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

This conversation with Fraud will explore their work Carbon Derivatives, an art-led enquiry into forest and foreshores as salvage sites…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with Abdessamad El Montassir

This conversation with artist Abdessamad El Montassir will explore his projects about the micro-histories, non-material archives, forms of natural resistance…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with Hyunhye (Angela) Seo

This conversation with artist Hyunhye (Angela) Seo will explore how colonialism and occupation not only shape the occupied culture, but…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza

This conversation with artist Estefanía Peñafiel Loaiza will cover her project "Speculations" (on how to enter and exit a forest)…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with Nontawat Numbenchapol

This conversation with the film director Nontawat Numbenchapol on his movie Boundary (2013), which follows a young soldier called in…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with Shaq Koyok

This conversation with artist/activist Shaq Koyok will cover art and the issues faced today by Indigenous communities in Malaysia (including…

Bodies of Occupation: Conversation with Khvay Samnang and Vuth Lyno

This conversation with artists Khvay Samnang and Vuth Lyno will explore different forms of corporeal occupation, resistance and transformation in…

Bodies of Occupation: Roundtable – Frankenstein in Baghdad

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