Patents as Devices of Accumulation by Exclusion: The Case of COVID-19

Article by Lungani Hlongwa. Abstract: As some countries were preparing to enter the ‘post-covid-19 era,’ news headlines consistently reported of the grim prospects that some countries would remain entrapped by the pandemic for years to come. Crucial to this transition from the pandemic to the post-pandemic era is the ability …

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 …

不被看见及被看见的身体-疫情下的大马非公民群体

Article by Lim Jian Xing. Abstract On Migrant communities during the global pandemic, Italian scholar Sandro Mezzadra in his What Happens to Freedom of Movement During a Pandemic pointed that “Migrants embody in the harshest way the contradictions and tensions surrounding the freedom of movement and its denial today” and “ …

State Regulation, Pandemic, and Africans in South China

Article by LI Qi. Abstract During the Covid-19 pandemic, African nationals were maltreated in Guangdong Province, China. African students and businesspeople were forced to undergo additional quarantine and nucleic acid tests. Meanwhile, they were unwelcomed on the street, at their places of work and even their accommodations. In contrast to …

The Reaction of the Government, Social Media and Citizens in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Lesson from Vietnam

Article by Nguyen Thi Trang. Abstract: In December 2019, novel coronavirus broke out in China; it was predicted that Vietnam would suffer serious infection rates during this pandemic. However, the country has written its own exceptional story with only 332 infected cases so far in its territory and no deaths. …

The ‘Turmoil’ of Internal Migration in India during the Covid-19

Article by Dr. Poonam Sharma Abstract: While the world gets enveloped by the menacing shadow of the Covid-19, India as a nation is also struggling to prevent itself from the impact of the new coronavirus. This article highlights the ‘turmoil’ of internal migration that erupted in India after a three-week-long …

Decolonizing the Museum Space in India: The Pandemic Influence

Article by Dr Pallavi Narayan. Abstract: Large state museums thrive on global exchange and international movement, and rapidly opened their doors to virtual tourism soon after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. They already have a strong online presence with technical teams ready to adapt to online modes of viewing and visiting. …