Environmental Humanities Colloquium: “Sovereignty at the Margins: Precarious Lives in the Bengal Delta”
Malcolm Sen, assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will present “Sovereignty at the Margins: Precarious Lives in the Bengal Delta” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Corwin Hall, Seminar Room 130.
Housing nearly a quarter of the world’s population, the Bay of Bengal is beset by flooded megacities and extreme erosion. Rising seas have washed away a number of islands in the Sundarbans archipelago, which provides sanctuary for the endangered Bengal tiger and for thousands of human refugees. The encroaching waters test not only the limits of human and animal endurance, but also of political configurations such as sovereignty.
Sen is the second speaker in the Spring 2020 Environmental Humanities and Social Transformation Colloquium sponsored by PEI. Additional speakers and dates in this series are:
“After Us the Deluge”
Kadir van Lohuizen, Photojournalist, NOOR
“(En)gendering Climate Justice”
Farhana Sultana, Associate Professor of Geography and Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts, Syracuse University
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