Views from Pulau Pinang: Countering Modern Orientalism and Policy Perspectives
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Views from Pulau Pinang brings together the writings of members of the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS), Universiti Sains Malaysia, with the aim of providing critical and alternative perspectives at the nexus between academia and policy discourse. Divided into three parts, the book tackles issues of ‘Social Science, Development, and Countering Modern Orientalism’, ‘Othering Globalisation: Rights and the Image of Islam’ and ‘Education, Nation-building, and Society.’
Relating back to the history and intellectual traditions of Pulau Pinang it seeks to situate themes of knowledge production and social science research within a geographic space which has itself long been subject to forces of orientalism, colonisation, modernisation, developmentalism, globalisation, nationalism and intellectual captivity, but also forces of decolonisation, anti-orientalism and localism.
Views from Pulau Pinang explores these forces in the context of nation-building, development and education, calling for new approaches to urbanization and the relationship between the city and kampung, the university system and the digital revolution, and the nation-state and governance. Moreover it highlights the importance of innovative social science research to policy thinking for the future of Malaysia.
Ahmad Murad Merican is Professor with the Centre for Policy Research and Policy Studies (CenPRIS), University Sains Malaysia . He is author, editor/co-editor of 11 books. His latest book is In Other Words: Ideas on Journalism, Social Science and Society (2017).
Azeem Fazwan Ahmad Farouk is an associate professor and director CenPRIS, USM. His scholarly works have been published by leading academic journals in the country such as Kajian Malaysia (Journal of Malaysia Studies), Akademika, and Pertanika. He writes regularly for CenPRIS’ column that appears in the New Sunday Times.
Mohamed Ghouse Nasuruddin is Emeritus Professor of Performing Arts at University Sains Malaysia. He has written seven books on dance, music and theatre and performs dance, music, and also writes and directs plays at the local and international levels. Currently he writes on governance, culture, and heritage and education. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research and International Studies (CenPRIS).