Van Vollenhoven Lecture 20 May 2021: Tania Li - In the Wake of the Plantation: Law and Human Rights in Indonesia

The Commission on Legal Pluralism is co-hosting the Van Vollenhoven Lecture 2021, and you are cordially invited to attend! Date: Thursday 20 May 2021, 13.30 CET, online.

Scholars working mainly in the Americas have argued that the emergence of plantations circa 1600 re-shaped the world order, embedding racialized modes of social, political and economic organization that resonated far beyond plantation borders. They have dubbed this the “plantationocene.” Inspired by this line of inquiry and focusing on Indonesia, this lecture argues that from the 1870 Agrarian Law through the 1960 Land Law, the emergence of the New Order and the 2020 pro-investment Omnibus Law, plantations have been central to the formation of Indonesia’s legal regimes. Plantations also entrench race-like social divides at the heart of the social order, and install political relations that are antithetical to human rights and enfranchised citizenship. Measures to protect customary land rights, small scale farms and ordinary citizens struggle to make headway in this milieu.

Tania Li is professor at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests are in culture, economy, environment, and development, especially in Indonesia's upland regions.

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This lecture is organised by: The Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI), The Commission on Legal Pluralism, and The research programme Effective Protection of Fundamental Rights in a Pluralist World (EPFR) © 2023 | Disclaimer