[Excerpted from H-Announce:]

Ordering the Anthropocene: Legislation & the Setting within the Indian Ocean World  

A workshop convened by Debjani Bhattacharyya (Drexel College) and Laurie Wooden (Florida State College)Four-Fifth October 2019

Hosted by the Division of Historical past,  Drexel College, with the beneficiant sponsorship of the American Society for Authorized Historical past & Drexel College

What can historians of legislation obtain from participating with their colleagues learning environmental modifications over time? How have rising regulatory regimes (imperial, property-oriented, maritime, medical, and many others.) joined the domains of science and legislation in new methods? And the way can authorized historians retool their strategies to check deep histories of panorama transformations and local weather? These questions are particularly pertinent for the Indian Ocean area, the place these considerations have each previous and modern relevance: e.g. rising sea ranges within the Maldives and Andaman Islands; coastal erosion and disputes over new-land formation alongside the littorals of Bay of Bengal; island-building in Singapore (with sand from Gulf states); catastrophe aid following the 2004 tsunami and earthquake, which particularly affected Indonesia and Malaysia; meals safety across the Horn of Africa; and a few of the world’s busiest transport routes.


The workshop will encompass Four panels, with 2 presenters in every panel. We’ll pair authorized historians with historians of setting to discover how widespread terminology round proof, witness, cause, experience is affected by ideas of time which can be distinct in every self-discipline. We welcome papers exploring the next questions broadly:

  • The place does legislation/do authorized regimes collide with the fabric world?
  • The place/when/how/why do pure phenomena develop into entangled in ordering regimes?
  • How do these relationships (re)configure the human as social (e.g. relational, hierarchical, vocal) and materials (e.g. embodied, constrained by lifespan, and many others.)?

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