The EDSA revolution at 30: what does it mean for the poor in Philippines 2016?

Written by Pauline Eadie. It has been 30 years since the EDSA People Power Revolution in the Philippines. Filipinos unified across the class spectrum to rid the Philippines of the Marcos family. Sectors of society that were traditionally at odds with each other such as the military, the church and the left overcame their differences …

Philippines 2016: Democracy for the Bobotante

Written by Carmina Yu Untalan. Spend just 30 minutes reading commentaries on Philippine presidential elections online, and there is a 99 percent chance that you will come across the word bobotante. You may guess that it is a derogatory term from the context in which it appears: we have four candidates and each have weaknesses: …

Philippines 2016: We Need to Talk About Manny

Written by Pauline Eadie. Political aspirants in the Philippines routinely trot out religious piety, devotion to family and humble origins as mechanisms to appeal to the masses. These humble origins often turn out to be somewhat exaggerated as in the case of Manny Villar.  If a claim to humble origins is simply not credible then a …

Prominent feminist activist Kavita Krishnan to give 2015/16 Tomlinson Lecture

Written by Carole Spary. Our 2015/16 Tomlinson Lecture speaker is Kavita Krishnan. Kavita is the Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association and a politbureau member of the CPI(ML) Liberation Party in India. She is a prominent feminist, left activist and campaigner on a range of interrelated issues, in particular women’s rights in India. …

“They Are Not Colonies but Jails”: Indian Indentured Labour in Colonial Mauritius, 1852-1900

By Sascha Auerbach, Department of History, The University of Nottingham To understand the rationale for the research conducted with the generous aid of IAPS seedcorn funding, a little background on the topic of study is necessary. Today, the constant flow of population across the globe—whether as workers, visitors, or refugees—is a common feature of life.  …

Violence Against Women in India: Is ‘Culture’ The Culprit, or Structure?

We’re getting excited about the annual Tomlinson Lecture on 3rd March at 6pm. Kavita Krishnan will speak on ‘Violence Against Women in India: Is ‘Culture’ The Culprit, or Structure?’ Kavita Krishnan is the Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association. Lecture open to all but please register at www.tomlinson-lecture.eventbrite.co.uk

Africa – Is China a competitor or not?

By Celine Herren – MSCi  International Relations and Global Issues (2015). After China opened to foreign investments in the 1970s, its economic growth was to be sustained by capturing new markets and resources. To this aim, China implemented the ‘go out’ policy in 2001. This policy aimed at expanding trade and investments globally by encouraging …

Globalisation and Convergence: The Example of South Korea

IAPS visiting fellow, Professor Chris Rowley has won a Korea Foundation 2016 Fellowship for Field Research on the subject of  Globalisation and Convergence: The Example of South Korea Some of the most popular buzzwords and debated topics for governments, business and academia are ‘internationalisation’ and ‘globalisation’. The implication is that under the influence of globalisation’s standardisation …

Why Indians abroad succumb to ‘Modimania’

Honorary Professor Andrew Whitehead writes: “Of all the world leaders who have visited Britain, only Nelson Mandela and the Pope have addressed bigger public gatherings than Narendra Modi’s rally at Wembley,” boasts a spokeswoman for the UK Welcomes Modi organisation. It is billed as a grand community reception, and 60,000 Modi supporters – almost all …

Tri-campus workshop on ‘Human Security in the Global South’

We are pleased to announce the first tri-campus IAPS and Sustainable Development RPA workshop: Human Security in the Global South Tentative date: end of February 2016 This workshop acts as a research collaboration and exploration platform, bringing 10-15 academics from three campuses working on Human Security Issues in the global south together for future collaboration …