Mangroves and Tangled Futures: Agrarian Change, Energy Extraction, and Coastal Ecologies in Mozambique and Western India
University Eduardo Mondlane
We use the mangrove as a conceptual-ethical-empirical anchor to advance horizontal connections across disciplinary hierarchies, promote decolonial knowledge production, and understand political and environmental linkages between Gujarat and Mozambique. We aim to reframe coastlines through oral histories, installations, and soundscapes and create a new ecology of collaboration between Gujarat and Mozambique. Ultimately, this project will allow us to arrive at a) a portrayal of how the two coasts are connected through transnational coal and agribusiness b) how they compare when we investigate their mangrove-agrarian entanglements across land and sea, and c) questions they generate for long-term robust collaborative research on Inter-Asian trade agreements, transboundary dilemmas of environment-society, and their connections with local aspirations, and resource extraction.
Professor of Human Geography; Director of Center of Political Analysis, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; University Eduardo Mondlane