The Great Uprooting: Migration and Movement in the Age of Climate Change

Amitav Ghosh
Monday, April 18, 2022 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm
100 Arthur Lewis Auditorium, Robertson Hall
Monday, April 18, 2022 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm

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It has long been predicted that climate change will lead to large-scale displacements of population and mass migration. Is it possible to look at the European 'migrant crisis’ of recent years through this prism? This, and many other related questions, prompted me to travel to migrant camps in Italy in 2017, to interview migrants whose languages I am familiar with: that is to say speakers of Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic. This talk is an attempt to identify some of the underlying patterns in the stories I was told by the migrants, in their own languages.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology, Comparative Literature, and English, the Chadha Center for Global India, the Environmental Humanities Program, and the Humanities Council.

Sponsored by
Program in South Asian Studies