Thursday, June 27 • 09:00 - 10:00
Keynote: Prof. Dr. D. Parthasarathy

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Anthropo-Sea: Reassessing Ocean Grab and Coastal Squeeze in the context of Climate Change – Perspectives from Asia
D. Parthasarathy

“Ocean grab” and “Coastal squeeze” with varied supplementations and innovations have become popular concepts to describe processes of marginalization and degradation of socio-ecological systems and the increasing pressures on coastal land and marine resources. Deploying “Asia as method” approach as a programmatic formulation, this paper attempts to re-assess and take stock of the current status of the usage and deploy ment of these concepts, as a preliminary to outlining a framework to study the historically unprecedented scale of shifts and transformations that are affecting our coasts and oceans. In elaborating the meaning and politics of this approach, the paper will elaborate on the importance of studying (in a comparative perspective) microecologies and microregions, assess their common denominators, and how their identity, mutation, shifting frontiers, interactions, and transformation are key to understanding the pressures that oceans and coasts are coming under in Asia – a region that has a long history of maritime trade and travel. Innovating the idea of Anthropo- Sea as a supplement to Anthropocene, the talk is based on collaborative empirical studies of coastal vulnerability and the politics of contestation and conflict in India’s coasts, as well as an extensive review of Asian literature on coastal conflicts and emerging risks.

Thursday June 27, 2019 09:00 - 10:00
REC A0.01 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam