CANCELLED – 10th Annual Burge Lecture – Guest lecturer Dr. Sunil Amrith

Thursday April 2, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


Cancelled and will be rescheduled for March/April 2021.

Date/Time: Thursday, April 2, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Doors 5:00pm, Talk at 5:30pm, reception to follow
Venue: Peter Allard Hall (Room: Franklin Lew Forum), 1822 East Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada


The UBC Department of History is pleased to invite you to this year’s 10th Annual Burge Lecture “Migration and the Environment: A View from the Indian Ocean World” with guest lecturer Dr. Sunil Amrith, Professor of South Asian Studies at Harvard University.

Organized by the UBC History Graduate Student Association, the Burge Lecture is an annual endowed lecture made possible by a generous donation from UBC alumnus William Burge. The Burge Lecture series provides students, faculty, alumni and community members the opportunity to connect with historians and scholars engaged in exciting research.

This year’s Burge Lecture is co-sponsored by the Centre for India and South Asia Research, The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, The Institute of Asian Research and the Interdisciplinary Histories Research Cluster.


Lecture description:

Migration and environmental change are two of the most pressing issues confronting the world—both processes are often followed by the word “crisis,” and increasingly they are connected in public discourse, through terms like “environmental refugee.” Yet the fields of migration history and environmental history have proceeded along parallel lines, with few points of intersection. This lecture begins by asking why that has been the case—and then aims to imagine what it would involve to connect environmental history and the history of migration in new ways, focusing on the history of the Indian Ocean–a part of the world where both historical processes have always been deeply connected.