Much of the discourse pertaining to the effects of global climate change has been justifiably negative. Climatic and environmental changes in the past and global warming in the present are associated with a wide variety of deleterious effects for humans, animals, and ecologies. In this context, much has been written on vulnerabilities to the effects of climatic and environmental change. This applies particularly to the Indian Ocean World (IOW), a macro-region disproportionately vulnerable to global warming that stretches from East Africa, across the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia to East Asia, and south to Australasia. While acknowledging this paradigm, which features prominently in the humanities and social and natural sciences, this conference seeks to explore alternative ways of thinking about climatic and environmental change. In some ways, it can be summed up with a simple question: What are the past and current success stories in the face of climatic and environmental changes? Thus, instead of vulnerabilities to climate and environmental change, this conference seeks papers that address examples of successful adaptation, resilience, and mitigation.
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