreak, people around the world were told to self-isolate, practise social distancing, and in some extreme cases, entire cities and countries were put under lockdown. It is fair to say that this pandemic brought much of the world to a near […]

Beijing-Manila Relations and the State of Philippine Democracy Under Rodrigo Duterte

Article by Fernan Talamayan. Abstract: The 2018 Memorandum of Understanding between the Philippines and China on cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative ascertained a stronger infrastructure collaboration and interconnectivity in the transportation, telecommunication, and energy sectors. As I explained in an earlier publication, President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed Chinese aid […]

Of Convenience and the Concept of Citizenship

Article by Zikri Rahman. Abstract: The burgeoning presence of convenience store franchises around the world has been such an interesting phenomenon. Through this preliminary writing, the author is looking at the phenomena specifically from the perspective of Taiwan which has a  staggering number of more than 5000 branches of 7-Eleven […]