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IHGC Fall Seminar Series with Amitav Ghosh: The Indian Ocean in the Anthropocene
As the impact of climate change intensifies, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Indian Ocean region, with its fast-accelerating economies, its innumerable oil and gas producers, its collapsing ecosystems, its vulnerable yet rapidly-increasing populations, and its swiftly-expanding carbon footprint, will be the theatre in which the future of the world will be decided. How will the ongoing changes affect the material and cultural lives of the region’s peoples, who are simultaneously drivers and victims of climate change? Many of the world’s major zones of conflict are already clustered around the Indian Ocean, and the region is also the theater of many accelerating arms races. How will these developments affect the global balance of power? What lessons might past climatic shifts offer for the future? These are some of the issues that will be discussed over the four two-hour sessions of this workshop.


October 30th, 4-5pm: Indian Ocean Worlds and the Anthropocene (follows public lecture, “Future or Past? Climate Change As Seen from the Global North and South,” from 3-4pm)

November 6th, 3-5pm: The Little Ice Age in Tokugawa Japan, Netherlands, and Mughal India: Early Modern Perspectives (with guest speaker: Julia Adeney Thomas, University of Notre Dame)

November 13th, 3-5pm: The Arts of Living in a Precarious Age (with guest speaker: Anand Pandian, Johns Hopkins University)

November 20th, 3-5pm: Environmental Crisis and Security in the Indian Ocean (with guest speaker: Sunil Amrith, Yale University)
Oct 30, 2020 04:00 PM
Nov 6, 2020 03:00 PM
Nov 13, 2020 03:00 PM
Nov 20, 2020 03:00 PM
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