Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia

(COTCA)

Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia (COTCA) is a European Research Council-supported project (funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme: Grant Number 682081) which explores how foreign occupation, in various forms, has influenced cultural expression in East and Southeast Asia in the modern era.

This site is home to COTCA’s Digital Archive. The archive holds primary source materials collected in various archives and libraries around the world, and organised according to case studies undertaken under the COTCA Project. The two case studies which are currently “live” are (i) Japanese-occupied China; and (ii) the Malayan Emergency. Follow the links below to these case studies.

Data from other case studies will be uploaded in due course. We will also be adding multi-language functions to the site in the near future.

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Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with the art collective Fraud

Conversation with Fraud about their work Carbon Derivatives, an art-led enquiry into forest and foreshores as salvage sites for carbon…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with artist Abdessamad El Montassir

Conversation with artist Abdessamad El Montassir on his projects about the micro-histories, non-material archives, forms of natural resistance, and cartographies…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with artist Hyunhye (Angela) Seo

Conversation with artist Hyunhye (Angela) Seo on how colonialism and occupation not only shape the occupied culture, but how that…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with artist Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza

Conversation with artist Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza on her project Speculations (on how to enter and exit a forest) (2018), the…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with film director Nontawat Numbenchapol

Conversation with film director Nontawat Numbenchapol on his movie Boundary (2013), which follows a young soldier called in Bangkok to…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with artist/activist Shaq Koyok

Conversation with artist/activist Shaq Koyok on art and the issues faced today by indigenous communities in Malaysia (land rights, deforestation,…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with Khvay Samnang and Vuth Lyno

Conversation with artists Khvay Samnang and Vuth Lyno on different forms of corporeal occupation, resistance, and transformation in Cambodia (political…

Bodies of Occupation: Roundtable Frankenstein in Baghdad

Roundtable on Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi's novel Frankenstein in Baghdad (Oneworld Publications, 2018[2013]) Ahmed Saadawi’s novel Frankenstein in Baghdad, a…