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“Dubai and Singapore: Asian Diasporics, Global Logistics, Company Rule”

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Dubai and Singapore are emblematic of the contemporary global moment, embodying dizzying success, frenetic excess, spectacular crash. Are they global cities or port-states? Are they Asian nations or corporations descended from the English EIC and Dutch VOC? Their iconic status today as global cities is not simply a function of globalization, but can be understood in terms of dynamic currents that shape and reshape places in the Indian Ocean, the original Asian venue of an international economy. Dubai and Singapore are two tiny places that have been successful because they have understood those currents, and acted in accordance with changes in their dynamics. What are these dynamics — their constants over the long term, and their recent shifts?


  • Reception follows in Brooks Commons, 1st Floor
Event Date: 
Friday, 4 April 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Engseng Ho
Speaker Title: 
Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History Institution: Department of Cultural Anthropology and Islamic Studies Center, Duke University