About the COTCA Project

How has foreign occupation shaped culture? What has been the lasting cultural legacy of foreign occupation in those societies where it represented a common state of affairs for much of the modern era? The Cultures of Occupation in Twentieth Century Asia (COTCA) Project (an ERC-funded project under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme: Grant Number 682081) will address these questions by analysing how occupation – be it under colonial, wartime or Cold War powers – gave rise to unique visual, auditory and spatial regimes in East and Southeast Asia in the modern era.

COTCA’s three streams

The COTCA Project is run along three interconnected streams:

  1. Representations of occupation
  2. Sounds of occupation
  3. Spaces of occupation

The objectives of Stream 1 (Representations of Occupation) are to:

The objectives of Stream 2 (Sounds of Occupation) are to:

The objectives of Stream 3 (Spaces of Occupation) are to:

COTCA activities

The COTCA Project hosts regular external speakers at the University of Nottingham, while COTCA team members also present their work regularly at conferences and workshops, and publish work developed under the Project. You can learn more about COTCA-related events by following us on our web site, on Facebook and on Twitter (#COTCAProject).