IPCC Sixth Assessment Report - 2018

The IPCC is currently in its Sixth Assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce three Special Reports, a Methodology Report on national greenhouse gas inventories and the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). 

Dr. Sanjay Chaturvedi is contributing as the Lead Author of the IPCC Working Group II (WG II) report. 

The IPCC Working Group II (WG II) assesses the vulnerability of socio-economic and natural systems to climate change, negative and positive consequences of climate change, and options for adapting to it. 
It also takes into consideration the inter-relationship between vulnerability, adaptation and sustainable development. The assessed information is considered by sectors (water resources; ecosystems; food & forests; coastal systems; industry; human health) and regions (Africa; Asia; Australia & New Zealand; Europe; Latin America; North America; Polar Regions; Small Islands).

MEASO International Conference and Policy Forum

Abstracts are due on 15 December 2017 and are invited on any of the four main conference themes.  You can also submit abstracts for consideration in the one-day Policy Forum on "Delivering science into policy: needs, expectations and delivery". 

For registration and abstract submissions, please visit the conference website at www.measo2018.aq.  The conference is co-hosted by the Australian Antarctic Division and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

Short Sea Shipping in Bay of Bengal Takes Baby Steps - Vijay Sakhuja

Last week, a consignment of motor vehicles was shipped from Chennai Port in India to Mongla port in Bangladesh onboard a roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cum general cargo vessel. Ashok Leyland Limited chose to use the sea route which takes five days instead of the land route that involves a distance of about 1500 km, thereby saving nearly 2-3 weeks of travel time. There are plans to use the same sea route for the next shipment of nearly 500 truck chassis to Bangladesh. This is a significant development from at least three perspectives.

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CFP: Africans Across the Indian Ocean - African Connections: Biennial conference of the African Studies Association in Germany, Leipzig, 27-30 June, 2018.

Please follow the link to submit a paper proposal and abstract (max 250 words): https://vad-africanconnections.de/panels/

Please note that although proposals should be submitted by 30 November 2017, given the short lead time proposals will be considered until 31 January 2018.

This panel is convened by the AEGIS CRG Africa in the Indian Ocean.

Preben Kaarsholm, Roskilde University

Didier Nativel, Université Paris Diderot Manuel Ramos, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa Iain Walker, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle

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CFP: "Cities at the Crossroads," Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association

The Urban History Association invites submissions for sessions and papers on all aspects of urban, suburban, and metropolitan history. We welcome proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers. We are particularly keen to see submissions on topics related to cities in/across the various regions of Asia, such at the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.

Please direct inquiries to Program Committee co-chairs LaDale Winling at Virginia Tech and Elaine Lewinnek at California State University-Fullerton (Columbia2018UHA@gmail.com). For any queries about putting together a panel related to cities in Asia, feel free to contact Program Committee member Dinyar Patel at the University of South Carolina (PatelDi@mailbox.sc.edu).

See also http://www.urbanhistory.org/Columbia2018/

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TRUMPIAN CHAOS IN US FOREIGN POLICY: For Africa, Does it Matter? By Francis A. Kornegay, Jr.

The most well-known quote of Italian left-wing political theorist Antonio Gramsci goes, "The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum, a great variety of morbid symptoms appears." The words have been applied and misapplied to many situations and periods of history. But it remains an interesting insight, rooted in the idea that there is a kind of twilight period in the process of social or political change during which the normal rules and conventions seem to bounce around without logic.


America has reached an historically critical inflection point of conjuncture in foreign policy and domestic politics, both interlinked. In spite of the everyday TV Reality Show-like absurdity of President Donald Trump and his improbable presidency, a few things are worth noting:

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'Africa-Asia, A New Axis of Knowledge' - Second Edition

We invite proposals for (institutional) panels, roundtables, exhibitions, documentaries, papers, (MA and PhD) dissertations and book presentations in the newly conceptualized field of 'Asian-African studies'.


Proposals should be in English or French. They should be submitted online by 1 February 2018.

Conference dates

20 - 22 September 2018

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Wearable Devices can transform Maritime Operations

Wearable technologies or simply ‘wearables’ are those which can be “worn by a consumer”. These are generally categorized as ‘smart’ products, and include devices such as mobile phones, watches, wrist band, patches, eyewear, hearables, attachable, footwear, or clothing. Significantly, these are crafting a ‘wrist revolution’, ‘head revolution’, and ‘clothing revolution’, transforming human activity led by advancements in deep machine learning. Wearables products embed a variety of nodes that are attached or are in contact with various parts of human body, and sense relative movement and orientation in space. Further, their use for studying geography and understanding nature (land, sea and air) takes them to a new level of human imagination.

