The Indian Ocean World Podcast

The Indian Ocean World Podcast seeks to educate and inform its listeners on topics concerning the relationship between humans and the environment throughout the history of the Indian Ocean World — a macro-region affected by the seasonal monsoon weather system, from China to Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. Based out of the Indian Ocean World Centre, a research centre affiliated with McGill University’s Department of History and Classical Studies, under the direction of Prof. Gwyn Campbell, the Indian Ocean World Podcast is part of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded Appraising Risk Partnership, an international collaboration of researchers dedicated to exploring the critical role of climatic crises in the past and future of the Indian Ocean World.

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Episodes

Wednesday Sep 20, 2023

Producer Sam Gleave Riemann (IOWC, McGill) is joined by Dr. Sophie Chao (Sydney) to discuss the complex ecologies of West Papuan oil palm plantations. They consider multispecies kinships, capitalist aggression, and the various critters who assist and oppose the oil palm's presence in Papua.
Dr. Chao completed her PhD at the Macquarie University in 2019 and is now a DECRA Fellow and Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Sydney. Prior to pursuing her doctoral studies, she worked for the Indigenous rights organization Forest Peoples Programme in Indonesia and the UK. She is the author of In the Shadow of the Palms: More-than-human Becomings in West Papua, which was published in 2022 with Duke University Press.
Links:
"The Beetle or the Bug": https://doi.org/10.1111/aman.13592
"The Multispecies World of Oil Palm": https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-031-08537-6_12
University Profile: https://www.sydney.edu.au/arts/about/our-people/academic-staff/sophie-chao.html
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

Wednesday Sep 06, 2023

In the first episode of our fall season, Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) is in conversation with Prof. Tamara Fernando (Stony Brook). Taking Prof. Fernando's 2023 paper, "Mapping Oysters and Making Oceans in the Northern Indian Ocean, 1880–1906," as their starting point, they discuss her research into the 19th-century pearl trade around the Indian Ocean World, which spans several historical subfields—animal and labour histories; the histories of science and empire—and calls us to reexamine the role of non-human actors and indeed of the ocean itself in Indian Ocean World studies.
Prof. Fernando completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2022 and has recently joined Stony Brook University in New York as Associate Professor in the Department of History.
Links:
Article: https://doi.org/10.1017/S001041752200038X
Website: https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/history/people/_faculty/fernando
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

Monday Jul 03, 2023

On this special episode between seasons, Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) checks in with four of the IOWC undergraduate Research Assistants. Join us as we honour their hard work and learn more about the ongoing research projects at the Indian Ocean World Centre.
Wukai Jiang majors in Geography and minors in History at McGill University.
Nadia Fekih has just completed her second year at McGill, majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in History.
Alex Springer graduated from McGill this spring with Honours in International Development and a minor in History; he will continue his studies at Imperial College, London in the fall.
Lilia Scudamore is going into her third year at McGill, majoring in History and minoring in both Political Science and Economics.Link:https://niche-canada.org/2023/03/15/a-gis-approach-to-a-history-of-epidemics-in-19th-century-india/
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

Wednesday Apr 05, 2023

Our usual host, Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill), is our interviewee this week, answering a few questions about his first monograph, On the Frontiers of the Indian Ocean World: A History of Lake Tanganyika, c.1830-1890 (Cambridge UP, 2022) with our producer, Sam Gleave Riemann. As well as introducing the book to listeners who haven't had a chance to read it yet, they answer a handful of questions that Philip didn't have time to address at his book launch, considering the role of Christian missionaries and Muslim merchants, narratives of continuity and change, and his varied methodologies.
Philip earned a PhD in History from SOAS London in 2017. He joined the Indian Ocean World Centre as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018 and since then has published a number of articles on East African and Indian Ocean history, co-edited two multi-author volumes, and served as associate editor of the Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies.
Links:
Book: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009122023
Website: https://www.philipgooding.com/
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

Wednesday Mar 22, 2023

This week, our host Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) joins in conversation with Dr. Alice Nyawira Karuri (Strathmore) to discuss her recent chapter "Adaptation of Small-Scale Tea and Coffee Farmers in Kenya to Climate Change," published in the African Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation (Springer, 2021). Their conversation covers Dr. Karuri's economic research into the challenges facing Kenyan tea and coffee farmers in our current climate crisis, the work that the farmers and their partners are doing—or not—to face those challenges, and the economic, political, and historical forces that shape stakeholder decision-making.
Dr. Karuri is a lecturer in Development Studies at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. She completed her PhD in Development Studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in 2019 and is currently contributing to the HESTIA Farm Sustainability Toolkit Project at Oxford University.
Links:
Article: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-45106-6_70
Website: https://www.shss.strathmore.edu/dr-alice-karuri/
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

