The Cultural Logistics of Renaissance City Singapore as ASEAN Regional Hub
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AbstractIntroduced by the Trump administration, the term ‘Indo-Pacific’ describes a corridor for trade and transit among the economies of the greater Pacific region. Meant as a counterweight to the growing economic, military, and geopolitical dominance of the P.R.C. with its One-Belt-One-Road Initiative, the term reveals the emerging conflicts and complexities of a new world system centered in Asia. In the wake of a regional shift to knowledge-based capitalism, this panel investigates how world cities act as nodes of control over the mobility of transnational economic and cultural flows. State support for neoliberal modes of innovation and creativity, such as funding schemes for art events and start-up ventures, attract cultural producers and capture consumer markets. Though mobility nodes are invaluable to the creation and circulation of images and narratives across different platforms, genres, and locations in the world system, they simultaneously immobilize bodies and collectivities engaged in immaterial labor.

Elmo Gonzaga’s paper maps the cultural logistics of Singapore’s Renaissance City initiatives during the 2000s and 2010s. Focusing on Singapore’s deployment of infrastructures for higher education, art exhibition, and knowledge production alongside its management of networks of undersea cables and data centers, the paper examines its efforts to consolidate its function as the dominant hub for supply chains of immaterial labor within the Association for Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Looking at Singapore as a key mobility node in the economic geography of the Pacific Ocean, it uncovers how world cities do not merely attract but also direct the intraregional and transnational flows of bodies and images around them. The paper argues that state-funded institutions and events of global scale such as the National Gallery, Singapore Biennale, and Singapore International Film Festival propagate a new imaginary of Southeast Asia, which resituates Singapore’s position atop shifting geopolitical hierarchies.
All Author(s) ListGONZAGA Fernando IV Piccio
Name of ConferenceCrossroads in Cultural Studies Conference 2018
Start Date of Conference12/08/2018
End Date of Conference15/08/2018
Place of ConferenceShanghai University
Country/Region of ConferenceChina
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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