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News on upcoming book by Tim Doyle and Dennis Rumley, 'The Rise and the Return of the Indo Pacific' - featured in Australia Asia Pacific Institute Research Review, April-June 2017

Indian Ocean research and engagement

Tim Doyle and Dennis Rumley are busy writing The Rise and Return of the Indo Pacific, an Oxford University Press contracted publication scheduled for release in late 2018/early 2019. The research underpinning this publication explores the Indo- Pacific concept as an ambiguous and contested regional security construction, currently gaining significant traction in both geopolitical-strategic theorizing and policy-making circles.

Dennis, who is the author, co-author, editor and co-editor of more than 130 academic publications, said, “I have never enjoyed writing so much in my life. It’s the biggest and most amazing project I have every worked on. It’s so time-consuming, so challenging, so complex, and so very interesting. It’s pushing me into corners I’ve never been to in such depth, especially regarding foreign policy narratives and international relations theoretical frameworks, with so many, yet invariably contested, connections.”

A research publication to look out for in due course.

The Indian Ocean World Centre at McGill University announces the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s call for application for the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

The IOWC is pleased to provide you with information on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s call for application for the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award.

The Award will allow young researchers from abroad to establish their own junior research group at the university or non-university research institution of their choosing in Germany.

The Award funds are up to 1.65 million EUR for a period of five years to carry out the approved research project of the applicants’ choice in Germany.

The programme is open to scientists and scholars from all countries and disciplines who completed their doctorates or comparable academic degrees with distinction less than six years ago. The Award would enable the successful applicant to take on a leadership position (e.g. head of a junior research group) in Germany for the first time. At the time of the application, applicants must have a doctorate or comparable academic degree and must not have held or accepted an offer of permanent employment in Germany.

Eligible applicants must have lived outside Germany for a minimum of 12 months in total in the 18-month period prior to the submission deadline.

The deadline for application is July 31st, 2017.

For additional information, please check https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/kovalevskaja-award.html


Our deepest condolences and respect to the memory of Dr. Saman Kelegama

We are saddened to communicate the sudden passing of Dr. Saman Kelegama, who was a highly respected Sri Lankan economist and Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Studies (Sri Lanka). Dr. Kelegama has been a member of the international board of the Journal of the Indian Ocean Region for years.

Scholars from across the Indian Ocean Region, especially those working towards IOR Regional Cooperation, in particular, remember Dr. Kelegama's extensive contribution to the subject. Dr. Kelegama was a committed proponent of the importance of regional integration in South Asia. 

With his passing, the Indian Ocean and South Asian research communities are deprived of a true friend.

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference on Labour, Working Animals and the Environment in the Indian Ocean World

Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 4-5 May, 2017.

The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) at McGill University is organising a conference that addresses the intertwined aspects of labour, working animals, and the environment in the Indian Ocean World (from China to Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa) from early times to the present day. In this context, we define labour broadly as any productive activity (economic and/or intellectual). By working animals, we mean animals for agricultural production and transportation. Thus the conference aims to examine the Indian Ocean as a “world” over the longue durée through the interrelated lenses of labour, working animals, and environment. Humans and working animals became familiar with their environment chiefly through their lives and labour. In the Indian Ocean World, different flows of free and unfree labour (for e.g. slavery, indentured labour, convict labour and others) moved from one place to the other and were often the products of empires' capitalistic needs. Such flows of labour interacted with and transformed their environments through processes of work and the medium of their bodies, just as the environment and climate influenced human and animal activities. Besides working animals, this process of human- environment interaction includes the role in the larger natural and ecological realms of the Indian Ocean World the role of wild animals and insects such as, rats, locusts, mosquitoes, as well as the diseases they carried which could significantly affect both human, especially laboring, and animal


In this multidisciplinary project, we welcome contributions from many areas of study, including history, geography, area studies, anthropology, sociology, and literary studies. Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • 􏰀  role of climate and environment in the circulation of labour

  • 􏰀  how environment shape labour processes

  • 􏰀  environmentalism and social movements

  • 􏰀  bodies at work

  • 􏰀  colonial discourses on climate, race and fitness of human and non-human actors

  • 􏰀  relations between human and animal bodies, work and environment

  • 􏰀  how plantation economies impacted on ecology

  • 􏰀  labour /animal mobility and circulation of disease

  • 􏰀  impact of disease on labour /animal productivity

  • 􏰀  political authority and circulation of labour

  • 􏰀  animals and sanitation

  • 􏰀  animal labour

  • 􏰀  animals as capital

  • 􏰀  representations of landscapes, labor and working animals

    Submission and Registration:

    Deadline for abstract submission is 3 March 2017, 11:59 PM ET. Abstracts must be no more than 250 words and in either English or French. Please submit abstracts to iowc@mcgill.ca. A registration fee of $100 CAD ($60 CAD for students) will be charged. The fee for late registration is $130 CAD ($75 CAD for students).

    For any questions, contact either Dr. Yoshina Hurgobin (yoshina.hurgobin@mail.mcgill.ca) or Dr. Zozan Pehlivan (zozan.pehlivan@mail.mcgill.ca.