Centre for World Environmental History

Workshop on the East India Company and the Natural World 1

The East India Company and the Natural World

Workshop held by the Centre for World Environmental History

University of Sussex

Friday 8th June 2007, Russell Buildings 33

10.45 - 11.00 Introduction: Vinita Damodaran (University of Sussex)

11. 00 - 12.00 Panel 1: EIC as agents of environmental change

Vinita Damodaran (University of Sussex)

Settlement narratives of Singhbhum and the collection of
ethnographic knowledge

Daniel Rycroft (University of East Anglia)

Sherwill and the construction of an imperial landscape: the
Rajmahal Hills in the mid nineteenth century

Discussant: Pauline von Hellermann (University of Sussex)

12.00 - 13.00 Panel 2: EIC and scientific networks.

Deepak Kumar (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Botanical Explorations and the East India Company:
Revisiting Plant Colonialism

Mark Harrison (Oxford University)

Beyond the Boundaries of Empire: Nathaniel Wallich (1786-
1854) and the Transmission of Botanical Knowledge to Europe


 Discussant: Alan Lester (University of Sussex)

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.00 Panel 3: EIC and scientific networks.

Jim Endersby (Cambridge University)

'A sort of wicked satisfaction': Joseph Hooker and the Flora

Henry Noltie (Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh)

Robert Wight and his European collaborators

Discussant: Alan Lester (University of Sussex)

15.00 - 16.00 Panel 4: EIC Administrative responses: Irrigation and Flood

Rohan DSouza (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Mischievous River and Evil Shoals: The East India Company and
the Bengal Rivers

Peter Mollinga (University of Bonn)
Learning and unlearning in water resources management history
in South Asia: the cases of irrigation and flood control

Discussant: Esha Shah (Institute of Development Studies)

16.00 - 16.30 Tea

16.30 - 17.00 Panel 5: EIC and observations of environmental change

Alfred Grove (Cambridge University)

The complexity of the El Niño-Indian famine relationship
in the era of the East India Company

Discussant: Don Funnell (University of Sussex)

17.00 - 18.00 Roundtable discussion