Lecture / Reading

Work, Mobility, and Risk in a Changing Monsoon

Sponsored by Center for South Asia; "Worlds of Work" Geballe Workshop


Tuesday, April 10, 2018
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Stanford Humanities Center Boardroom, 424 Santa Teresa Street
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PLEASE NOTE THE TIME AND VENUE CHANGE.  The event is now 1:00 - 3:00 pm at the Stanford Humanities Center.

About the talk:

Most scholarship in the social sciences and humanities remains “climate blind”.  This is certainly true of the study of migration. The profusion of work on networks and connections and diasporas in recent historical scholarship, for example, has paid little attention to landscape and climate. By contrast, in policy circles, invoking the figure of the “climate refugee” serves to erase context, agency, and power from our understanding of how climate change affects particular communities in particular places. My talk asks whether it is possible to bring climate back in to our study of migration, but without falling prey to an older and discredited environmental determinism. Drawing on research in coastal South India and further along the Bay of Bengal’s littoral, my talk seeks to overlay maps of risk with routes of migration, juxtaposing climatic and imaginative geographies. In doing so, I aim to chart the convergences as well as the tensions in the ways ecologists and humanists think about region and space.

About the speaker:

Sunil Amrith is visiting us from Harvard University where he is the Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of History, and a Director of the Joint Center for History and Economics.  His research is on the trans-regional movement of people, ideas, and institutions, and he has focused most recently on the Bay of Bengal as a region connecting South and Southeast Asia. He is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, and received the 2016 Infosys Prize in Humanities. A short video by the MacArthur Foundation on his recent work on the Bay of Bengal can be viewed here: https://www.macfound.org/fellows/980/

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Free and open to the public.