Workshop 2 – 2023

Dynamics of socio‐ecosystems, local knowledge and adaptation strategies to climate risk

Invited tutors

  • Amer Bazl Khan, archaeologist, MAHI, Karachi
  • Dr Michel Boivin, anthropologist and historian, CESAH, CNRS-EHESS, Paris
  • Dr Sylvie Fanchette, geographer, CESSMA (IRD), Paris
  • Dr. Bishawjit Mallick, geographer, Utrecht University, Utrecht
  • Marvi Mazhar, architect and researcher


The focus of this workshop here will be on ecosystems in their threefold ecological, economic and social dimensions, and on the production of local knowledge about the environment. We will be looking at rivers, and more specifically at delta regions and deltaic societies, which, in addition to their intrinsic alluvial, economic, agricultural and hydraulic qualities, are vulnerable to the effects of global warming (rising water levels, flooding, relocation, etc.), as well as to the existence of numerous dams and major irrigation projects upstream of the deltas. Representations of the river and water, which can be studied through the ethnography of certain local cults or vernacular literature, will be considered alongside local practices and uses of delta environments. Finally, these representations and practices will be contrasted with the ecological imperative and new forms of coastal governance. Combining anthropological, geographical and sociological approaches to environmental risks in these contexts, this workshop will draw on methodological tools such as remote sensing, participatory management and collaborative mapping.

W2 Schedule

8:00-11:15 Fieldwork session in Ibrahim Hyderi, animated by Bishawjit Mallick
11:15-11:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
11:30-13:00 Fieldwork session in Ibrahim Hyderi, animated by Bishawjit Mallick
13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-15:45 Fieldwork session in Baba island or Ibrahim Hyderi, animated by Bishawjit Mallick
15:45-16:00 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
16:00-17:30 Bishawjit Mallick – Understanding (non-)migration behaviour: Risky Business in Everyday Life in the Context of Climate Change
9:30-11:00 Sylvie Fanchette – Critical aspect of living with floods strategies in highly populated deltas
11:00-11:15 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
11:15-13:00 Sylvie Fanchette – How living with floods strategies are challenged by hard engineering hydraulic management in deltas
13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-15:45 Screening of the documentary Milaap (2023) and debate with Marvi Mazhar
15:45-16:00 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
16:00-17:30 Michel Boivin – The integration of Nature and its risks in the material culture of Sindh
9:30-11:15 Amer Bazl Khan – Climate change impact on cultural heritage in the Indus Delta region
11:15-11:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
11:30-13:00 Amer Bazl Khan – Climate change impact on cultural heritage in the Indus Delta region (continued)
13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-15:45 Group work: preparation of knowledge/project restitution supervised
15:45-16:00 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
16:00-17:30 Group work continues
9:30-11:15 Group work continues
11:15-11:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
11:30-13:00 Group work continues
13:00-14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00-16:00 Plenary group presentation by trainees
16:00-16:30 COFFEE/TEA BREAK
16:30-18:00 Valedictory Address

Feedback from resource persons, students and trainers

Delivery of certificates





































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