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Madagascar Workshop— keynote with novelist Michele Rakotoson

October 12, 2023 - October 14, 2023

Madagascar Workshop flyer for October 12–14, 2023.

This is the annual, international meeting of social science and humanities scholars working on Madagascar and the western Indian Ocean. The conference aims to bring together scholars of all levels spread between Madagascar and the surrounding region, America, and Europe; this year’s meeting will be hosted by Johns Hopkins and take place at the Welch Medical Library from 12-14 October in the 3rd floor seminar room. 

Alongside several special events, we have an exciting range of panels on regional history, material culture, ritual practice, health and medicine, identity, migration and social change, climate change risk, and science and technology.

Special events during the Workshop include a keynote panel with award-winning novelist Michele Rakotoson on Malagasy literature and creative futures; an overview of late Hopkins historian Pier Larson’s personal archive now housed at the Northwestern Herskovits library; and two book launches for new volumes on the region, Children of the Soil: The Power of Built Form in Madagascar by historical ethnographer Tasha Rijke-Epstein and Hottest of the Hotspots: The Rise of Eco-Precarious Conservation Labor in Madagascar by political ecologist Benjamin Neimark. 

These events, panels, and the conference reception are free and open to members of the JHU community. Please see the attached poster and our website for more program and registration details, and feel free to circulate widely to your networks. 


October 12, 2023
October 14, 2023
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