Wednesday Mar 08, 2023

Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) is joined this week by Prof. Justin Raycraft (Lethbridge) to discuss his 2021 paper, “Islamic Discourses of Environmental Change on the Swahili Coast of Southern Tanzania.” Their conversation covers not just Prof. Raycraft's fascinating analysis of Islam's role in his respondents' interpretation of a changing environment, but covers in depth the ethnographic process by which he collected his data and the broader economic, environmental, and ethnographic contexts of coastal Tanzania.
Prof. Raycraft completed his PhD in Anthropology at McGill in 2022 and, after a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Program on Science, Technology, and Society, Harvard University, he has been Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Lethbridge since late in the same year. His research in coastal Tanzania has led to a number of published articles.
Links:
Article: https://doi.org/10.17730/1938-3525-80.1.49
Website: https://directory.uleth.ca/users/justin.raycraft
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

Wednesday Feb 15, 2023

This week, Prof. Pao-Kuan Wang (Academia Sinica) joins Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) to discuss the Reconstructed East Asian Climate Historical Encoded Series (REACHES) database, a staggering initiative that, under Prof. Wang’s directorship, standardizes and makes available climate data based on historical records spanning Ming and Qing China. Their conversation covers the long history of Prof. Wang’s research in historical climatology, the creation of the REACHES database, and its value as a research tool for both scientists and humanists.
After a long career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he still holds an Emeritus professorship, Prof. Wang was elected a Fellow of Academia Sinica in 2013 and is currently also a Visiting Distinguished Chair in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at National Cheng Kung University.
Links:
Article: https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata2018288
Website: https://academicians.sinica.edu.tw/index.php?r=academician-n%2Fshow&id=713&_lang=en
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

Wednesday Feb 08, 2023

Prof. Kasia Paprocki (LSE) joins Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) to discuss her first monograph, Threatening Dystopias: The Global Politics of Climate Change Adaptation in Bangladesh, which was published by Cornell University Press in 2021. They discuss Prof. Paprocki’s longstanding work with peasant movements in southwest Bangladesh, challenging normative problems in international narratives around climate, development, and sovereignty.
Prof. Paprocki is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she is affiliated with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and co-organizes the Social Life of Climate Change seminar series. She completed her PhD from Cornell University in 2017.
Links:
Book: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501759161/threatening-dystopias/
Website: https://www.lse.ac.uk/geography-and-environment/people/academic-staff/kasia-paprocki
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

Wednesday Feb 01, 2023

Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) welcomes Prof. Ruth Mostern (Pittsburgh) to discuss her 2021 book, The Yellow River: A Natural and Unnatural History. They consider the river’s central role in Chinese history, moving water, sediment, people, and goods, along with the research and publication processes of environmental history.
Prof. Mostern is Professor in Pitt’s Department of History, where she teaches Chinese and world history and is Director of the World History Center. Her first book, Dividing the Realm in Order to Govern:  The Spatial Organization of the Song State (960-1276 CE), was published in 2011. Alongside the research project that lead to The Yellow River, she leads the World Historical Gazetteer project.
Links:
Book: https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300238334/the-yellow-river/
University Website: https://www.history.pitt.edu/people/ruth-mostern
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RuthMostern
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

Wednesday Jan 25, 2023

Prof. Ruth Morgan (Australian National University) joins Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) to discuss her 2021 article “Health, Hearth and Empire: Climate, Race and Reproduction in British India and Western Australia.” Their conversation covers the nuances of 19th-century British imperial policy in the Indian Ocean World, the shortfalls of contemporary climatic theories of race and health, and the value of gender analysis in climate history as a whole.
Prof. Morgan is Associate Professor in ANU’s School of History, where she directs the Center for Environmental History. She works on the histories of science and climate in Australia, the British Empire, and the Indo-Pacific, and her monograph, Running Out? Water in Western Australia, was published in 2015 to wide acclaim, winning a 2016 Western Australian Premier's Book Award.
Links:
Article: https://doi.org/10.3197/096734021X16076828553511
Website: http://www.ruthamorgan.com/
The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”

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The Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) is a research centre at McGill University studying the history, economy, and cultures of the lands and peoples of the Indian Ocean world – from China to Southeast and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

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