Indian Ocean World Podcast – Sylvan Anxieties and the Briny South

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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. Today we are featuring three recent environmental-history themed episodes with John Lee and Nienke Boer.

John Lee – “Sylvan Anxieties and the Making of Landscapes in Early Modern Korea” & “A State of Ranches and Forests”

In this episode, Dr. Philip Gooding (IOWC, McGill) is joined by Dr. John Lee (Durham) to discuss two recent article-length publications, his 2022 paper, “Sylvan Anxieties and the Making of Landscapes in Early Modern Korea,” and his chapter, “A State of Ranches and Forests: The Environmental Legacy of the Mongol Empire in Korea,” from the 2023 volume, Forces of Nature: New Perspectives on Korean Environments. As these titles suggest, their discussion considers forests and forest management in Korean history, as well as the field of environmental history as a whole.

Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor of East Asian History in the Department of History at the University of Durham, serving since 2019. He completed his PhD in 2017 at Harvard University and is currently finishing his first monograph.

Nienke Boer – “The Briny South”

In this episode, Dr. Nienke Boer (Sydney) joins our producer, Sam Gleave Riemann, to discuss her 2023 book, The Briny South: Displacement and Sentiment in the Indian Ocean World (Duke UP). They discuss the connections between post-colonial and ocean studies, feelings and their representations, and South Africa and the broader Indian Ocean World.

Dr. Boer has been Lecturer in World Literatures at the University of Sydney since early 2023. She was previously Assistant Professor of Humanities (Literature) at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. The Briny South is her first monograph.

Feature Image: “Indian Ocean in South Africa” by Alberto Ziveri is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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