Farish Ahmad-Noor

Farish Ahmad-Noor believes that we can never truly escape history but we need not be victims of it either.

Why you should listen

Farish Ahmad-Noor, PhD, is a political scientist and historian of Southeast Asia, whose focus has been on the impact of colonialism in Asia. He has written extensively about the power of ideas and how colonization was never simply a case of violent conquest but also subtle transformation and coercion. His latest, forthcoming book is entitled Data-collecting in 19th Century Colonial Southeast Asia: Framing the Other.

He is a tenured Associate Professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and coordinator of the RSIS doctoral program. He is also a member of the United Nations Panel of Experts on Religion and Politics.

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