The Spatialities of Extended Infrastructure Landscapes: The Case of Malaysia’s Melaka Gateway Project

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This presentation focuses on the proposed Melaka Gateway project in Southwestern Malaysia, which is a privately-financed initiative, that was proposed to be the largest man-made island project in Southeast Asia, discursively aligned with China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). However, the project's future is in question as its approval has been revoked by the Federal Government, despite the reclamation works being already partially completed. The presentation will therefore discuss the political, ecological, and socio-cultural transformations that such speculative infrastructure projects generate, even as they remain incomplete. It also teases out the motivations for developing regions in pursuing BRI and large infrastructure projects. In doing so, the presentation contributes to emerging research that seeks to understand how the BRI is transforming processes of urbanisation through more nuanced and situated analyses of its spatial, political-economic and discursive dimensions at multiple scales.
Period18 Feb 2022
Event titleChina and Regional Studies Joint Webinar Series
Event typeSeminar
OrganisersSchool of Graduate Studies, University of Turku