CAPI 30th Anniversary Gala with Amitav Ghosh

November 16, 2018
06:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Community event
Laurel Point Inn, 680 Montreal Street, V8V 1Z8, Victoria, BC

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30 Years of Bridging the Pacific

On the occasion of CAPI's 30th anniversary, we are pleased to present an evening with distinguished author Amitav Ghosh at Victoria's Laurel Point Inn.

Mr. Ghosh's talk is titled "Embattled Earth: Commodities, Conflict and Climate Change in the Indian Ocean"
Since the time of Vasco da Gama’s voyage, the Indian Ocean has been the theatre of intense imperial rivalries over commodities and resources. For centuries the main players in these conflicts were Western colonial powers, but over the last few decades the countries of the Indian Ocean rim have themselves become major consumers of commodities and resources. As such they are now among the principal drivers of anthropogenic climate change, an ongoing process that will have catastrophic consequences for the billions of people who live around the Indian Ocean. This presentation explores the continuities between the resource conflicts of the past and the future by focusing on two transformative imperial wars: the Anglo-Dutch spice wars of the 17th century and the 1st Opium War of 1840-42. It also poses some related questions: are the imperatives of empire and military supremacy among the major drivers of climate change? If so, why are these issues generally elided?

6h30 reception
7h30 dinner*
8h30 keynote
10h00 into the night
*choice of fish or vegetarian

table of ten 1200$
single seating 125$

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