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Edyta Roszko

Edyta Roszko

Title: “The Importance of Global Indigenous History in the Era of Climate Change”

Abstract: Zooming in on the chains of island worlds in different oceans, I study human connections afforded by freshwater access and link the terrestrial and aquatic through a comparative historical ethnography of Austronesian speakers’ Indigenous knowledge, which has crossed oceans and flowed down generations, travelling between different groups of people. Thus, I break with the tendency in the social sciences and historiography to analytically privilege oceans or navigable rivers as vectors of global connections and history-making. By doing so, I show how ethnographic theorization that uses synthetizing comparison can advance global, cross-cultural understanding in this specific field. Transcending social science, humanities and science (more specifically, anthropology, archaeology, and geology), I draw on my theoretical and empirical findings over a long period to address an audience that is interested in global understanding of specific issues that go beyond specific case studies.

Bio: Edyta Roszko is a Research Professor and social anthropologist at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway. She is leading the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant project Transoceanic Fishers: Multiple Mobilities in and out of the South China Sea (TransOcean) that historicizes fishing communities in relation to and beyond the nation-state, security concerns and territorially bounded fisheries. Edyta’s newly awarded ERC Consolidator Grant project Global Hydroconnectivities beyond Ocean, Seas and Rivers combines anthropology, archaeology and geohydrology and contributes to the wider discussion on global Indigenous history and its relevance in the era of climate changes. Edyta is the author of Fishers, Monks and Cadres: Navigating State, Religion and the South China Sea in Central Vietnam co-published by NIAS and the University of Hawai’i Press (Open Access at

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