The IOWC Graduate Workshop on Migration and the Environment in the Indian Ocean World

Rebekah McCallum and Tyler Yank (Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC), McGill University)
07.12.2018 - 08.12.2018
Joseph Howard

We invite papers that explore the relationships between unfree and/or forced migration and the environment in the Indian Ocean World (IOW), defined as the macro-region running from Africa through the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, to Australasia, and East Asia, from early times to the present day.

Key issues to be addressed will be the historical and contemporary ways in which environmental conditions and climate shifts in the IOW have impacted the forced migration and mobility of peoples, both free and unfree, and how forced migration has impacted upon the environment. Suggested themes include, but are not limited to, long-distance trade, pastoralism and land use, slavery, labour, colonialism, government, and policy.

Paper proposals should include:
· Full name and contact information, including institutional affiliation
· Title and brief abstract (max. 250 words) detailing the subject, time period, and disciplinary approach of study
· Short bio (max. 150 words)

For inquiries and to submit a proposal, please contact Rebekah McCallum and Tyler Yank (
Notification of acceptance will be conveyed by early August.

Registration for the conference will be $100 CAD ($50 CAD for students). Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses. We plan to publish selected conference papers.

This conference will take place in conjunction with a one-day graduate workshop on Migration and Environment in the IOW, to be held a day earlier on Thursday 6 December. Graduate students participating in that workshop are invited to attend this larger two-day conference. The workshop CFP can be found here.


Rebekah McCallum and Tyler Yank

The IOWC Graduate Workshop on Migration and the Environment in the Indian Ocean World, 07.12.2018 – 08.12.2018 Montreal, in: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists, 08.06.2018, <>.
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