Indian Ocean Futures launched at InASA 2016 in Fremantle
Rapid change in trade, demographics, culture and environment around the Indian Ocean demands a revaluation of how communities, sustainability and security are constituted in this globally strategically important region.
Indian Ocean Futures: Communities, Sustainability and Security raises awareness of threats and opportunities beyond popular notions of communities through an examination of issues of concern to local, national, regional and transnational communities around the Indian Ocean Rim.
This book, edited by me and John Stephens, is organized into the heritage and identity of communities, their sustainability and their security. The first section examines how heritage and identity are negotiated in establishing the basis of communities and public discussion of their futures. The second part explores different practices, technologies and communities of sustainability; from technologies being developed for sustainable coastal regions to the adoption of traditional practices for food management. The final section canvasses the changing landscapes and seascapes of the Indian Ocean in relation to the broad concerns of food, environmental and political security.
The book was launched on 7 December 2016 at Notre Dame University in Fremantle during the conference of the International Australian Studies Association. The conference – Reimagining Australia: Encounter, Recognition, Responsibility – was organized by the Centre for Human Rights Education, Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute, the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts, and the Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Curtin University.
For more information on Indian Ocean Futures, an extract is available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.